The [UK Parliament's] Backbench Business Committee scheduled a debate in Westminster Hall on Thursday 23 February 2012 on cycling.The Committee heard this was an issue of cross-party appeal and of topical public interest following the recent launch of The Times 'Cities fit for cycling' campaign.
Note the new London buses, as well as having an open
platform to the rear (at least when there is a conductor on board), are HYBRID. TfL
have been running a number of hybrids for some time now and it looks as though
this is to become the standard.
New York Times, 27 February 2012
Those fees for checked bags or in-flight meals? They are just the start. Now that airlines have realized how much money they can make by selling more than just a seat on their planes, they are coming up with all sorts of income-producing ideas — including selling flight interruption insurance and producing merchandise with their logos.
The Oil Drum, 24 February 2012
This post presents the latest data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on crude oil and associated liquids production and price as of January 2012. This article is cross posted from Early Warning, where it forms part of a long-running series of articles that charts monthly changes in global oil supply (total liquids) from the EIA, IEA, and OPEC.
Reuters, 25 February 2012
Mexico's oil exports in January were the lowest since mid-2010 as the state-oil
monopoly diverted more crude to domestic refineries.
The Telegraph, 25 February 2012
Behind the rictus grins, though, the gloves remain off, the rhetorical daggers still drawn. Having launched the biggest sovereign debt restructuring in history, Athens now faces the Herculean task of persuading holders of Greek bonds to accept a "voluntary" hair-cut. Enough of Europe, though. Despite the eurozone's overwhelming ability to set the tone in terms of global investor sentiment, other economic indicators deserve attention – not least the price of oil.
New York Times, 23 February 2012
President Obama, confronted by the political perils of surging gas prices in an election year, on Thursday defended his efforts to wean the United States off imported oil, even as he conceded there was little he could do in the short run to ease the pain at the pump.
Sydney Morning Herald, 23 February 2012
Boeing said Wednesday around 55 of its flagship 787 Dreamliners "have the potential" to develop a fuselage shimming problem, but reiterated that the fault was being fixed. Shims are used to fill in space between parts and industry publication Flightglobal has reported that improperly joined pieces had caused "parts of the aircraft's carbon fibre structure to delaminate".