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ODAC Newsletter - Sep 3

Welcome to the ODAC Newsletter, a weekly roundup from the Oil Depletion Analysis Centre, the UK registered charity dedicated to raising awareness of peak oil.

A report by the German armed services (the Bundeswehr) on the implications of peak oil on national security was leaked to the internet this week and picked up by Der Spiegel. The report, which was produced by the Future Analysis department of the Bundeswehr Transformation Centre, acknowledges that peak oil will happen, and that while estimates of the timing vary it could be any time from 2010 with the impacts on security likely to be felt 15 to 20 years later.

The German report, which follows on from the 2010 United States Joint Forces Command report, and news received by ODAC that the Australian Defence Department held a seminar in August 'Fuelling the Force in 2030' on the risks of peak oil, demonstrates that while peak oil still receives little mainstream political attention, it is being discussed seriously in military circles.

One risk listed in the Bundeswehr report is the growing potential for geopolitical conflict over a rush for resources in the Arctic Circle. Attempts by Cairn Energy to drill off Greenland were brought to a temporary halt this week as four Greenpeace campaigners occupied a drilling rig in an attempt to draw attention to the risks of deepwater drilling in a fragile ecosystem.

Efforts to complete the permanent seal on the Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico were delayed week due to bad weather, as hurricane Earl swirled up the Eastern seaboard. The Obama administration is coming under increasing pressure to lift its drilling moratorium following a judge's decision this week not to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the ban, as well as heavy lobbying by the oil industry. An explosion on a Mariner Energy rig off Louisiana yesterday could however tip the scales the other way.

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Oil

Military Study Warns of a Potentially Drastic Oil Crisis

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Mariner Energy Platform Explodes in Gulf of Mexico

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Greenpeace activists arrested after abandoning occupation of Arctic oil rig

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Judge rules against U.S. government on oil drilling

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US oil industry protests against drilling moratorium

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BP's internal probe faults its own engineers: report

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Bad weather delays BP bid to recover blowout preventer

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Deep-Water Drilling Moratorium No Longer Needed, Panel Probing Spill Says

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BP ad spending tripled after spill: US lawmakers

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Crude Oil Trades Below $74 Amid Fears of Double-Dip Recession in the U.S.

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Oil, health, and health care

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Canada tar sands industry ignoring toxic river pollution

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Crude Oil Climbs After Reports Show Gains in U.S., Chinese Manufacturing

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Russia opens China pipeline for Siberian oil

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Gas

Doubts over Chinese coal-bed methane

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Coal

Carbon capture companies want protection if acid leaks into the sea

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Facebook faces campaign to switch to renewable energy

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Nuclear

Merkel's Cabinet Backs Nuclear Tax in $102 Billion Savings Plan

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Renewables

August sees record rise in UK home solar panels fitted

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China builds base to tap deep-sea energy: state media

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Biofuels

Land grabs, biofuel demand raise global food-security risk

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UK biofuels 'falling short' on environmental standards

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Ethanol Surpasses Gasoline for First Time Since December: Energy Markets

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Geopolitics

Middle East peace talks begin in Washington

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Backlash over China curb on metal exports

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Event

ASPO-USA 2010 Peak Oil Conference

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Editorial Notes: The Oil Depletion Analysis Centre (ODAC) is an independent, UK-registered educational charity working to raise international public awareness and promote better understanding of the world's oil-depletion problem.

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