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Our love affair with oil is part heartbreak

Posted: 11:36AM February 23rd, 2012 | Comments

Three SD staff had a Valendtine's Day date with Thad, John and Alan at World Oil Supply: Looming Crisis or New Abundance?  And we are heartbroken, but still hopefull for a new love, and in the meantime will continue to move forward with the necessity to use less power in our daily life.

This was not your typical I’m right and your wrong debate; there was agreement that our world oil supply is a looming crisis. The debate was focused more around how to minimize the shock of the looming crisis – personal action or political policy shift?

Like most complex problems, both top down and bottom up actions are necessary.

The speakers were Dr. Tadeus Patzek, Chair of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and Mr. John Hofmeister, President of Citizens for Affordable Energy and former CEO of Shell Oil.  The forum was moderated by Dr. Alan Carroll, Professor of Geoscience at UW-Madison.

The memorable pickup lines of the night include:

  • Reminder: Wisconsin does not produce natural gas, oil or coal. As a state we import these resources.
  • There is a 50% chance that oil will reach $5.00 a gallon by this summer.
  • All it takes to get us (America) off Saudi Oil is to inflate our tires properly.
  • Even if you as an individual choose to live off the grid, the society of which you are part of, is on the grid.
  • No one asked about population growth.

Go ahead, watch the debate, and let us know which pickup line hooked you.  

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