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Peak Oil and the 99%: Pat Gerber and Ben West

Peak Oil: No Tarsands, No Pipelines, No Tankers with Pat Gerber and Ben West
San Francisco Energy Analyst Pat Gerber and Local Activist Ben West discuss the Canada’s Tarsands-first energy policy and why it doesn’t work for the 99%.

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One response to “Peak Oil and the 99%: Pat Gerber and Ben West

  1. informationforager November 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    A great post.

    When we think of oil, we picture the gas tank analogy. When the needle reaches E for empty is when we are in trouble. The world does in fact have a trillion barrels of oil left to produce. The real analogy is like a Pearl Harbor reconnaissance plane flying its mission over the ocean. The plane flies as far as it can for as high as it can. The pilot fulfils the mission of aerial photography of enemy positions. At a certain point though the pilot knows he must turn around at the HALF WAY point of the gas gauge to make it back home. When the needle reaches at half the tank the pilot MUST RETREAT and DESCEND to make it back to base. When the world has produced as much oil as it ever can in one day (peaked), when it has flown as far as it can for as high as it can the world economy MUST RETREAT and DESCEND.
    Thanks.

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