Posted by: energyblogwalter | March 16, 2006

Letter to Prime Minister: March 16th, 2006

Hello Prime Minister,

Over the last few months I’ve been reading websites about Peak Oil and
seeing documentaries like “End of Suburbia” and reading about
Representative Bartlet from the United States. [ ]

What I’ve read concerns me greatly. Since Canada is even more worse
off in terms of wasting energy, the #1 per capita user of energy in
the world in fact, what is Canada’s stand on Peak Oil? Where are our

I would like to encourage your government to do more to reduce our
energy dependencies. If the United States is contemplating a
“Manhattan Project” style solution, what about Canada?

Some further links I would ask that may make for some interesting reading:

and many others.

We don’t have decades anymore. We need some leadership, action and
bridge building to move our culture away from the waste of suburbia
and prepare for a world of peak oil.

Thank you

“,0] ); D([“ce”]); //–>Walter



  1. Received May 3rd, 2006

    Subject: Petroleum Industry – 20


    To: Mr. Walter Spicer

    [email omitted] 

    Dear Mr. Walter Spicer:

    Further to your electronic correspondence from Mr. L.A. Lavell, dated March 17, 2006, I wish to inform you that your recent electronic correspondence to the Prime Minister has been transferred from Industry Canada to Natural Resources Canada, for their consideration and reply.

    On issues related to End of Suburbia and Peak Oil, Natural Resources Canada has the experts that can provide you with the best and most current information.

    Thank you for taking your time to forward your concerns.


    Renée St-Jacques

    Chief Economist and Director General
    Micro-Economic Policy Analysis Branch

  2. Sent May 5th, 2006
    Reply to May 3rd email follows:

    Thank you for your email

    At present there is no national program that I have seen or heard about ready to deal with Peak Oil. There is no national program or energy consumption or investment in railways etc. Current government statistics are not based on current information and point to Peak Oil at 2030. A date that no expert I have read agrees with.

    This will be the most pressing issue of our age, as the oil hits it’s production peak at 50% we will be increasingly unable to travel at current rates or feed ourselves as simple demand outsrips supply.

    Many oil industry experts and geologists point to a 5-10 year window now, so we need to get started and start talking publically about this issue of when we hit the 50% mark on oil production. As demand continues we hit a oil-shock, effectively putting the world into a recession or depression since all our economies rely on growth to function.

    To get the subject off the internet and into the tv though, consider a first step:

    Here’s a quote from Matt Simmons, an investment banker and author of ‘Twilight in the Desert’ as posted in an interview at on such a first step:

    “””MATT: We can all clamor for energy data reform. That’s the one thing that can happen before the end of this year[2005], and where are mandated field by field quarterly production reports, and the number of well bores each of those fields have; some data on proven reserves we don’t even need. That’s the only thing we can do and effect in 2005, and that system being mandated would allow less than 30 people in less than 30 days to come up with a realistic supply assessment over the next 3 years, and pretty well prove or disprove we’ve actually now exceeded peak oil, or it’s right ahead of us. That’s the one thing that every person in the world has a role in demanding that happen. And if people say, “Naw, that’s not important,” we fully deserve every bit of pain we’re going to get. [1:02:29]”””

    What is your timeline for starting the discussion regarding Peak Oil and instituting energy data reform?

    Thank you

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