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USA on Peak Oil

The link is to the US Government Accountability Office report on Peak Oil. has interviews with Matthew Simmons one of the peakniks (like myself really).

Peak Oil is an issue the world will have to face up to. Interestingly in the USA it has been possible to create the equivalent of an APPG on Peak Oil. Powerswitch are trying to do this in the UK (with me probably as Chair), but the level of interest does not appear to be high enough.


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