[Marxism] Re Peak Oil

Jon Flanders jonflanders at jflan.net
Tue Oct 18 14:31:39 MDT 2005

On Mon, 2005-10-17 at 22:03 -0700, Rod Holt wrote:
> You are right; What - indeed - was "promised" after 1991? Since you
> have the numbers, what is Cuba's oil consumption today? Heinberg says 
> ("Powerdown," 2004, pg.108), "However, [Cuba's] oil imports are still 
> only a fraction of what they were before the Soviet collapse." Is this
> still true?

I could only find a figure on Cuba's current oil imports by some
extrapolation. A common figure from a number of sources for 2001 was
163,000 barrels a day of consumption which comes to about 59 million
barrels a year. Cuba is producing more oil now, about 80,000 barrels a
day. This is about 29 million barrels a year.

This compares to the 1989 import figure of 95 million barrels a year. So
Heinberg is again correct. Cuba imports only a third as much oil as it
did during the glory days of Soviet oil production.

Jon Flanders

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