- I've uploaded a file "GAO Report.pdf" to the Files section of the
The US Government Accountability Office released the report last week,
that essentially looks at the vulnerability of the US to peak oil.
Apparently the report does not seriously address the concept that many
of the things we (in the rich world) have taken for granted - namely
cheap, fast and comfortable transport of ourselves and our consumer
goods - will simply not be possible in the post-peak oil world.
However, the report apparently does a reasonable job of demonstrating
how messed up the situation is - for instance, at best the US could
replace just 4% of its oil supply with alternatives by 2015. (Australia
is in a similar situation with the renewable fuels target of 350ML -
roughly 1% of our fuel use.) The report also looks at the fact that the
bulk of the remaining oil is located in countries that are not exactly
allied with the US.
Interestingly a Google News search for the GAO report reveals basically
nothing in the mainstream media, despite the fact that it was publicly
released just last Thursday - perhaps the mass media deliberately don't
want to contribute to the notion that the next (or even the
previous) "liberation" of a Middle Eastern country will really be for
control of their oil...