These two articles are both from two stalwarts of the British broadsheet press. the first was published by The Guardian yesterday and is slightly scary. It states that the UK Government was warned two years ago about the threat from Peak Oil. (Naturally, Labour took no notice. Old Gordan Brown was probably more interested in squandering our children’s future with his massive public sector expenditure and bailing out the banks at the time. Hmm, still wonder if the credit crunch was partly fuelled by the sudden spike in oil prices in 2008? Ironic if it was! Anyway, I digress!)
The interest and relevance to Dragon Line is that the Government’s own civil servants were telling them that there could be a serious problem that could even cause civil unrest. The article also states that Sir Richard Branson is leading the way in attempting to bring the Peak Oil issue to greater public attention. His organisation produced a report last year that stated that there could be serious oil shortages by the middle of this decade.
Sounds a little too close for comfort! Apparently, the Coalition Government is now listening (at least.) Whatever action is taken remains to be seen!
Meanwhile, The Telegraph reports that the IPCC is seriously considering geo-engineering responses in order to offset Climate Change. This even includes putting mirrors into space to reflect solar radiation. It very much smacks of desperation to me, as the likelihood of obtaining global consensus, let alone action, on reducing CO 2 emissions is rapidly rescinding (especially after the Copenhagen debacle.) Geo-engineering was an issue very much covered in Gwynne Dyer’s ‘Climate Wars’ and may become a necessary response. Slightly depressing, but maybe a necessary evil?
No doubt we’ll find out eventually. (By the way, there will be a review of Gwynne Dyer’s excellent book on this site very soon!)
Until the next time…