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Archive | December, 2007

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Ok, Thanks, DiFi

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14. December 2007

Ok, Thanks, DiFi

12-14-07 by dugan     Speed-legislating is full of mysteries, and often mischief-making. But the final Senate energy bill came out all right for California and other states in the forefront of clean air and curbing greenhouse emissions. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, following a late-night report that she was seeking a (bad) compromise with […]

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What Was DiFi Thinking?

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13. December 2007

What Was DiFi Thinking?

12-13-07 by dugan   The energy bill passed the Senate tonight, composed of not much more than the 35 mpg auto standard and some pork for biofuels. But as far as OilWatchdog can tell, a last-minute deal proposed by, of all people, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, to undercut California’s greenhouse emissions law was left out of […]

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Biofuels vs. Oil: Wrong Battle

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13. December 2007

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Biofuels vs. Oil: Wrong Battle

12-13-07 by dugan   The folks who don’t like biofuels often argue that ethanol, because of the energy used to produce it, is pointless, even a net energy loss. Here’s the highly reasoned answer by chemical engineering Prof. Bruce E. Dale of the University of Michigan. Despite the long title, it’s a pretty accessible read, […]

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State Clean Air At Risk, Call Now

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13. December 2007

State Clean Air At Risk, Call Now

12-13-07 by dugan    Act today to save California’s and other states’ tough clean air laws! Call Senate Leader Harry Reid, (202)  224-3542 or e-mail him via his online form here. Tell Sen. Reid not to cave into White House demands that would prevent states, including California, from passing their own auto clean air standards. […]

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Big Bust in Bali

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12. December 2007

Big Bust in Bali

12-121-07 by dugan   We can’t be surprised that the White House has vetoed any targets for cooling  the "fever of the Earth" (Al Gore’s phrase) at the global climate meeting in Bali, Indonesia. The pathetically low-level delegation that the Bush administration sent to the meeting signaled that no one with a reputation independent of […]

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Oops! Disappearing Greenwash

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11. December 2007

Oops! Disappearing Greenwash

12-11-07 by dugan     Shell and BP are under fire for talking green and doing the opposite. Britain’s Guardian newspaper has the story.  "Shell, the oil company that recently trumpeted its commitment to a low carbon future by signing a pre-Bali conference communique, has quietly sold off most of its solar business. "The move, […]

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Energy Bill's Race to Bottom

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10. December 2007

Energy Bill's Race to Bottom

12-10-07 by dugan The only sure result of the "ping-pong" negotiating game the House and Senate are playing this week on the energy bill is that it will come out weaker. Even a provision like one that actually passed the Senate last year, requiring electric utilities to eventually use 15% renewable energy, is withering under […]

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Child of 'The Yes Men' Strikes

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4. December 2007

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Child of 'The Yes Men' Strikes

12-04-07 by dugan     "Hoaxers Target Big Oil." That’s an irresistible headline in OilWatchdog’s plush consumer-financed corporate headquarters. The story in the sober British Guardian newspaper was straight-faced, about a fake promise appearing on an expert fake of an oil industry-financed consortium’s website: "Environmental campaigners today appeared to have opened up a new front […]

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Energy Bill or Just MPG Bill?

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3. December 2007

Energy Bill or Just MPG Bill?

12-3-07 by dugan   It sounded too good to be true, and it was. The announcement Friday night was that Congressional negotiators had come up with a compromise energy bill including moderate new auto fuel efficiency standards, removal of some tax breaks for oil, increases in biofuel subsidies and a requirement that electric utilities use […]

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