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Way Past Time to Wean Ourselves Off Big Oil


The world needs kick its addiction to oil and other fossil fuels to stave off global warming and it’s not as impossible as the industry has made it seem, an international panel of civic leaders said at a climate change conference in San Francisco on Thursday.

While coal has hit its peak as an energy source, oil is far from that according to scientist Peter Erickson with the Stockholm Environmental Institute.

“In California, oil consumption has been at 600 million barrels a year for the last three decades, about 15 barrels per person. That is six tons of CO2 per person,” Erickson said. “We are nearing a climate emergency. If we’re going to avoid much worse fires, much worse hurricanes, more food and water shortages, we are going to need to do two things: essentially go to net zero carbon emissions by the end of the century and we need to leave most fossil fuels underground and undeveloped.”

Some governments have already started. New Zealand’s climate change ambassador Jo Tyndall said her country has already transitioned to 80 percent renewable energy, with a goal to achieve 100 percent by 2035. This past March, the New Zealand government also announced it will no longer grant new permits for oil and gas exploration.

“We’re not out immediately but a clear signal has been sent to industry that New Zealand is phasing out oil and gas. They need to consider alternatives in the commercial decisions they make,” Tyndall said, noting the move will be gradual over the next 20 to 30 years to protect the livelihoods of people who work in the oil extracting industry.

Tyndall likened the clean energy transition to the Industrial Revolution. “It is a massive structural adjustment; a slow and managed adjustment. But starting early is better for society than a short shock.”

She spoke as part of a forum on limiting oil production as climate change policy, an event affiliated with the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

She was joined by California state Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who said her district has deeply felt the effects of the United States’ dependence on oil.

“We have seen personally the impacts of oil and gas production,” Jackson said. In 1969, the Santa Barbara Channel was hit with the largest oil spill in history. While it now ranks third behind the 1989 Exxon Valdez and 2010 Deepwater Horizon spills, Santa Barbara still suffers from spills: 23 in 2014, 20 in 2015 and 8 as of June 2018.

“People seem to forget as we keep going back to the old way of doing things and continue to drill and drill,” she said.

But Jackson’s district is fighting back.

“Santa Barbara has really been a home to this battle and while California may be leading the resistance to the Trump administration in many respects, Santa Barbara has been leading the resistance to offshore oil drilling,” Jackson said.

When President Donald Trump moved to reopen federal coastal waters to offshore drilling this year, Jackson introduced a bill to block construction of oil infrastructure such as pipelines in state waters. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill in advance of his environmental summit.

“For the oil companies, this is about the money. Clearly they don’t care about the environment or the local areas and we’ve created obstacles for them so that the money doesn’t pencil out,” Jackson said.

Summit protesters have argued Brown needs to do more to regulate drilling in California. At a march that blocked streets outside the summit, angry demonstrators called for Brown to ban fracking and move more quickly away from fossil fuel production.

California is still a major player in the oil and gas industry, and onshore drilling operations are concentrated at the southern end of the Central Valley. Brown has said drilling should be phased out slowly, signing off on roughly 20,000 onshore drilling permits as governor.

Jackson said even her county has become dependent on big oil money, which funds local schools.

“We often underestimate the power of the oil industry,” she said. “They’ve been running this country for a long time.”


15 Comments on "Way Past Time to Wean Ourselves Off Big Oil"

  1. Sissyfuss on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 5:56 pm 

    A Catch 22 predicament of the most essential form. Should we begin the starvation games soon or slouch on to Extinction a little later. This scenario does not give the munchies for popcorn.

  2. jef on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 6:59 pm 

    Whiles were at it we need to wean ourselves off clean water, clean air, healthy soil, nutritional food, dignity, compassion, humanity, etc.

  3. Davy on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 7:57 pm 

    “Wean Ourselves Off Big Oil” is kind of like weaning yourself off water. The dynamics of 7 plus billion people and a billion or more of which are high consumers makes weaning ourselves off “oil” a joke. Can we reduce our oil needs, yea definitely. Is there the will, no not really. A real effort would mean significantly less affluence of the traditional type modern man has grown accustomed to. Fake greens think they are but they are in denial. Many fake greens are wealthy and arrogant. They point their fingers at the poor who struggle to make ends meet while they buy their alt E toys and claim righteousness. Many fake greens are still high mobility consumers which is still dirty. Techno optimist claim it is theoretically possible to wean ourselves off fossil fuels and I agree in the micro but in the macro there is little we can do in our current arrangement. Any significant move away from oil on a global scale will likely kill economic activity such that even the effort to reduce oil dependency will be crippled.

  4. Davy on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 8:06 pm 

    “A Record 7 Named Storms Are Swirling Across The Globe – Has ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ Arrived?”

    “Is something extremely unusual happening to our planet? At this moment, Hurricane Florence is just one of seven named storms that are currently circling the globe. That matches the all-time record, and it looks like that record will be broken very shortly as a couple more storms continue to develop.”

