16 August 2005

The Oil Depletion Protocol

Big Systems - Global Institutions, Governance and History

Whether the oil peak happens over the next few months or next few decades, it's widely acknowledged that global conventional production of petroleum will see a sharp decline soon, with natural gas following thereafter. We know, in broad strokes, what needs to be done to keep that decline from turning into a global economic and political disaster, and the major recommendations -- such as an aggressive shift to alternative energies and transportation technologies, widespread adoption of higher-efficiency building designs, greater reliance on organic/local/smart agriculture techniques, and the like -- parallel what's needed to forestall the worst effects of global warming-induced climate disruption.

So how do we do it?

Richard Heinberg has a fascinating proposal, one that could reduce the risk of oil wars and economic ruin. It's simple to understand, and its logic is compelling. Heinberg, a professor at the New College of California and author of Powerdown -- Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World, calls his proposal the Oil Depletion Protocol, as it is a formalization of what is already happening worldwide: oil reserves are declining, and all too soon demand will overtake production.
(Posted by Jamais Cascio at August 2, 2005 07:59 AM)
http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/003231.html

2 comments:

Jeff said...

Post something happy please. This is making me cry. I went to china town and got a sate chicken sub, hopefully the chicken didn't come from asia...

evinrude said...

YOU REED TO MUCH! YOU NEED TO GET CRUNKED AND DRUNKED AND ALL DEM WORRIEZ WILL FLOAT AWAY LIKE SCHMOKES!!!! W OO HOOO