Urge President Obama: Acknowledge peak oil on the first anniversary of the Gulf spill
Oil is the lifeblood of the world economy. But as the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20 approaches, we need to break America's dependence on a resource that is becoming more costly and dangerous.
Last year, the International Energy Agency released a report saying that the world had passed the peak of conventional oil production in 2006. Peak oil means that from now on, oil will become more difficult to find and more expensive and risky to produce. For the sake of the economy, our national security and the environment, we need to start dealing with our dangerous dependence on oil today.
Ask President Obama, in his speech to mark the anniversary of the Gulf spill, to acknowledge that the world has reached peak oil and to call on the American people to join him in an all-out effort, comparable to what America did to put a man on the moon in the 1960s, to promote clean energy and conservation to reduce America's dependence on oil by 50% in ten years.
Co-sponsored by the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas - USA, the Post Carbon Institute, Transition US and Transition Voice magazine.
- US Secretary of Energy
- President of the United States
I was pleased to hear in your State of the Union address this year that you said now was America's "Sputnik moment" to reinvent our energy policy, get 80% of our electricity from clean sources by 2035 and break our dependence on oil.
In 2009 China passed the US to become the world's #1 investor in solar, wind and other renewable sources of power. Numerous reports have concluded that the world now has the technology to provide a much greater portion of its energy from clean, renewable sources. Leaders of China and other nations clearly recognize that global society is now heading for a world that uses much less oil -- and a world that saves the oil we have left for valuable plastics and life-saving pharmaceuticals, rather than needlessly burning it in gas tanks.
I am asking you to mark the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20 of this year to make a major address to the American people on how America will achieve your goal of breaking our dependence on oil, made more urgent in light of global peak oil.
Last year, the International Energy Agency released a report saying that the world had passed the peak of conventional oil production in 2006. Peak oil means that in the future, new oil will come increasingly from unconventional sources like deep under the Gulf of Mexico or tar sands that are more dangerous to extract and more expensive to produce. Unless we act now, America will become more and more beholden to foreign countries, especially in the unstable Middle East, for a resource that is vital to our economy and way of life.
For the sake of the economy, our national security and the environment, America cannot afford to be so tied to an energy source that is rapidly depleting and as a result, will only get more expensive, dirtier and more dangerous in the future.
On April 20, I urge you to speak frankly to the American people about peak oil and its consequences. Then, I ask you to call on all Americans to join you in an all-out effort to prepare the US for peak oil by promoting conservation, efficiency, clean alternatives and renewables that would reduce America's dependence on oil by 50% in the next ten years.
There can be no better way to pay homage to the people and communities harmed by the Gulf oil spill last year than to work towards preventing future drilling disasters by moving America towards a future of clean energy and conservation.
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