Death to the daily commute

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Last night, Brendan and I went to a friend’s place to watch Monday night football. I don’t really watch sports, but there was something of a party going on so we went along to catch up with some of  my work colleagues in a social setting. The trip usually takes about 30 minutes by car, but we managed to find ourselves mired in peak hour traffic and the trip took us about an hour. For close to 20 miles we crawled along in bumper-to-bumper traffic. At that time we became very grateful that we don’t need to participate in this type of crazy commute every day. I really feel for the millions of people who live this nightmare every day.

During my regular reading this morning, I came across a post on Sharon Astyk’s blog about an International Energy Agency (IEA) whistleblower who claims that key oil figures have been distorted because of US government pressure.

The world is much closer to running out of oil than official estimates admit, according to a whistleblower at the International Energy Agency who claims it has been deliberately underplaying a looming shortage for fear of triggering panic buying.

The senior official claims the US has played an influential role in encouraging the watchdog to underplay the rate of decline from existing oil fields while overplaying the chances of finding new reserves. ~ guardian.co.uk

So when people say that the IEA has dramatically understated the concern, it makes my heart rate rise and lends support to my belief that Peak Oil is upon us.  Perhaps the days of a lengthy daily commute will come to an end sooner than many thought.

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