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Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson promises action on peak oil
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Published 23 December 2008 by The Georgia Straight (Vancouver, Can.) (original article)

“We have to address peak oil,” said Vancouver, B.C. Mayor Gregor Robertson. “I think we underestimate this at our peril right now, and it needs to be factored in with the decisions we are making this term for sure.” The Mayor and councillor Andrea Reimer want to see the city prepared, and may seek the creation of a task force.

Published 23 December 2008 by The Georgia Straight (Vancouver, Can.), http://www.straight.com/article-177113/mayor-promises-action-peak-oil

[This is an EXCERPT: read the whole article here. -Ed.]

By Matthew Burrows

Mayor Gregor Robertson and Coun. Andrea Reimer are promising they will make Vancouver ready for peak oil.

“We have to address peak oil,” Robertson told the Georgia Straight at City Hall. “That’s a hard reality. . . . I think it could end up compounding the looming challenges we face with oil supply and an economy that’s totally dependent on cheap energy right now.”

“Andrea Reimer is leading the charge on the ‘greenest city’ initiatives, and I will speak with her about how we integrate a peak-oil strategy,” Robertson said. “Certainly it needs to be factored in. I think we underestimate this at our peril right now, and it needs to be factored in with the decisions we are making this term for sure.”

Reimer said she would like to see a task force created to address the issue.

“The thrust of it would be, what is the impact on citizens living in Vancouver of the phenomenon of peak oil?” Reimer told the Straight in a separate interview at City Hall. “What’s it going to impact the most?”

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