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Japan Meltdown: Human Error Starts in the Boardroom

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17. March 2011

Japan Meltdown: Human Error Starts in the Boardroom

I remember days and nights spent at a rewrite desk in Washington 25 years ago, taking in and editing nearly unbelievable information from reporters in Russia and Western Europe. Where was this place, Chernobyl? Was the meltdown first, or the explosion? Was radiation really spreading across Europe? Do we have a stringer in Norway? How [...]

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As Japan Fears Catastrophe, U.S. Energy Chief Says ‘Don’t Worry’

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16. March 2011

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As Japan Fears Catastrophe, U.S. Energy Chief Says ‘Don’t Worry’

The U.S. is fiddling on nuclear reactor safety while Japan burns. The worst threat in Japan now comes from spent nuclear fuel stored in poorly protected water pools–just like in the United States.

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Refiners Licking Their Chops Over Japan

15. March 2011

Refiners Licking Their Chops Over Japan

With perhaps ten thousand lives lost and a nuclear reactor emergency growing daily in Japan, one industry is poised to reap huge profits from tragedy. The stocks of oil refiners charged upward today on bets that Japan would soon have to import a lot more heating oil and gasoline because of refinery fires and quake/tsunami [...]

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Japan’s Nukes and Refineries: What’s Going Untold

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13. March 2011

Japan’s Nukes and Refineries: What’s Going Untold

Japan’s struggle to avoid full-on meltdown at nuclear reactors that lost cooling power after the quake. The shutdown of major Japanese oil refineries. Both raise questions that scream for answers about corporate and government behavior. Japan’s nuclear plants closest to the 8.9 quake and tsunami seem to be destabilizing fast. The best the nation’s nuclear [...]

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Near Record High Gas Prices Not About Unrest In Middle East

10. March 2011

Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court discusses why the spike in gas prices – especially in California – has nothing to do with civil unrest, and everything to do with profiteering.

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Absolute Gasoline Price Record in 2011?

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10. March 2011

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Absolute Gasoline Price Record in 2011?

The federal agency that tracks energy prices is predicting record annual gasoline prices for 2011–$3.56 per gallon on average for the full year,  higher than the economy-wrecking $3.35 per gallon average price of 2008.  The prediction should cause some neck-whipping at the White House and Federal Reserve. It might even get energy and financial regulators [...]

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Why California Drivers Pay More For Gasoline

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9. March 2011

The new blends cost an estimated 5 to 15 cents more to make per gallon than standard-issue, regular gas. Plus, California became dependent on a limited number of refineries, and those refineries reaped higher profit margins than similar facilities elsewhere in the United States. “It’s a stranded market, and it’s much easier to control prices in a stranded market,” said Judy Dugan, research director of the Consumer Watchdog nonprofit group.

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Consumer Watchdog Says Rising Gas Prices Are Form Of Highway Robbery

9. March 2011

On KFMB-TV Channel 8 in San Diego, CA, Judy Dugan from Consumer Watchdog says rising gas prices are a form of highway robbery.

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Five Actions to Cut Gasoline Prices

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9. March 2011

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Five Actions to Cut Gasoline Prices

An uprising in Libya is not causing your wallet to bleed at the gas pump. The U.S. buys virtually no oil from Libya. Egypt and Tunisia, the other hotspots, don’t even produce oil. There’s still a surplus of oil on world markets, more than enough to make up for any shortage from Libya. Fear and [...]

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Facts of Life On High Gas Prices: It’s the Speculators & Oil Companies To Blame Not Middle East

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8. March 2011

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Facts of Life On High Gas Prices: It’s the Speculators & Oil Companies To Blame Not Middle East

While skirmishes in Libya and uncertainty in the Middlie East are nice cover for outrageous gasoline prices, the fact is the same old suspects are making a killing from sky-high gas prices approaching $4 dollars per gallon in California: big oil companies and greedy speculators.

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Fracking Congress Finally Wakes to Natgas Danger

1. March 2011

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Fracking Congress Finally Wakes to Natgas Danger

Congress–or at least a few Democrats in Congress–are at last investigating the explosive and toxic dangers of deep drilling for natural gas–the newest, hottest fad in the oil and gas industry. From The Hill’s energy and environment blog: House Natural Resources Committee ranking member Edward Markey (Mass.) and Rep. Rush Holt (N.J.), the top Democrat [...]

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Glenn Beck is Raising Your Gasoline Prices

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1. March 2011

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Glenn Beck is Raising Your Gasoline Prices

Ok, it’s not all Glenn Beck’s Fault that you’re paying $3.40 or $3.70 or even $4.00 a gallon at the pump. But his fear-based take on democracy movements in the Middle East (oh, the caliphate!) gives cover to the speculative traders who jack up oil and gasoline prices without a trace of supply and demand [...]

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