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Ever wonder when oil will run out? (October 18, 2022)

Roger Blanchard, LSSU

With the war in Ukraine leading to a Western boycott of Russian oil and reduced production outlook from OPEC+ nations, the world may face increased price and production volatility in the near term. But what about the future — how long will it be before the world is running on empty?

Oil supply expert Roger Blanchard provides us with an overview of our present global oil supply situation. Is America’s much vaunted talk about energy independence real? Professor Blanchard’s presentation will be an eye opener as we find out about our energy picture while making us ever more aware of the need for alternative energy sources. The publication this year of a five-part series in Resilience online magazine of “The Status of Global Oil Production” ( is the basis of our speaker’s presentation.

Roger Blanchard is the author of The Future of Global Oil Production: Facts, Figures, Trends and Projections, by Region. He has studied oil supply issues for over 30 years. He is a professor of chemistry at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, formerly teaching at Northern Kentucky University.

You can view Roger's PowerPoint presentation below.

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