Thread for Peak Oil articles/data and post Peak Oil articles - there are now thousands upon thousands of articles out there on these subjects, so please just post the most relevant/best expressed ones. The energy crisis which we're only now seeing the relatively painless beginning of will be the defining event of all our lives...with Global Warming not far behind. While Global Warming may take decades to really adversely affect the average person, Peak Oil is here and now - a global economic collapse or spectacular contraction may well be just around the corner if the right 'trigger event' comes to pass...war in Iran or a US attack; a hurricane season in the US like last year; Nigerian freedom fighters gaining increasing success in their attacks on Shell holdings in Nigeria; more dramatic unrest in Iraq; diversion of Venezuelan supplies away from Western markets to the East...there are so many possible 'trigger events' it would take forever to list them all...the above are just some of the more likely to occur - hopefully not in tandum as is entirely possible. From a Permaculturists perspective, Peak Oil is not necessarily bad news - I prefer to share David Holmgren's relatively optimistic view of looking at it as an opportunity rather than a necessarily bad event. People will be increasingly forced to take positive steps to restructure their lives in positive ways...increasing growth of local industries and relocalisation will become the norm, reversing many of the harms of globalisation...many ecologically and societally harmful industries will be severely hampered in their operations or outright cease to exist...there are too many 'benefits' to list, but they have the potential to eventually reshape the world along far more positive, sustainable lines than what we see today. Below is some of the critically important reading material needed to begin to understand the concept of Peak Oil - how it will affect the global economy and us as individuals, and what can be done both on a global/national level, and at an individual level to avoid the worst of the fallout. Some of the articles are long, some are demanding, others are designed to be easily read and understood, IMO all are important. For balance, some more technical articles about the global economy and the fossil fuels industry are also included, though these are aimed more at those wishing further information than as vitally important reading. Please feel free to contribute further articles (it's not easy to condense tens of thousands of articles down to a mere handful so I may miss an important aspect which someone may like to add) or comment on those included.