Archive | December, 2007

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Exxon’s Terrorism Card

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30. December 2007

Exxon’s Terrorism Card

12-30-07 by dugan   The story sounds familiar: Rural villagers in an unsettled part of the world accuse a big U.S. oil company of supporting and abetting the atrocities of government soldiers. It could be Shell or Chevron in Nigeria or Unocal (now Chevron) in the former Burma. But the court action this week was […]

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$97 Crude Oil… or Not

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29. December 2007

$97 Crude Oil… or Not

12-29-07 by dugan You never know what you’ll find out when the family gets together over wine and good cheer. Oil companies and even independent analysts link gasoline prices to the record price of crude oil. But Insider offers this holiday observation: "I had Christmas with [relationship deleted], who is a petroleum engineer. He told […]

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A Wallet-Cleaning New Year

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29. December 2007

A Wallet-Cleaning New Year

12-29-07 by dugan I see the stars aligning, not for a lucky New Year but for $4.00 gasoline prices this spring. In fact, it’s already started. Regular is back over over $3 a gallon nationally, 69 cents a gallon above a year ago, according to AAA. California is  nudging $3.30, even though demand in the state keeps sinking. The Oil […]

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Traders Have Hopes, Too

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21. December 2007

Traders Have Hopes, Too

12-21-07 by dugan     It was just a news-blurb on the NPR broadcast this morning, but why would a reporter say that crude oil prices above $93 a barrel "Raised hopes among traders that demand for oil and gas will strengthen." Raised hopes? Among traders? I guess that would be hopes for Santa to […]

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Grab the Greenwash, Then Run

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21. December 2007

Grab the Greenwash, Then Run

12-21-07 by dugan   My earlier doubts about Chevron’s ballyhooed investment in a Galveston biodiesel plant were too mild. After garnering a bunch of admiring news stories, including in the New York Times, Chevron is now being sued by the plant’s operators for bailing out on the investment and failing to provide the expert help […]

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EPA “Disappears” the Evidence?

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21. December 2007

EPA “Disappears” the Evidence?

12-21-07 by dugan   Today’s award for worst job in the world goes to EPA spokeswoman Jennifer Wood. She’s saying that an EPA staff Powerpoint presentation defending California’s right to regulate auto emissions can’t be found. From the the San Francisco Chronicle: "The EPA’s legal staff reportedly prepared a PowerPoint presentation advising [EPA chief Stephen] […]

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Sue their Brains Out!

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19. December 2007

Sue their Brains Out!

12-19-07 by dugan   The ink wasn’t dry on President Bush’s energy bill signature today when the White House denied California’s waiver request to enforce its greenhouse emissions law. Obviously this was a signed-and-sealed plan. The timing precluded any move by Congress to help California and the 16 other states that want stricter auto emission […]

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Energy Bill: Crumbs or Loaves?

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19. December 2007

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Energy Bill: Crumbs or Loaves?

12-19-07 by dugan   Looking at the energy bill, I’d say Congress is settling for crumbs and trying to count them as loaves–at least until 2009 and TEOB,  "The End of Bush." That leaves a big dawdle through 2008 on more meaningful energy reforms. It’s true that by Washington standards for the last decade, the […]

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Cheaper Than Coal at 80 mph

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18. December 2007

Cheaper Than Coal at 80 mph

12-18-07 by dugan   I want a hybrid electric GT with a dark, glossy exterior wrap that’s actually a cheap solar-electric film. It would boost battery power and range whenever the sun shines. The concept is imagined, but products that could ultimately fulfill the fantasy are finally going commercial. A San Jose company, Nanosolar, is […]

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Calling Big Oil’s Tax Bluff

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14. December 2007

Calling Big Oil’s Tax Bluff

12-14-07 by dugan     If legislation were poker, this column in the Washington Post would have Big Oil and its corporate allies chucking their hands. It’s too bad that Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein published it the day after the Senate passed its stripped energy bill, but it nails all the deceptions and irresponsibility […]

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Ok, Thanks, DiFi

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14. December 2007

Ok, Thanks, DiFi

12-14-07 by dugan     Speed-legislating is full of mysteries, and often mischief-making. But the final Senate energy bill came out all right for California and other states in the forefront of clean air and curbing greenhouse emissions. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, following a late-night report that she was seeking a (bad) compromise with […]

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What Was DiFi Thinking?

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13. December 2007

What Was DiFi Thinking?

12-13-07 by dugan   The energy bill passed the Senate tonight, composed of not much more than the 35 mpg auto standard and some pork for biofuels. But as far as OilWatchdog can tell, a last-minute deal proposed by, of all people, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, to undercut California’s greenhouse emissions law was left out of […]

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Biofuels vs. Oil: Wrong Battle

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13. December 2007

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Biofuels vs. Oil: Wrong Battle

12-13-07 by dugan   The folks who don’t like biofuels often argue that ethanol, because of the energy used to produce it, is pointless, even a net energy loss. Here’s the highly reasoned answer by chemical engineering Prof. Bruce E. Dale of the University of Michigan. Despite the long title, it’s a pretty accessible read, […]

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