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Crowds Bid Fond Farewell to Airport That Saved Berlin

New York Times, 30 October 2008

Berliners turned out on Thursday to say their goodbyes to historic Tempelhof Airport, to share a few memories and to protest its closing one last time. Two vintage airplanes, a DC-3 and a Junkers Ju-52, took off shortly before midnight as the final flights from the airport, which had been the focus of a legal battle that went on for several years.

ICLEI Oceania Bulletin: Issue 49

The ICLEI Oceania Bulletin for October-November 2008 is now online:

Petrol price to drivers still not falling as fast as a barrel of oil

The Guardian, 31 October 2008

The [UK] price of petrol at the pump is not falling as fast as the price of oil from peak levels over the summer, according to Guardian analysis. The average pump price is falling by about a penny every five days but still has 5.8p a litre to drop if it is to catch up with recent sharp declines in the price of oil.

Nauru, Tuvalu and Cook Islands commit to bulk fuel buying plan

Radio NZ, 29 October 2008

Three Pacific Islands Forum countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the bulk procurement of fuel. Nauru, Tuvalu and the Cook Islands have committed to the Pacific Petroleum project.

Credit crunch may hit Aramco

Saudi Gazette, 30 October 2008

Saudi Aramco expects the global credit crunch to affect joint-financing projects in transportation, distribution and refining areas, a senior company official said.

Exxon Mobil: Biggest profit in history

CNN Money, 30 October 2008

Exxon Mobil Corp. set a quarterly profit record for a U.S. company Thursday, surging past analyst estimates. Exxon Mobil, the leading U.S. oil company, said its third-quarter net profit was $14.83 billion, or $2.86 per share, up from $9.41 billion, or $1.70, a year earlier. That profit included $1.45 billion in special items. The company's

ASPO VII – first day

The Oil Drum- Europe, 30 October 2008

The VII International Conference on Oil and Gas Depletion was the first in many ways: the first after the death of Ali Samsam Bakhtiari; the first after record oil prices; and the first after serious economic difficulties hitting the OECD. Right from the beginning there was a feeling in the air that circumstances had changed and a new era had arrived.

Cutting Through the Coskata Cellulosic Ethanol Hype

The Oil Drum, 30 October 2008

Earlier this year a company called Coskata caught my attention after GM made a much-publicized investment. Coskata claims that their process "brings the first practical cellulosic opportunity to the market" and t

UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security

The report from the newly-formed UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security is the first multi-company alarm bell to be sounded on peak oil. It sets out a series of practical recommendations for Government, including action to grasp the significant economic and environmental opportunities from a step-change in investment in renewable energy and sustainable transport.

Record rig costs will jeopardise deepwater oil projects

Lloyd's List, 28 October 2008

OWNERS of offshore vessels and rigs will be put under pressure to reduce their prices to prevent delay or cancellation of deepwater oil projects, as developers see their profits fall this quarter. Leading oil and gas producers are already shelving some high-cost onshore energy projects as oil prices have fallen 60% from $147 per barrel in mid-July to nearly $60 this week, and next in line are most expensive offshore