The End of Oil
Wednesday, November 14
6:00pm reception, lecture 6:30 - 8:30pm
Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, between 4th and 5th Streets, Powell Street BART
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Cheap oil is now a thing of the past. As a result, the world is entering a new era of shrinking energy resources and heightened competition for remaining supplies. Richard Heinberg, widely regarded as one of America's foremost Peak Oil educators, will discuss the most recent evidence regarding the timing of the global production peak, its likely consequences, and what can be done at both the international and local levels to prepare for the event and mitigate the impacts.
What are the general likely and possible directions for cultural adaptation to Peak Oil? Is Peak Oil likely to lead to a collapse of society analogous to the collapse of previous civilizations? If so, what should individuals and communities be doing to ensure survival and the preservation of cultural achievements for future generations? Heinberg will explore what some towns and cities are already doing to assess their vulnerabilities and plan for a future with less energy. Co-sponsored with the Pacific Energy Center.
Richard Heinberg is the author of seven books including The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies (New Society, 2003, 2005), Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World (New Society, 2004), and The Oil Depletion Protocol (New Society, 2006). He is an educator, editor, lecturer, a Core Faculty member of New College of California's Campus for Sustainable Living, and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute. He is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators. He has also authored scores of essays and articles.
In 2005, Powerdown received ForeWord magazine's Bronze Environmental Award. In 2007, The Oil Depletion Protocol won ForeWord's Gold Environmental Award as well as the Independent Publishers Book of the Year (IPPY) Bronze Award in the category of Current Events.
Since 2002, he has given over three hundred lectures on oil depletion (Peak Oil) to a wide variety of audiences, including members of the European Parliament. He is the recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education (2006).
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