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Big Oil’s New Ballot War

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Big Oil’s New Ballot War

06-23-10 by dugan   Californians are getting sick to death of corporate-sponsored ballot initiatives. And they’re catching on to who’s behind the slogans, voting down two deceptively marketed initiatives on the June ballot  that were wholly owned by a power company and an auto insurance company. But here it comes again. A ballot initiative mostly [...]

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Congress Gets It Backward

Thursday, June 17, 2010

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Congress Gets It Backward

  How is it that renewable energy producers struggle to renew expiring, and already expired, tax breaks and other funding credits in Congress, while the Senate overwhelmingly refuses to cut Big Oil’s $35 billion in taxpayer subsidies? Something to ponder as BP’s CEO faces withering fire for BP’s catastrophic spill in a House Committee hearing [...]

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‘Biofueled’ electric cars? Not yet

Thursday, June 4, 2009

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‘Biofueled’ electric cars? Not yet

06-04-09 by dugan The best use of biofuels like ethanol is not in the tank, but in making electricity to fuel all-electric cars, says a new study in Science magazine (free abstract, subscription pdf). I expect that’s right from a pure science view, but practicality points to using biofuels directly in hybrid and plug-in hybrid [...]

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Send a ‘cleaner, cheaper’ fax

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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Send a ‘cleaner, cheaper’ fax

5-19-09 by dugan Just in time for President Obama’s decision to boost mileage standards for cars and light trucks, Consumer Watchdog has a blueprint for getting there without heaping unnecessary costs on consumers. We grade possible solutions from A to F, thusly: Hybrid and electric cars, A. Ethanol and biodiesel, B. Natural gas fuel, C. [...]

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Cheaper & Cleaner Fuel Solutions

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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Cheaper & Cleaner Fuel Solutions

As President Obama Orders Tough Tailpipe Regulations, Consumer Group Offers ‘A’ to ‘F’ Solutions for Cleaner and Cheaper Transportation Americans Want Green Solutions But Worry About Costs; Handbook Identifies Wasted Billions, Best Paths Washington, DC — As President Obama announces new national tailpipe emission standards modeled on California’s, Consumer Watchdog is releasing a report that [...]

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Biofuels’ bad rap needs do-over

Monday, April 20, 2009

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Biofuels’ bad rap needs do-over

04-20-09 by dugan The biofuel industry was robbed by the California Air Resources Board, says a letter today from scientists at the Sandia National Laboratories. The biofuels industry has been crying foul since the California Air Resources Board put out a study ranking current biofuels as equal to or maybe worse than petroleum in their [...]

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Conoco’s chicken-fat fade-out

Thursday, March 26, 2009

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Conoco’s chicken-fat fade-out

When a major oil company announces a green fuels project, the trumpet is loud. Press releases, media blitz, public officials on site. The death of the project is a slink-away-at-midnight affair. So it is with ConocoPhillips’ deal with Tyson Foods in Arkansas to make biodiesel from waste animal fat—tons of it. Conoco CEO Jim Mulva [...]

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Look who’s talking

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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Look who’s talking

03-25-09 by dugan There’s no doubt that the ethanol industry is in trouble. Credit crunch, ugly recession, and roller-coaster energy prices that spook investors. The Des Moines Register has a good rundown today on cellulosic ethanol startups that can’t get private investors to finance commercial-scale plants. One puzzling thing–a chief problem cited in the story [...]

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