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World enjoys fossil fuel boom, but should it?
Oct 19th, 2013 by Warren Swil

California awash in oil,

but carbon emissions

will devastate planet

Helge Lund, president and CEO of Norway’s Statoil. Photo by: Trond Isaksen – Statoil ASA Click image to enlarge.

CALIFORNIA IS AMONG quite a few places that are suddenly awash in oil.
New technology has made previously unrecoverable deposits within reach. Gosh, there may even be some under my house!
There are new “discoveries” reported almost daily. The oil industry oligarchs are rubbing their hands with glee.
But those concerned with climate change are wringing theirs in desperation.
Should all this oil – and gas – be taken out of the ground and burned? It could spell the end of life as we know it on earth.
The debate should be not about how much fossil fuel we can find and extract. It is about whether resources are better spent developing alternatives that don’t kill us all.


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Public art in LA hard to find, but not rare

RENAISSANCE EXPECTED AFTER CITY LIFTS BAN ON MURALS
Public art is hard to find in Los Angeles except in a few notable locations like world-famous Venice Beach.
Aficionados are expecting something of a renaissance now the City Council has lifted a long-running ban on murals.
Imagine, therefore, my delight, when discovering there is actually a veritable smorgasbord of art – from crude to rude and inspiring to insipid – scattered all over the ethnic enclaves of the inner city.
In a three-mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard (made famous by so many Hollywood references) and also east of downtown, examples abound.


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