Senator Tom Udall on Peak Oil

When most of us think of Peak Oil and the US Congress, our thoughts immediately turn to former Rep. Roscoe Bartlett who, starting in March 2005, stood on the floor of the House of Representatives to give the first of over 50 hour-long talks on Peak Oil. (I highlighted the story in my tribute to Bartlett in 2012, and you can read more about it in Neil King's 2008 Wall Street Journal article "Cries in the Dark").

But it's worth remembering that Bartlett was far from the only politician discussing the issue. Rep. Tom Udall of New Mexico joined with Bartlett to create the Congressional Peak Oil Caucus. Below is a link to an almost unknown video from then Rep. Udall giving a 5-minute speech on Peak Oil in December 2005. 

Today Tom Udall is the senior senator from New Mexico. And if the name sounds familiar, he is part of the famous Udall political family. Tom's cousin is Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, and Mark Udall's brother was Randy Udall, co-founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas - USA.

Peak Oil is a fact, not a theory. Oil production has now peaked in 33 of the world’s largest 48 oil producing nations.
— Rep. Tom Udall, December 8, 2005