Dear Mayor Larry Di Ianni and Respected City Councillors,
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors recently issued a resolution for the city to address Peak Oil and the need to plan for the energy-constrained world ahead.
With Richard Gilbert's Peak Oil report arriving on your desks, this is an historic opportunity for Hamilton to be a world leader in acknowledging and meeting the tremendous challenges that lie ahead.
For the sake of this city, please give this issue the seriousness it deserves; read the report, heed its warnings, and take advantage of the opportunities that come from knowing what we will need and how we can prosper in the post-petroleum, energy-poor world that awaits us in the very near future.
If Hamilton prepares and plans now, we can be the envy of the country, a net energy exporter, and a thriving, vibrant city. If we ignore the issue, try to wish it away, or continue to invest in businesses and critical infrastructures with poor long-term prospects, then this city will slide into decline and dissolusion.
Here is an excerpt of the San Francisco Resolution:
RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco acknowledges the unprecedented challenges of Peak Oil; and, be it ...
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors supports the undertaking of a city-wide assessment study in order to inventory city activities and their corollary resource requirements, evaluating the impact in each area of a decline in petroleum availability and of higher prices, with the aim of developing a comprehensive city plan of action and response to Peak Oil; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors urges the Mayor to provide funding and direction to city departments for the development of a response plan.
(Read the rest here: http://www.energybulletin.net/15086.html)
We're already most of the way there! We already know what we need to do. Please do not squander this opportunity to be leaders in clean energy, sustainable transportation, and efficient, sustainable land use.
Peak Oil is not some flaky fringe theory. It has been acknowledged by CIBC World Markets, Goldman Sachs Investors, Simmons and Co. Intl. Energy Investment Bank, and a host of other companies. Oil prices hit $75 USD per barrel this week, and most energy analysts believe it will only continue to rise.
Based on careful research and conservative projection, Richard Gilbert believes there is a better than fifty percent chance that gasoline will surpass $4.00 per litre within the city's planning horizon. At that price, the status quo will no longer be an option.
Read the RTH Report on Peak Oil here: http://www.raisethehammer.org/article/138/.
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