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E-M:/ Gas prices got you down? Conference explains it all
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- Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 12:57:47 -0400
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Gas prices got you down? Conference explains it all
Saturday, May 24, 2008
By Cami Reister
*The Grand Rapids Press
GRAND RAPIDS -- If your jaw still is on the ground after paying $4.19
for a gallon of gas, an upcoming conference at Calvin College is calling
"I specifically scheduled the conference in May because the gas prices
were going to be high," said Aaron Wissner, organizer of the
International Conference on Peak Oil and Climate Change: Paths to
Sustainability. The conference runs Friday through June 1.
"I thought that would help increase the number of people interested in
coming and learning about what exactly is going on."
About 200 people were registered as of this week, and more can be
So what is going on? It's as simple as supply and demand, according to
Wissner, a Wayland Middle School teacher and an activist for reducing
dependence on oil.
"It's the combination of increasing global demand for oil and a supply
that is not increasing at all," he said.
Oil companies have been pumping 85 million barrels a day for the past
four years without change, he said. Yet demand has increased annually.
Meanwhile, the price of oil has gone from $30 per barrel to more than $100.
A believer in the peak oil theory, where global oil production will
reach its peak and then begin an inevitable decline, Wissner does not
see this as a temporary situation.
He lined up more than 40 speakers at the three-day conference to talk
about that and related issues, including climate change, water issues
and land use.
The event starts Friday evening with an introduction by Mayor George
The first speaker is David Goodstein, author of "Out of Gas: The End of
the Age of Oil" and vice provost and physics professor at the California
Institute of Technology.
U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers prepared a video presentation for the conference,
"One of the goals of the conference is to bring together people from
different areas of interest -- the business community, the environmental
community, elected officials," Wissner said.
"Bring all these people together to share some information and learn
something about what's going to be happening in the future."
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To learn more and register, visit: http://peakoilconference.org
Intenational Conference on Peak Oil & Climate Change: Paths to Sustainability
Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 30 - June 1, 2008
Local Future Network
Value System: Gas Prices, Money, Peak Oil and The Future
About: In 2008, Aaron Wissner was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal for his role in the peak oil education campaign. Wissner founded the nonprofit educational organization Local Future which is hosting the first ever International Conference on Peak Oil and Climate Change: Paths to Sustainability. He speaks, writes, and produces videos on peak oil and climate change. Wissner is a public school teacher of sixteen years, and former president of his local, county, and regional Education Associations. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Physical Sciences. Wissner lives in rural Michigan with his wife Kimberly and infant son Michael.
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