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The NSW Government urgently needs to re-shape public transport and urban environments to help oil-proof Sydney against future oil shortages. But the Treasurer is a self-confessed peak oil sceptic as well as a climate change sceptic, a dangerous combination with serious implications for NSW.
Peak Oil will affect every aspect of modern life, including the farming, forestry, fishing, tourism, transport and manufacturing industries. It will necessitate a new way of living, and monumental changes in the way we live, eat, commute and work. At the same time the full impacts of climate change will unfold, placing enormous pressure on our economy. The need for immediate action could not be more real.
Scientists, geologists and engineers all agree that the era of cheap plentiful oil is over. Many disagree on exactly when the peak has or will happen, but oil supply figures, skyrocketing prices and statements from previously bullish oil and car company leaders point to it happening around 2012 (+- 5 years). The exact timing is mostly irrelevant, and is likely to be revealed in the ‘rear view mirror’ as we accelerate into a future shaped by severe energy shortages. Whether this future is marked by unrest, violence and exaggerated increases in inequalities, or a less traumatic transition, depends upon our ability to plan and adapt.
“As it stands now, if we don’t change our energy system in a radical way in the next ten years, the wheels will come off.”
Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Write to Premier Morris Iemma and ask him to support the Greens Peak Oil Response Plan Bill.
Premier Morris Iemma
Level 40 Governor Macquarie Tower,
1 Farrer Place SYDNEY 2000
We need strong leadership to confront this issue. By ignoring the very serious ramifications of Peak Oil, we are ensuring that the transition will be more painful than it can be.
I would urge church leaders to consider hiring / buying / borrowing a few peak oil DVD’s and getting their heads around this subject just for the pastoral implications of the coming years, let alone whether or not the church building itself might need retrofitting, the ministry downsizing to be targeted more locally, etc.