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Gustav and gas prices

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30. August 2008

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Gustav and gas prices

By dugan 8-30-08 The first concern as Hurricane Gustav sweeps across Cuba and toward the Gulf Coast is life and limb. Afterward, though, already painful gasoline prices could hit $5.00 a gallon quickly. Unlike the hurricane, it’s a preventable event. The storm may well cut refining capacity along the Gulf, but if the U.S. had […]

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Cap and trade, explained

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28. August 2008

Cap and trade, explained

8-27-08 by dugan There’s no question that tough, enforceable reductions of carbon emissions are the only way to reduce the threat of global warming. Or that the world is heading into a market-based "cap and trade" emission credit system (Though a straight carbon tax would be more efficient, if unpalatable to the corporate world). It’s […]

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Talk is OK, action is way better

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27. August 2008

Talk is OK, action is way better

8-27-08 by dugan It’s interesting that Andrew Cuomo, one of the few political rock stars, is all but sitting out the Democratic Convention. Instead, he’s productively suing the pants off of government and energy companies on behalf of the planet and the "future of our children" so much mentioned at the convention podium. New York […]

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The Bakken! Invest now!

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27. August 2008

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The Bakken! Invest now!

8-27-08 by dugan A friend asked me today about all the investment hype and other excitement surrounding the so-called Bakken Formation oil reserves. Here’s the gist of what I told him, which might make him decide to keep the retirement fund under the mattress. Yes, there’s a bunch of oil in the deep, deep pockets […]

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Where oil and dems mix

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26. August 2008

Where oil and dems mix

8-26-08 by dugan  ExxonMobil is spending plenty to get its message heard during the Democratic Convention, but not by spending on the convention itself. Exxon is buying a heap of time on CNN and CBS and probably other outlets, just as it did with NBC during the Olympics. Inside the hall, both Conoco Phillips and […]

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Show us your algae!

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22. August 2008

Show us your algae!

8-22-08 by dugan     I was reading up today on research about turning pond scum into biodiesel. One promising thread is that algae can be fed the carbon dioxide emitted by power plants, multiplying their oil production on a waste greenhouse gas. Algae may also thrive on ground garbage. It’s a concept that needs […]

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Everybody agrees….

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19. August 2008

Everybody agrees….

8-19-08 by dugan Las Vegas, NV — There was plenty of room for disagreement at the National Clean Energy Summit. Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin made a pitch for the "clean coal" fantasy (possibly because his employer, Citigoup, is a heavy investor in traditional coal). Others defended nuclear, in some cases to boos. But almost […]

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Arnold’s big idea: Use less gas

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19. August 2008

Arnold’s big idea: Use less gas

8-19-08 by M.Reback Arnold’s big idea: Use less gas It seems the extent of Governor Schwarzenegger’s solution for Californians to help combat sky-high gas prices is… promoting more efficient use of gasoline. Gee thanks for the big idea, Arnold. It’s not the first time Arnold has tried to appear "green", while staying the gasoline-powered course, […]

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Google (energy) news

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19. August 2008

Google (energy) news

8-19-08 by dugan Las Vegas, NV –Amid a lot of familiar green rehetoric, Google made some real news today at the National Clean Energy Summit–which I should note is sponsored by Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada and the Center for American Progress. Google’s clean energy guru, Dan Reicher, announced a $10 million investment in "enhanced […]

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Pickens: Charm isn’t enough

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19. August 2008

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Pickens: Charm isn’t enough

8-19-08 by dugan Las Vegas, NV — It’s no surprise that T. Boone Pickens gives essentially the same stump speech at every stop to pitch his "Pickens Plan", which is really a political effort. Pickens didn’t much alter it, even in front of the greener-than-usual "National Clean Energy Summit" today at the University of Las […]

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Las Vegas, clean-style

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19. August 2008

Las Vegas, clean-style

8-19-08 by dugan Here in Vegas, the temperature outside is low 100s, but I can crank the hotel room down to 60 degrees–true energy-sucking extravagance. But the cabbies and doormen, when I ask how to get to the University of Las Vegas, all ask if I’m going to "the conference"–The National Clean Energy Summit. The […]

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Gold medal in greenwash

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17. August 2008

Gold medal in greenwash

8-17-08 by dugan Watching ExxonMobil’s ad blitz on NBC during the Olympics, you’d think it was a company dedicated to teaching science, mentoring young engineers and eradicating malaria in the Third World.  At an estimated $750,000 per 30-second spot, its 2.5 minutes of ads on Day 1 cost $3.75 million. At that pace the full […]

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Guru of “drill here, drill now”

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14. August 2008

Guru of “drill here, drill now”

8-13-08 by dugan How did the "drill now, drill everywhere" gang persuade Americans that giving U.S. coastline and wilderness to oil companies is an energy policy? Credit goes to a brilliant deceiver who most people have never heard of: former GOP pollster and PR man Frank Luntz. Here’s the memo he wrote for Bush and […]

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