Peak Oil on Nine to Noon / Kevin Moore responds
Once again I wish to thank you for the excellent work you did on the situation of oil supply in New Zealand. I'm sure you will be interested to know that over two years ago I visited the Greater London Council and met the Vice Chair of London Transport, Dave Wetzel. We are now good friends. I introduced Dave to the issue of Peak Oil from the http://www.oilcrash.com/ perspective with which I have been associated with for about four years.
Dave Wetzel introduced me to the idea Land Value Tax and I have his link on my Web along with http://www.oilcrash.com/. Dave now sends regular updates to us in New Zealand from the London perspective. They are a little slow to catch on but many people in the UK are becoming better informed .
The future is not looking good once you become informed but here in New Zealand it may even be worse because of our failure to provide adequate public transport and our heavy reliance on fertilizer.
We have established links with many other countries and are highly disturbed at how unwilling political leaders are to discuss the issue of Peak Oil. I highly recommend a viewing of the DVD "Peakoil Imposed by Nature". Obviously the implications of an oilcrash are quite horrific and after careful consideration of all the facts we see no simple solutions. We are informed and have an in-depth understanding of what science cannot do. As I have said many times before, we are a monolithic fuel based culture. Without oil the party is over.
As an aside I wonder if you remember Dick Ryan from the Commission for the Future. He was so right in his predictions. There will also be a major political convulsion once the public realises how much they have been deceived about the facts that they have probably suspected. Social constructions of reality have been powerful and all pervading in the area of energy management. The message of Peak Oil is not new but the power of vested interests has actively undermined it.
We believe that we must now have a continued public discussion about the future direction of this beautiful country which has already been badly plundered by corporate raiders and unfettered commercial greed. The whole fashionable notion of sustainable development is a oxymoron and to survive we need a great leap backwards.
Wellington City Councillor
cc Kevin Moore
For your blog Bryan
We [in the peak oil aware community] keep talking about the tsunami of Peak Oil being on the horizon but what we are currently seeing in more like sitting on a beach and watching the tide come in and demolish sandcastles: a wave moves up the beach, then recedes. the next wave may not go quite as far, but we can be certain that one of the subsequent waves will reach a little further. Some children frantically build barriers to protect their sandcastles. Others build new sandcastles further up the beach. It never occurs to children to consult tide tables, because they are oblivious that such things exist. It is rather similar with National Radio; it would never occur to them to consult someone who actually knows what is going on in the world; National Radio only knows about playing in the sand. That is why I never bother to listen to Morning Report these days.
We should note that oil prices have dropped a little from the recent high of $68/barrel, but can be certain that there will be less oil available tomorrow than today and more people wanting it, so some time soon the price of oil will rise again, petrol will rise again, and National Radio will fail to deliver reality to its listeners once again. Of course representatives of the AA will squawk like parrots and cry: "Unfair." That is the system.