Coastal Shipping may sound like a pretty inane topic, however it is interesting to note how important it is for developing an economy less reliant on fossil fuels. Shipping uses 75-80% less fuel that road freight; a bill before the american congress aims to put $US50 Million a year into developing coastal routes which would apparently move an estimated 20,000 truckloads a day off the roads (this seems rather high), and simultaneously create some 20,000 new jobs. A rare win-win scenario I would have thought. Over in NZ however the new National government looks to have changed our frieght development budget from $NZ27 Million to $NZ3 Million. Hurrah for short sighted right wing economics! Why are we not taking this environmental crises seriously? The righting is on the wall.
Some freerangers have been doing some writing in a magazine called Magneto, coming out of Massey University in Wellington. The first is by Tania Mead about the present recession and its cultural benefits, and the second is a pre-plagiarized piece about Nina Simone and the Laws of Unintended Consequences.