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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Peak Oil Summary & Solutions

The absolute best Peak Oil article I’ve read so far was on Energy Bulletin yesterday. It sums up nearly every aspect of the crisis from a calm, rational perspective and presents the facts plainly.

From the article:

"From our perspective peak oil is not a tragedy, as long as it's handled correctly." As oil depletes and countries like China and India start to compete against the U.S. and Europe for increasingly limited supplies, Murphy sees a danger of more oil wars like Iraq.

"We are no longer attracted by the siren singers of breakthrough technologies that promise us we can continue living in a manner that denies a future for our children," Murphy told conference participants. "The solutions are not going to come from the same people who created the problem. The answers are not in the corporations of technology but in the villages and neighborhoods."

"There's this need to change our oil use driven by the supply question and from another direction by the global-warming question," Murphy said. "That's been causing a lot of cognitive dissonance. It took me about six months to understand that the issue is not how long the other half of the oil will last but that we can't burn the other half of the oil."

3 Comments:

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Jon L. Picard said...

Hi Peak Engineer,

Thanks for the link to Conserver Core! I have a lot of running i have to do this week and some projects i have to finish - let me know when your ready for Polyrap. I'll be at the ready!

I think your articles are great. They stike me as having a good balance of knowledge with practical do how.

Keep up the great work!

-Jon L. Picard

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger PeakEngineer said...

Sounds good, Jon. Let's look at some time next week for the polyrap interview. I'll e-mail you later this week.

 
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