Portland Peak Oil Task Force Appointed

Released by the City on Friday:

CITY OF PORTLAND ANNOUNCES PEAK OIL TASK FORCE

Eleven citizens to provide recommendations for responding to rising oil prices and diminishing supplies

Portland, Ore-Commissioner Dan Saltzman today announced the members of the City of Portland’s Peak Oil Task Force, a citizen advisory group that will provide recommendations to City Council on appropriate responses to uncertainties in the supply and affordability of oil.

“I’m pleased to announce this group of citizen leaders who have offered to contribute their valuable effort and expertise,” said Commissioner Saltzman.

The Task Force will be comprised of the following individuals:

Richard Benner
Christine Caruso
David Cohan
Angela Crowley-Koch
Lesa Dixon-Gray
Allen Lee
Bill Scott
Sallie Schullinger-Krause
Marcus Simantel
Randy White
Rowan Wolf

Collectively, the members of the Task Force bring expertise in transportation, land use, business, the food system, building energy use, sociology, and economically disadvantaged populations. Candidates were selected for their ability to bring a multi-disciplinary, systems approach to the issues and for their commitment to seeking solutions that benefit the community as a whole.

The Task Force is intended to identify key short-term and long-term vulnerabilities and develop recommendations for addressing these. The Task Force is expected produce a set of options and recommendations to City Council about how Portland can best prepare for constraints on the supply and affordability of oil. The recommendations will also address how to educate the public about this issue.

City Council adopted a resolution on May 10, 2006 establishing the Peak Oil Task Force, which is expected to complete its work by early 2007. The Peak Oil Task Force will hold its first meeting in mid-July. Details about the initial meeting and future work of the Task Force will be posted at www.sustainableportland.org.

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