Newsletter #40 - October 2009 for the
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What is a Footprint?

Comparison of US and Australian ecological footprints with African. Every Australian puts 26.5 tons of CO2-e into the atmosphere every year, every American puts 23.6 tons and most Africans a lot less than 1 ton each.

For earlier Footprints visit our archive.

The Crisis Coalition aims to raise awareness and to galvanise action.
For the latest information read this fully referenced report.

Dear Friends

When you read this report study the graph issued by the IEA. Only the dark blue section on “Current production” has any meaning. The rest has been boosted and is unreliable.

Then look around your room, inside your car and anywhere else and note everything that is made from plastic, all of which come from oil. Look at the road you drive on, that black surface is made from oil. And ask yourself, since the military takes 15% how much will you get as production declines?

Food depends on fertiliser, and much of this comes from oil. International trade of food and goodies depends on oil, as do trucks and trains and planes. You want to reduce global warming? Then pray for the rapid end to oil. That will do more to force us to become sustainable than any act of politics.

Even though the consequences to each of us will be dire, we are already over 450 C02-e and more than 2 degrees is inevitable. The sooner we get snapped out of our consumerist addiction the better!

Think on this, John James

Key oil figures were distorted by US pressure, says whistleblower

For graph and Guardian article click here

The world is much closer to running out of oil than official estimates admit, according to a whistleblower at the International Energy Agency who claims it has been deliberately underplaying a looming shortage for fear of triggering panic buying. The senior official claims the US has played an influential role in encouraging the watchdog to underplay the rate of decline from existing oil fields while overplaying the chances of finding new reserves.  

John James

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