This story from last August in the Guardian shows there’s some concern among British government officials about future oil supplies. The government says its concern is just routine, but some documents suggest otherwise:
A spokeswoman for the department insisted the request from Mackay was “routine” and said there was no change of policy other than to keep the issue under review. The peak oil argument was effectively dismissed as alarmist by former energy minister Malcolm Wicks in a report to government last summer, while oil companies such as BP, which have major influence in Whitehall, take a similar line.
But documents obtained under the FoI Act seen by the Observer show that a “peak oil workshop” brought together staff from the DECC, the Bank of England and Ministry of Defence among others to discuss the issue.
Treehugger wonders if fuel rationing might be seen within a decade. Alarmist, you say?