Der für Verkehrs- und Mobilitätspolitik zuständige Generaldirektor der Europäischen Kommission mahnte bei einer Ölförderkonferenz, dass es für die EU ein „fataler Fehler“ wäre, Maßnahmen zur Reduzierung der Abhängigkeit von Erdöl zu verschieben.
"If action is delayed, in the not-too-distant future we may be forced to drastically reduce all our mobility and import technological solutions from other part of the world," Marjeta Jager told a Green Party conference in the European Parliament.
The European Commission's Transport White Paper famously said that "curbing social mobility is not an option".
Despite being initially laughed off by the oil industry, a consensus now holds that the world is reaching – or has just reached – peak oil.
Last week, the chief economist of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, said that peak oil production was actually reached in 2006.
"The existing [oil] fields are declining so sharply that in order to stay where we are in terms of production levels in the next 25 years, we have to find and develop four new Saudi Arabias," he said.
Birol expected oil prices to rise by almost a third in the next three years as a result.
In February, leaked US cables revealed that Washington fears that oil reserves in Saudia Arabia, the world's largest crude oil exporter, have been over-estimated by around 40%.
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