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He's Way More Than "All Hat"

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20. November 2007

He's Way More Than "All Hat"

11`-20-07 by dugan With crude oil closing today at $98 a barrel and the dollar hitting another record low, a solidly new book on cutting U.S. oil dependence suddenly looks compelling. Energy veteran S. David Freeman’s plainspoken "Winning Our Energy Independence" (Gibbs Smith, paper, $13.57 at Amazon) lays out the case for a government "moon […]

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Good-bye To a Quixote

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19. November 2007

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Good-bye To a Quixote

11-19-07 by dugan     Monterey, Calif., gas station owner Mehdi Shahbazi died last week at 65 after a 90-day hunger strike against Shell Oil. He’d been fighting the company for years over the  company’s actions against his Shell-branded station, his lack of free speech concerning Shell, and the high price of gasoline overall. The photo […]

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No Oil Money At Smithsonian

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19. November 2007

No Oil Money At Smithsonian

11-19-2007 by simpson The American Petroleum Institute (API), Big Oil’s favorite mouthpiece, has pulled its $5 million offer to sponsor a centerpiece exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution about the oceans as a global treasure . The move came after two Regents had questioned the proposal. Now oil companies won’t be able to spend their ill-gotten […]

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Exxon's Alabama Cesspool

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19. November 2007

Exxon's Alabama Cesspool

11-19-07 by dugan    When a big story happens away from the eye of Big Media, the bare bones that get told often omit the really interesting political realities and motivations. Earlier this month, a brief Associated Press story noted that the Alabama Supreme Court had overturned a state jury’s $3.5 billion damage award against […]

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Regulators Cozy With Regulated

18. November 2007

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Regulators Cozy With Regulated

The Kansas City Star November 18, 2007 by STEVE EVERLY, The Kansas City Star Regulators responsible for fair, accurate gas measures keep cozy with the regulated LITTLE ROCK, AR — The 62nd annual conference of the Southern Weights and Measures Association was winding down and Tim Chesser had reasons to be pleased. Chesser, assistant deputy […]

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No Room for Denial

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17. November 2007

No Room for Denial

11-17-07 by dugan     Some disasters seem just too enormous to grasp. Every version of the U.N. climate change report is more dire and more certain about the effects of climate change. The final report, released Friday (N.Y. Times, L.A. Times), begs for help protecting the poor nations most at risk from flooding, drought […]

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The 'Dictator Penalty'

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16. November 2007

The 'Dictator Penalty'

11-16-07 by dugan   Bought any of that Chevron gasoline currently averaging more than $3.40 a gallon in California? A few pennies of that will now go to pay Chevron’s $30 million settlement of a federal charge involving huge illegal kickbacks to Saddam Hussein’s government in 2001-2002. You remember, the old Axis of Evil days? […]

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UC-BP Research Already Begun

16. November 2007

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UC-BP Research Already Begun

Berkeley Daily Planet (California) November 16, 2007 by Richard Brenneman UC Signs BP Contract, Research Already Underway The $500 million pact between UC Berkeley and one of the world’s largest oil companies went into effect Wednesday, though research covered by the contract started months ago. The grant may be the largest single corporate funding of […]

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What! Are They Thinking?

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15. November 2007

What! Are They Thinking?

11-15-07 by dugan   There wasn’t much media notice last week for what seems to me a head-swiveling announcement: Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said that the government will keep buying crude oil to expand the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. At $90 a barrel? While gasoline prices and heating oil prices are well above $3 a gallon […]

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L.A.'s First Drop of E85

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15. November 2007

L.A.'s First Drop of E85

11-15-07 by dugan   Listen up, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, Conoco and BP. A little family-owned gasoline station in West L.A. (location below) called Conservfuel will soon be  the first in Los Angeles and second in California to publicly offer high-ethanol E85 fuel for the approximately 6,000 flex-fuel vehicles on the road in California, as well […]

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