CRES and Golden Earth Days are pleased to present one of the nation’s leading activists in promoting energy sustainability. Randy Udall is co-founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil-USA, and former director of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency.
Americans are using 2 million barrels less each day than we were in 2007. The irony is that even as we’ve become less hooked on crude, we’ve become more addicted to drilling. Ten percent of the Lower 48 has been leased by oil companies. That’s more acreage than we plant in corn and wheat. In short, shale plays have given us a staggering amount of new energy. Udall asserts that “Simultaneously, they’ve hijacked our energy future, chained us to a drilling rig, and thrown away the key.”