IE Questions: What Is Peak Oil? (Part 1)

Remember 2005? In the middle of a Bush presidency, Terri Schiavo and her feeding tube captured national attention, Lance Armstrong was still winning Tour de France titles, and Arianna Huffington launched a new website. Perhaps it was the shock of Hurricane Katrina, or the post-Y2K lull, but we needed of a new apocalyptic obsession and we found one in peak oil. Public interest in peak oil – as judged by Google searches, at least – peaked in August 2005 and coincided with Hurricane Katrina. In 2005, we were experiencing peak “peak oil.”