Tag Archive | "cheaper cleaner"

Hybrids Making $ense

Thursday, May 15, 2008

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Hybrids Making $ense

5-15-08 by dugan     Early adopters of the Prius and other gas-electric hybrids weren’t doing it for the money, since the extra cost would take five or more years to make up with gasoline savings. Not so now. At current gas prices, at least some models really are both cheaper and cleaner. For instance, […]

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Throw It At the Wall…

Friday, May 9, 2008

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Throw It At the Wall…

5-9-08 by dugan     …And See If It Sticks. That appears to be where government stands on quelling oil and gasoline prices. Congress is now proposing bucketsful of legislation and other actions in a pre-election panic. Some of it is on target and some is just pander, either populist or corporate. Let’s sort it […]

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The 'Killer Biofuels' Claque

Friday, April 18, 2008

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The 'Killer Biofuels' Claque

 4-18-08 by dugan   Global warming denial  is a nearly lost cause, so its proponents have a new issue: killer biofuels. Their simple, effective message is that biofuels–all of them–are the cause of rising food costs. Thus biofuels are killing babies in the Third World. It’s cynical, brilliant and mostly untrue. But it certainly deflects blame from spiraling […]

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Bush Blames $115 Oil on OPEC

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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Bush Blames $115 Oil on OPEC

NEWS RELEASE:  CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522 ext. 305; or cell, 213-280-0175 April 16, 2008 New Oil Price Spike to $115 a Barrel Shows a "Two-Faced" White House That Takes Oil Off U.S. Markets While Blaming OPEC Consumer Watchdog Renews Call for Bush to Stop Buying Oil for U.S. Reserve, Release Oil to Dampen Price Santa […]

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Grease Rustlers Unite!

Friday, April 4, 2008

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This wacky tale of grease rustling at a Northern California Burger King spins off a lot of threads. The police report said the wild-haired suspect was siphoning his 300-gallon haul of used fryer grease into a tank on the back of his truck. He was headed for a biorefinery in Atasacadero, where this "yellow grease" […]

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Green Half-Truths

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

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Green Half-Truths

4-02-08 by dugan     I didn’t get time yesterday to post on a House select committee’s grilling of executives from the major oil companies, but as the chairman, Rep. Ed Markey  of Massachusetts, pointedly said, "there will be many more." (If you’ve got a question you’d like to have posed to Big Oil, please […]

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That'll Be $4.35 a Gallon, Thanks

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

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That'll Be $4.35 a Gallon, Thanks

3-26-08 by dugan   Hey, California, how about $4.35 a gallon for regular? A study released today (Here’s the press release. Here’s the study) by the Consumer Federation predicts pump prices could rise another 75 cents a gallon if refiners are able to cut back production and boost their profits to last year’s level. Its […]

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Gas Tax Is State Money Pot

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

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Gas Tax Is State Money Pot

3-26-08 by dugan     Most of U.S. price inflation is being driven by oil, and no place is it more evident or harmful than at the pump. Especially in California, where regular is stuck at over $3.60 a gallon. Less evident is how the California gas tax puts government on the side of Big […]

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"Get a Grip" View on Ethanol

Monday, March 24, 2008

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"Get a Grip" View on Ethanol

3-24-08 by dugan     Leave it to the Canadians to stay calm. Consider Frank Dottori, founder and former CEO of a multibillion-dollar forest products company. Nowadays he’s heading a project to turn forest and urban waste into ethanol. He grasps all the faults of corn ethanol and sees cellulosic ethanol as the future. But […]

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Defending Cheaper, Cleaner

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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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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