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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

C-Span goes live with Bartlett on 'Peak Oil'

Just before the notorious March 16 Senate vote on ANWR, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., gave a lengthy and revealing speech before Congress on 'Peak Oil.' If you've been living in a cave for the past couple months, this is the concept that global oil extraction has reached its peak and will begin to decline. It may have happened already, but most analysts seem to think it will occur within the next two years.

Bartlett's talk raised eyebrows, not just because he's a Republican, but because he knows what he's talking about. He is an award-winning scientist who got into the business of building solar-powered homes. He drives a hybrid car. And he states on his website that he is opposed to drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, saying it "should be preserved for future, wiser use."

Tonight, Barlett gives a second speech on the subject, this one focused on the need to rapidly develop alternative energy sources. C-Span plans to carry it live at 9 p.m. EST. You can watch a live webcast of it here:

Needless to say, I think this will be worth watching.

You can view a webcast of Bartlett's first speech on his website. For the full-text transcript, check out Energy Bulletin. For a summary, check out this post by Green Car Congress.

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