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First shipment of Kupe oil close

National Business Review, 15 January 2010

The first shipment of light crude oil from the Kupe project is due to leave Port Taranaki next week. The 120,000 to 180,000 barrel shipment on tanker British Chivalry, due in port on Sunday, was contracted to BP and was going to the Kwinana Refinery in Australia, project operator Origin Energy said today.

Another oil giant delays decision

Stuff, 15 January 2010

A second global oil giant has delayed a decision to drill in the hostile waters of the Great South Basin at the bottom of New Zealand. Yesterday Austrian Government-owned OMV said Government agency Crown Minerals had granted it and its joint venture partners an extra year to decide whether they will drill exploration wells in the Great South Basin.

We’ve already sacrificed too much to the suburban dream

Sydney Morning Herald, 21 January 2010

The recent trend of Transition Towns, as a response to climate change and the energy crisis, highlights the importance of recognising the rural context when considering the issues of urban development. The movement, which began in the town of Totnes, in Devon aims to reduce reliance on glo

Climate talks bigger threat to Saudi than oil rivals

Reuters, 24 January 2010

United Nations climate talks are a bigger threat to top oil exporter Saudi Arabia than increased oil supplies from rival producers, its lead climate negotiator said on Sunday. Saudi Arabia's economy depends on oil exports so stands to be one of the biggest losers in any pact that curbs oil demand by penalizing carbon emissions.

U.S. Feeds One Quarter Of Its Grain To Cars While Hunger Is On The Rise

Treehugger, 22 January 2010

The 107 million tons of grain that went to U.S. ethanol distilleries in 2009 was enough to feed 330 million people for one year at average world consumption levels. More than a quarter of the total U.S. grain crop was turned into ethanol to fuel cars last year. With 200 ethanol distilleries in the country set up to transform food into fuel, the amount of grain processed has tripled since 2004.

White House Needs New Look At Energy, 21 January 2010

It was a rubbing-the-eyes-in-disbelief headline even from an administration whose energy secretary, Steven Chu, suggested that America's energy dilemma could be solved by painting roofs white, and whose interior secretary, Ken Salazar, talked of garnering 3,000 megawatts of wind-power capacity off the East Coast. (The current total electricity capacity from all U.S. energy sources is about 1,000 megawatts.)

Minister Campbell wrong – Lane Cove Tunnel massive cost to public

The Greens, 21 January 2010

[NSW] Greens MP and transport spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has accused Transport Minister David Campbell of misleading the public in his statement that the Lane Cove Tunnel collapse into receivership will have no financial impact on taxpayers.

Call for submissions- WA’s Strategic Energy Initiative

The Government of Western Australia has commenced its public consultation process on the development of the Strategic Energy Initiative with the release of its Issues Paper. Comments on key drivers and issues impacting energy demand and supply over the next 20 years are sought by the end of February 2010.

Submissions made by the public will then be

Lane Cove Tunnel operator hits the wall

Sydney Morning Herald, 20 January 2010

The owner and operator of Sydney's Lane Cove Tunnel has been placed in receivership, after creditors finally refused to grant another extension over the repayment of $1.14 billion of debt.

Global warming? DonӴ blame the car

Sydney Morning Herald, 21 January 2010

General Motors executive says solar flares are responsible for climate change, not car emissions or CO2.