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Peak oil warnings turn up in the strangest places

It’s always intriguing to see how companies come out on the big – and often controversial – questions of energy future.

The UK Peak Oil Task Force, which launched a new report today, has a small membership: two engineering firms, an energy company, a rail operator, and Solar Century, whose founder Jeremy Leggett contributed to our Copenhagen experts’ panel. Another member is Virgin, which is also a train operator in the UK. Richard Branson however is another kettle of fish – how do his oil crunch warnings square with his planned space travel venture?
In any case, it is interesting to see that NRMA Motoring & Services, one of Australia’s biggest motoring organisations, is calling for government support of alternative fuels. The organisation published an independent report it commissioned which warns of energy security problems and peak oil – and calls for more government investigation into stricter efficiency standards, biofuels, natural gas, and electric cars.

Imagine these points being made by the American Automobile Association, or the UK’s AA.

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In a sense, calling for fuel alternatives isn’t out of sync with that history; after all, it is still seeking government support for maintaining driving as the transport method of choice. And the associated media release focused on energy security rather than overall supply, or environmental impact. But it’s still striking to see an organisation so involved with car-use issue such a stark warning about the future of oil.

Financial Times



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