Yes, I know – I was wrong!

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Anybody who has had the misfortune to have to listen to me ranting on about Peak Oil of late might have heard – if they managed to stay awake long enough – that I predicted crude could not fall below …

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The ultimate consumption tax

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In what could be the world’s first fat tax, the State Employees’ Insurance Board of Alabama is to charge extra insurance premiums for employees with a body mass index over 35 from 2010.

The southern state enjoys the dubious status …

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What’s it like to be a millionaire?

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….You might have to be to be able to afford this lot in a few years time (at least in some inflation-battered and collapsed local currency)

Thanks to Mark Berggren of MMSA for pointing out this wonderful quote: “Foreign aid …

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Get off your backside!

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Click here for some positive thinking –
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The Asian Energy Youth Summit – organised by the non-profit organisation Energy Carta – is an example of doing something about the climate-change challenge.

Speakers at the event which takes place in …

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India petchem hubs – no chance!

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The long-contemplated attempt to build integrated petchem hubs in India, complete with shared utilities and strong investment incentives – aka China and Singapore – now seems even more of a hopeless pipe dream.

This follows the decision by Tata Motors …

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Do you ever get that sinking feeling?

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I am afraid I do when it comes to climate change and, as a result, don’t always switch off lights when I leave rooms, don’t always say no to unnecesssary plastic bags when I buy anything and will happily (and …

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Gustav points to a much bigger problem

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The good news on the radio as I came into work this morning was that Hurricane Gustav had weakened in intensity with forecasts that it might make landfall in the US with wind speeds of less than had been earlier …

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“Reports of my death……

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are greatly exaggerated” wrote Mark Twain who twice had the misfortune (or perhaps good fortune, given that he was still breathing!) to read his obituary in newspapers.

A full list of all those whose deaths were reported prematurely is included …

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Can I have those coconuts, please?

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This article, by David Strahan, author of The Last Oil Shock, says that it would take three million coconuts to power one flight from London to Amsterdam on 100% biofuels.

Some of the comments posted at the end of this …

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Liveris gets liverish on energy

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Great stuff from the big boss of Dow Chemical in this article from USA Today.

Gems from the interview include “corn-based ethanol, one of the dumbest ideas of all time” and “the whole hydrogen (fuel cell) approach is dumb.”

He …

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