Energy politics won’t resolve peak-oil issue

12/19/2005
When science converges with politics, anything can happen. For that reason, congressional hearings on the peak-oil question are cause for worry.The issue deserves attention, of course. The possibility that oil production might soon reach its natural limit is no small matter.In fact, the peak-oil issue has been receiving serious attention from serious people for a number of years. The debate has elicited broad and deep disagreement. Serious questions with major ramifications for humankind usually do.It was inevitable, therefore, that Congress would feel obliged to take up the issue.Last year, Reps. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-Md.) and Tom Udall (D-NM) started the House Peak Oil Caucus, which now...
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