Special Report: Peak Oil

Peak Oil Report

Read the three-part Raise the Hammer special report on the implications of a global peak in oil production.

By Ryan McGreal
Published August 22, 2005

  1. Slippery Slope: Oil after the Global Peak (Peak Oil, Part I) - As we head into the summer driving season, it seems a good time to take stock of the issue of oil production.

  2. Bridging the Gap: Alternatives to Petroleum (Peak Oil, Part II) - Oil's three unique properties, combined with its sheer abundance, mean it's unlikely any alternative, or combination of alternatives, can replace oil and allow our economy to continue its current course indefinitely.

  3. Riding Down the Curve: How Cities Can Survive the Energy Crisis (Peak Oil, Part III) - If cities don't plan for the coming energy crisis, many will not survive it.

    • Sidebar: Are We In Peak Oil Today? - For the first time, the global oil system has no margin for error. Any significant supply disruption will send prices skyrocketing.
    • Sidebar: A Strangling Embrace - China and America appear to be headed on a collision course as they both scramble to secure access to a diminishing resource on which they both depend.
    • Sidebar: Iran in the Crosshairs - Iran's danger to America is not its nuclear program but its plan to introduce a euro-based energy exchange.
    • Sidebar: Electricity Deregulation - Far from lowering prices, deregulation has introduced the worst elements of competition without any redeeming aspects.

  4. Mind the Gap: How to Ease Yourself Across the Oil Peak - The best way to survive this period more or less intact is to insulate yourself, as much as possible, from fluctuating energy prices.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By FredDawes58 (registered) | Posted None at

Oil will go up until people understand that what the rats want is you in a national prison camp.

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