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CAOE - Committee Against Oil Exploration - stop offshore oil drilling to protect sensitive habitats and cut petroleum dependence.

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Take our Pledge for Climate Protection and learn about the Global Warming Crisis Council.

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News Release:

SEI's Jan Lundberg delivers Sustainable Energy message at Institute of Petroleum annual meeting

Read the full text of Jan Lundberg's speech. Visit the Sustainable Energy Institute website:

Press conference February 20th, 3:30 p.m. One Great George Street, Bruce White Room, Westminster, London. 

London, Feb. 18th, 2003 - Californian environmental activist Jan Lundberg wrapped up the opening day of IPWeek, The Institute of Petroleum's annual conference. "Fueling the World Economy: Future Risks and Opportunities" was the theme of the day, but Lundberg's vision was unconventional: the risk to sustainability on a global level is partly due to unfounded faith in the "technofix," and a great opportunity lies in people's better understanding petroleum, on the community level up to world bodies.

"Citizen Petroleum Councils should be created everywhere that food security relies on unlimited supply of petroleum for agriculture and transport. A renewable energy future is not going to come about from a seamless transition when petroleum disappears," warned Lundberg. "The world is about to see a final energy crisis because of oil production peaking in our present period of history."

Lundberg also pointed out to the international audience of energy leaders that a shortfall of oil can paralyze the world oil market, even though much oil remains in the ground and in the distribution system. His family-business background includes The Lundberg Letter's accurate prediction of the Second Oil Shock in the U.S. in 1979. He now heads the Sustainable Energy Institute which publishes Culture Change Letter.

Lundberg's message to the industry included conservation measures that utilize human pedal-powered transport, and an emphasis on rail rather than roads. His group has fought road building with modest success in the U.S. with the Alliance for a Paving Moratorium. The nonprofit group is based in Arcata, California, in the redwood forest region.

"I believe we can bring industry and the public together by fostering understanding and honesty regarding critical petroleum issues. We are all in the same boat, and presently about to hit a rocky reef: climate change is poised to go out of control, and war for oil is hardly any sane solution for responsible planning in a world of unprecedented and massive population size." 

A local-based solution is London's Congestion Charge which seriously reduces car traffic, inaugurated yesterday: "It is a most reasonable approach to cutting over-reliance on oil," says Lundberg.


For the full text of Jan Lundberg's speech of Feb. 17th, 2003, see the Sustainable Energy Institute/Culture Change website:

Mailing address: P.O. Box 3387, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 USA

E-mail: In London call 0207-566-1713 (Friends of the Earth)


Articles of interest:
Anti-globalization protest grows, with tangible results.  WTO protests page

Tax fossil-fuel energy easily
by Peter Salonius

UK leader calls War on Terror "bogus"

Argentina bleeds toward healing by Raul Riutor

The oil industry has plans for you: blow-back by Jan Lundberg

It's not a war for oil? by Adam Khan

How to create a pedestrian mall by Michelle Wallar

The Cuban bike revolution

How GM destroyed the U.S. rail system excerpts from the film "Taken for a Ride".

"Iraqi oil not enough for US: Last days of America?"

Depaving the world by Richard Register

Roadkill: Driving animals to their graves by Mark Matthew Braunstein

The Hydrogen fuel cell technofix: Spencer Abraham's hydrogen dream.

Ancient Forest Protection in Northern California . Forest defenders climb trees to save them.

Daniel Quinn's thoughts on this website.

A case study in unsustainable development is the ongoing crisis in Palestine and Israel.

Renewable and alternative energy information.

Conserving energy at home (Calif. Title 24)



Culture Change/Sustainable Energy Institute mailing address: P.O. Box 3387 , Santa Cruz , California 95063 USA
  Telephone 1-215-243-3144 (and fax)

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