video of lecture: Natural Gas: a Bridge to Nowhere?
by Jan Lundberg   
03 October 2011
Jan Lundberg, independent oil industry analyst and eco-activist, spoke at the University of Oklahoma's petroleum engineering school for its Bridging Fuels for the Future Seminar Series, August 30, 2011.

Oklahoma's petroleum academia hosted this critic of the region's big hope: natural gas. In addition to upholding academic freedom, the University may have had to temper graduates' expectations of entry into lucrative jobs -- given the realities of fracking, peak oil, and climate change.

Watch Jan's lecture:

[This video will be available as a DVD at Culture Change's exhibit table at the Nov. 2-6 annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas, Washington D.C.*]

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Jan Lundberg speaking at University of Oklahoma's Devon Energy Hall on Aug. 30, 2011
[About that plastic water bottle, Jan says, "I wish I could say it was an intended prop, but when it was brought to me, at least I was able to hold it up as an example of petroleum!"]

For a written version of the speech based roughly on notes and Jan's outline, go to this article published in September on Culture Change: Natural Gas: a Bridge to Nowhere? - Oklahoma's petroleum academia hosts critic

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*To attend the peak oil meeting in DC, visit ASPO-USA Conference. The duration is Nov. 2-6, 2011, and the excellent location is the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

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This is a nice, low key and thoughtful lecture. I think the most important points that there is no real replacement for liquid fuels and that a total overhaul of our infrastructure is needed to survive the post oil/industrial society. Unfortunately as you point out, it is too late to expect a smooth transition because we have failed to plan and peak oil is already here. Land reforms and going back to having some fertile land to subsist on and reliance on community is like turning back the clock many decades. It will work for semi rural areas, but many areas are simply too dense without mass migrations. It will be a mess. I'd like to see new experimental communities built from scratch with careful attention to plot sizes, distance to schools (no busses), small solar passive homes with workshops and room for extended families, industrial coops Mondgagon style, barter and depreciation currencies (sort of a hybrid of many things) -- all in a low energy, fractal pattern that can be scaled up by simple replication. The home design would vary with climate -- In Canada, it would likely be wood frame with double sawdust filled walls, whereas other areas might be stone or hay bail or some other local, appropriate material. I suspect the population density will be very low though. Once done successfully, it could be documented and replicated with minor changes for different land and climate types. Universities ought to be spearheading this with a mandate to come up with something workable for their area.

We have the engineering knowledge to make a vastly improved dark or middle age lifestyle (notably a better understanding of health and food), but I have yet to be able convince anyone that is worth a try to just "do it", even in areas where crown land can be had for the asking because things are still too comfortable.

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