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Jean H. Laherrère Biography

Former Deputy Exploration Manager at Total Oil Company
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“For the question ‘can alternative energy effectively replace fossil fuels’ [the] answer [is] yes but not in sufficient quantity… We need every energy but first we need to save energy and to change our way of life (based on consumption and not well-being). Constant growth is impossible in a limited world and all BAU [business as usual] scenarios are wishful thinking.”

Email to, Feb. 18, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Advisor, Oil Depletion Analysis Centre (ODAC)
  • Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers World Petroleum Congress
  • Member, Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO)
  • Former member, Safety Panel of the Ocean Drilling Program (JOIDES)
  • Former President, Exploration Commission of the Comité des Techniciens, Union Française de l’Industrie Pétrolière
  • Deputy Exploration Manager and various other positions, Total Oil Company, 1954-1991
  • Graduate, Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale du Pétrole (Paris, France)
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Quoted in:
  1. Is Global Oil Production at (or Past) Its Peak?