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State’s Drivers Ease Up On The Gas

Sunday, October 2, 2011

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"The pain in their wallets is causing them to rethink their lifestyles," said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica, a frequent critic of Big Oil. "People tend to be a lot more environmentally conscious when just ignoring it is going to cost them something." The changes are even more significant, Court said, given the steady rise in the number of drivers. "It shows that ultimately we can solve both the higher emission problem and the higher consumption problem associated with more drivers if we can continue to improve fuel efficiency technology," Court said.

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Natural gas: Not safe, and not all that green

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Natural gas: Not safe, and not all that green

The way natural gas promoters talk about their pet fuel, you’d think it was green as clover and safe as baby oil. After the deadly San Bruno, California, gas line explosion, however, hawkers like natural gas billionaire T. Boone Pickens have gone silent. No more calls to action and pleas to phone your member of […]

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Coal’s Anonymous Dirt

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Coal’s Anonymous Dirt

Big Coal is planning an anonymous campaign blitz against elected officials (in Kentucky in this case) who dare to favor any restrictions on coal. That's according to an internal coal company memo obtained by Kentucky's Lexington Herald newspaper. This is only a tiny piece of the fallout from the Supreme Court's decision to let corporations pour unlimited anonymous money into political campaigns. How many of these memos do we not know about?

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Beware BP spin on size record

Thursday, July 1, 2010

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Beware BP spin on size record

7-01-2010 by dugan   BP’s devastating oil spill may now be the largest accidental spill in modern history, bigger than the estimated 140 million gallons spewed by the 1979-80 Ixtoc spill off the coast of Mexico, which eventually slimed 170 miles of Texas beaches. It’s smaller only than the deliberate spillage by Iraq into the […]

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‘Clean’ Coal PR, Dirty Reality

Monday, March 29, 2010

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3-29-10 by dugan Just as the oxymoronic American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity launched a new campaign telling us that coal is sooo much cheaper than natural gas (coal’s chief, and cleaner, competitor), the admirable Center for Investigative Reporting announced its new documentary, "Dirty Business," showing us exactly why "clean coal" isn’t. The ad campaign […]

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$3.00 a Gallon Now, $4.00 When?

Monday, January 11, 2010

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$3.00 a Gallon Now, $4.00 When?

01-11-10 by dugan   Why be obsessed with the price of gasoline? Easy. High energy prices, including prices at the pump, will slow and even reverse economic recovery. Every 10-cent a gallon increase in the price of a gallon of gas means another $1 billion  less for consumers to spend on anything else. As the […]

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This ‘carbon trading’ thingie

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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This ‘carbon trading’ thingie

11-04-09 by dugan   Carbon trading. Oh, yawn. Too weird and complicated. MEGO. Leave me alone. But wait a minute: A new website, Carbon Watch, could change your mind about keeping up with cap and trade. It’s a joint project of the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting and PBS’s "Frontline," and puts the central battle […]

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“Junker” bonus: More GM welfare?

Monday, July 27, 2009

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“Junker” bonus: More GM welfare?

7-27-09 by dugan   Shoulda been a big gain for the environment: Turn in your gas-guzzling clunker for a federal credit up to $4,500 to buy a cleaner car. Not much cleaner, it turns out: as little as 4 mpg for passenger cars, and 0–yep, zero–for big pickups. It’s welfare for auto companies more than […]

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A one-cheer climate victory

Friday, June 26, 2009

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A one-cheer climate victory

6-26-09 by dugan I’m certainly not a big fan of the House energy and climate bill that received a fake debate and a mini-filibuster before passing 219-212 in the House of Representatives today. By fake, I mean opponents who, for instance, called the bill "a twisted desire of the Democrat party" and "economic suicide" as well […]

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Arnold’s Hummer vs. kids’ health

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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Arnold’s Hummer vs. kids’ health

05-27-09 by dugan Is Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s vanity-green hydrogen fuel project worth the loss of health insurance for thousands of California children? Ah, I didn’t think so, either. Yet Schwarzenegger is out today touting his $14.4 million state subsidy to build seven hydrogen fueling stations for a nonexistent fleet of fuel-cell vehicles that almost no […]

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A tar sands mole gets whacked

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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A tar sands mole gets whacked

05-26-09 by dugan 05-27 update: The NRDC has agreed to remove itself from the "advisory committee" for the pro-oil sands study described below and and denounce or at least dispute the study’s findings. An e-mail sent this morning by an NRDC attorney said: "Just to let you know that NRDC is off the Advisory Committee […]

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Can Chevron take a joke?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Can Chevron take a joke?

05-24-09 by dugan Organized protest has come a long way from crude cartoons and thrown-together "white papers." For tomorrow’s annual meeting at Chevron’s San Ramon, CA, headquarters, a loose environmental and activist coalition has produced an alt-version of the annual report and (even more fun) its own take (pdf) on Chevron’s greenwashed "Will You Join […]

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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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