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Claude Moraes MEP’s response to my letter concerning peak oil preparations

February 2, 2010

22 January 2010

Dear Mr Mowshowitz,

As a Labour MEP, all the issues surrounding European energy policy are very important to me, including climate change, economic prosperity, heating and maintaining homes and intra-European transport. On this basis, both the European Parliament and the European Commission are aware that some scientists assert oil production has peaked, or will peak in the next decade. At this stage, it is the case that these concerns constitute a theory. Other scenarios include the potential enhanced recovery of oil through new technology, and the further development of renewable energy sources. The European Commission is constatnly updated on developments in both peak oil theory and the debate surrounding it.

The European Commission is also following all developments affecting energy supply. In fact, the energy industry is also questioning whether supply can continue to keep up with increases in demand over short, medium and long term.

In addition, given the challenges and draw backs of using oil as an energy source, and regardless of peak oil theory, it is obvious that Europe needs a re-invigorated, common energy policy to cope with all the challenges facing energy use. The European Commission is thus currently building policy frameworks which should lead to a sustainable and highly efficient long-term energy profile within the European Union.

Yours sincerely,

Claude Moraes MEP
Labour Member of the European Parliament for London

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