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    Question Peak oil: is Ireland ready?

    Having recently done some personal online research on the topic of peak oil, and reviewing such websites as former oil expert Professor Campbell’s ASPO site- I have begun to give thought to what will happen in Ireland if we do not prepare for the decline in the production of oil- and the escalation of prices thereafter. Many experts in the industry including oil CEO Matthew Simmons have for the most part concluded that we may in fact be past peak-production. Also with the urbanisation, and industrialisation of China and India (populations of 1.3. billion and 1.1 billion respectively) - it will put even more pressure on oil retraction resources- and ultimately the price of oil.

    While many remain optimistic about the oil tar sands of Alberta- and their potential to supply the world’s transport and energy for a century of more, others (including top scientists and oil industry insiders) have concluded that it is not a plausible scenario as the cost of digging, retracting and refining the sands would actually cost more than the cost of the tar sand oil itself. So that does not look like a plausible scenario. It’s hard to believe it but oil and gas are running out. Will this be good or bad? And is Ireland ready? More importantly is there potential for disaster for Ireland if peak oil hits- and should we be getting worried? And what do you think we (including politicians) should do to prepare for this increasingly likely event? Last but not least, regarding the foreign affairs spectrum- do you think there are worldwide dangers, or potential battle scenarios, especially when you consider that America, Russia, China, India and Europe could get competitive, so to speak- over the last remaining oil fields?

    Peak oil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    ASPO International | The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Campbell_(geologist)

    Matthew Simmons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    VIDEO (Prof.Colin Campbell): [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYmnriCJ18I&feature=related"]YouTube - Peak Oil Causes Global Recession, Depression[/ame]

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    Ireland, it appears, in not ready for anything, never mind peak oil.
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    Frankly, the role of the oil price spike in the banking collapse has been underestimated by everyone, not just Ireland. We're already there. The merest hint of etiolated green shoots of recovery seems to be having a stimulatory effect on the oil price and not too much else.
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    I believe that George Lee was heavily involved in Peak Oil research at one point. Having him in the Dáil should be of benefit to us but would be even more so if he was in government..
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    Why does no one talk about Peak Oil anymore?

    Is it dead? Was Peak Oil just a millennial fantasy like Y2K? Is Climate Change the next Peak Oil?

    What will they scare us with next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabhcan View Post
    Why does no one talk about Peak Oil anymore?

    Is it dead? Was Peak Oil just a millennial fantasy like Y2K? Is Climate Change the next Peak Oil?

    What will they scare us with next?
    Y2K was a real and present danger and we'll never know how much because the potential risks were addressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seabhcan View Post
    Why does no one talk about Peak Oil anymore?

    Is it dead? Was Peak Oil just a millennial fantasy like Y2K? Is Climate Change the next Peak Oil?

    What will they scare us with next?
    Water charges

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    Quote Originally Posted by sic transit View Post
    Y2K was a real and present danger and we'll never know how much because the potential risks were addressed.
    There was a tiny and easy to address danger which was exaggerated to whip the general public into a panic.

    Gas pipelines, hydroelectic stations, cars... in fact everything created by man worth having... represents a 'real and present danger' which must be, and thankfully can be, addressed.

    The two people killed in a balcony collapse yesterday in London highlight the danger of balconies - which clearly should be banned to protect against the 'real and present danger' of balconies... or perhaps people can rationally weigh the relative dangers of things and live with a certain level of risk.

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    It hasn't 'gone away'. We live in ever increasingly false economies and that's the real problem. It is obvious to anybody but an imbecile that a finite resource remains a finite source as long as it lasts!
    BECAUSE SOME OF US DON'T THINK ABOUT FUTURE GENERATIONS, THEY WILL NEVER FORGET US! https://www.vimeo.com/8668733 'Pipe Down' Corrib gas documentary 2009

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