Archive | August, 2009

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Who’s killing the U.S. dollar?

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28. August 2009

Who’s killing the U.S. dollar?

08-28-09 by dugan   Did you hear the one about how the Bush administration used the wrong calculations last year when it declared that it wasn’t financial speculation causing the huge oil spike price?  It’s one of many newsworthy punchlines of a strong new study that describes how government handed our energy markets over to […]

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Celebrate Oil Day!

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26. August 2009

Celebrate Oil Day!

  Here’s something even more fun than the oil industry’s mass recruitment of employees to stage industry-funded "citizen protests" against U.S. caps on climate-destroying oil emissions. The Ayn Rand Institute asks us all to celebrate Aug. 27 for the 150th anniversary of the U.S. oil industry! Just forget all the climate change hooey, and give […]

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Brazil Finds Big Oil

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24. August 2009

Brazil Finds Big Oil

Alternative Energy Powerhouse Brazil Finds Big Oil August 24, 2009 By Bradley Brooks, ASSOCIATED PRESS Brazil, long proud of its push to develop renewable energy and wean itself off oil, has a bad case of fossil-fuel fever. An enormous offshore field in territorial waters — the biggest Western Hemisphere oil discovery in 30 years — […]

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Economic recovery vs. oil

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21. August 2009

Economic recovery vs. oil

08-22-09 by dugan   If a few slightly cheerful sentences from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke can spike the price of oil to a record for the year, the economy is in serious trouble. There’s no real-world reason for a barrel of oil to cost $75, and every buck of increase in oil means renewed pain […]

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Exxon: Dead birds’ big message

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14. August 2009

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Exxon: Dead birds’ big message

08-14-08 by dugan   It doesn’t sound like a lot–Exxon pleads guilty in federal court to killing 85 birds over 5 years, pays $600,000 in fines and fees. It’s a drop in the bucket for Exxon, and what’s a few birds? Yet Exxon rarely admits guilt to anything–consider its nearly two decades of court battles […]

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How to buy a climate policy

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7. August 2009

How to buy a climate policy

  California has a forward-looking climate policy, but everything depends on how it’s implemented. And buying the face time band private access needed to make things better for industry just gets easier: the state Chamber of Commerce is actually selling access to Gov. Schwarzenegger’s much-touted governors’ climate summit Sept. 30. Here’s the gist of it […]

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Gas Climbs Past $3 Per Gallon

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6. August 2009

Gas Climbs Past $3 Per Gallon By David R. Baker, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE August 06, 2009 If it feels like we’ve been here before, we have. California’s gasoline prices are climbing past $3 per gallon for the second time this summer. And the reason this time is the same as the last – a bull […]

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Nissan’s oil liberation car?

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3. August 2009

Nissan’s oil liberation car?

  After the General Motors EV-1 got torn from owners’ hands and sent to the crusher, all-electric cars for the mass market seemed doomed. Even electric sports-car maker Tesla, of the $180,000 zoomer, priced its low-production 2009 sedan at $50,000 base–a price not in reach of most families I know. So here comes Nissan, zooming […]

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