Created an account a few days ago, but it's now gone. I'm assuming it had to do with me not posting in this forum first.
I became aware of the problem of Peak Oil about a year ago through curiosity about the root causes of gas prices and the recession. There are a myriad of differing opinions on the subject, and I would put myself in the category of a "moderate" on the subject. I don't subscribe to the overly pessimistic projections outright (though some of them may ultimately prove correct), but I don't consider myself that optimistic either, mostly due to the massive amount of potentially destructive ignorance of the problem. Misdiagnosis can cause more damage than ignoring the problem.
As for my background, I deal (and have a degree plus government-related experience) in atmospheric sciences (namely meteorology and climatology) and geography. So, for the mathematicians out there, I deal in probability and uncertainty quite a bit