Archive | November, 2007

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300 MPG, and Speeed

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29. November 2007

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300 MPG, and Speeed

11-29-07 by dugan   Thanks to the 40mpg.org website for alerting us to this CNN-Money story: "Watch out, Detroit. A new crop of electric-vehicle startups aims to put a dent in the Big Three by applying the latest in high-technology engineering and design." Most of us won’t be in the market for a Tesla, but […]

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Hooray for ‘Cheap and Clean’

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29. November 2007

Hooray for ‘Cheap and Clean’

11-29-07 by dugan I was struck by the stock analysts’ reaction in today’s New York Times story to Google’s announcement that it would invest up to hundreds of millions of dollars to commercially develop renewable energy that is "cheaper than coal."  The analysts were bewildered: Would this detract Google from its main mission? Is it […]

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BP Pleads Guilty

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29. November 2007

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BP Pleads Guilty

11-29-07 by simpson BP pleaded guilty today to failing to prevent a huge spill in America’s largest oil field on Alaska’s North Slope.  Bumbling Petroleum has agreed to a fine of $20 million for one violation of the Clean Water Act. The 200,000-gallon spill was caused by  reckless cost-cutting that led to a failure to […]

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Heat Or Food This Winter?

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28. November 2007

Heat Or Food This Winter?

No one should have to freeze in order to afford groceries this winter. The Energy Department estimates that it will cost the average Americans a record $977 just for the fuel to heat their homes this year, which has increased by 22 percent this year, according to the Energy Information Administration, with those people who […]

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More Chevron Downside

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27. November 2007

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More Chevron Downside

11-28-07 by dugan     Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez’s campaign to win Latin American hearts and minds has developed a new twist that should set hearts aflutter (not in a good way) at Chevron’s investor relations department. BBC reporter Greg Palast‘s investigative documentary on Ecuadoran peasants’ multibillion-dollar pollution lawsuit against Chevron aired tonight. Palast notes […]

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Exxon’s Redemptive Moment

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27. November 2007

Exxon’s Redemptive Moment

11-28-07 by dugan     Exxon just announced its development of a Holy Grail for electric cars, a technology to make lithium ion batteries bigger and more powerful without overheating, even bursting into flames. Here’s a thought on that, triggered by my colleague Bulldog Simpson’s work to tear down patent fees that inhibit stem cell […]

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$100 oil and the ‘S’ word

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27. November 2007

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$100 oil and the ‘S’ word

CNNMoney.com November 27, 2007 by Steve Hargreaves, CNNMoney.com staff writer $100 oil and the ‘S’ word: Is it growing demand and tight supply, or merely rampant speculation that has pushed crude to record highs?   Greed is driving oil prices to $100 a barrel. That’s a common feeling among the general public, which sees record […]

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$100 Oil in the Gambling Hall

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26. November 2007

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$100 Oil in the Gambling Hall

11-25-07 by dugan   Way back in autumn of 2004, Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. crude oil prices briefly topped $50 a barrel as offshore drilling platforms were rattled. Even then, a few experts called the price spike absurd. "It is speculation, pure speculation," said one well-regarded oil analyst, Fadel Gheit […]

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Governator’s Gold Rush

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25. November 2007

Governator’s Gold Rush

The Calgary Herald (Alberta, Canada) November 25, 2007 by Edward Robinson, Bloomberg The Governator’s Gold Rush; Arnold Schwarzenegger is shaping America’s climate change agenda. But critics say the billions pouring into California’s green industries are chasing Hollywood hype. Arnold Schwarzenegger needed help. It was Aug. 9, 2003, three days after the Austrian-born actor had stunned […]

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Arnold’s “Hollywood” Eco-Drive

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25. November 2007

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Arnold’s “Hollywood” Eco-Drive

The Sunday Independent (South Africa) November 25, 2007 by Edward Robinson Schwarzenegger’s ecological drive may be just more Hollywood Overnight, the former Mr. Universe had morphed from a gun-toting action movie star into a leading contender to become chief executive of the world’s eighth-largest economy. The date was August 9 2003, the election was less […]

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He’s Way More Than “All Hat”

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20. November 2007

He’s Way More Than “All Hat”

11`-20-07 by dugan With crude oil closing today at $98 a barrel and the dollar hitting another record low, a solidly new book on cutting U.S. oil dependence suddenly looks compelling. Energy veteran S. David Freeman’s plainspoken "Winning Our Energy Independence" (Gibbs Smith, paper, $13.57 at Amazon) lays out the case for a government "moon […]

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Good-bye To a Quixote

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19. November 2007

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Good-bye To a Quixote

11-19-07 by dugan     Monterey, Calif., gas station owner Mehdi Shahbazi died last week at 65 after a 90-day hunger strike against Shell Oil. He’d been fighting the company for years over the  company’s actions against his Shell-branded station, his lack of free speech concerning Shell, and the high price of gasoline overall. The photo […]

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No Oil Money At Smithsonian

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19. November 2007

No Oil Money At Smithsonian

11-19-2007 by simpson The American Petroleum Institute (API), Big Oil’s favorite mouthpiece, has pulled its $5 million offer to sponsor a centerpiece exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution about the oceans as a global treasure . The move came after two Regents had questioned the proposal. Now oil companies won’t be able to spend their ill-gotten […]

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