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$11,990: New car for the price of a 1986 Corolla

Sydney Morning Herald, 24 February 2011

Chinese car maker Chery is about to turn the clock back 25 years for new car buyers, with a new small car going on sale next week for just $11,990 drive-away. That price is less than a Toyota Corolla cost in 1986.

How Markets May Respond to Resource Scarcity: The Goldilocks Syndrome

Post Carbon Institute, 21 February 2011

Before examining limits to non-energy resources, it might be helpful to consider how markets respond to resource scarcity, with petroleum as a highly relevant case in point.

Libya uprising forces oil price to highest point since 2008

The Guardian, 21 February 2011

Oil prices have hit a two-and-a-half-year high on the back of the uprising in Libya as companies shut down production and evacuated staff. Brent crude rose by as much as $2.70, to $105.28 a bar

PERTH WATERFRONT PROJECT נCLIMATE CHANGE IMPLICATIONS: 17 Feb

48. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Planning: (1) In drawing up the plans for Perth’s city waterfront, how has the government taken into account the assumed mean sea level rise of 0.9 metres by 2110, which will be factored into the revised state planning policy 2.67?

(2) How has the government taken into account the predicted climate change-related increase in storm surges?

(3) Will all structures in the

PERTH AIRPORT TRANSPORT MASTER PLAN: 17 Feb

3053. Hon Ken Travers to the minister representing the Minister for Transport- (1) Is the Perth Airport Transport Masterplan complete?

(2) If yes to (1), will the Minister table a copy?

(3) If no to (1), does the Minister intend to table it?

(4) If yes to (3), when?

(5) Has a copy been provided to the Federal Transport Minister?

FREMANTLE PORT נRAIL SERVICE: 17 Feb

3040. Hon Ken Travers to the minister representing the Minister for Transport – I refer to the Fremantle Port Rail Service for the 2010-11 financial year, and ask —

(1) What is the subsidy that will be paid for each container moved by rail?

(2) What is the estimated total amount of subsidy that will be paid to move containers by rail?

(3) How many containers, in TEU’s, are expected to receive the subsidy?

KUNUNURRA נHEAVY VEHICLE ROAD HAULAGE: 17 Feb

4302. Mr T.G. Stephens to Minister for Transport- In relation to the Government’s proposal for a heavy vehicle road to by-pass Kununurra, I ask:

(a) does the State Government accept that the residents and owners of the horticultural blocks along Riverfarm Road are the group most likely to be affected by the construction of the proposed road and bridge on the alignment that is now designated as being the preferred option;

(b) why has the Governme

ST GEORGES TERRACE נROADWORKS: 17 Feb

4306. Mr C.J. Tallentire to the Minister for Transport- I refer to the road works taking place in St George’s Terrace in Perth, and ask:

(a) what design input, be it advisory, statutory or technical, has been provided by either Main Roads WA, the Public Transport Authority or the Department of Transport on how the St George’s Terrace refurbishments should be designed;

(b) did either Main Roads WA, the Public Transport Authority or the Depa

Peak oil alarm revealed by secret official talks

The Guardian, 22 August 2010

Speculation that government ministers are far more concerned about a future supply crunch than they have admitted has been fuelled by the revelation that they are canvassing views from industry and the scientific community about "peak oil".

Peak Oil, Climate Change, Political Turmoil: The Lesson From Egypt

CounterCurrents, 15 February 2011

Were the Egyptian people that bravely took to the streets to overthrow a tyrannical regime taking part in the world’s first peak oil revolution? It seems like out and out hyperbole at first. Hosni Mubarek ran the country in a permanent state of emergency in which he blocked free speech, intimidated anyone perceived as a threat, and operated a b

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