what material ed miliband has seen suggests that peak oil are wide of the mark?

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Mr D Littlefair

Dear Sir or Madam,

The link below shows some of Ed Miliband's answers to questions regarding climate and oil in a recent Guardian.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/bl...

One of the responses reads:

'Ed Miliband:David - marks for persistence. Whether we run out of oil or not, we need to make the transition to low carbon as quickly as we can.

"The material I have seen suggests that peak oil estimates in the coming few years are wide of the mark. "

But in a way that isn't the issue. We need to transition for climate change reasons ...'

Can I please ask what the material Ed has seen might be, which is referred to in the sentence in quotation above?

I will look forward to your response and any help you may be able to offer.

Yours faithfully,

Mr D Littlefair

Hentschel Julian (DECC IECB),

REF: FOI 09/0889

Dear Mr Littlefair,

Thank you for your request for information about peak oil. Your request
was received on July 1 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Thanks,

Julian

Julian Hentschel | Economist | International Oil Markets | Department of
Energy and Climate Change | ( +44 (0)300 068 5391 | *
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REF: FOI 09/0889

Dear Mr Littlefair,

I am writing regarding your request for information, which I received on
July 1. In that request, and with reference to the comment, "The material
I have seen suggests that peak oil estimates in the coming few years are
wide of the mark", you asked us "what the material Ed has seen might be,
which is referred to in the sentence in the quotation above".

Please note that we cannot provide all of the material covered by your
original request as the effort to administer it would exceed the limit
prescribed by Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act. This is £600,
which represents the estimated cost of spending 24 hours in determining
whether the Department holds the information, and locating, retrieving and
extracting the information. Above this, we are not obliged to comply with
a request. Any further request will be subject to the same threshold.

The Secretary of State's thinking on peak oil is likely to have been
influenced by a broad range of material and as such, we have had
difficulty identifying the information that you wish to receive. Having
discussed the issue with the Secretary of State's private office, I have
been told that he signed off standard lines on peak oil not long before
making the comment referred to above. I have attached these below and
provided information explaining the Department's position. If this is not
the information you wished to receive, I may still be able to help.
However, I would need to be able to narrow the scope of the request, for
example by specifying the general category and source of the material you
want, and the timeframe over which the Secretary of State would have seen
it.

An explanation of the Department's thinking on peak oil is contained on
pp.109-110 in Chapter 7 of the Energy Markets Outlook 2008. You can
access this document online at
[1]http://decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/what_w....

I have also attached the standard lines that the Secretary of State saw
before making the above comment. Please note that we have exempted the
names of junior officials under section 40 of the FOI Act as this
constitutes personal data within the meaning of the Data Protection Act.
The individuals do not carry out public facing roles and are not
sufficiently senior to be held publicly accountable for the policy areas
they administer, nor have they consented for their names to be provided in
this context.

<<Standard Lines.pdf>>

The Secretary of State was also made aware of the key conclusions from the
World Energy Outlook 2008 and The Oil Crunch: Securing the UK's energy
future around the time of their respective publications.

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Julian Hentschel

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