Reynolds, Douglas B.
About the author: Dr. Douglas B. Reynolds received his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University specializing in energy technology, and worked as an engineer in the defense industry. He received his PhD from the University of New Mexico in oil and energy economics and spent two years in Kazakstan. He is currently a professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has published numerous academic articles and editorials on the oil industry.2002 0-7734-7234-7
This book examines new theories for why and how an oil price shock and energy crisis can hit. It looks at the economics of oil exploration and explains why OPEC works the way it does, and what happened to the former Soviet Union.. It examines new theories and evidence about oil scarcity, contradicting the works Scarcity and Growth (1964) and Scarcity and Growth Reconsidered (1979). It combines basic economic principles of scarcity and cost with physics, an innovative approach never done before. It shows point by point the theory that explains why price and costs do not indicate where scarcity is. Other innovations explain contradictions in many commonly used resource economic models.
“. . . it will stimulate a lot of discussion among energy experts on the future of energy and the sensitive issue of depletion. Of particular interest to energy practitioners is the article entitled: ‘World Oil Supply Forecast and the Reserve/Production Ration Assumption’.” – Dr. Mamdouh H. Salameh, Director, Oil Market Consultancy Service; Oil Economist, World Bank Consultant, UNIDO Technical Expert