A resolution to establish a Peak Oil Task Force passed at Wednesday night’s Bloomington city council meeting. Council President Dave Rollo describes this step as a logical extension of one of the council’s previous resolutions.
The resolution provides a time window of less than a year for the task force to investigate the issue and to produce a report. Rollo says the prospect of diminishing global oil supply has implications most directly for transportation policy in the city, but he says the issue goes deeper than that. Rollo says it’s his hope that the task force will produce a concrete document that could guide future city policy. He points to a 2005 Department of Energy report that concluded 15-20 years of planning would be necessary to mitigate the effects of a global collapse of the oil market.