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The Upside of Peak Oil

The Upside of Peak Oil: why it isn’t all downhill from here

The branch restaurant

November 14th, 2011 — 6.45pm
Oil is a wonderful substance. Produced over a geological timeframe, it is a once-in-a-planet’s gift to the species that worked out how to extract, purify and utilize it. What it has allowed us to do is truly remarkable, both good and bad. It has transformed our social structure, our work habits, our food network: almost everything we now take for granted would have been totally alien to our forebears who celebrated Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in Kemptville in 1897.

It has been, for the western world at any rate, a rather wonderful ride, albeit with a few hiccups here and there.

Within an embarrassingly few generations, however, we have come to the point where most of the easy-to-get oil has been scooped up and used. This comes at a time when the world’s dependency on oil has never been greater.

How will our oil-dependent way of life change, should production fail to meet demand? Is there any fat that can be trimmed from our society that will allow us not only to meet this challenge, but which will actually improve the way of life for us all? Has our ability to make life easier for ourselves made us less flexible? Can we transition away from something so fundamental to our lives here in the snowy northern hemisphere?

In this talk Doug Hendry explores some of what we have achieved using the reserves of oil, and looks at whether Peak Oil is a problem or might in fact be an opportunity.

Doug is a Kemptville resident who, in real life, works all day at solving problems. He also teaches at the University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus and is the former Director of Archives for the North Grenville Historical Society as well as a member of many other community organizations and initiatives.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free presentation.
A light buffet, coffee and sweets by donation, as well as a cash bar, are available.