First off, I'll make a massive and unreasonable concession to the skeptics on the peak-oil issue: I'll say, for argument's sake that there's just a 10% chance of peak oil occurrung between now and 2025.
As a working definition, let us assume that peak oil means a fall in global oil output leading to a quadrupling in prices over 24 months. And prices not to fall afterwards, as they did at the 2008 peak.
Let me make a further observation about the irrational rightwing posters on this website: you will, I expect, find that virtually all of the people who deny the scientific consensus on global warming also deny the possibility of peak oil.
This is insane.
Global warming and peak oil are chalk and cheese.
Peak oil is a matter of believing that the world's oil wells will, in the aggregate, produce a declining amount of oil. New wells will be opened, but those wells will (if you believe the pro-peak oil scientists) be outweighed by the declines in the existing wells.
(See the following to learn more. The Oil Drum | Discussions about Energy and Our Future)
This hypothesis has nothing to do with greenhouse gases. It is perfectly consistent to be a skeptic on global warming, but a believer in peak oil. The two notions have no relation.
But I predict that almost nobody on p.ie who is in the climate-denial camp will accept the peak-oil hypothesis. This should be instructive to you as to the rationality of the denier mentality, if my prediction is correct.
This does not belong, of course, in the environment folder.
Ireland and the EU are utterly dependent on cheap petroleum supplies for our economy.
This is a thread where I solicit support for the idea of setting up a detailed, well-resourced, disaster-preparation apparatus in Ireland designed to kick in in the event of peak oil.
The idea is to develop emergency procedures to mitigate the disasters of oil scarcity in Ireland. It is necessary to develop this stuff while oil is still cheap. I will, of course, tend to defer to engineers, electricians, doctors and other experts in the field when it comes to actual specifics of what preparations are to be made.