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The Economics of Oil


A model/simulator to understand the prediction of peak global oil production, and to learn about oil as an energy source, its peak and reserves, and the economics and geopolitics of oil.

Students will customize parameters such as the peak year, peak width, and the total reservoir size to view the Hubbert curve that shows peak oil production. They can compare the generated curve with the data set for US oil production, global oil production, or whale oil production.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. According to this model, when is maximum global oil production achieved?
  2. According to this model, when is maximum U.S. oil production achieved?
About Tool
Tool Name Hubbert’s Peak Plotter
Discipline Economics, Environmental Science
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Change Economics, Energy Economics, Carbon Emissions, Oil, Oil Peak Production, Hubbert’s Peak, Energy Economics
Climate Topic Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy, Climate Economics
Type of tool Model/Simulation
Grade Level Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by David Archer (The University of Chicago)
Hosted at David Archer Climate Models
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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