We’ve mentioned Matthew Simmons’ book Twilight in the Desert a couple of times (see, e.g., here). His thesis is that, despite what they say, the Saudis do not actually have any spare oil reserves. Their production is near its peak and will soon start declining.

If true, this is pretty bad news, because oil supply and oil demand are already closely matched, and if anything disrupts supply, the world will turn to Saudi Arabia to make up the slack. If they can’t … well, things could get ugly.

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Today in the invaluable Tom’s Dispatch, Michael Klare — author of Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Petroleum Dependency — takes a close look at Simmons’ book. Give it a read.

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