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Peak Oil News, April 20

Just a few articles in the news today...

The Peak Oil Crisis : Politics After the Peak
Falls Church News Press - Falls Church,VA,USA
The future politics of peak oil are discussed in this article. I can't say there is much news in the article, but it made at least a couple good points. I agree with the author's belief that America is concerned about our foreign dependence on oil, but is not ready to suffer the hardships needed in order to reduce that dependence. It loses some credibility though of declaring President Jimmy Carter as one of the most prescient presidents to hold the office.

Debate intensifies about fuel alternatives as oil prices rise
ABC Online - Australia
Another article discussing the politics of peak oil. As with the Falls Church News Press article mentioned above, it is suggested that taxes on oil be increased rather than decreased. You almost never hear me support the creation or increase of any taxes, but in this case it may just make sense.

"Peak Oil and the Environment" Conference To Address World's Most Pressing Challenges
Environmental News Network (press release) - San Rafael,CA,USA
[...A three-day conference on sustaining the planet in the 21st century convenes in Washington D.C. May 7-9 to address the implications of two overlapping crises...]

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Oil Hits All Time High

Looks like summer oil prices are back. Yesterday, Oil hit its all time high ($71.60/barrel). Read more about it here.

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Family History

So how have I been wasting my time the past few days? I've been putting up tons of genealogy information on the www.sandridge.org website. And after all this time, I still can't answer the question of where do I come from. Best guess right now is mostly English, and perhaps as much as 1/4 German. I can't tell you how relieved I was when I discovered that my Cole heritage was English rather than French (as previously suspected).

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Verizon Is Evil

I did a google search to see if "verizon is evil" turned up my never completed www.verizonisevil.com website (it didn't), and I stumbled across this hysterical link: www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/cellphones/verizon-is-evil-111492.php

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Expert Testimony on Peak Oil

US House of Representatives' Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee heard testimony from Robert W. Esser, CERA Senior Consultant and Director, Global Oil and Gas Resources at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) on December 7th, 2005. His testimony can be found at www.globalpublicmedia.com/articles/586.

Esser downplays the concerns, by saying that the "world is not running out of oil in near or medium term". He further says that we will not experience a "peak", but an "undulating plateau" in three to four decades from now.

Yet, despite many of the things he says to relieve our concerns are offset by other parts of his testimony, where he paints a picture of hardship in the coming years. He says "meeting the energy needs of a growing world in an environmentally-sound fashion will be a major challenge." He goes on to say "many significant risks to production capacity loom on the horizon." But he downplays these concerns because he says they are risks "above the ground" rather than lack of oil. I say, who cares why we can't get the oil, it is these looming risks that could send us into global recession.

He concedes that oil from non-OPEC sources will peak, and begin to decline by 2010. This will put the world at the mercy of OPEC's whims. Despite saying early in the testimony that an "undulating plateau" would occur in three to four decades from now, he then says that there is no evidence of a "peak" before 2020, just 14 years from now.

Certainly it seems possible that a "peak" could be further away than many radical activists suggest, it seems that this expert, Esser, can't say much to convince me that we won't see oil production disruptions in the coming years.

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