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We can’t use it ֠so why the heck are we prospecting for new oil?

The Guardian, 27 September 2010

Forget, for a moment, the fragility of the Arctic environment and the likely consequences of a spill there. Forget the dangers of deepwater drilling in a strait plagued by storms and icebergs, and the difficulties – greater than in the Gulf of Mexico – of capping a leaking well there. There's an even bigger question raised by a

Their Moon Shot and Ours

New York Times, 25 September 2010

China is doing moon shots. Yes, that’s plural. When I say “moon shots” I mean big, multibillion-dollar, 25-year-horizon, game-changing investments. China has at least four going now: one is building a network of ultramodern airports; another is building a web of high-speed trains connecting major cities; a third is in bioscience, where the Beijing Genomics Institute this year ordered 128 DNA sequencers — from America &mda

e-bikes take China’s streets by storm

The Hindu, 27 September 2010

Last week, as the streets of Beijing were paralysed by a record 140 traffic jams, residents found themselves taking two or three hours to cover 10 km in their cars. Wang Meng, however, had no such problem. As Beijing's roads became sprawling parking lots, he zipped in and out of the rows of stranded cars as he sped to work on a battery-powered bike he bought for 1,000 yuan.


737. Hon KEN TRAVERS to the Minister for Transport:

I acknowledge that today is World Carfree Day. (1) Can the minister advise what plans the state government has to reduce car usage in Perth?


731. Hon ALISON XAMON to the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the Perth parking levy and fund. (1) How is part of the funds from the $26 million a year Perth parking levy being spent to prio

Congratulations to the Winners of the $10 Million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE

Huffington Post, 16 September 2010

For those who have followed the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, today has been a long time coming.  Our vision from the start was to reinvent the paradigm for cars the public can drive. We wanted to ensure that these cars were fast, affordable, safe and achieved more than 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) — a new way to

Head case

Sydney Morning Herald, 16 September 2010

A COUPLE of times a month, the neurosurgeon Jeffrey Rosenfeld operates on a cyclist who has suffered a serious head injury. They've almost always been wearing a helmet, removed by paramedics who bring it into the hospital. The helmet is often "crushed and messed up


649. Hon LJILJANNA RAVLICH to the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the trial bus service between Armadale and Cockburn Central. (1) What criteria will

Scary People, Scary Times

James Howard Kunstler, 13 September 2010

In that order. The scary people have already started coming out of the woodwork. The times lately have been mostly uncertain, but soon they'll turn scary, too, as it becomes clearer that the people running things in the USA have no idea what's going on or what they're going to do about it — and what's going on is an involuntary permanent re-set of the terms of everyday life, from a wet-dream robotic "consumer"

Utah Oil Sands Project Approved By State’s Division of Oil, Gas & Mining Could Be Nation’s First

Huffington Post, 13 September 2010

A top Utah regulator approved plans Monday for the first commercial U.S. oil sands project. John Baza, director of Utah's Division of Oil, Gas & Mining, upheld an earlier decision by his staff to give Earth Energy Resources Inc. a permit to mine a 62-acre pit in eastern Utah.