Dr. David Knight, an Honorary Research Associate at Oxford University, expressed his views in a talk entitled "Climate Change and Peak Oil: two sides of the same coin? to the local Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) the beginning of this month. His presentation offers a good summary of the Peak Oil story but little about Climate Change.
Dr Knight says, "The main purpose of this talk is to consider three possible visions or scenarios concerning Peak Oil and Climate Change:" the "Green Future" which he and WinACC support, the "Runaway Climate Change" favored by the "hugely powerful energy corporations," and the "Peak Oil Catastrophe" envisioned by many ecological economists and some energy analysts. He discounts the "Nuclear Option" as too unlikely to consider.
I do find his conclusion of tying the powerful energy corporations with runaway climate change interesting. In time he may be proved correct in his analysis of the cause and effect.
He says that his talk mainly focuses on peak oil because most people know less about it than climate change. I leave it to you to read his description of Peak Oil -- it repeats what most of my followers already know. He does list actions for the government to take to mitigate the problem and recommends a number of changes to legislation and fiscal policy. Then he recommends what the individuals can do: raise awareness, act together, work for change, and walk the talk.
While I recommend his essay for the information review, I am disappointed in the conclusions. He says, "The Green Future scenario involving rapid transition to a near zero carbon economy is infinitely preferable to either of the other two and may just be achievable if a sufficient fraction of the world’s population works for it."
I suppose the experience of writing my book "Was a Time When" has put me into the Peak Oil Catastrophe category. I think the interactions within Peak Oil exacerbatedby Climate Change and the Population Overshoot will surely result in a catastrophe of the worst sort. I wish I could be more optimistic, but what I hear in this piece is wishful dreams.