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Peak oil is an event so momentous it will turn society as we know it on its head. Every citizen, every community, every business will be affected. We owe it to ourselves to understand the issues and how to build resilience into our lives and into the communities around us.

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). Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Electric cars and Tasmania’s future

Any strident advocacy of electric vehicles feeds our society"s lust to maintain at all costs our patterns of unsustainable living. Every step along the way, the electrification debate needs to be placed into the much more important context of making our cities and communities less car dependent. Lose sight of the larger context, then we lose the sustainability argument and unintentionally end up feeding the other side of the debate instead. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Canberra report highlights global peak oil predicament

Turns out this report”s conclusion was too much for some to handle, so the federal government decided not to publish it back in 2009.

Leaked to a French agency early in Decemer 2011, this is a thoroughly researched run down of the global peak oil predicament and concludes that we”ll start to see a terminal decline happening by around 2016.

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Growing price of oil

Here”s a snapshot of oil prices on the global market. Brent crude is the oil market that Australia is tied to, so from this you can see trends in prices that are affecting us over time.

The chart speaks for itself. Note that by clicking on the four options below the chart you can see how oil prices are changing over different periods time frames. The spike in 2008 coincides with the global financial meltdown and this is followed by an inexorable growth in price. Continue reading

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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.) Continue reading

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The problems with alternative energy

The table below illustrates a very important principle – there is no free lunch in energy supply. Whereas each of us has our own preferences about different energy sources, each energy source has its peculiar set of problems. Some may … Continue reading

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How to approach your local council

How can your local council respond to peak oil in the best possible way?

Some councils are large and well resourced. Others less so. Some may have already taken steps to address the issue. Most have not done so yet. Some will be much more impacted by peak oil than will others.

In short, no one-way-fits-all. Continue reading

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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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