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Kurt Cobb: Peak oil and climate change in 13 minutes

Kurt Cobb, writer and author of Prelude: A Peak Oil Novel demonstrates ways to explain peak oil, climate change, and risk. Cobb uses simple household objects to demonstrate how the rate of flow can impact extraction rates for oil, and how the flow of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is leading to increasing levels of CO2 and climate change. Kurt Cobb discusses a simple example for explaining why even a low risk of peak oil or climate change is worth taking seriously.

Kurt Cobb’s talk on peak oil was recorded in high definition at the International Conference on Sustainability: Energy, Economy & Environment organized by Local Future and directed by Aaron Wissner.

2 Comments on "Kurt Cobb: Peak oil and climate change in 13 minutes"

  1. KenZ300 on Mon, 22nd Nov 2010 1:49 am 

    A California-based company is building a $120 million biofuels plant near Reno Nevada. They expect the plant will create more than 50 full-time and 450 temporary jobs.

    The plant is expected to produce over 10 million gallons of ethanol AND 16 megawatts of electricity annually by processing MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE.

    This plant will create clean energy and reduce dependence on foreign oil by
    processing HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE.

    Clean, sustainable alternative energy — that is what we need — local energy, and local jobs.

    If every garbage dump in the country co-located an ethanol plant we could go a
    long way toward producing local energy and local jobs.

    Why do we keep pushing oil, coal and nuclear when there are clean, sustainable alternatives? At the very least we should diversify our energy sources. Wind, solar, geothermal and biofuels all need to ramp up production.

    If the raw material is delivered to the dump daily and is being collected already the cost of input to the plant is small and the reduction of trash going into landfills is also a benefit.

  2. jporcelli on Mon, 22nd Nov 2010 10:19 am 

    10 million gallons of fuel is about 250,000 barrels of oil.

    Even If ethanol had the same energy content as oil (it doesn’t) we would need 80 of them to provide for one day’s supply of oil in this country.

    It also does not take into account the energy used to create that ethanol.

    Its still a receding horizon

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