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US gov't awareness of peak oil

I gave an intelligence briefing to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Tom Weimer, today. He's in charge of "water and science", which includes the US Geological Survey, the agency in charge of the official government calculations on oil reserves and depletion. Most PeakOil nay-sayers rely on the USGS's 2000 report that shows an excessively optimistic projection for recoverable oil reserves, but what does USGS really think?

All I can say for sure is that Weimer didn't have any objections to my assertion that Peak Oil may well be a Fall 2005 event, nor that the world is facing a serious energy SUPPLY crisis in the near future. Does the government have some master Peak Oil plan? I have no idea, but claims that they are ignorant about the problem are simply incorrect.

Editorial Notes: Mentioned by Big Gav. More of Vail's writings are available on his website, including the text of his book A Theory of Power and a short bio. Jeff has an interesting proposal for a sustainable Post-Peak society called Rhizome, described in a recent post: Rhizome, Communication, and Our “One-Time Shot”. -BA

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