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The Crash Course

I just finished watching Chris Martenson’s Crash Course for the second time. Chris has done an absolutely world class job of synthesizing a massive tomb of interrelated societal and economic issues and presented them masterfully in an easy to digest form. No previous experience required! Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a far more interesting future than we have lavishly grown up with.

One question: How’s your garden?

Sign the Petition: City of Vancouver Needs a Peak Oil Task Force

Hubbert’s PeakA fellow peak oil activist has created a petition that we intend take to the Vancouver City council to urge them to create a task force to begin looking at the multitude of issues that permanently declining oil supplies creates. Politicians and business folk accustomed to the growth paradigm need to wake up and realize that it’s time to plan and implement solutions that account for shrinking liquid fuel supplies every subsequent year from now. No one yet knows the rate of decline that we will collectively experience but it is this rate that should determine the scope and time line of solutions to effectively mitigate the numerous and far reaching risks. The City of Vancouver needs to perform a thorough risk assessment, facilitate scenario planning, draft a plan, circulate the plan to all stakeholders and begin implementation. Help us create a loud enough collective voice that will demand the attention of city council.

Sign the petition HERE.

Bryn Davidson: Peak Oil and Climate Change – Tues Dec 11, 2007 – 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Peak oil and climate change represent profound and unprecedented global challenges whose economic, environmental, and political impacts are intertwined and often divisive. On one hand, many climate activists argue that peak oil is a ‘distraction’ for local decision makers or, in some cases, an industry agenda aimed at removing barriers to oil extraction. On the converse side, many peak oil activists argue that energy-driven economic crises, and not climate targets, will be the real driving force behind the global energy transition. This presentation and panel discussion will seek to bridge these gaps by bringing together local advocates for action on peak oil and climate change to find common ground, define differences, and set priorities for action on the ground.

Bryn Davidson is a specialist in sustainable urban development whose current work in architecture and planning was preceded by several years as a mechanical engineer and environmental activist in Alaska. After graduating with a masters of Architecture in 2004 he started the design and planning practice Rao/D Cityworks , and co-founded the non-profit Dynamic Cities Project – a think tank working to help cities adapt to peak oil and climate change. Bryn’s presentations on peak oil planning have been well received globally, and have been translated into multiple languages. Locally, his current projects include a farm-integrated residential development in Ontario, a high performance home in Alaska, and sustainability consulting for local green-minded businesses.

Free admission. Co-sponsored by Necessary Voices Society.

Date: Tuesday Dec 11, 2007
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia St., Alice MacKay room

Contact: Necessary Voices Society
Phone: (604) 331-4044

Is The World Supply Of Oil & Gas Peaking?

Peak Oil is when the extraction rate of petroleum reaches its maximum and can no longer meet demand.

I read a great speech on Peak Oil today by Mathew Simmons, one of the world’s leading experts on investing in the oil industry. He suggests the peak is 1 – 9 years away. Details below:


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Peak Oil Foreshadowing

A recent gas crunch in Ontario and Quebec provides a little insight into how near capacity our oil and gas supply chain is. Any hiccups start creating an inability to meet demand. Stephen Leeb, an investment advisor and author of The Coming Economic Collapse believes that supply is currently around 102% of demand. We have very little surplus and this seems to go unnoticed by most. Oil companies seem to watch this very closely and take the opportunity to raise prices whenever possible. It seems like a good time to get off of oil as quickly as possible.