Dan Miner is the Coordinator of Beyond Oil NYC and Energy Committee Chair of the New York City Sierra Club. He is also very involved with promoting urban Permaculture, presumably from the viewpoint that in the era Beyond Oil (which may be sooner than many people think) we will need to produce much more of our food locally. I first heard Dan speak about Peak Oil at a GreenHome NYC monthly forum in 2005, and his presentation was very compelling. Dan is also the author of a recent report entitled Moving New York City Toward Sustainable Energy Independence. Gotham Gazette named it Report of the Day, and the President of New York Divinity School calls it a “must read”. Here’s a taste:
Many of us are worried about the long-term consequences of climate change, and thereâ€™s growing support for the warnings of climate scientists that we need to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 to avoid climate catastrophe. On the other hand, most Americans are not cutting their energy use significantly. Defenders of business as usual claim that energy frugality will harm our economy, while failing to consider that inaction now guarantees wrecking the economy later with heat waves and flooding. Part of the problem is the perception that the climate impacts of our oil addiction lie far in the future, preventing a public consensus of urgency. Without that, the bold political action we need today is impossible.