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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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Climate Heat on Exxon

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

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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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Oil's 'Alternative Energy' Scam

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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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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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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Congressional Kabuki

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

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Congressional Kabuki

2-27-08 by dugan   Could oil companies that collectively made $123 billion last year afford to give up $1.8 billion a year (less than 1.5% of annual profit) from the tax subsidies that you and I are paying them? It’s not a question worth answering. Nor do we need to ask why President Bush insists […]

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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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Ok, Thanks, DiFi

Friday, December 14, 2007

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Ok, Thanks, DiFi

12-14-07 by dugan     Speed-legislating is full of mysteries, and often mischief-making. But the final Senate energy bill came out all right for California and other states in the forefront of clean air and curbing greenhouse emissions. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, following a late-night report that she was seeking a (bad) compromise with […]

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Hooray for 'Cheap and Clean'

Thursday, November 29, 2007

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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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BP Pleads Guilty

Thursday, November 29, 2007

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BP Pleads Guilty

11-29-07 by simpson BP pleaded guilty today to failing to prevent a huge spill in America’s largest oil field on Alaska’s North Slope.  Bumbling Petroleum has agreed to a fine of $20 million for one violation of the Clean Water Act. The 200,000-gallon spill was caused by  reckless cost-cutting that led to a failure to […]

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