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Distract 'Em From the Chevy Volt

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18. January 2008

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Distract 'Em From the Chevy Volt

1-18-07 by dugan   My greenwash antenna is waving madly. GM chief exec Rick Wagoner made a splash at the Detroit auto show earlier this week, announcing an investment in cellulosic ethanol. He offered no dollar amount, no time frame, no hard promises. A cynic would say it’s just a way to quiet critics of […]

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Clean-Air Hand-Clap for Safeway

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18. January 2008

Clean-Air Hand-Clap for Safeway

12-18-08 by dugan   We ought to be past the time when fueling a truck fleet on a biodiesel blend that’s good for any diesel engine merits a back-slapping news conference. But it’s still worth mentioning that Safeway pledged today to convert all of its big delivery trucks to B-20, I presume blended with low-emission […]

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Mr. Oil's Different World

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17. January 2008

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Mr. Oil's Different World

1-17-08 by dugan As most of us don’t remember offhand, the price of crude oil a year ago was $52 a barrel. I  looked it up after reading a speech  that Red Cavaney, longtime head of the American Petroleum Institute, delivered in Washington yesterday. His defense of today’s $90 a barrel oil price cites exactly […]

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Stagflation. Oil. Sounds Familiar

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16. January 2008

Stagflation. Oil. Sounds Familiar

01-16-07 by dugan      Here’s the picture: President Gerald Ford, addressing the nation wearing a "Whip Inflation Now" button pinned to his sweater (in my memory, a yellow sweater) That was the last time the U.S. suffered "stagflation," simultaneous economic slowdown and inflation. But it’s back today, and spreading terror into halls of government. […]

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Big Oil's Strong 4th Qtr Results

16. January 2008

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Big Oil's Strong 4th Qtr Results

Associated Press January 16, 2008 by JOHN PORRETTO, AP Business Writer As economy weakens, strong 2007 4th quarter results for oil companies may raise eyebrows HOUSTON, TX — Historic oil prices and $3-a-gallon gasoline have been contributing to fears of a recession, but they’ve yet to cause the hue and cry that some might expect. […]

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Causes for Price Fluctuations

14. January 2008

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Causes for Price Fluctuations

Associated Press January 14, 2008 by Associated Press State & Local Wires Speculation on Causes of Pump Price Fluctuations Daily changes in the price of gasoline at the pump leave many consumers angry and frustrated. Angry because consumers have little control over this area of their lives and frustrated because they don’t understand why prices […]

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Gas Prices Hit January Record

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9. January 2008

Gas Prices Hit January Record

1-09-08 by simpson The highest average retail gasoline price ever for January was hit this week when it soared 5.6 cents to $3.11 a gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). It was 80.3 cents a gallon more than a year ago. With prices soaring in what traditionally is a time of lower […]

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Chevron's 138% Rate Increase

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8. January 2008

Chevron's 138% Rate Increase

1-08-2008 by simpson If you’re bothered by soaring gasoline prices here’s an increase that’s even more appalling. A water company owned by Chevron is seeking a 138% water rate increase that 200 residents of rural Casmalia, CA say could kill their community. The background on the oil giant’s latest outrage was reported by Malia Spencer […]

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Outage responses fuel power debate

8. January 2008

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Outage responses fuel power debate

Record Searchlight (Redding, California) January 8, 2008 by Ryan Sabalow, Record Searchlight Outage responses fuel power debate; Private vs. public energy at center of discussion When gusts from a massive storm knocked out power across much of the north state, two power agencies had their lights on faster than anyone else. Redding Electric Utility and […]

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Gas Prices Jump a Nickel

8. January 2008

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Gas Prices Jump a Nickel

Convenience Store News (CSN at the Trade Show) January 8, 2008 by Diva J Gas Prices Jump a Nickel; Meanwhile, a consumer group urges Congress to curb gas prices WASHINGTON — The average retail price for regular gasoline in the U.S. jumped $0.056 cents to $3.11 a gallon over the past week, the Energy Information […]

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