Thursday, March 19, 2009

Peak Oil Resources

Here are the resources that Lisa Forzley put together for last night's Detroit Abides. As always, HUGE thanks to Lisa for her assistance with this incredible event! ~Gregg

DETROIT ABIDES – MARCH 18th – Peak Oil Resources
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

What is peak oil?
Peak oil is the point in time when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline. The concept is based on the observed production rates of individual oil wells, and the combined production rate of a field of related oil wells. The aggregate production rate from an oil field over time usually grows exponentially until the rate peaks and then declines—sometimes rapidly—until the field is depleted. This concept is derived from the Hubbert curve, and has been shown to be applicable to the sum of a nation’s domestic production rate, and is similarly applied to the global rate of petroleum production. Peak oil is often confused with oil depletion; peak oil is the point of maximum production while depletion refers to a period of falling reserves and supply. (From Wikipedia)

Are there varying opinions?

End of Suburbia - A movie that discusses the dwindling supply of cheap energy in the form of fossil fuels and its effect on society.

A Crude Awakening - A Crude Awakening, produced and directed by award-winning European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled.

Community Solutions - The Community Solutions program, started in 2003, is a national resource for knowledge and practices on low-energy living and self-reliant communities. We educate about the coming global oil production peak and climate change, and design solutions to the current unsustainable, fossil-fuel based, overly centralized way of living.

Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas - A network of scientists and others, having an interest in determining the date and impact of the peak and decline of the world's production of oil and gas, due to resource constraints.

Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines - Peak Everything addresses many of the cultural, psychological and practical changes we will have to make as nature rapidly dictates our new limits. This latest book from Richard Heinberg, author of three of the most important books on Peak Oil, touches on the most important aspects of the human condition at this unique moment in time.

The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing Times - Over the coming years we will need to move from a global culture addicted to cheap, abundant petroleum to a culture of compelled conservation, whether through government directive or market forces. The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook provides useful practical advice for preparing your family and community to make the transition.

The Hirsch Report (AKA Peaking of World Oil Production: Impacts, Mitigation, & Risk Management)

Overview of the The Hirsch Report

Kinsale 2021: An Energy Descent Action Plan - This document “is the first attempt at setting out how Kinsale, a West Cork town of about 7,000 people, could make the transition from a high energy consumption town to a low energy one. The impending peaking of world oil production will lead to huge changes around the world, and Ireland will not be immune from this.”

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