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Community Environmental Council and Area Leaders Prepare for Peak Oil

Key leaders from Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties agreed to work with CEC on a regional energy planning effort.

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More than 120 tri-counties civic and business leaders converged on Santa Barbara in late June 2008 at an event organized by CEC to prepare communities for soaring energy prices and reductions in supply.

Keynote speaker Bob Hirsch -- a consultant for the U.S. Dept. of Energy and energy expert for CNBC -- painted a grim picture in which global oil production peaks by 2010-2015, while demand continues to surge. The result will likely be far higher prices than the records we've seen recently.

It was not all doom and gloom, however. Rick Cole -- City Manager of Ventura -- and Susan Anderson -- Director of the City of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development -- shared how their cities are already reducing energy consumption and, as a pleasant side effect, creating more livable and healthy cities.

Key leaders from Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties agreed to work with CEC on a regional energy planning effort. While the future will likely bring significant challenges, the Community Environmental Council is optimistic that through good regional planning their region can ease the transition to a fossil free future.

The CEC is a well-established environmental nonprofit focused exclusively on energy efficiency and renewables, alternative transportation, and climate change.

See presentations, photos and media coverage at CEC's website.

Community Environmental Council
26 W. Anapamu Street
Second Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 963-0583
Fax: (805) 962-9080
CEC's website.

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