Peakoilindia.org is an initiative by the Alliance for Sustainability and Equity (www.ecologise.in)to widen and deepen understanding of the historically unprecedented challenge of Peak Oil in India.
Oil is a finite, non-renewable resource; one that has powered phenomenal economic, technological and population growth over the last century and a half. Almost every aspect of modern life: transportation, agriculture, power generation, pharmaceuticals, plastics etc, depend on it in one form or the other. Peak Oil is the simplest label for the problem of energy resource depletion, or more specifically, the peak in global oil production. What makes Peak Oil so important is not just the high stakes involved, but also its immediacy (many analysts have concluded that we are either approaching the peak or have already crossed it).
In India, serious discussion of energy and related themes is restricted to specialists, and held behind closed doors. This is something we can no longer afford, especially so since we have embraced a high energy input development model, despite having to meet most of our energy needs through oil imports. This has serious implications when seen in the context of Peak Oil.