The Oil Drum reaches peak content

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The website will be turned into a static archive

The Oil Drum is a website published by the Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future, a non-profit that conducts research and educates the public about energy issues and their impact on society. For years, they've been publishing high-quality content about the energy industry and various issues like peak oil. They were an extremely popular source of insights right after hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf of Mexico and made the price of oil shoot up to great heights... Both the original articles published and the very knowledgeable community were second to none on these topics. But unfortunately, this haven't been going as well lately.

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The site has posted this notice about its future:

Dear Readers of The Oil Drum,

A few weeks ago the ISEOF board (The Institute for Energy and Our Future that facilitates The Oil Drum), Euan, Super G, JoulesBurn, and Myself, met to discuss the future of The Oil Drum. A discussion we have had several times in the last year, due to scarcity of new content caused by a dwindling number of contributors. Despite our best efforts to fill this gap we have not been able to significantly improve the flow of high quality articles.

Because of this and the high expense of running the site, the board has unanimously decided that the best course of action is to convert the site to a static archive of previously published material as of 31st July August 2013. We will continue to post articles up to this date. Afterwards any articles will be held as a public archive into the foreseeable future, so that others can continue to learn from the breadth and depth of knowledge published by our many authors, over the 8+ history of this remarkable volunteer effort.

We sincerely thank everyone who has been part of the TOD community - authors, staff and especially commenter's and readers - for contributing to the success of the site. It is unusual for a site which is based primarily on volunteer effort to continue this long.

More details on what will happen can be found here.

The Oil Drum will be missed, but one could still get a very good energy education just by reading the site's archives. After all, a lot of the basics on energy don't really change, so that content is evergreen...

Via The Oil Drum

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