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Canadian Mainstream Reactions to Peak Oil

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The Toronto Star ran two pieces today that relate to peak oil and preparedness. There is a bit of sensationalism going on in one of the articles, but most interesting is the response in the comments, here are links to the articles…

While panic is not the prescription, experts are warning that the time to begin taking Peak Oil seriously is past.

“It’s not about believing. It’s about facts,” said Gord Miller, Ontario’s environmental commissioner. Miller has been warning about Peak Oil for years. He thinks we hit peak around early 2007.

TheStar.com | GTA | Take Peak Oil seriously – it’ll be here much sooner than you think

He has toted up an impressively detailed list of the food required to keep a family of five going for a year. On a spreadsheet, it runs to nearly 500 items, including 229 kilograms of flour and more than 9,000 litres of drinking water.

“I’m hoping to have everything set up in five or 10 years. Who knows if there’s going to be that much time?” Boyle said.

TheStar.com | GTA | Meet the doomsayers of our time

It will be interesting to see where the rest of the media goes on this one in the coming weeks.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.