Peak oil and the politics of global solutions

Thursday, January 05, 2006

From the blog Peak Oil and Simpol:

For all of the good work being done by folk, the fact cannot be escaped that government action needs to be taken at the nation state and, more importantly, global levels. It is indeed notable that some of the leading activists on the peak oil issue are advocating living in small, self-sufficient communities and also the Oil Depletion Protocol (1).

However, when pressed about the issue, the standard response from politicians seems to be an almost dogmatic faith that the market will respond to higher energy prices by spurring developments in further oil and gas exploration and recovery, alternative fuels, and energy efficiency measures (2).