TheOilDrum.com Top 50 Posts of 2006
The Oil Drum is probably my single most visited website on the Internet. Not only do I rely on the site for daily energy-related information, I love TOD because it serves up incredibly valuable content about a diverse set of topics. Posts at TOD regularly generate a lot of comments -- there are times when I find even more value in the comments than in the original piece. Although I'm a diehard fan of TOD, I don't often post comments myself. I find the information over there fascinating; I also find it quite technical.
Though TOD does have an archive section, it doesn't offer any filters other than by month. I wanted to pull together a list of the most popular posts as a kind of year-in-review.
I recently rummaged through TOD's 2006 posts and ranked the top 50 posts based on the number of comments they generated (through Dec. 27 at noon EST). Obviously, this may not be the best way to figure the top 50 -- it just happens to be the method I chose.
With that, I give you The Oil Drum's top 50 posts of 2006 (not including Drumbeats or Open Threads -- remember those?).
Jul. 24 - 463 comments - Jay Hanson and Dieoff.org
Dec. 11 - 428 comments - A Debate on the Substance and Timing of the Peak of Oil Production and Consumption, Part II
Mar. 01 - 388 comments - Why peak oil is probably about now
Dec. 13 - 379 comments - Why We Drive
Aug. 28 - 375 comments - The Energy Balance of Ethanol versus Gasoline
Nov. 11 - 352 comments - From the Editor's Desk: Peak Oil, Heretical Thought, Complexity, and the Future of The Oil Drum
Dec. 20 - 340 comments - The Auto Efficiency Wedge
Nov. 16 - 340 comments - Does the Peak Oil "Myth" Just Fall Down? -- Our Response to CERA
Aug. 08 - 337 comments - Is Nuclear Power a Viable Option for Our Energy Needs?
Oct. 19 - 336 comments - Energy from Wind: A Discussion of the EROI Research
Jul. 27 - 333 comments - Vinod Khosla - Give Him Your Ideas
Aug. 09 - 329 comments - Khosla Responds: "Imagining the Future of Gasoline: Reality or Blue-sky Dreaming?"
Feb. 16 - 327 comments - Why the US Political System Is Unable to React to Peak Oil: Institutions
Dec. 16 - 319 comments - A Different Approach to Calculating Saudi Arabia's Oil Reserves
Apr. 09 - 306 comments - Iran -- Apocalypse Now?
Feb. 13 - 302 comments - Dr Deffeyes defines a date
Sep. 18 - 297 comments - Let's Talk Gas Tax (Poll)
Apr. 28 - 290 comments - The Politics of Oil: The Discourse Must Change
Jul. 12 - 289 comments - Peak Oil, Persuasion, and the World Meme
Oct. 07 - 284 comments - The End of Fossil Energy
Aug. 22 - 282 comments - NY Times Energy Series: Nuclear
Aug. 08 - 276 comments - More thoughts on Prudhoe Bay
Dec. 01 - 274 comments - A Credible Threat?
Nov. 28 - 274 comments - Sustainability, Energy Independence and Agricultural Policy
Jun. 29 - 272 comments - Inflationary Collapses, or The NPV of Grandchildren
May 19 - 271 comments - XTL: Promise and Peril
Oct. 02 - 266 comments - JHK: "A Hard Place"
Jul. 15 - 266 comments - The Course of Our Lives WILL Be Determined by the First Derivative of a Function
Feb. 01 - 264 comments - Numbers and the State of the Union Energy segment
Mar. 31 - 262 comments - From an Insider: Rig Prices, Rig Depth, and How to Get a Job
Oct. 04 - 260 comments - The Specter of Recession
Sep. 27 - 257 comments - Burning Buried Sunshine
Jul. 26 - 257 comments - A Letter from the TOD Editors Box...
Aug. 13 - 254 comments - Due Diligence: A reader's response to Khosla
Jul. 15 - 251 comments - Peak Oil and L.A.
Feb. 04 - 241 comments - World Nuclear Panel Refers Iran to the Security Council
Aug. 04 - 240 comments - Heinberg: Middle East at a Crossroads
Aug. 03 - 239 comments - EIA insisting on plateau
Apr. 30 - 235 comments - Wishful thinking
Sep. 17 - 230 comments - A Thought for Today: "Losing Faith in Peak Oil's Transformative Power"
May 24 - 230 comments - E85: Spinning Our Wheels
Jul. 31 - 228 comments - A Conversation with Vinod Khosla
Dec. 04 - 226 comments - A Debate on the Substance and Timing of the Peak of Oil Production and Consumption, Part I
Jan. 27 - 223 comments - Hubbert Linearization Analysis of the Top Three Net Oil Exporters
Jan. 16 - 222 comments - The Iranian Oil Weapon
Mar. 01 - 221 comments - NYT says peak oil "almost certainly correct"
Jun. 18 - 218 comments - "Oil Shale Development Imminent"
Jul. 25 - 216 comments - Vinod Khosla Debunked: Ethanol is NOT the Answer
May 09 - 212 comments - The Limits of Biofuels
Nov. 22 - 211 comments - Dr James Hansen: Can We Still Avoid Dangerous Human-Made Climate Change?