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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spillӳ 30-Year Legacy

Common Dreams, 3 September 2010

A surprisingly small number of scientists have studied the impacts of the oil spill resulting from the 1979 blowout at the Ixtoc I oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Wes Tunnell, who first studied the spill's effects in July and August of 1980 and has returned many times since, is one of the few exceptions.

Enbridge Announces New Athabasca Oilsands Pipeline Expansion

Coomon Dreams, 3 September 2010

Enbridge Inc. will be investing $185 million to expand its Athabasca oilsands pipeline in time to accommodate new volumes from Cenovus Energy's Christina Lake project, the pipeline giant said.

Running on empty? The peak oil debate

The Australia institute, September 2, 2010 Dr David Ingles and Dr Richard Denniss

Like climate change, the possibility of peak oil poses an uncomfortable challenge to citizens and governments alike in the 21st century. 'Peak oil' is the term first used by M K Hubbert in the 1950s to describe the point in time at which the worldwide production of crude oil extraction will be maximised. But while it is inevitabl

Oil Addiction and Identity: Fundamentals of the Crisis and the Response

31 August 2010

As much as anybody, I want to see the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico be the final wake up call needed to move our society away from oil and other fossil fuels. One likely outcome of the tragedy will be an upwelling of activism toward that end. And yet, if the past 40 years of environmentalism are any indication, the transition will continue to be too little too late, and the collapse of civilization as we know it