Oil Crisis or Peak Oil Preparedness: My "Smart City" NPR Interview

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Surprising how little record oil and gas prices have been covered in the media, unless you count daily financial reporters covering the slumping dollar, crude supplies and inventories, the equivalent of a shell game.

I went past a gas station in San Francisco today that had regular unleaded for $4.19 a gallon, and it was a station that is typically one of the city's least expensive. Can you imagine the impact that will have on regular working people? Now imagine that figure doubled and you begin to get my drift.

Luckily, there's at least one national NPR show that is willing to investigate what an oil crisis or peaking oil might mean to the economies of our cities. This morning, I was interviewed for a 25-minute segment by host Carol Coletta of Smart City Radio

The show will be online and on air by Saturday.

We discussed which cities are best prepared--and worst prepared--for an oil crisis based upon Common Current's new report "Major US City Preparedness for an Oil Crisis," which we released this month.

Strange days: last time I was in the media related to this subject in March 2006 (oil was about $60 a barrel) The New York Times had an exclusive and ran a column on the study I put together, and all the wires followed. Now with oil at $105 a barrel after hitting its all-time inflation-adjusted high of $111 a few weeks back, there is little coverage of what these price levels or further price rises may mean to our auto-centered economy, let alone our lives.

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Warren Karlenzig, Common Current founder and president, has worked with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (lead co-author United Nations Shanghai Manual: A Guide to Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century, 2011); United Nations Center for Regional Development (training of mayors from 13 Asian nations on city sustainable economic development and technology); provinces of Guizhou and Guangdong, China (urban sustainability master planning and green city standards); the United States White House and Environmental Protection Agency (Eco-Industrial Park planning and Industrial Ecology primer); the nation of South Korea ("New Cities Green Metrics"); The European Union ("Green and Connected Cities Initiative"); the State of California ("Comprehensive Recycling Communities" and "Sustainable Community Plans"); major cities; and the world's largest corporations developing policy, strategy, financing and critical operational capacities for 20 years.

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