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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.

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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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The 10 best ways to respond to Peak Oil

Our responses to both climate change and peak oil need to 1) be multi-facetted and 2) started right now whilst there is time to make an orderly transition. Here is a summary of the 10 steps that are considered to be vital.

The main thing to remember is that adjusting and adapting can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling journeys you could undertake. Enjoy the adventure! Continue reading

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Protected: A way out of the Peak Oil – Climate Change impasse?

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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 […] Continue reading

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Peak oil reports

In recent years a number of influential government and businesses agencies have issued reports warning of the consequences of peak oil and the need to respond with urgency. You can download some of these reports by clicking on the links below. The information and opinions that they contain are unequivocal – business as usual is no longer a viable option for […]
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Peak Oil versus Climate Change

Question: Which is more serious: climate change or peak oil? Some say it’s peak oil, because that issue will impact much sooner – especially on the poor. Others say it is climate change because we are threatening to take the planet’s climate system beyond the tipping point, and then everyone will suffer. Clearly there is no right answer. It’s far more constructive to treat both peak oil and climate change as equally critical. Continue reading

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Oil depletion rates

Impacts of oil depletion: Oil will not just “run out” because all oil production follows a bell curve; therefore the issue is not having enough to keep our economy running. An oil based economy  doesn”t need to deplete its entire … Continue reading

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Riding the ‘sixth wave’

The task ahead for each of us is to prepare as fast and as well as we can for the consequences of Peak Oil described elsewhere on this website – but to remember, in the stress of this new, frightening activity, that humans have always been immensely inventive, and we are on a huge, historical peak of inventiveness right now. […] Continue reading

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The depth of the problem

For a very readable overview of the global peak oil problem, it is well worth reading Michael Klare”s analysis “Crude Awakening”. Crude Awakening was published in 2004 but still a very good overall account. Klare is a noted Professor of … Continue reading

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