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Is New York really ‘too New York’ for cycling?

The Guardian, 25 March 2011

Since I last wrote about the New York bike lanes controversy, there have been some interesting developments. Arguably, the most surprising was that a

On Energy, GOP Doesn’t Know What the Problem Is

American Prospect, 17 March 2011

Capitalizing on instability in the Middle East, last week House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed high gas prices — which have shot up in response to fears of prolonged disruptions in the supply of crude oil — on President Barack Obama's supposed reluctance to "drill, baby, d

The Peak Oil Crisis: Protests, Tsunamis And Deficits

CounterCurrents, 17 March 2011

Events seem to be moving faster and faster these days. Perhaps it is due to the new ways of communicating that are now available. Or maybe it is the speed of travel or even that there are now nearly seven billion of us running around on the earth making more things happen. Anyway it is coming to the point that one's world outlook has to be modified

Risk of injury for bicycling on cycle tracks versus in the street

Injury Prevention, February 2011

Most individuals prefer bicycling separated from motor traffic. However, cycle tracks (physically separated bicycle-exclusive paths along roads, as found in The Netherlands) are discouraged in the USA by engineering guidance that suggests that facilities such as cycle tracks are more dangerous than the street. The objective of this study conducted in Montreal (with a longstanding network of cycle tracks) was to compare bicyclist injury rates on c

The Oil Of The Arctic Is Not Worth The Risks

CounterCurrents, 16 March 2011

Carl-Henric Svanberg, the chairman of BP, delivered his speech and then left by the back door when the World Maritime University and International Maritime Organization held a conference in Malmö, Sweden, on the handling of risk and oil spills. In his speech Svanberg noted that one must drill in the deep ocean, including in the Arctic, to meet the future’s

Preparing for the Next Oil Shock

Huffington Post, 8 March 2011

I have a creeping sense of déjà vu. Robert Fisk's article in the UK Independent on Saudi forces mobilizing thousands of troops to "quell growing revolt" brought me back nearly 38 years to the first oil shock of 1973

Don’t worry about oil until it hits $160

Houston Business Journal, 8 March 2011

Another year, another gathering of top energy industry movers and shakers. But as the 30th annual CERA Week conference unfolds in Houston this week, some of the focus will be on the events taking place on the other side of the globe. The 30th annual CERAWeek, put on by Cambridge, Mass.-based braintrust IHS CERA, opened Monday evenin

Former OPEC Official to Obama: Tap Oil Reserves

National Journal, 8 March 2011

A former top OPEC executive said on Monday that President Obama should tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. “It will be a wise decision because it supplements the decision of the Saudis to put into the market almost the entire amount of [oil from] Libya,” said Rene Ortiz, who was inspector general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries from 1979 to 1981.

Why oil is so important to China

The Telegraph,10 March 2011

The presence of a Chinese frigate off the coast of Libya last week was deeply significant as the world’s major powers position themselves to protect future supplies of fuel, says Praveen Swami.

Oil prices: Urgent steps needed to wean UK onto other energy sources, MPs say

The Guardian, 5 March 2011

[UK] Ministers will be ordered to adopt urgent measures to wean the country off oil, amid rising concern that the Libya crisis has left the economy exposed to a dramatic ri