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It’s real and it’s serious – the world is running out of cheap oil. Life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable and it’s better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise. This site aims to help Tasmanians understand these issues and to show that, with optimism, creativity and decisive action, we can not only overcome this challenge but create a healthier, more sustainable society at the same time.

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Why are petrol prices being buried by government?

Why are petrol prices being buried by government?

The bad news we bring you today is that this document, owned by the people of Tasmania, has been pulled from the state government’s websites so you can no longer get it from there.

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Peak, what peak?

Peak, what peak?

Amid continuing media headlines that the US is experiencing an energy bonanza and will soon rival Saudi Arabia in production of hydrocarbons, it is somewhat disturbing how many people are reading those pointed headlines at face value, some even questioning whether oil depletion is a problem after all.

For those who wish to dig deeper than the headlines, below are some links to articles that give a much more robust picture of the true story.

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A must-see video clip!

A must-see video clip!

At last here’s an Australian produced video “What the Economic Crisis Really Means – and what we can do about it ” that explains in just 12 minutes the depth of the human predicament and what can be done about it.

Expertly produced with neat hand drawing animation, this educational video explains the slowly disintegrating global economy and its relationship with oil depletion (= rising energy prices).

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Why are oil prices going wild?

Why are oil prices going wild?

If you read the mass media you’ll be forgiven for believing that Peak Oil is simply not a threat to us any more. So what is going on? If world oil supply is peaking why have oil prices been on such a roller coaster in recent times?

As with climate and wild weather, oil prices will go up and down from month to month, with many peaks and troughs, but underneath all of that ‘noise’ is a steady one-way progression that, in the long run, we can’t run away from.

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Peak Oil - watch our video clip

Peak Oil – watch our video clip

Our Peak Oil forum in July attracted much interest, especially from people interested how peak oil relates to local government and local communities.

This video clip gives an excellent overview of Peak Oil, it’s consequences and government and community responses – with a particular focus on Tasmania.

(Delivered by Todd Houstein at the forum.)

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What can Tasmanian local councils do?

What can Tasmanian local councils do?

The decline of global oil production will radically change the way our societies are run: our transport systems, how we produce food, where we work and live.

Here’s a basic checklist for anybody who wishes to influence local government as to the multiple ways that councils are able to respond to the Peak Oil issue.

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Peak Oil Forum – July 2

Peak Oil Forum – July 2

This forum was a follow-up to a successful public forum held in 2010. Since then it has become evident that the most responsive arm of government to pressing oil depletion issues has been local government, which has close links with affected communities and businesses.

To receive a summary of proceedings, please email info@peakoiltas.org.

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Tasmanian Government’s Peak Oil Study

Tasmanian Government’s Peak Oil Study

Announcing this $250,000 study in 2010, Minister McKim said that it is vital Tasmania prepares for when the supply and price of oil are less certain than they are today. However, the study, now well underway, has been renamed the “Tasmanian Oil Price Vulnerability Study”. It seems very likely that the study will consider only the price of oil, not its availability.

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Are there alternatives to oil?

Are there alternatives to oil?

Trying to maintain a society that is dependent on huge and growing volumes of cheap energy is an utterly futile challenge. Our society’s energy thirst can’t be satiated, not from any combination of known energy sources.

Seen from this perspective, our national obsession with energy supply choices (wind, versus nuclear, versus geothermal, etc) can be seen to be unhealthy, divisive and misdirected.

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What is Peak Oil?

What is Peak Oil?

Simply put, Peak Oil is the point in history when maximum oil production is reached – beyond that point, less and less oil is produced as the major oil reserves run down, leaving a growing gap between supply and demand. A supply gap like this inevitably results in sharply increasing prices. The ramifications for human society will be very profound [...]

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'Living Smart' – this Monday

‘Living Smart’ – this Monday

Sustainable Living Tasmania is presenting a ‘Living Smart’ workshop this coming Monday, focussed on peak oil.

This is an opportunity to find out about likely impacts of peak oil on daily life and how best to prepare and respond.

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Nicole's message to Tasmania

Nicole’s message to Tasmania

In march Peak Oil Tasmania co-hosted a visit to Tasmania by Canadian writer and systems analyst Nicole Foss, who presented at two lively lectures in Hobart and Launceston. Foss is an expert in the complex global financial and energy systems and focuses a lot of her work on the pressing problem of oil depletion.

Thanks to Hobart climate science writer, Peter Boyer, here is his overview of what Nicole had to say:

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Citizens

No matter who you are, your life is going to be significantly affected by the Peak Oil phenomenon. Building 'resilience' into our lives is the key to protecting ourselves and our families from the effects of peak oil.

Communities

Joining a local community is a powerful way to add resilience to our lives. Tasmania's growing network of 'Transition Communities' is helping to strengthen community links and pool skills, knowledge and resources.

Food

Peak oil will have major ramifications on food security for our citizens and on Tasmania's farm sector. For backgrounders click here and here.

The economy

Tasmania's economy is critically oil dependent. 'Relocalisation' will be the key to economic sustainability in a carbon constrained future.

Transport

The impacts of peak oil in Tasmania cannot be adequately addressed without confronting the crucial issue of transport head on. Click here for backgrounder.
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