New York (PRWEB) September 23, 2005
Oil experts and scientists will speak at a unique conference on the local and global consequences of Peak Oil.
Speakers include James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency; Dr. John Darnell, Science and Energy Advisor to Congressman Roscoe Bartlett; Jan Lundberg of Culturechange.org, former publisher of the Lundberg Survey; Mike Ruppert, author: Crossing the Rubicon, Fromthewilderness.com; David Pimental, Cornell University, and David Room, Post Carbon Institute. The Moderator is Jenna Orkin, co-founder of the World Trade Center Environmental Organization.
The event is sponsored by Culturechange.org and by Continuing Education & Public Programs, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY).
It takes place at the Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist 40 E. 35th Street, New York, NY 10016
October 5 9 A.M. - 5 P.M. Registration begins 8:30.
"As oil prices rise and crude oil supplies and refined products strain to keep up with demand, the peaking of global oil extraction is finally becoming acknowledged in the mainstream news. As Hurricane Katrina continues to hamper petroleum production in addition to devastating a large population and ecosystem, people are asking if this is a foretaste of the future of a nation that has failed to conserve energy," stated Jan Lundberg, a principal conference organizer who ran the oil statistics firm Lundberg Survey.
"Yet, the complete story on peak oil is still suppressed, and misunderstandings abound even among students of peak oil. The public remains in the dark about the vast array of consequences of this looming crisis. Political leadership is almost entirely lacking. Dishonest reporting by OPEC countries and major oil companies have contributed to the illusion that there is sufficient time before we 'run out of oil' to transition to a 'solution', whether it be hydrogen, renewables or an attempt to increase nuclear power, or some combination of the above," Lundberg added.
Approximately one dozen significant oil producing countries are past their peak in extraction and it is possible that world peak has already arrived (this cannot be conclusively determined until after the fact). The sudden effects of shortage are likely to hit the global economy within the next three years, possibly even as early as this winter. "With Hurricane Katrina, we have just seen what the lack of disaster preparedness can do. And the effects of peak oil portend an economic and social hurricane," said Jenna Orkin, the conference moderator.
At The Petrocollapse Conference the participants will ask:
What are we facing now as the economy prepares to hit the wall known as resource limits? Will growth suddenly implode?
What will be the effects of Peak Oil (a geological phenomenon) and petrocollapse (an economic and social phenomenon) on food supply and other services we depend on?
What is the role of the market in determining how severe will be the effect of shortage stemming from geological depletion?
Upon upheaval, deprivation, and a restructuring of social relations in a "new" local economics system, will we choose to create a sustainable culture?
Is there a "Plan B" to ease a transition to sustainable living in a world without plentiful energy and petroleum's materials? "It is up to us to find solutions that involve everyone in a spirit of solidarity," said Lundberg.
Please see http://www.petrocollapse.org for more information on the conference.
TV cameras should bring batteries as there are restrictions on use of church electricity.
Contact: Jenna Orkin, Moderator
(718) 246-1577 cell: (646) 267-1577
or: Jan Lundberg, Organizer