PRESS RELEASE

In the interest of accommodating as many interested people as possible, ticket prices for the Peak Oil conference in New York City have been drastically reduced. Free tickets are currently available for students, the elderly and those on fixed income. Requested price for others: 20 - 100$.  http://www.petrocollapse.org/

PETROCOLLAPSE - Social isolation or solidarity?


The First Peak Oil Conference in New York City - October 5, 2005

Contact: Jenna Orkin, Moderator
(718) 246-1577 cell: (646) 267-1577
 jennakilt@aol.com
or: Jan Lundberg, Organizer
(215) 243-3144
 http://www.petrocollapse.org/


The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
40 E. 35th Street, New York, NY 10016

9 A.M. - 5 P.M. Registration begins 8:30. Tickets: Free for students, the elderly, those of low income et al. Requested price for others: 20 - 100$

Speakers include James Howard Kunstler, author: The Long Emergency; Dr. John Darnell, Science and Energy Advisor to Congressman Roscoe Bartlett; Jan Lundberg of Culturechange.org, former publisher: the Lundberg Survey; Mike Ruppert, author: Crossing the Rubicon, Fromthewilderness.com; David Pimentel, Cornell University; David Room, Post Carbon Institute. Moderator: Jenna Orkin, World Trade Center Environmental Organization


Sponsored by Culturechange.org and by Continuing Education &
Public Programs, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY).

"As oil prices rise and crude oil supplies and refined products strain to keep up with demand, the peaking of global oil extraction is finally becoming acknowledged in the mainstream news. As Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have hampered petroleum production in addition to devastating a large population and ecosystem, people are asking if this is a foretaste of the future of a nation that has failed to conserve energy," stated Jan Lundberg, a principal conference organizer who ran the oil statistics firm
Lundberg Survey.

"Yet, the complete story on peak oil is still suppressed, and the public remains in the dark about the vast array of consequences of this looming crisis. Dishonest reporting by OPEC countries and major oil companies have contributed to the illusion that there is sufficient time before we 'run out of oil' to transition to a 'solution', whether it be hydrogen, renewables, an attempt to increase nuclear power, or some combination of the above," Lundberg added.

Approximately one dozen significant oil producing countries are past their peak in extraction and it is possible that world peak has already arrived (this cannot be conclusively determined until after the fact). The sudden effects of shortage are likely to hit the global economy within the next three years, possibly even as early as this winter. "With Hurricane Katrina, we have just seen what the lack of disaster preparedness can do. And the effects of peak oil portend an economic and social hurricane," said Jenna Orkin, the conference moderator.


At The Petrocollapse Conference the participants will ask:

What are we facing now as the economy prepares to hit the wall known as resource limits? Will growth suddenly implode?
What will be the effects of Peak Oil (a geological phenomenon) and petrocollapse (a socio-economic phenomenon) on food supply and other services we depend on?
What is the role of the market in determining how severe will be the effect of shortage stemming from geological depletion?
Is there a "Plan B" to ease a transition to sustainable living in a world without plentiful energy and petroleum's materials?


TV cameras should bring batteries as there are restrictions on use of church electricity.