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Book Review: The End of Oil


You may recognize author Paul Roberts from the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? (I did, at least )
I have just finished reading his excellent book, The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World, which will now be added to our book list. Here are my thoughts:
The title of the […]

35mpg - Source of Opportunity


TreeHugger has compiled some facts related to the positive effects of the new 35mpg mileage requirements introduced by the US. The numbers are quite impressive, and illustrate that many Americans may easily overlook the beneficial effects of such initiatives for their country as a whole, as their only concern is their own immediate comfort. I […]

Bush Backs Alaskan Oil Exploration


A handful of days after the BBC reported the US government’s decision to offer exploration rights for oil and gas in Alaska, George W. Bush has further boosted the initiative, to the horror of environmentalists. Bush has lifted a ban on drilling in Bristol Bay, an area known for its wildlife, which includes endangered whales.
Bristol […]

US Imports more Oil from Canada than the Persian Gulf


This might shake some people’s perspective about how much the US depends on oil from the Middle East. Official figures from the Energy Information Administration, released in November 2007, reveal that Canada was responsible for the largest chunk of US oil imports.

Canada remained the largest exporter of total petroleum in November, exporting 2.428 million barrels […]

Oil Fortune Smashes All-time Profit Record


The #1 most profitable company in the US for 2007 was the oil behemoth ExxonMobil, according to Fortune Magazine. But wait, there’s more: it’s also the largest in history:
The oil giant racked up $39.5 billion in earnings last year, the largest-ever profit in U.S. history. That figure topped the previous record of $36.1 billion, also […]

Presidential Candidate vehicles


Yahoo reports that AP recently asked four Democratic and five Republican presidential hopefuls to name their first and current vehicles.
Not suprisingly, two of the Democrats, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, currently own hybrids (both own a Ford Escape) compared to none of the Republicans. In fact, republican governor Mike Huckabee owns one of the biggest […]

Did you know?

In 2010, there will be 4200km of new highways in and around Shanghai, China that didn't exist in 2000. Varese, a town in Northern Italy, runs on 100% renewable power. The town uses a mix of wind, solar and small-scale hydropower. The town has reaped benefits from the energy network through added jobs, and an additional 350,000 euros [US $514,000] in revenues that are handed over to the council each year.


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