It cannot be understated how significant this statement is.
Donald Evans is one of the President's best friends.
He is the Midland friend who first started taking GWB to prayer breakfast.
He is the guy who ran the big local oil company from Midland.
He was appointed to the Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce.
Two nights ago, he told Chris Matthews that Peak Oil is real.
Here is the transcript.
MATTHEWS: James A. Baker from Texas, the former secretary of state, said the first war in the Gulf was about jobs, jobs, jobs. He said that was what the war about. I'm accepting your argument right now, your statement that this call for energy independence by the president is not because we have to rely on oil from the unstable Middle East. It has to do with our needs for economic growth. Is that your bottom line?
EVANS: Chris, that is my bottom line. The world is producing oil, the Middle East, every country at its full capacity and it's very unlikely that we're going to be able to see supply in the world grow from the levels where we are right now.
There's a debate about that.
I'm one that falls in the camp that says it's going to be very, very hard to do that.
But what I do know is China needs to continue to grow, India needs to continue to grow, America needs to continue to grow. So what that simply says is we've got to develop new forms of energy for the United States and the world."
Congressman Roscoe Bartlett briefed the Congress again this week.
Here is the transcript.
The Congressman's other presentations are at his web site.
Toward the end of this excellent presentation the Congressman says this,
(I have edited it slightly)
"In the few minutes remaining, I would like to use the /Apollo 13/ as an example of the challenge that we have. You may remember the /Apollo 13/. They had an explosion in one of their oxygen tanks. They had two oxygen tanks. And that explosion caused the other oxygen tank to leak. So not only were they going to be short of oxygen for themselves if they were not careful, they were going to be short of energy because they were using that oxygen to combine with hydrogen in a fuel cell to produce energy.
There are a lot of analogies between the /Apollo 13/ and where we are today. They had a challenge not of their choosing.
We did not choose to reach peak oil at this time, but they were faced with the inevitable decision of either making the right choices or not making it through, and we are faced with very much that same kind of a dilemma.
The ultimate goal is to achieve sustainable growth. By the way, Mr. Speaker, there is no such thing as sustainable growth, whether short term you may make it appear to be so; but ultimately there is no such thing as continued forever sustainable growth.
The ultimate goal, and we will get to that goal, we will transition. When the age of oil is finished and there is no more oil that can be gotten without paying more for the oil than you get out of it, we will have been transitioned to the renewables.
Mr. Speaker, I think we have a great future ahead of us.
The American people will respond if properly challenged."
I'm still listening to Brownie and the blame game hearings
for the poor response to the Katrina Disaster.
When the time comes for the Peak Oil disaster,
and the Climate Change disaster,
Who will the designated scapegoats be?
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