Getting Local Government to Tackle Peak Oil
Yesterday I talked about the role of green groups in a shrinking state, noting how the activist mantra of "act local" could be used by some as an excuse to pass responsibilities from local government to community groups like members of the Transition Movement. But most community groups see themselves as a complement, not an alternative, to government—whether local or national. Transition Culture has a great piece on how activists can get their local authorities to recognize, and act on, the threat of peak oil: "Local and regional authorities aren't planning strategically for peak oil, and it is not a concern reflected in their policy making. They may not even understand it. Without a clear statement of concern about the issue, any further steps or actions on the issue will not have a foundation."