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    On the final Questions and Answers the other night, Eddie Hobbs led a discussion on Peak Oil.

    "If we look to the immediate future, I think that theres issues far bigger than Government coming down the tracks," said Hobbs. "The biggest issue of all is the one related to energy. The International Energy Agency report that came out in November was lost in the media melee over banking and it completely reverses a lot of the predictions that weve used to base our entire national economic planning around. It seems to me that were now at Peak Oil production globally so were entering the age of scarcity.

    "We have this collective view that were somehow going back to what was there before with just less wealth and I believe were entering a brand new economic age and the future is all about energy efficiency, energy creation, green technology and weve a lot of catching up to do in order to prepare for that. And weve great potential to do so."

    John Bowman: And do you think the public are ready for that message?

    Eddie Hobbs: No, this is the problem. Its not until oil hits 200, 250 300 a barrel that people will accept it, because its a very personal thing. But even nationally our preparedness really is quite pathetic. For example our most recent reports on oil supplies and on what we would do in the event of oil shortages are two huge reports and there isnt even one sentence dealing with the possibility that were actually at Peak Oil. Even Fatih Birol, the chief economist with the IEA says its 2020 but some say its earlier."

    Minister John Gormley "Eddie is absolutely right. We have twin problems: scarcity of oil and climate change. Despite the global recession its very clear that our emissions are growing by 1.9% per annum, so were using up our oil resources."

    John Bowman then diverted the discussion to wondering why climate change hasn't caught the public imagination with Noel Whelan accepting that the Green Party had brought the issue to public attention.

    see for yourself: RT News: Questions and Answers

    As Transition Town groups organise themselves throughout Ireland and the wider world to prepare their communities for the changes associated with Peak Oil and Climate Change, what can they realistically achieve? Why is there no national Plan A or B to cope with what Hobbs refers to as the coming "age of scarcity"?

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    See the work of Dr. Colin Campbell, acknowledged expert on Peak Oil who lives and works out of Ballydehob. I have friends who,like me, have worked in the oil producing countries and who think that his pessimism is too optimistic !
    For a start, if you've ever talked to the guys who go out with the thumpers on seismic runs, they'll tell you that the oil producers are fed highly iffy data from which they estimate their reserves.
    Secondly, OPEC nations are allowed to produce a percentage of their reserves. If they feel that this is not enough to maintain their lifestyles they fake the extent of their reserves in order to increase production.

    As for Gormless, he's clueless. Even the average geography lecturer will be able to paint a picture of the effect on world security of resource management during Peak Oil and global warming. Gormless is a pacifist. Higgins is much the same.

    Things are much worse than the average citizen realises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lapsedmethodist View Post
    Secondly, OPEC nations are allowed to produce a percentage of their reserves. If they feel that this is not enough to maintain their lifestyles they fake the extent of their reserves in order to increase production.


    Things are much worse than the average citizen realises.
    Would it not be in the interests of OPEC countries to underestimate the amount of oil they have ?
    This would surely force the price upwards without having to curtail production.

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    oh yes, it is very near and may have already occured. The IEA have come out and said that production will peak by 2020. This is a huge change on their position from last year.

    Even the EIA (American agency) have completely changed their position. The IEA and EIA have always been extrememly optimistic, so something really big must have happened for them to change so completely.

    Russia has peaked already and the Cantarell super-giant field in Mexico peaked and is decling at an alarming rate. China has begun hoarding huge volumes of oil.

    We are screwed. The Government has to build at least one nuclear plant and it must start immediately. Hopefully it would be ready for 2020. Money should be moved from renewables if needs be. Wind power cannot work long-term anyway without nuclear as a base-load producer.

    Be wary of peak gas too.

    Global oil supply will peak in 2020, says energy agency | Business | The Guardian

    Goodbye to cheap oil | Salon

    Colin Campbell is a really nice guy and very willing to help anyone who studies the area. He is the most knowledgable man on the planet when it comes to peak oil and we are lucky to have him here. It's a pity we aren't listening to him.
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    WTF does Hobbs know about Oil other than Brylcreem ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kensington View Post
    oh yes, it is very near and may have already occured. The IEA have come out and said that production will peak by 2020. This is a huge change on their position from last year.

    Even the EIA (American agency) have completely changed their position. The IEA and EIA have always been extrememly optimistic, so something really big must have happened for them to change so completely.

    Russia has peaked already and the Cantarell super-giant field in Mexico peaked and is decling at an alarming rate. China has begun hoarding huge volumes of oil.

    We are screwed. The Government has to build at least one nuclear plant and it must start immediately. Hopefully it would be ready for 2020. Money should be moved from renewables if needs be. Wind power cannot work long-term anyway without nuclear as a base-load producer.

    Be wary of peak gas too.

    Global oil supply will peak in 2020, says energy agency | Business | The Guardian

    Goodbye to cheap oil | Salon

    Colin Campbell is a really nice guy and very willing to help anyone who studies the area. He is the most knowledgable man on the planet when it comes to peak oil and we are lucky to have him here. It's a pity we aren't listening to him.
    Unfortunately Uranium is getting scarce and expensive too but don't worry the wind and waves are here for good
    Regards, Pat Gill

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    Quote Originally Posted by odie1kanobe View Post
    WTF does Hobbs know about Oil other than Brylcreem ?
    Thankfully we've passed Peak Eddie, and some experts believe that we may be at Peak Mary Lou with the current production of 50million barrels of moany ********************e pd viewed as unsustainable in the longer term.
    Last edited by Gimpanzee; 1st July 2009 at 10:45 PM.

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    fiannafailure,

    It's not really. Production is going to increase dramatically anyway and there is enough for at least a centurym probably alot longer. We would have no problem securing enough. We will have to go nuclear anyway, if we plan for it now, we might be ok, but if we delay, we will be at the end of a long line.
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    Is Eddie still driving his big 4X4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_anderson View Post
    Would it not be in the interests of OPEC countries to underestimate the amount of oil they have ?
    This would surely force the price upwards without having to curtail production.
    i am very skeptical about TPTB pushing the "peak scarcity" story

    The peak oil theory is a money making scam put out by the speculators looking for high commodity returns in a challenging market environment. Most of the above mentioned finds have occurred in the last two years alone. I didn't even mention the untapped Alaskan oil fields or the recent Danish and Australian finds. In the long term, crude prices will find stability at historic norms because there is no supply problem. How much longer will investors ignore these new oil finds? Probably until they can find other investment alternatives which won't happen in the broad market until financials (XLF) stop hemorrhaging. Respect the trend but understand that this is a bubble preparing to burst. When oil hit it's high of $139 it represented more than a 600% increase in crude since the bull market began, returns eerily similar to the dot.com craze.

    The 'Peak Oil' Myth: New Oil Is Plentiful -- Seeking Alpha
    "The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.'' ~ J. Edgar Hoover http://tiny.cc/b2jo9

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