Peak Oil News: Peak Oil resolution in U.S. House of Representaives

Monday, November 21, 2005

Peak Oil resolution in U.S. House of Representaives

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In Brief: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States, in collaboration with other international allies, should establish an energy project with the magnitude, creativity, and sense of urgency that was incorporated in the `Man on the Moon' project to address the inevitable challenges of `Peak Oil'.

A peak oil bill has been filed in the House of Representatives with the support of the newly formed Peak Oil Caucus, founded by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (Rep, MD) and a number of co-sponsors. The members of the caucus are James McGovern, Vern Ehlers, Tom Udall, Mark Udall, Raul Grijalva, Wayne Gilchrest, Jim Moran, Dennis Moore.

Co-sponsors are Tom Udall, Virgil Goode, Raul Grijalva, Walter Jones, Tom Tancredo, Phil Gingrey, Randy Kuhl, Steve Israel, G.K. Butterfield, Mark Udall, Chris Van Hollen, Wayne Gilchrest, Al Wynn, John McHugh, Jim Moran, and Dennis Moore.

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States, in collaboration with other international allies, should establish an energy project with the magnitude, creativity, and sense of urgency that was incorporated in the `Man on the Moon' project to address the inevitable challenges of `Peak Oil'.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 24, 2005

Mr. BARTLETT of Maryland (for himself, Mr. UDALL of New Mexico, Mr. GOODE, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. JONES of North Carolina, Mr. TANCREDO, Mr. GINGREY, Mr. KUHL of New York, Mr. ISRAEL, Mr. BUTTERFIELD, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr. VAN HOLLEN, Mr. GILCHREST, and Mr. WYNN) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

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RESOLUTION
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States, in collaboration with other international allies, should establish an energy project with the magnitude, creativity, and sense of urgency that was incorporated in the `Man on the Moon' project to address the inevitable challenges of `Peak Oil'.

Whereas the United States has only 2 percent of the world's oil reserves; Whereas the United States produces 8 percent of the world's oil and consumes 25 percent of the world's oil, of which nearly 60 percent is imported from foreign countries;

Whereas developing countries around the world are increasing their demand for oil consumption at rapid rates; for example, the average consumption increase, by percentage, from 2003 to 2004 for the countries of Belarus, Kuwait, China, and Singapore was 15.9 percent;

Whereas the United States consumed more than 937,000,000 tonnes of oil in 2004, and that figure could rise in 2005 given previous projection trends;

Whereas, as fossil energy resources become depleted, new, highly efficient technologies will be required in order to sustainably tap replenishable resources;

Whereas the Shell Oil scientist M. King Hubbert accurately predicted that United States domestic production would peak in 1970, and a growing number of petroleum experts believe that the peak in the world's oil production (Peak Oil) is likely to occur in the next decade while demand continues to rise;

Whereas North American natural gas production has also peaked; Whereas the United States is now the world's largest importer of both petroleum and natural gas;

Whereas the population of the United States is increasing by nearly 30,000,000 persons every decade;

Whereas the energy density in one barrel of oil is the equivalent of eight people working full time for one year;

Whereas affordable supplies of petroleum and natural gas are critical to national security and energy prosperity; and Whereas the United States has approximately 250 years of coal at current consumption rates, but if that consumption rate is increased by 2 percent per year, coal reserves are reduced to 75 years:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that--
(1) in order to keep energy costs affordable, curb our environmental impact, and safeguard economic prosperity, including our trade deficit, the United States must move rapidly to increase the productivity with which it uses fossil fuel, and to accelerate the transition to renewable fuels and a sustainable, clean energy economy; and
(2) the United States, in collaboration with other international allies, should establish an energy project with the magnitude, creativity, and sense of urgency of the `Man on the Moon' project to develop a comprehensive plan to address the challenges presented by Peak Oil.


1 Comments:

At 6:17 AM, November 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The USA wants to have with its most valuable energy source, an "allied" relationship. Presumably that means one not based on one or more kinds of invasion.

To avoid the appearance of convenient morality, it must immediately look to the on-going violations of the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)which US lobbyists have been able to perpetrate at the considerable expense of American consumers and Canadian producers of, for instance, softwood lumber.

In a few months, any steps taken to correct American violations of American law in this respect, will only be correctable as the USA sucks up to Canada in order to access its considerable energy resources and energy transportation corridors to the high Arctic.

Canada is rapidly developing healthier and more even-handed trade relationships with other nations in respect to everything, including energy. America is very slow to recognize that it can't take what it wants at gun-point and that it is no longer the only super power on earth.

We in Alberta have as conservative leanings as the average citizen of America's north-western states except that we insist on having and protecting publicly-sponsored universal medical insurance and a variety of other undertakings which carry civil rights further than USA has considered going. We actually see these values as highly conservative and even fundamental to our Christian heritage. We tend to consider "a deal is a deal" and a person's word is his/her bond. We are multi-cultural and have been for longer than we have been a country (it is our 100th anniversary this year). These characteristics position us well in international trade and other kinds of important relationships.

A high percentage of Alberta's citizens have American (USA) roots and most have USA sympathies. But we are Albertans first, Canadians second and we live in a formal confederacy ... We are a viable influence in our own right, not ready to be pyushed around by our own federal government or that of the USA.

For heaven's sake, can you not see that US foreign policies in regard to energy supply is not working, when Venezuela's leadership is giving heating oil to American poor people (at 40% cost reduction)in the face of an American government that "disapproves" of Venezuela's leaders. Venezuela is using its outright ownership of CITCO to do the job - so the US is not even necessary in the execution of this humane policy towards its own people.

It is getting increasingly difficult for the USA to villify every other country in order to provide a cover story for its own heavy-handed traditions.

Wake up, inform yourselves and get real while you can.

 

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