Peak Oil head speaks on Science Show

Posted on November 18, 2010


I was impressed to hear this coverage the other evening at a hosts house (a friendly Beaufort local who had taken me in from the grocery store whilst on my bike crawl of west VIC).

Peak oil, or perhaps more appropriately, energy descent inspire both this blog and my lifestyle outlook. So it’s refreshing to hear some wider national radio coverage of this rarer topic which is misunderstood as fairly doom and gloom, or that at some point the oil will just run out (abruptly).

Adam Grubb (V.E.G./Permablitz Melbourne character) captures the essence of it here:

“the process of societal adaptation to moving down from the historical apex of global fossil fuel extraction and consumption into a lower energy future. It is a term favoured by people looking towards energy peak as an opportunity for positive change rather than an inevitable disaster”

There’s a few potential quote grabs from this interview but here’s a starter, which you may have heard before but I find it useful to be put in clear terms.

If you put one calorie of food on your table, it takes on average five calories of fossil fuel to get it there. So when you have dinner tonight, think that you are eating oil because that is exactly what you are doing. 

Kjell Aleklett

I’m just going to clip post the audio links here. But you can choose which way you’d like to digest it (listen on computer, portable device or read transcript over at ABC site)

13 November 2010

Peak oil – the slow slide down

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Oil production peaked in 2008. It has been in decline since. Kjell Aleklett says the reserves are there, but the flow is lower than in the past. Kjell Aleklett disputes predictions of The International Energy Association. He says the price spike in oil in July 2008 was the trigger for the Global Financial Crisis.


Robyn Williams: Professor Kjell Aleklett from the University of Uppsala in Sweden, with Jonica Newby from Catalyst, ABC television, where peak oil will feature next year.


Kjell Aleklett
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Nuclear Physics
Upssala University
Upssala Sweden


Robyn Williams


David Fisher

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