'Hot Fuel' Adds To Pump Pain

23. May 2008

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'Hot Fuel' Adds To Pump Pain

‘Hot Fuel’ Adds To Pain At The Pump By Elizabeth Douglass, LOS ANGELES TIMES May 23, 2008 A survey shows that Californians could be overpaying as much as $3.4 million a day as heat makes gas expand. Soaring gasoline prices are bad enough. But this summer, California’s higher temperatures could add an additional 8-cent-a-gallon wallop […]

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Climate Heat on Exxon

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13. May 2008

Climate Heat on Exxon

5-13-08 by dugan Oh, man, I wish I had a share of Exxon. The shareholder meeting May 30 is going to be a show. A group of big institutional investors, mostly public pension funds, has filed notice that it will formally campaign to oust board member Michael Boskin. The investors say he refused repetedly to […]

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Chevron Commits to "Alt" Energy

7. May 2008

Chevron Commits to "Alt" Energy

Chevron Commits to ‘Alt’ Energy By George Avalos, CONTRA COSTA TIMES (CA) May 07, 2008 Chevron Corp. will spend $2.5 billion on alternative and renewable energy technologies, part of its push to develop new kinds of energy, the company said Wednesday. San Ramon-based Chevron said it expects to spend the money over a three-year period […]

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Gas Setting New Records Daily

25. April 2008

Gas Setting New Records Daily

Gasoline Prices Passing $4, Setting New Records Daily By Staff Writers, Central Valley Business Times (Stockton, CA) April 25, 2008 Prices over $3 everywhere — The question is, will we see $5? — Gasoline now rivals Iraq as Americans’ biggest worry Gasoline price records are being broken throughout California for the third consecutive week, according […]

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Oil's 'Alternative Energy' Scam

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22. April 2008

Oil's 'Alternative Energy' Scam

4-22-08 by dugan When I look at oil company profit reports–which will soon reveal truly rabid profit increases in the 1st quarter of 2008–I just ignore the line on "alternative energy" spending. That’s because it is often the opposite of renewable energy. Mother Jones magazine’s latest issue has the perfect description of why: "Across the […]

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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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Inuits vs. Exxon: Might Work

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28. February 2008

Inuits vs. Exxon: Might Work

2-28-08 by dugan   It’s a Hail-Mary pass, but the Alaskan Inuit lawsuit against the oil industry on global warming just might work. It may come down to how the judge views the definition of "conspiracy." Alaska’s Eskimos, or Inuit, have been refining the argument for a long time. Four years ago, the Inuit as […]

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Cheaper Than Coal at 80 mph

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18. December 2007

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Cheaper Than Coal at 80 mph

12-18-07 by dugan   I want a hybrid electric GT with a dark, glossy exterior wrap that’s actually a cheap solar-electric film. It would boost battery power and range whenever the sun shines. The concept is imagined, but products that could ultimately fulfill the fantasy are finally going commercial. A San Jose company, Nanosolar, is […]

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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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Hooray for 'Cheap and Clean'

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29. November 2007

Hooray for 'Cheap and Clean'

11-29-07 by dugan I was struck by the stock analysts’ reaction in today’s New York Times story to Google’s announcement that it would invest up to hundreds of millions of dollars to commercially develop renewable energy that is "cheaper than coal."  The analysts were bewildered: Would this detract Google from its main mission? Is it […]

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