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Energy and Public Health: The Challenge of Peak Petroleum

Peak oil – that idea that global petroleum production will reach a maximum and begin declining – is a reality which health and public health professionals need to start talking about. Petroleum is a finite resource. Yet we rely on readily available, affordable petroleum-based products for the daily functions of public health. How long will supplies last? What will happen when they become less available and even more expensive? The public health community must begin a discussion of how our changing and vulnerable energy supplies will impact public health and how we can anticipate, prepare and begin to plan to meet this inevitable challenge.

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  • Featured Speakers

    Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH

    Director, National Center for Environmental Health, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH

    Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota