Obama Wins!

On a day when Barack Obama wins his historic election victory in the USA, I thought it would be useful to post his views on peak oil.

In the speech you can watch below, he talks about “a set of challenges greater than any that we have seen in generations”. He talks about the two wars that America is currently fighting. He says that climate change is “placing the planet in peril”. And he says the economy is in “turmoil”.

Central to all these major challenges” he says, “is the question of what will we do about our addiction to foreign oil. With out a doubt this addiction is one of the most dangerous and urgent threats this nation has ever faced.

As he also says, “the choices we make [now] … will shape the next decade, and the next century.”

You can find out what Obama is planning to do about it, here http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/newenergy

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2 Responses to Obama Wins!

  1. Thomas Lankester says:

    @cjwirth
    ‘Green and renewable energies are a myth.’

    So that is what that funny panel thingy on my roof is.
    A myth.

    And my house is being heated, as I type, by another myth I suppose.

    Before repeating absurdly simplistic generalisations again you might try looking at this
    http://environment.newscientist.com/channel/earth/mg20026771.500-renewable-energy-electric-dreams.html

  2. cjwirth says:

    Green and renewable energies are a myth.

    According to most independent scientific studies, global oil production will now decline from 74 million barrels per day to 60 million barrels per day by 2015. During the same time demand will increase 14%.

    This is equivalent to a 33% drop in 7 years. No one can reverse this trend, nor can we conserve our way out of this catastrophe. Because the demand for oil is so high, it will always exceed production levels; thus oil depletion will continue steadily until all recoverable oil is extracted.

    Alternatives will not even begin to fill the gap. And most alternatives yield electric power, but we need liquid fuels for tractors/combines, 18 wheel trucks, trains, ships, and mining equipment.

    We are facing the collapse of the highways that depend on diesel trucks for maintenance of bridges, cleaning culverts to avoid road washouts, snow plowing, roadbed and surface repair. When the highways fail, so will the power grid, as highways carry the parts, transformers, steel for pylons, and high tension cables, all from far away. With the highways out, there will be no food coming in from “outside,” and without the power grid virtually nothing works, including home heating, pumping of gasoline and diesel, airports, communications, and automated systems.

    This is documented in a free 48 page report that can be downloaded, website posted, distributed, and emailed: http://www.peakoilassociates.com/POAnalysis.html

    I used to live in NH-USA, but moved to a sustainable place. Anyone interested in relocating to a nice, pretty, sustainable area with a good climate and good soil? Email: clifford dot wirth at yahoo dot com or give me a phone call which operates here as my old USA-NH number 603-668-4207. http://survivingpeakoil.blogspot.com/

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