The Sciences

The Peak Oil "Crush"

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorMar 29, 2011 6:09 PM


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Charlie Petit at Science Tracker has a confession. He doesn't think he's the only one, either:

A lot of science journalists who cover energy issues have probably gone through an infatuation stage, and then break-up, with a seductive actor: Peak Oil. It appeals to any reporter trying to cover a beat where numbers and natural (that is, based on reality and science) processes are important. Plus it's geology.

Charlie, in his own uniquely engaging manner, seems to have fun while he's drawing our attention to notable science stories (and occasional blog posts) of the day. His short, conversational anecdotes (sometimes cleverly disguised as gentle critiques) are like the warm-up act to the main show. He and the Tracker have become essential reading for science & environmental journalists. Yet his style seems geared to a non-journalist audience as well, which is a good thing.

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