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Colin J. Campbell, PhD Biography

Founder and Honorary Chairman of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO)
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“The First Half of the Age of Oil comes to an end, being partly responsible for the current financial and economic crisis facing the world. Oil and gas are set to decline during the Second Half of the Age of Oil to near exhaustion by the end of this Century due to natural depletion. Today, renewable energy, including hydro, accounts for no more than about 12% of the world’s energy consumption. It is evident that the demand for it will grow greatly in the years ahead, but it is doubted that it can replace fossil fuels as such. Improved efficiency and changed lifestyles are called for to meet the challenges imposed by Nature. The tensions and challenges of the transition threaten to be serious.”

Email to, Feb. 18, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Trustee, Oil Depletion Analysis Centre (ODAC), London
  • Founder and Honorary Chairman, Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO)
  • Fellow, Post Carbon Institute
  • Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Member, Geological Society, London
  • Member, Institute of Petroleum, London
  • Executive Vice-President, Fina, Norway, 1985-1989
  • Exploration Manager, Amoco, Norway, 1980-1984
  • Supervisor, New Ventures, Amoco, London, 1980
  • Exploration Manager, Aran, Dublin, 1978-1979
  • General Manager, Shenandoah Oil, London and Dublin, 1972-1978
  • Chief Geologist, Amoco, Ecuador, 1969-1972
  • Regional Geologist, Amoco, New York and Chicago, 1968-1969
  • Field Geologist, British Petroluem (BP), Australia & New Guinea 1967
  • Regional Geologist, BP, Colombia 1961-1967
  • Field Geologist, Texaco, Trinidad, Colombia 1958-1961
  • Geologist, Oxford University Expedition to Borneo 1955-1956
  • PhD, Geology, Oxford University, 1957
  • BA, Geology, Oxford University, 1954
  • International lecturer on peak oil
Quoted in:
  1. Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?
  2. Is Global Oil Production at (or Past) Its Peak?