While Michael Cullen and the central government dither on the possibility of peak oil, Environment Canterbury is taking it very seriously and making provisions for it in all future planning:
“Our ever increasing dependence on energy coincides at a time when New Zealand (and Canterbury) is facing significant future uncertainty in the area of availability of some energy sources, particularly liquid fossil fuels. Alongside this dependence is an emerging debate that human activity is contributing to climate change and there is, as a consequence, growing awareness that society needs to act to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the effects of climate change.
Less obvious is the response by society to Peak Oil which refers to the situation where oil extraction and production reaches a peak or plateau and then begins to decline. The peaking (or plateau) of world oil reserves presents the world, including this country and region, with significant risk management challenges.
Fuel shortages are expected to occur within the ten year planning period of the 2006 to 2016 Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP). These predicted shortages, resulting in sustained rises in world oil prices from the peaking (or plateau) of world oil production, will very likely have a direct impact on Environment Canterbury’s ability to deliver its services and carry out its operations.”
Risk Management? What a novel idea! I couldn’t have said it better.
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