Peak Oil


U.S. public health community begins discussing peak oil

  • Awareness: Our federal officials to this day do not seem to comprehend that the world is at the end of the era of oil.
  • Scope: Solid evidence demands that we stop our denial about the seriousness of the energy problems ahead: global peak oil represents an unprecedented risk management problem.
  • Disruption Potential: Peak oil is likely to have significant impact on our most important existing systems, including transportation, building operations, and industrial agriculture.
  • Regional Vulnerability: The United States is highly vulnerable because of our import-dependence and our spread-out infrastructure, with some regions more at risk than others, including cities with urban sprawl.
  • Trend: However bad our economic problems are today, it is likely we will experience greater problems in the near future as oil supplies decline.
  • Sector-specific Impacts: We are likely to experience peak oil first as a liquid fuels crisis and to feel its impact primarily in the transportation sector, where there is no ready liquid fuel substitute for oil.
  • Limited Mitigation Options: There are no “silver bullets” that can substitute for oil (“Maybe there are a few rusty bb’s” Congressman Bartlett joked).
  • Scarce-resource Allocation: We should begin to devote the remaining oil to ramping up a transfer to renewable energy infrastructures.
  • Triage: Meanwhile prudence requires us to begin planning for shortages by developing protocols for rationing oil, by means other than price, to key sectors and priorities.

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    ptsp 7 years ago

    WOW. NY TImes?????

    One of the newest energy lobbyists claims he has the answer to climate change: spaceships.

    The government has in its possession “extraterrestrial vehicles,” lobbyist Stephen Bassett said. As in flying saucers.

    Imagine the power source, he said, behind a 30-foot wide saucer that weighs the same as a tractor-trailer yet hurtles through galaxies at 20,000 miles per hour.

    “What is the energy system operating that craft?” Bassett said. “They’re not burning kerosene.”

    He added, “It eliminates oil. It eliminates coal. If it’s as good as we think it is, it transforms everything.”

    No more ozone hole or melting polar ice caps, Bassett said. And the price of electricity would drop to almost nothing.

    Bassett believes this. Fervently.

    He is working for free as a lobbyist, representing the Hawaii-based Exopolitics Institute, an educational organization which describes itself as “dedicated to studying the key actors, institutions and political processes associated with extraterrestrial life.” Bassett said he is less lobbyist and more political activist.

    “The UFO phenomenon is real,” Bassett said. “The E.T. extraterrestrial presence is real.

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