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Minister not fazed by rail clearways cost increase

Sydney Morning Herald, 30 October 2009

THE cost of the State Government's rail clearways program, designed to separate the network into distinct lines and minimise delays across the system, has blown out by more than $800 million, documents reveal. The documents, obtained by the Opposition under freedom of information legislation, show the total cost of the clearways program is now $1.888 billion, up from the original estimate of $1.018 billion.

Roads are for cars, not Lycra louts

Sydney Morning Herald, 29 October 2009

Whoever made up the Roads and Traffic Authority's 1990s slogan ''the road is there to share'' has a lot to answer for. It's a big fat lie. The road is not there to share. Roads are built for cars. Pretending otherwise is unfair to motorists and cyclists alike. It leads to tragic accidents and violent incidents such as the attack on a 64-year-old bus driver by a cyclist last Friday.

Qatar eyes China as big new LNG volumes come online

Reuters, 26 October 2009

Qatar is looking to China to absorb some of the huge increase in liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies as the world's biggest LNG exporter nears completion of its plan to double production capacity this year.

Canada’s tar sands may to be just too dirty

New Scientist, 26 October 2009

Capturing and storing some of the carbon that would be released in the processing of Canada's tar sands may not clean the industry up. To turn the vast but dirty resource into useable oil, Canada will have to spew vast amounts of greenhouse gases. That's the conclusion of a new study on the potential of so-called carbon capture and storage technology to reduce carbon emissions from tar sands operations. See

Detroit house auction flops for urban wasteland

Reuters, 26 October 2009

In a crowded ballroom next to a bankrupt casino, what remains of the Detroit property market was being picked over by speculators and mostly discarded. After five hours of calling out a drumbeat of "no bid" for properties listed in an auction book as thick as a city phone directory, the energy of the county auctioneer began to flag. "OK," he said. "We only have 300 more pages to go."

92-year-old’s website leaves oil giant Shell-shocked

The Guardian, 26 October 2009

At 92 years old, Alfred Donovan is an unlikely online campaigner. But he and his son John, 62, have been a painful thorn in the side of Royal Dutch Shell for more than a decade. The pair run one of the oldest and most effective "gripe sites", and the oil giant's army of well-paid lawyers do not know how to neutr

The Energy Crisis Just a Bit Delayed, 23 October 2009

Eighty-five million barrels a day.  That’s the most that can be produced. So when recession causes a temporary decrease in world consumption, it can seem like those 85 million barrels are enough. But consumption is bound to resume its upward climb, while those 85 million barrels a day are all we get. The day of reckoning has just been delayed for a little bit.  “Can’t we get more than 85 million barrels?”

As Hybrid Buses Get Cheaper, Cities Fill Their Fleets

New York Times, 20 October 2009

IF you wonder whether hybrid-electric vehicles will ever catch on, simply ask one of the millions of people who ride in them every day. Hybrid-electric buses, that is. Transit systems from New York to Ta

Fill It Up With Electricity, Please

New York Times, 20 October 2009

ELECTRIC cars are coming in big numbers for the first time. Again. The prediction has been here before, almost every time governments have worried about oil supplies and air pollution.

Solar Won’t Revive the Auto Industry Anytime Soon

BNet, Energy, 23 October 2009

It’s a heartwarming story: A solar manufacturer needs metal and glass work done. An auto parts manufacturer, preparing to lay off thousands of workers, hears about it and bids on the work. A few months later, the factory is running at full tilt, but instead of CO2-producing automobiles it’s pumping out CO2-saving solar equipment.