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Falling Gasoline Use Means United States Can Just Say No to New Pipelines and Food-to-Fuel

Earth Policy Institute, 28 March 2013

Freeing America from its dependence on oil from unstable parts of the world is an admirable goal, but many of the proposed solutions—including the push for more home-grown biofuels and for the construction of the new Keystone XL pipeline to transport Canadian tar sands oil to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast—are harmful and simply unnecessary. Gasoline use in the United States is falling, and the trends already driving it down are likely to continue into the future, making both the mirage of beneficial biofuels and the construction of a new pipeline to import incredibly dirty oil seem ever more out of touch with reality.

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How environmentally friendly are electric cars?

BBC News, 11 April 2013

Last week Nissan began production of the first UK-built electric car, the Leaf,
at its plant in Sunderland. The company believes that after a slow start, the
time has finally come for the battery operated electric car.

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The end of the free upgrade: the great airline business upgrade auction is ready for take-off

The Independent, 29 April 2013


The economy passenger’s dream ticket – a free upgrade at the departure gate –
now looks endangered.
Online upgrade auctions that allow travellers with cheap tickets to make
blind bids for unfilled business class seats are on the rise, as airlines across
the world catch on to the innovative new way of making extra cash.

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Peak Oil As Seen Through The Eyes Of Arab Oil Producers

Counter Currents, 13 April 2013

I was fortunate to be among the few
westerners invited to attend and speak at this first-of-its kind “peak oil” (PO)
conference in a Middle East. The fact that a major Middle East oil exporter
would hold such a conference on what has long been a verboten subject was quite
remarkable and a dramatic change from decades of PO denial. The two and a half
day meeting was well attended by people from the GCC as well as other regional
countries.

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Peak Oil As Seen Through The Eyes Of Arab Oil Producers

Counter Currents, 13 April 2013

I was fortunate to be among the few
westerners invited to attend and speak at this first-of-its kind “peak oil” (PO)
conference in a Middle East. The fact that a major Middle East oil exporter
would hold such a conference on what has long been a verboten subject was quite
remarkable and a dramatic change from decades of PO denial. The two and a half
day meeting was well attended by people from the GCC as well as other regional
countries.

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GM to invest additional resources in Germany’s Opel

DW, 24 April 2013

General Motors has decided to channel additional financial resources towards making its subsidiary Opel in Germany profitable again. The money is to be used in the development of engine technology.

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STC LinkedIn Group

STC has a new Group on the LinkedInw eb site- come and join us and add to the conversations: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Sustainable-Transport-Coalition-WA-4857788?home
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Weekend clearways proposal is ‘half-baked’, says Robertson

Sydney Morning Herald, 29 April 2013

The [NSW] state government's plan to create clearways to ease Sydney's weekend congestion woes is ''half-baked'', says Opposition Leader John Robertson. There was no doubt traffic congestion was getting worse in Sydney, but clearways alone would not fix it, Mr Robertson said on Sunday.

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Rail minister Simon Burns defends re-privatisation of East Coast line

The Telegraph, 24 April 2013

Train services on the state-run East Coast Main Line are not as reliable as
hoped, [UK] rail minister Simon Burns has said, as the Government begins the process
of re-privatising the line.

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Lend Lease super sizes homes as sales die

Macrobusiness, 26 April 2013

Recent data has not been kind for developers is South East Queensland (SEQ). According to RP Data-Rismark, Brisbane and Gold Coast dwellings have fallen by around 10.5% since peak:

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