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Posted by matt shortridge on February 17, 2004, 6:04 pm
Hello all,
If anyone readers are in DC on Feb 23rd, join us for this event with
Julian Darley. Any help forwarding this to people in the DC area would
be greatly appreciated.
Global Peak and Decline of Oil and Natural Gas:  

Monday, February 23
7:00;informal discussion; 7:30;presentation
with Julian Darley:  Post Carbon Institute
Author of "High Noon for Natural Gas" chelsea green books
World authority on oil industry and energy issues.

Takoma Presbyterian Church
310 Tulip, corner to Tulip and Maple
Takoma Park MD   short walk from Takoma redline
Contact:  Matt Shortridge, 301-891-1560

Come learn more about the coming energy crisis
that the major media is not talking about.  

What is The Oil Peak?
"The Oil Peak" is the peak of global oil production.  Oil production
on a local, regional or global scale, follows a "bell curve" from
discovery up to peak production and down to depletion.  Before the
peak; i.e., the 20th century; oil and its energy was cheap and
plentiful.  After the peak; our immediate future; oil will become
increasingly difficult to extract and increasingly scarce and
expensive.  No technology or financial investment can boost production
or put more oil in the ground after the "Peak." The only way for the
U.S. to maintain its indulgent level of energy use is to secure the
remaining deposits of this dwindling resource.  Clearly that's what
the U.S. is doing in the world today.  But military conquest of
remaining reserves only postpones the ultimate effects of oil peak on
the American way of life.  
Natural Gas (NG) in North America is in critically short supply.  We
depend on NG for electricity, agricultural fertilizer, home heating
and industry.  It is not feasible to import NG on a large scale.  The
coming NG shortfalls will reduce crop yields and threaten the electric
grid.  Alternative energies like wind and solar are essential, but
will fall dramatically short of our present consumption habits and
needs.  Many look to Hydrogen, but it is essentially just a high tech
battery.  It is not a source of energy like oil.  Rather, it stores
and carries energy from other sources.  
The solutions to this problem involve dramatic restructuring of the
way we live: localization of agriculture, energy, work, and industry;
not simply reduction in oil and gas use, but major reduction in
overall energy use.  We can choose as a nation and world to manage the
energy decline, or wait and have it thrust upon us in a chaotic

rsvp to this email with questions comments, or call me at:
202-274-3193 day
301-891-1560 home
-Matt Shortridge, Takoma Park MD

Posted by nightbat on February 25, 2004, 9:36 am
nightbat wrote

matt shortridge wrote:


        So how did the meeting turn out? Ok then, and why is the cost of
US fuel going to $.00 a gal since we won the Iraq war? So what you're
saying is if the US secures control of the foreign peak oil supplies the
price goes up, hmmmmm, who's doing the math here?

        the nightbat

Posted by Steve Spence on March 2, 2004, 4:20 am
 Ostensibly, here in NY, the price went up because of the 10% ethanol
addition ......

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