We've discussed the whole peak oil issue at length in previous threads. Here's a brief refresher on the topic from a 3/28/05 commentary in the Seatle Post Intelligencer:
I've been debating as to whether or how to address this topic in our upcoming comprehensive plan revisions. This begs the following questions:Peak oil goes back to a concept introduced by M. King Hubbert that oil production follows a bell-shaped curve, reaching a peak in production similar to a rollercoaster slowing as it reaches the top of the curve and picking up speed again as it plunges off the other side.
Much debate has been spent on this point recently between those who believe that we will have an adequate amount of petroleum extending into the future and those who believe that the peak in production is nearly upon us or, in fact, may have already occurred.
Does your current local comprehensive plan address the peak oil issue at all? Does your municipality plan on addressing this issue in future comprehensive plan revisions?
Please feel free to elaborate on any local debates on this topic and its role (if any) in your municipal comprehensive plan.