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Interview: Michael Armstrong, staff to the Portland Peak Oil Task Force

Marc Strassman, Etopiamedia
Michael Armstrong is the Operations Manager of the City of Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development (OSD) (Dan Saltzman, Commissioner; Susan Anderson, Director). He’s also staff to the recently-appointed and groundbreaking Portland Peak Oil Task Force.

The Peak Oil/Global Warming Channel spoke this morning with Mr. Armstrong about the Portland Peak Oil Task Force and related issues regarding the transition to a post-peak oil world.

You can listen to that conversation by clicking on the appropriate button in the program menu in the Peak Oil/Global Warming Channel Brightcove Player [in the original article].
(4 Aug 2006)

Hirsch talk at U of Calgary
(PDF of slides)
Robert L. Hirsch
Slide presentation from a Hirsch talk given June 20, 2006: “Peaking of World Oil Production: The Problem and Its Mitigation.” Courtesy of FatherOfTwo of peakoil-dot-com.
(20 June 2006)

San Francisco Supervisor on peak oil

(original headline: “After oil”)
Ross Mirkarimi, SF Bay Guardian
Every day a river of cars flows across the Bay Bridge into San Francisco, bringing workers, tourists, and visitors to the city. Nearly all run on petroleum fuels. Every day a staccato procession of planes lands at SFO, bringing tourists, conventioneers, and returning residents. All fly on petroleum fuels. Every day a phalanx of trucks delivers food to grocery stores, restaurants, and corner markets. All run on petroleum fuels. Every day roads are paved, potholes are filled, roofs are tarred, machinery is lubricated, and tires are replaced. All are done with petroleum-derived products. Every day hundreds of thousands of purchases take place, every one enabled by petroleum.

What will happen when the petroleum behind all these activities costs $100 a barrel? $200 a barrel? Or more? San Francisco’s viability as a major West Coast city is based on cheap petroleum. But the century of cheap petroleum is quickly coming to an end, and an era of expensive, scarce oil is dawning.

….In April, San Francisco became the first major city in the United States to pass a peak-oil resolution, and on July 28 the San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission held the first in a series of hearings on the issue of peak oil. Over the next year the commission will hold additional public hearings to educate and inform the citizenry of San Francisco on peak oil and will be launching a study to identify the possible responses we can take.
(3 Aug 2006)

3rd Community Solutions peak oil conference – Ohio Sept 22-24

Community Solution
“The time has come to move beyond energy alernatives to creating alternative lifestyles and communities.”

…Plan C – Our strategy of cultural change, conservation, curtailment, and community.

Through drastic reductions in resource consumption, dramatic conservation and curtailment of energy use, coupled with an increase in local community living we can survive Peak Oil and create a sustainable world.

The conference will look at how each individual can make a difference, reduce CO2 emissions and help bring about a more peaceful world.

Richard Heinberg – author, The Party’s Over and Powerdown
Vicki Robin – author, Your Money or Your Life; president, the New Road Map Foundation
Julian Darley – author, High Noon for Natural Gas; Director, Post Carbon Institute, co-author, Relocalize Now!
David Orr – Chair, Environmental Studies Department, Oberlin College
Jeff Christian – director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Technology Center
Peter Bane – Editor, Permaculture Activist magazine
Richard Olson – Director, Sustainability and Environmental Studies Program, Berea College
Sharon Astyk – Community Supported Agriculture farmer
Faith Morgan, Pat Murphy and Megan Quinn – Community Solutions
(Aug 2006)