"Peak Oil Is Not a Theory" - Kjell Aleklett
Excerpt from testimony of Professor Kjell Aleklett, Department of Radiation Sciences Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden:
"The United States, the wealthiest country in the world, has 5 percent of the global population and uses 25 percent of the oil. It is time to discuss what the United States should do to cut consumption—and rapidly. In February 2005 a report for the U.S. Department of Energy, DoE, (Peaking of World Oil Production: Impacts, Mitigation, & Risk Management) argued that "world oil peaking represents a problem like none other. The political, economic, and social stakes are enormous. Prudent risk management demands urgent attention and early action." Any serious program launched today will take 20 years to complete. "
"What about oil sands? The enormous reserves of oil sands in Canada are often mentioned as a lifesaver for the world. The report to DoE in February inspired us to undertake a “Crash Program Scenario Study for the Canadian Oil Sand Industry” (B. Söderbergh, F. Robelius, and K. Aleklett, to be published). In the study we found that Canada must very soon decide if its natural gas should be exported to USA or instead used for the oil sands industry."
"Animals that face food shortages have a hard time adjusting and usually their populations decline. Some believe that we as human beings will face a similar situation. I can't accept that. As human beings we can think and come up with ideas, and I believe we can find solutions. The road will be bumpy and many people will be hurt, but when we arrive at the end of this road, it must be as a sustainable society. It will not be possible to travel this road without using part of the existing stocks of fossil fuels and, for industrial countries, nuclear energy as well, but we can do it in a manner that will have minimal impact on the planet. The problem is that we should have started at least 10 years ago. We must act now, as otherwise the bumps and holes in the road might be devastating."