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Defending Cheaper, Cleaner

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19. March 2008

Defending Cheaper, Cleaner

3-19-08 by dugan     There’s no single path to an affordable and clean energy future, and that’s a good thing. After all, the monoculture of petroleum dependence has brought us $4.00 a gallon gasoline, disappearing polar bears and a nasty web of dictators supported by oil. The imperfections of single alternatives, from electric cars […]

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Deadly Plug-In Hybrids!

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14. March 2008

Deadly Plug-In Hybrids!

3-14-08 by dugan   I’m happy to admit that Earth would be better off if we all hiked or biked to work, got our power from solar panels on the roof, wore parkas indoors rather than indulging in central heat and ate grains and vegetables grown organically within walking distance of home. Short of that, […]

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What? Politics at the EPA?

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26. February 2008

What? Politics at the EPA?

2-26-08 by dugan     Here’s a (not) shocking development. Newly released documents show that the oil buddies at the White House may have interfered in the Environmental Protection Agency’s rejection of California’s new tailpipe standards for greenhouse gas emissions. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California is investigating the decision, announced in December, which the EPA […]

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Congress Yawns At $3 gasoline

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18. February 2008

Congress Yawns At $3 gasoline

2-18-08 by dugan     Where’s Congress? When it comes to oil and gasolne prices, our elected officials are has hard to find as Waldo. Speculators today shoved oil prices are back up to $96 a barrel, and gasoline prices are once again above $3.00 a gallon nationally. Reporters searching for a reason feebly cite […]

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Another Big Oil U Warning Issued

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21. January 2008

Another Big Oil U Warning Issued

1-21-08 by simpson   The prestigious Center for Science in the Public Interest has joined us in warning of the dangers Big Oil money poses to university research. In a report issued today CSPI says American universities may be jeopardizing their academic integrity by giving oil, gas, and other polluting industries unprecedented influence over the […]

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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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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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EPA "Disappears" the Evidence?

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21. December 2007

EPA "Disappears" the Evidence?

12-21-07 by dugan   Today’s award for worst job in the world goes to EPA spokeswoman Jennifer Wood. She’s saying that an EPA staff Powerpoint presentation defending California’s right to regulate auto emissions can’t be found. From the the San Francisco Chronicle: "The EPA’s legal staff reportedly prepared a PowerPoint presentation advising [EPA chief Stephen] […]

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Sue their Brains Out!

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19. December 2007

Sue their Brains Out!

12-19-07 by dugan   The ink wasn’t dry on President Bush’s energy bill signature today when the White House denied California’s waiver request to enforce its greenhouse emissions law. Obviously this was a signed-and-sealed plan. The timing precluded any move by Congress to help California and the 16 other states that want stricter auto emission […]

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Energy Bill: Crumbs or Loaves?

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19. December 2007

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Energy Bill: Crumbs or Loaves?

12-19-07 by dugan   Looking at the energy bill, I’d say Congress is settling for crumbs and trying to count them as loaves–at least until 2009 and TEOB,  "The End of Bush." That leaves a big dawdle through 2008 on more meaningful energy reforms. It’s true that by Washington standards for the last decade, the […]

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