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Big Oil Fought Off New Safety Rules Before Rig Explosion

Huffington Post, 26 April 2010

As families mourn the 11 workers thrown overboard in the worst oil rig disaster in decades and as the resulting spill continues to spread through the Gulf of Mexico, new questions are being raised about the training of the drill operators and about the oil company's commitment to safety.

What links the banking crisis and the volcano?

The Guardian, 19 April 2010

Man proposes; nature disposes. We are seldom more vulnerable than when we feel insulated. The miracle of modern flight protected us from gravity, atmosphere, culture, geography. It made everywhere feel local, interchangeable. Nature interjects, and we encounter – tragically for many – the reality of thousands of miles

Demand for oil to outstrip supply within two years

Sunday Times, 16 April 2010

RISING oil prices pose a grave threat to global economic recovery, according to some experts. The fear has been expressed by the US military and by the automobile industry. This week in Perth, Volvo's head of product planning, Lex Kerssemakers, said "we all know that oil is running out''.

Shell, Total Step Up Reliance on Gas as Access to Oil Declines

Bloomberg, 26 April 2010

Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA

Oil over $100 damaging, OPEC would act – Kuwait

Reuters, 25 April 2010

OPEC would pump more oil to prevent a rally in oil prices above $100 from hurting the global economic recovery, Kuwait's oil minister said on Sunday.


160. Dr J.M. WOOLLARD to the Minister for Planning: My question is about the Approvals and Related Reforms (No. 4) (Planning) Bill 2009, which allows for the establishment of improvement schemes that will override local and regional planning schemes. (1) Will the minister confirm that an improvement scheme may apply anywhere in the state, including to traditional residential areas such as Applecross, Mt Pleasant, South Perth, Mosman Park, Claremont, Peppermint Grove, Cottesloe

Oil Rig, Deepwater Horizon, Sinks And Sets Stage For Big Spill In Gulf Of Mexico

Huffington Post, 22 April 2010

A deepwater oil platform that burned for more than a day after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, creating the potential for a major spill as it underscored the slim chances that the 11 workers still missing survived.

World oil demand to hit record high this year: IEA

Reuters, 13 April 2010

Global oil demand will hit a record high this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday, revising up consumption estimates as the world economy recovers from recession.

Europe Finds Clean Energy in Trash, but U.S. Lags

New York Times, 12 April 2010

The lawyers and engineers who dwell in an elegant enclave here are at peace with the hulking neighbor just over the back fence: a vast energy plant that burns thousands of tons of household garbage and industrial waste, round the clock.

Quacks Like A Duck

CounterCurrents, 30 March 2010

According to an article in Le Monde on March 25, the US Department of Energy "admits that 'a chance exists that we may experience a decline' of world liquid fuels production between