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Arnold's Nuclear Natter

Monday, March 17, 2008

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Arnold's Nuclear Natter

3-17-08 by dugan     There are days when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to just blurt the last cockamamie idea he heard from a powerful pal. So it is with the Gov’s new enthusiasm for nuclear power plants in California. Before  he goes further on his new fad, Schwarzenegger needs a trip to Florida, where […]

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Deadly Plug-In Hybrids!

Friday, March 14, 2008

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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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CA Gas Prices Top Record

Monday, March 3, 2008

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CA Gas Prices Top Record

NEWS RELEASE March 3, 2008 CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305, or Jamie Court, ext. 327 California Gasoline Price to Top All-Time Record As Speculators Drive Crude Oil Price to Near $104 U.S. Price Also Near Record; Group Demands Curbs on Speculation, Action on Oil Subsidies Santa Monica, CA — Spiking gasoline prices are pushing […]

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Chevron's Greenwash-and-Run

Monday, February 11, 2008

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Chevron's Greenwash-and-Run

2-11-08 by dugan     Chevron’s PR whizzes pulled out the stops in 2006 and early 2007 to promote the oil company’s investment in a Texas biodiesel producer. Chevron made sure that every energy reporter and much of the public knew about Chevron’s dazzling green commitment, a "22% stake" in the startup, Galveston Bay Biodiesel. […]

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Distract 'Em From the Chevy Volt

Friday, January 18, 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

Friday, January 18, 2008

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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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Energy Bill: Crumbs or Loaves?

Wednesday, December 19, 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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Cheaper Than Coal at 80 mph

Tuesday, December 18, 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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What Was DiFi Thinking?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

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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

Thursday, December 13, 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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