From Rob Hopkins on the first UK govt meeting about Peak Oil that he attended a few days ago (Rob Hopkins is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network)On Monday Peter Lipman and I represented Transition Network at an event which could potentially be the day people look back to as the day when UK government finally starting to ‘get’ peak oil. Fascinating and frustrating in equal measure, the event, “Policy Response to potential future oil supply constraints”, was billed as “a half-day workshop hosted by the Energy Institute in partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change, under Chatham House Rules”. For those who don’t know what Chatham House rules are, it means that the contents of what was said can be discussed, but none of it can be attributed to anyone. Although the event was meant to be private, it was leaked and reported in the Guardian that morning. Jeremy Leggett was quoted in the piece as describing the importance of the meeting thus: “Government has gone from the BP position – ‘40 years of supply left, the price mechanism works, no need to worry’ – to ‘crikey’”. So, here is an account compiled from my notes of what went on behind closed doors, bearing those Chatham House rules in mind, meaning that I can’t attribute some of the comments that follow. Now, if we can just get the Harper and his crones to follow suit…
http://transitionculture.org/2010/03/24/government-%E2%80%98peak-oil-summit%E2%80%99-starts-the-process-of-government-acknowledging-peak-oil/