Boston University to Co-host Conference on Peak and Decline of World Oil Production

in College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases, Science & Technology
October 2nd, 2006

Contact: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 | kjastive@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Association for the Study of Peak Oil-USA (ASPO-USA) and Boston University’s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies (CEES) will co-sponsor the 2006 World Oil Conference, Time for Action: A Midnight Ride for Peak Oil, on the BU campus October 25-27, 2006.

The Conference will bring together energy experts from around the world to discuss the likely timing, impacts, and intelligent responses to the growing Peak Oil challenge. Virtually every sector of our society and economy will be affected by Peak Oil, from transportation, manufacturing, air freight, and agriculture, to homebuilding, city planning, and finance.

“For the first time in history, demand for petroleum could outpace world supply for a host of reasons – including geologic limits, exploding nationalism, civil wars, and skyrocketing demand in China and India,” says Steve Andrews, a co-founder of ASPO-USA. “We’re not saying that we’re ‘running out of oil’ when the peak hits. We’re saying the world is running out of cheap oil. We’ll simply produce less oil each year after the peak, while demand continues to increase. Peak oil is an ambush-in-waiting.”

Robert K. Kaufmann, Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies (CEES) at BU notes that, “Boston University is pleased to co-host the 2006 World Oil Conference and to partner with ASPO-USA to explore the critical role that net-energy analysis should play in policy decisions regarding alternative fuels and R&D on non-conventional oil proposals. Conference attendees will hear first-hand the early results of that partnership and its critical implications for evaluating our options.”

In addition to Robert Kaufmann, conference speakers include Roger Bezdek, President of MISI and co-author of the Hirsch-Bezdek Report; Professor Cutler Cleveland of CEES at BU; Dave Hughes, Geological Survey of Canada; Jeremy Gilbert, Chief Engineer, BP (retired), Richard Heinberg, journalist and educator; Arthur Smith, CEO of John S. Herold, Inc.; Milton Maciel, a former Agricultural Minister in Brazil, organic farmer, consultant, author, and sugar cane-to-ethanol expert; and many others.

Conference topics include:

Oil & Gas Depletion: What’s the evidence on Peak Oil? What geologic, political, economic and technical constraints limit oil production? Why is forecasting a date for Peak Oil an inexact science?

Mitigation: What responses are available and when can they be implemented?

Alternative Energy: What unconventional petroleum and non-petroleum energy sources are available, and can they fill the depletion gap?

Economics: What economic challenges do decreasing energy supplies present?

Transportation: What is the future direction of personal transportation, its limitations and prospects, and how should planners and fleet managers respond?

Net Energy: What’s the meaning of energy return on energy invested (ERoEI), and why is it critical to intelligent responses to the Peak Oil dilemma?

Energy Security: Can we achieve energy security in a world of escalating competition for a finite resource?

Government Policy: What is the direction of energy policy at the local, state, and federal levels? Do these policies need obvious tweaks, or a massive overhaul?

For additional conference details and to register, please see: www.aspousa.org/fall2006/index.cfm

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