By Glen BradfordI became a peak-oil believer this year after reviewing the facts. My point estimate is early 2012, when everyone realizes we are in descent mode. For those keeping track, the top started in 2004. That said, energy costs are going to rise. Also, with global governments printing record amounts of money and future inflation mostly unavoidable, lots of investors are seeking protection in gold. I'd like gold if I didn't think I could get higher returns elsewhere. So, I'm looking into oil companies located in China, with its marginal competitive advantage of lower production costs.