Wednesday, December 07, 2005

House Has Hearing on Peak Oil

Only about 30 or 40 years too late, the US House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce hosts a hearing "Understanding Peak Oil Theory." The link will, at some point, have a transcript of the event.

Note that one of the speakers is Kjell Aleklett Ph.D., one of the foremost experts on the topic from a scientific standpoint, and one of the original members of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil, an international organization of petroleum geologists, oil and gas industry scientists, etc. Hopefully he can help shed some light on the situation.

Kelly Way of the ASPO is producing a documentary called Asleep in America that hopes to wake up Americans to the issue of Peak Oil. If oil industry folks are right--the peak will occur around 2020. If the "pessimists" are right, the peak will occur around 2010. In either case--this is an issue that will not go away. Americans, and all human beings, will have to deal with it in our lifetimes. Forget about the techno-fix--there is none. Forget cornucopian dreams of human ingenuity inventing a solution at the last moment and the public never knowing how close we were to collapse. Forget ignoring this issue anymore. The time to change the way we live is now by choice, or later by force of nature.


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