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U.S. Sees a Smaller Future for G.M. Than G.M. Does

New York Times, 30 March 2009

General Motors has 60 days to fix a set of problems that have been decades in the making. For all of

Are 2 billion cars a nightmare we can avoid?

Miami Herald, 30 March 2009

According to Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon in their provocative new book, "Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability" (Oxford University Press, $24.95), the 1.5 billion (including motorcycles and scooters) vehicles we will have by 2010 are "pumping extraordinary quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, draining the world's conventional petroleum supplies, inciting political skirmishes over oil and overw

Hummer’s fate faces GM decision

Cincinnati.Com, 30 March 2009

By Tuesday, General Motors Corp. will have to decide whether its struggling Hummer brand will die a quiet death or live on with a new owner. The wounded automaker has told the federal government that it will make the decision to jettison or sell Hummer by the end of the first quarter as part of a plan to justify the government loans on which it is living.

Seven Reasons Why Better Place Will Fail and Four Why It Won’t

GreenTech Media, 30 March 2009

The well-funded Better Place hopes to revolutionize transportation by building a network of charging stations for electric cars. But does it really have the goods?

The Next Five Years: Peak Lite and the Current Oil Picture

The Oil Drum, 26 March 2009

A few years ago, after spending a lot of time thinking about peak oil, and then watching the price of oil break out of its historical trading range and head higher, the idea of Peak Lite came to me. Over time the price of oil had bounced between $10 and $30 a barrel, but about 5 years ago it broke from that pattern and started the

Cities Deal With a Surge in Shantytowns

New York Times, 25 March 2009

As the operations manager of an outreach center for the homeless here, Paul Stack is used to seeing people down on their luck. What he had never seen before was people living in tents and lean-tos on the railroad lot across from the center. “They just popped up about 18 months ago,” Mr. Stack said. “One day it was empty. The next day, there were people living there.”

Oil company cost cutbacks threaten future oil supply

Wall St Journal, 27 2009

THE slowdown in investment in oil and gas production could lop off nearly 8 million barrels per day of future oil supply growth, setting the stage for another big crude price spike in the years to come, according to a new study.

Woodchips with everything. It’s the Atkins plan of the low-carbon world

The Guardian, 24 March 2009

Whenever you hear the word miracle, you know there's trouble just around the corner. But no matter many times they lead to disappointment or disaster, the newspapers never tire of promoting miracle cures, miracle crops, miracle fuels and miracle financial instruments. We have a limitless ability to disregard the laws of economics, biology and thermodynamics when we encounter a simple solution to complex problems. So welcome, ladies and gen

James Lovelock on Biochar: let the Earth remove CO2 for us

The Guardian, 24 March 2009

I usually agree with George Monbiot and love the way he says it but this time – with his assertion that the latest miracle mass fuel cure, biochar, does not stand up – he has got it only half right.

Oilwatch Monthly March 2009

The Oilwatch Monthly is a newsletter that is available free of charge with the latest data on oil supply, demand, oil stocks, spare capacity and exports. The March 2009 edition of Oilwatch Monthly can be downloaded at