Chevron Corporation, one of the world’s leading energy companies, has launched a
PR site energy discussion forum, called willyoujoinus.com.
“Energy will be one of the defining issues of this century. One thing is clear: the era of easy oil is over. So let the discussion begin. How will we meet the energy needs of the entire world in this century and beyond? Here’s where you can learn more about the broader issues; voice your opinion on the current topic; and take part in a discussion today that could help shape the world’s energy needs for tomorrow.”
The centrepiece of the site is Energyville, an “energy game” developed by the Economist Group. This is a Sim City© look-alike, in which you “choose from a portfolio of energy sources to power your city today and through 2030. Every decision you make will affect the environment, the economy and your city’s security”.
To register, to play the game or to access the discussion forums, go to www.willyoujoinus.com. Let us know how you get on.
Update: It seems that whatever combination of energy sources you click and drag onto your scenario, it is impossible to achieve more than 88% of the city’s energy requirements without using oil. There’s no facility to change the city’s infrastructure, so you’re stuck with planes and private cars as modes of transport, which require petroleum. The objective of this “game” is to demonstrate the continuing importance of petroleum and the impossibility of achieving independence from oil. Which is pretty much what you’d expect from an oil company.