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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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New report documents problems at Big Oil U

Thursday, October 14, 2010

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New report documents problems at Big Oil U

Big Oil has flooded campuses with millions of dollars to pay for clean energy research at American universities, undermining tradition academic values and potentially furthering a narrow commercial research agenda, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for American Progress. Jennifer Washburn shows how Big Oil has underwritten research at top-tier universities with few protections for scientific objectivity or scholarly independence.

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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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$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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Hapless state gets it on climate

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Hapless state gets it on climate

11-24-09 by dugan   California doesn’t have many bright spots lately, what with a new $21 billion hole in its budget, more than 12% unemployment and a hapless state Legislature. But its prospects looked up today with a climate regulation proposal. It’s just a draft regulation, but because the underlying legislation (small PDF) is already […]

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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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Nissan’s oil liberation car?

Monday, August 3, 2009

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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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Coal: Save me, kill the planet

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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Coal: Save me, kill the planet

7-7-09 by dugan   The big energy bill produced by the House of Representatives is jammed with billions of dollars of concessions to the U.S. coal industry, pinned to the promise that coal-burning industries will, over the next decade, capture and store coal’s abundant planet-warming emissions on full commercial scale. Now, with the battle moving […]

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How oil bucks lubed climate bill

Thursday, July 2, 2009

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How oil bucks lubed climate bill

7-2-09 by dugan   Here’s a great explanation, copublished by Greenwire and the New York Times online, of how the oil and energy industries steadily weakened the big climate change bill in Congress, and why they expect even more energy-friendly goodies from the Senate. All it took was tens of millions of dollars worth of […]

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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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Reality check on oil prices

Monday, June 22, 2009

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Reality check on oil prices

6-22-09 Nothing changed in the real world today–economy still shrinking, gasoline consumption near 10-year lows. But speculators who doubled the price of crude oil and sent prices at the pump shooting up got some kind of extraterrestrial message today. The price of crude oil dropped about $2.50 a barrel, to around $67, and gasoline started […]

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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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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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