Policy-makers slow to take peak oil action

Posted on June 9, 2012


The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations system, and it implements research and educational programmes in the area of sustainable development, with the particular aim of assisting developing countries.

UNU was established by the UN General Assembly in 1973 as “an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate training and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations”, UNU operates through a worldwide nexus of institutes and programmes that are coordinated by UNU Centre in Tokyo.

Brendan F.D. Barrett is an academic programme officer and head of UNU Media Centre. He has just written an article about Peak Oil on the UNU homepage and he refers to ASPO and my book Peeking at Peak Oil:

It is over a decade since the launch of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO) — a network of scientists and others working to determine the date and impact of the peak and decline of the world’s production of oil and gas. In the interim, peak oil has gone from an “extremist fringe theory” (see upcoming Peeking at Peak Oil for more details) to an accepted fact addressed by some of the world’s most influential bodies including the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).……

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