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Conference in DC Addresses Peak Oil

The 2011 Peak Oil Conference opened Nov. 3, with sessions on peak oil timing, adaptation to higher-price energy, and the consequences of expensive gasoline for transportation.

Peak oil is the observation that oil fields reach a maximum threshold of production, after which their rate of output goes into decline. The United States reached its peak oil stage in the early 1970's, and the International Energy Agency has noted that the world's output of conventional oil peaked in 2006. (IEA, however, says that total production of hydrocarbons similar to oil can continue to grow because of unconventional sources, such as tar sands.)

Congressmen Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD6) and Mike Honda (D-CA15) addressed the conference on its opening day. Bartlett has since left Congress and now lives in an off-the grid cabin in West Virginia.

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