Monday, July 21, 2008

Blackouts Spread in 110 Countries
Right on cue.
Questions on Science/Technology/Energy for the 2008 Congressional candidates.
Nigeria and Venezuela to Meet on Oil Prices
Together, a force for the U.S. to reckon with.
Lester Brown on Ethanol Shock
"Consider the grain required to fill one SUV tank with ethanol would feed one person for a year."
Yergin Says Don't Blame the Speculators
Iraq's Oil Fields Open to Bidders
Effect of Wind Farms on Radar
Bill to Ban Nutritional Supplements in Canada
Ruff Times
Interesting insights into economics (including helpful links) coupled with retro views on women.
Govt Says FBI Agents Can't Testify About 9/11
"the government urged a judge to block aviation companies from interviewing five FBI employees who the companies say will help them prove the government withheld key information before the 2001 attacks."
Waxman Says U.S. Embassy in Albania Concealed Info on Arms Shipments
A Quarter of Adults to Face Anti-Pedophile Tests



gaelicgirl said...

Tonight on the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer there was a segment on the airline industry and high oil prices. A spokesman for Frontier Airlines was on, and he stated that if oil prices remain this high, the airline industry will be very different in the future, that in fact, the airline industry as we know it cannot survive. He also stated that most people have no idea what an impact oil prices will have on the airline industry. I thought this was quite frank, and certainly true.

Rice Farmer said...

Blackouts seem to be affecting mainly small, poor countries now, but considering the rundown condition of the grids in developed countries like the US and Canada, we should prepare ourselves for brownouts or even blackouts in the near future.

Pandabonium said...

Gaelicgirl - interesting. And in confirmation of that view, here's a story on Xinhua News (China) about huge cuts in flights into LAX (Los Angeles): Fuel price hikes cut number of flights in U.S.

Chris Shaw, Australia said...

Just a thought. Is it possible that the Chinese push to mitigate the pollution problem pre- the Olympic Games, could have resulted in a small, but noticeable dip in world consumption?