Peak oil or speculation? The debate begins


By Michelle Celarier, editor

Few topics arouse more passion these days than the price of oil. Gasoline was $4.46 at my neighborhood gas station in Westchester County, just north of New York City, the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. Peak oil? How about a peak in the price?

To Eric Sprott, the subject of this month's cover story, the end of gasoline price hikes probably seems like wishful thinking for the driving public. Sprott calls himself a "survivalist" who foresees gloom and doom ahead, based on his Malthusian view of too many people competing for too few resources. He is