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Event – Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion group- Monday Aug 4 – Phil Hart speaking on Peak Oil

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on July 27th, 2008

Topic: Peak oil and climate change
Speaker: Phil Hart
Where: Kindness House Level 2, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
When: Monday August 4, 6.30 pm
Link: www.beyondzeroemissions.org/discussiongroup
RSVP: mark @beyondzeroemmisions.org

Phil Hart studied Materials Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne before spending five years with Shell UK Exploration and Production. He worked on two new North Sea oil and gas field development projects before joining the Brent field maintenance team as a corrosion engineer.
In late 2006, Phil returned to Melbourne and is a member of the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil. He has provided briefings and presentations to all levels of Government and other business and community audiences.
Phil’s presents a coherent and robust explanation of why peak oil is near at hand and delivers a sober assessment of some of the alternatives to oil.

Background
Peak Oil is is a phenomenon that will effect on us all. As global oil production declines while demand continues to increase, there will be dramatic rises in the price of oil. As oil fuels almost all our transport of people and goods both domestically and internationally the implications are enormous. Combined with climate change, it adds even more urgency to the task of ending our dependence on fossil fuels.

As the Chief Economist of the IEA recently commented, ‘… putting these two things together, the short and medium term security of our oil markets, plus the climate change consequences of this energy use, my message is that if we don’t do anything very quickly, and in a bold manner, the wheels may fall off. Our energy system’s wheels may fall off …’ In urging OECD governments to rapidly change policy from ‘business-as-usual’ he commented ‘…we must leave oil before it leaves us.’

Peak oil represents both enormous opportunities and dangers.If we take the opportunity to electrify our transport to be run off renewable energy, combined with other wider energy efficiency planning measures, both our climate and economy will benefit. The danger is however, that there will be a rush to producing liquid fuels from coal, and extracting “unconventional oils”, which would be ruinous to the climate. As Jeremy Leggett puts it, ” we would quickly find out whether the worst predictions of the climate scientists were right”

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