New York, NY (PRWEB) April 25, 2006
This week, over 50 national and local experts gather in NYC to discuss how the city and the country can prepare for higher energy prices, and begin our transition to a low-energy, sustainable society, while slowing global warming.
Higher fuel prices are due to many factors, such as the supply / demand crunch, and instability in oil-producing countries. One critical factor being more widely discussed, with editorials in the New York Times and Newsday, and a report from the Army Corps of Engineers, is that world oil production is expected to peak and begin declining before 2010, driving prices permanently upwards.
"Brace for $100-a-barrel oil - and the sacrifices required to put in place a national policy for energy alternatives." Newsday editorial, April 23, 2006
"The end of oil," New York Times editorial, http://www.energybulletin.net/13368.html
"Energy Trends and Their Implications for U.S. Army Installations," U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report, http://stinet.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=A440265&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf.
Responses will include preparing for drastically higher energy prices with energy conservation and efficiency programs, and scaling up renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind and biofuels. These initiatives, if implemented broadly and rapidly enough, will buffer expected severe economic impacts.
Local Solutions to the Energy Dilemma, a conference cosponsored by Peak Oil NYC, Local Solutions LLC, and the Five Borough Institute, will take place on Thurs., April 27, at the Community Church of NY, 40 E. 35th St., and on Fri. & Sat., April 28-29, at Cooper Union’s Great Hall, Astor Place. Pre-register at http://www.energysolutionsconference.org. Tips and a report on making NYC more sustainable can be found at http://www.peakoilnyc.org
"While there is ongoing debate about whether hydrogen, ethanol, soy bio-diesel, or other alternative fuels will be the most effective,” notes Dan Miner, of Peak Oil NYC, “there is a broad consensus that extreme increases in conservation and efficiency in all areas of life will be essential initial steps while all energy alternatives are scaled up as part of a national emergency effort."
“The bottom line is that we’re going to have to deal with permanently declining supplies of oil, and permanently increasing prices for oil and all fossil fuel based products, said engineer John Howe, one of the speakers at the conference. “It’s almost unfathomable what the results will be in our way of life. But based upon scientific inquiry, those changes are absolutely certain. It’s just a question of when they begin taking effect, and how effectively we respond.” The conference will also feature U.S. premieres of two documentaries. “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,” examines Cuba's response to a national energy crisis, [http://www.communitysolution.org/ and "Oil Crash," looks at the collision between our oil addiction and the geological limits on our fuel supplies. http://www.oilcrashmovie.com/
For more information, a list of confirmed speakers, and online registration, go to http://www.energysolutionsconference.org.
Contacts: Dan Miner, Peak Oil NYC, 917.319.2924. http://www.peakoilnyc.org
Philip Botwinick, Local Energy Solutions firstname.lastname@example.org_http://www.energysolutionsconference.org
***__Thursday: Professor Michael Klare on how oil resources drive US foreign policy; Steve Andrews on geologist M. King Hubbert's famous 1956 prediction of US & world oil production peak; William Clark, author of Petrodollar Warfare; economist John Ikerd and engineer John Howe; panels on raising energy efficiency in NYC buildings and transportation. Evening presentation with Matt Savinar, author of The Oil Age is Over, Lifeaftertheoilcrash.net. __Friday: John Darnell, Ph.D., science advisor to Congressman Roscoe Bartlett R(MD), founder of the Peak Oil Caucus in the House; Professor David Pimentel on biofuels; solar power expert Richard Komp; panels on relocalizing agriculture and economic development. Screening of film on Cuba's response to fuel shortages after the fall of the Soviet Union, with the producers. Evening presentation with Michael Ruppert, author of Crossing the Rubicon, fromthewilderness.com.
Saturday: Julian Darley, author of High Noon for Natural Gas, founder of the Post Carbon Institute; former petroleum industry analyst Jan Lundberg; Paul DeVries, president of NY Divinity School and leader of the evangelical environmentalist movement; James Howard Kunstler, critic of suburban development and author of The Long Emergency; geologist Dale Allen Pfeiffer; panels on lowering community energy use; panel of renewable electricity generation with James Quigley, Ph.D., Bronx CC, Jameel Ahmad, Ph.D., Cooper Union, and Richard Klein. Evening presentations with solar architect Steven Strong, author Derrick Jensen, and permaculturist Geoff Lawton.