Thank You

Corcaigh, 2007, one of largest TheOilDrum staff gatherings in Europe.
Left to right: Luís, Euan, Paul (deceased in 2012), Dave (HO), Chris, Nate and Rembrandt.

Dear Reader,

When in June of 2005 I bumped upon this stimulating energy blog I could never imagine I would still be coming back eight years later. Nor could I imagine I would become a contributor. But here we are, and in spite of energy objectivity remaining in great demand, TheOilDrum is coming to an end. Personally I gained much from this experience, beyond what I learnt - I grew a lot here, my writing, my thinking, my argumentation - all of it improved greatly. And above all I gained friendships that will last for the rest of my life. There would be much to write about these eight years, but I'll leave that reflection for a more serene occasion. Today all I want to say is thank you. Thank you to those that started the blog in 2005. Thank you to those that brought me into and guided me through this journey. Thank you to all that contributed with their work through the years, producing articles, editing contents and nourishing the infrastructure. Thank you dear reader, even if you never commented - your sheer presence made it all worth it. I'll remain indebted to all of you.

Until some other time,


It's really a pleasure to see what you all look like. My one regret is that Leanan and Kate aren't there too.



I've not had the pleasure of meeting any of my coworkers in person! It's nice to have pictures to match faces to names.

Thanks TOD and all who contributed. History will remember and give you accolades.

Thanks for this wonderful site. I never thought I'd learn so much about energy in my entire life as I have the last few years that I've been a daily reader of The oil drum. I do have the feeling this site will be very relevant, probably more than ever, in just a few years as peak oil gets more and more severe and its clear shale and tar just aren't good enough substitutes.

Thanks to all for an invaluable education. You are citizens of the highest order.

Thanks to you Luis!

Hope to cross paths and purposes again sometime!


And thank you guys too.

A future world is
As long as it's

Whow, somehow this gives to me the bad feeling that the peak oil movement is dropping it's pilots when the storm is right ahead.


I just signed up to say thank you having been a TOD reader for a while and grateful for the information and the debate.



All the best for the future.. but I would still consider with all the 'oildrum is shutting down confirms peak oil is nonsense' talk in media you all pull a fast one out of the box by 'reconsidering due to popular demand' - better still redirect the to a new website focusing more on net energy side of energy production - and a pressure group to get IEA / EIA to produce net energy weighted production figures given their estimated growth of none conventional supply.

I appreciate your contribution to a discussion that should involve the entire world. In the United States, especially in the South, there is an strongly emotional psychological investment in a way of life that is no longer sustainable. I have lost friends when I suggest that we may be using fewer cars in the future, and fewer people will choose to buy a house in the suburbs. Perhaps we will redefine the American Dream, and that could be a good thing.

My sincere thanks to the staff and everyone contributing here over the past year. Although not everything turned (or will turn) out completely as predicted or expected, I can say that the many hours reading here have made me a wiser and more balanced man.

Thank you.

I've been reading The Oil Drum practically every day for the last number of years. It has been the 'go to' site for quality information, critical reviews and analysis. I just wanted to add my sincere thanks to all the other people signing in. Thank you very, very much for all your hard work. It was and is much appreciated. I believe that the coming years will prove the value and worth of this website. In one sense everything that can be said has been said...... Now we wait and see.

Hello TOD team, thank you for interesting discussions and contributions to this blog. As an interested legman I've learned a lot from following the The Oil Drum since 2007. Good luck and best wishes from Denmark.

Hey Luis, guys, thanks for the pic/post/TOD.

Well as long as we don't enter an era of peak wine, it's all good.

This photo reminds me of another group photo of those who applied and defined the cold logic of reality in a different era:

To quote another famous US physicist -

"Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature can not be fooled"
- Richard Feynman

And that is the voice of TOD gave to the energy dialog - reality over public relations.

Thank you.

Hi All,

I've been lurking here almost as long as Luis has known about it -- after seeing Richard Heinberg give a talk in Bloomington, IN. and I am still amazed at the energy density of a gallon of gasoline.

This site has been an invaluable learning experience for me. I read less after the first big step down in 2008 proved for me that peak oil was real and will fundamentally change society. Then I started coming back regularly again largely for all the commentary in the drumbeats. I especially liked reading those 'walking the talk' to the degree they
could -- inspirational and useful in realistic proportions.

I'd like to give my wholehearted thanks and appreciation to all the people that ran the site and contributed. My first and last love is still the drumbeats and its magic was totally due to the moderation. People (or a person) still make all the difference when it comes to managing a dialog lest it devolve into the more common present day version -- namecalling and grandstanding and other more accurate but vulgar terminology.

One big reason that I wanted to register was that I am hoping that there would be some way of following where all the users I read end up. I visit regularly -- good articles but not much decent commentary and I really like good commentary. I hit one derivative oildrum site and while the content was good the formatting was horrific (and this coming from someone who writes to HTML 1.1). I'm sure this will happen a lot and it would be absolutely fantastic if there was some
way of passing around 'reviews' of sites over the next, say, six months via either a single dynamic page (I could write it)or an email list. Just a simple association between usernames on theoildrum and positive votes for other web sites.

Thank you all,

"... if there was some way of passing around 'reviews' of sites over the next, say, six months via either a single dynamic page (I could write it)or an email list..."

I started a Yahoo group called TODRegistry (TOD Refugee Registry) for that purpose; a place for folks to park their contact info and share news about the community. Keeping it simple for now, but discussion is encouraged.

Thank you from Australia for the years of your combined good work. This site is a milestone as big as peak oil itself. I've been a member for six and a half years and I'll miss you.