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The scourge of ‘peak oil’

Aljazeera, 25 July 2011

Energy derived from oil reaches, quite literally, every aspect of our lives. From the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, to how we move ourselves around, without oil, our lives would look very differently. Yet oil is a finite resource. While there is no argument that it won't last forever, there is debate about how much oil is left and how long it might last. Tom Whipple, an energy scholar, was a CIA analyst

Carmageddon: LA’s Billion-Dollar Car-Pool Lane

Mother Jones, 15 July 2011

Midnight tonight marks the beginning of Carmageddon in Los Angeles: For two days and five hours, Interstate 405 between I-10 and US 101 will be completely shut down. So what's the reason for this mind-boggling closure? Answer: Caltrans is adding a 10-mile northbound car-pool lane to the freeway.

‘There is no fuel shortage, just a longer wait to fill up,’ De Vido says

Buenos Aires Herald, 21 July 2011

[Argentina's] Planning Minister Julio De Vido, denied this morning that the country is suffering from a fuel shortage, assuring that “there is no lack of petrol or diesel, however, just a longer wait to fill up,” adding that, “in December it will be exactly the same.”

Fuel shortage hits Uganda airport

Africa Review, 20 July 2011

Some planes landing at the Entebbe International airport last week were forced to fly to the Jomo Kenyatta International airport or Dar-es-Salaam to refuel.

Roe 8 Highway Extension Public Environmental Review

The State Government is currently taking public submissions as part of the Public Environmental Review (PER) process for the proposed Roe 8 Highway Extension. Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC is actively opposing the construction of the proposed Roe 8 Highway extension and has produced some factsheets detailing her concerns which can be downloaded from her website . These are i

Fuel poverty affects one in five [UK] households

BBC News, 14 July 2011

More than a fifth of all households in the UK were affected by fuel poverty in 2009, government figures have shown.

Saudis Deliver on More Output

Wall St Journal, 14 July 2011

Saudi Arabia is delivering on its promise to unilaterally boost oil production in response to OPEC's failure to agree to a collective output increase last month, according to the International Energy Agency. The IEA said the kingdom's oil production had increased substantially last month, up 700,000 barrels a day to 9.7 million barrels a day—the highest monthly level since February 2006. The agency, which advises industrialized nations

24 Small Towns May Lose Air Service

New York Times, 18 July 2011

Rural America, already struggling to recover from the recession and the flight of its young people, is about to take another blow: the loss of its airline service.

Oil and the End of Globalization

ASPO USA, 24 November 2010

You know, knowing the nature of the disease is usually an essential first step to finding a cure. And so too, it is with a recession. Knowing the true nature of a recession goes a long way in helping us to avoid falling into another one. Particularly when the recession we are just coming out of happens to be the deepest global post-war recession on record.

Failure and Heroism at the IEA

ASPO USA, 18 July 2011

On June 23rd, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the US government announced the intention to tap strategic petroleum reserves (SPRs) of the US and other countries, with an eye to reducing oil prices. The US was to provide 30 million barrels (mb) and other countries a similar amount, for a total draw of 60 million barrels. The market responded sharply, with oil prices falling nearly $6 / barrel within a day or two; the intervention appeared effectiv