    “Overall, there have been 9 named storms in the Atlantic and 15 names storms in the Pacific since the official start of the hurricane season. That is not normal. In fact, one veteran meteorologist has said that he has “NEVER seen so much activity in the tropics”…Far from being the biggest threat facing the US coastline this hurricane season, Florence will be followed by several other storms that rapidly strengthening in the Atlantic. As one veteran meteorologist remarked, “in my 35 years forecasting the weather on TV, I have NEVER seen so much activity in the tropics all at the same time.” Meanwhile, the biggest storm on the planet is actually in the Pacific Ocean. Super Typhoon Mangku is a Category 5 hurricane, and it absolutely dwarfs Hurricane Florence…The devastating force of Hurricane Florence is nothing when compared to the category 5 hurricane sweeping over the Pacific Ocean, Super Typhoon Mangkhu. With winds close to 180mph, the fierce hurricane is feared to land over a mountainous terrain in the northern Philippines on Friday night, before moving over the South China Sea and potentially impacting Hong Kong and Vietnam.”

  5. fmr-paultard on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 8:06 pm 

    from a mathematical standpoint, society is distributed on a gausian curve with moderates in the middle and peaked with a very large FWHM. it’s no brainer to think supertard (pbuh) is in the right. extremism is the fringe and alt-tard media gave superatrard alt-tard media fatigue. exttremists are weirdos.

    another successful fireside chat

  6. Davy on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 8:13 pm 

    “Typhoon Menaces Asia With Path That Risks $120 Billion in Damage”

    “Super Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to threaten China’s Guangdong coastline, possibly including Hong Kong, with a direct strike in a few days that may cause as much as $120 billion in damage and economic losses. The world’s most powerful storm of the year ripped into the northern Philippines early Saturday with winds of up to 269 (167 miles) kilometers per hour. Measured by U.S. standards it was a Category 5 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the U.S. Navy and Air Force’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii. It’s forecast to cross the South China Sea and strike Guangdong by Sunday. On that track it could cause $120 billion in damage, with China absorbing $100 billion — about $26 billion of that in Hong Kong alone, said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler with Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia. In a worst case, the economic losses could reach 6.6 percent of the Philippines’ GDP, or more than $20 billion, he said. “That is an ugly situation,’’ Watson said. “Any big storm going into the Hong Kong area, talk about a target-rich environment. That is just ugly.’’ A direct hit on Hong Kong may cause $135 billion in economic impacts and $230 billion for China overall, Watson said.”

  7. Boat on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 8:21 pm 


    Your being silly about the fake rage of greens. Those are financial capitalism type decisions. Some latest estimates run to 50% renewables by 2050. That sounds a little high but you never know. The tech is improving fast. With every passing year your analysis is improving with less hype and use of more mainstream data. Don’t match the mm, mak and clog hype.

  8. Boat on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 8:25 pm 

    We need a new apeman to track climate costs to the world in a historical context. Data, where is the best data.

  9. Go Speed Racer on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 11:49 pm 

    OK no more filling up your gas tanks.
    Gotta wean ourselves off gasoline.
    From now on, PUSH your 1978 Ford LTD
    Royal Brougham with moon roof, to the
    drive-in for a hamburger and fries but
    no more starting up that engine.

    Yup, gotta start kicking the habit,
    wean yourself off oil. OK. ya. right.

  10. GetAVasectomyAndLetTheHumanSpecieDie on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 11:54 pm 

    I have been saying that watching mass migration patterns between countries and within countries are good indicator of net energy decline.

    Some more news from California. More people leaving California.Comment are actually good and talk about other migration patterns within the US.

  11. Cloggie on Sat, 15th Sep 2018 1:32 am 

    Vestas signing floating offshore wind farm contract near Portugal:

    Interesting development for the US that is not blessed with a lot of shallow water, like Europe has.

  12. Cloggie on Sat, 15th Sep 2018 1:43 am 

    “And we made Google pay for it”

    Is a trend for some time now: companies with a lot of cash giving the good example by investing in new renewable power generation:

    PPA = Power Purchase Agreements

    Other examples are Apple, Dutch Rail, IKEA and dozens more, bying themselves a green image.

    The real significance is that it sets precedences for other companies to follow.

  13. Cloggie on Sat, 15th Sep 2018 4:18 am 

    We need a new apeman to track climate costs to the world in a historical context. Data, where is the best data.

    Yes apneaman, the climate fanatic and greatest red propagandist at the same time.

    He left without a trace but at the same day was replaced by a peak oil fanatic and greatest red propagandist, millimind.

    I have absolutely no clue what happened to apneaman, honest.

    Do you, boat, or are you clueless as ever?

    Seriously, for me, apneaman-millimind are unique opportunities to study this strange, fanatical DNA and its dialectical methods from nearby and look for its weaknesses… and prepare for countermeasures, to put it mildly

  14. Davy on Sat, 15th Sep 2018 6:35 am 

    “I have absolutely no clue what happened to apneaman, honest.”

    Sis read a comment from him him on another site he visits. I imagine part of the reason for his departure is because this board has become significantly irrelevant from participants who use this board to preach excessively off topic material. That would be you and billy.

  15. Anonymouse1 on Sat, 15th Sep 2018 4:10 pm 

    Don’t forget about the excessive sock-puppetry spam, plagiarizing, cut and pasting, and general insanity now.

    That would be you, exceptionalturd.

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