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Kipp Report, 22 January 2008

Car ownership by women in Saudi Arabia rose 60 percent from 2003 to 2006, according to figures from state oil firm Saudi Aramco, reported in Kuwait Times. It said 75,522 women owned 120,334 vehicles by the end of 2006. And not one of them is allowed to drive.

[Nepal] Massive hike in prices of diesel, kerosene, LPG

Ekantipur, 22 January 2008

The [Nepalese] government Monday considerably hiked the prices of diesel, kerosene and the cooking gas as part of its ongoing efforts to aid repayment of dues to the Indian oil supplier in order to end the festering fuel shortage in the country.

Nepal students burn tyres to protest fuel hike

Reuters, 22 January 2008

Hundreds of students burned tyres and brought traffic to a halt on the roads of Nepal's capital on Tuesday in protest against a steep hike in the price of cooking gas and diesel.

Degradation, deregulation fuels hatred נnot fear נof flying

MSNBC, 23 January 2008

I hate to fly. Which is a problem given that part of my income comes from travel writing. It's not a fear of flying. I actually do love to fly. It's the way that traveling via commercial airline has become torture.

Will New Oil Fields Avert the Peak Oil Crisis?

Energy & Capital, 22 January 2008

A few of you wrote to me last week asking what my thoughts were concerning world oil production. Specifically, the majority of you wanted to know whether I felt new oil field production will be enough to save global production. (On a side note, some of your comments were a bit more colorful than others.)
Regardless of how the question is phrased, do I feel new production is going to save us

Does a U.S. recession mean lower oil prices? Not necessarily

International Herald Tribune, 23 January 2008

As fears of a U.S. recession ripple across the globe this week, analysts and energy experts are wondering whether the great oil boom of the past five years is finally coming to an end – or whether it is merely taking a break.

Beijing plans to halve traffic during Games

International Herald Tribune, 23 January 2008

Faced with persistent air pollution despite promises to host a "green" Olympic Games, Beijing is planning to remove half of the city's 3.3 million vehicles during the Games to improve air quality and ease traffic flow, according to a report Wednesday in the local media.

‘International Oil Companies Are the Real Dinosaurs’

Der Spiegel, 20 January 2008

In an exlusive SPIEGEL interview, OPEC Secretary-General Abdalla Salem el-Badri discusses the dangers of a further dramatic rise in the oil price, the failures of multinational oil companies and considerations within the cartel of oil-exporting nations to trade in euros rather than dollars.

Call for fuel tax rise to be axed

BBC News, 21 January 2008

More than 700 businesses have called on the chancellor to scrap a planned rise in fuel duty. The increase of 2p per litre, due to take place in April, will cost the haulage industry £170m, they say.

A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories

New York Times, 19 January 2008

Rising prices for cooking oil are forcing residents of Asia’s largest slum, in Mumbai, India, to ration every drop. Bakeries in the United States are fretting over higher shortening costs. And here in Malaysia,