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Things you can do NOW about high fuel prices

The STC has a wide range of pratical suggestions about what you can do NOW about the high (and likely to get higher) fuel prices.

The age of oil is over: Kohler

Smart Company, 27 June 2008

On 31 December 1999, the Dow Jones closed at 11,497. Last night it closed at 11,453. That’s eight and a half years of zero capital growth by the greatest corporations in the Earth’s capitalist headquarters. During that period three bubbles have burst – internet, housing, and credit – and the United States began a war on terrorism that has drained both its treasury and its confidence.

UK’s Brown proposes 100 billion pounds investment to reduce dependence on oil

International Herald Tribune, 26 June 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown called Thursday for Britain to invest 100 billion pounds to reduce its dependence on oil and meet European Union targets for developing renewable energy sources. Brown proposed spreading that expenditure over 12 years as the government attempts to meet a European Union target of producing 15 percent of the country's energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Japan govt to help fishermen pay soaring fuel bills

Reuters, 26 June 2008

The Japanese government hammered out steps on Thursday to help businesses and individuals cope with soaring energy prices, including footing some fuel costs for the fishing industry.

World Economy Would Collapse If Oil Hit $200, Deutsche Says

Bloomberg, 25 June 2008

The global economy would collapse if oil hit $200 a barrel, said the top energy analyst at Germany's largest bank.

Hawaii suffers a tourism blow

CNN Money, 25 June 2008

High fuel prices have forced up airfare, pushing a Hawaiian vacation out of reach for many cash-strapped Americans.

Louisiana signs “non-corn” ethanol bill into law

Exchange Morning Post, 25 June 2008

Louisiana's governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law the Advanced Biofuel Industry Development Initiative, the most comprehensive and far-reaching state legislation in the United States, enacted to develop a statewide advanced biofuel industry. Louisiana is the first state to enact alternative transportation fuel legislation that includes a variable blending pump pilot program and a hydrous ethanol pilot program. The initiative wi

Nissan and Others Add Factories in Emerging Markets

New York Times, 26 June 2008

On a dusty sun-baked field, in a ceremony presided over by a chanting Brahmin priest tossing water and rice, the Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor made a bold step into the Indian auto market.

Older cars may get left behind with biofuel bill

New Zealand Herald, 25 June 2008

The [NZ] Automobile Association says motorists driving older cars without sophisticated fuel injection systems may be left in the cold by proposed biofuels legislation.

Low Mexican Gas Prices Draw Americans

New York Times, 25 June 2008

When George Terrazas was mugged at gunpoint in this Mexican border city several months ago, he vowed never to return. That, however, was before gasoline hit $4 a gallon in his hometown, El Paso, just across the border.