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Chevron's Goliath Strategy

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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Chevron's Goliath Strategy

3-19-08 by dugan     The Oakland-adjacent and working class city of Richmond, Calif., is on the verge of allowing Chevron to proceed with a huge, contentious "upgrade" of its refinery there so it can process dirtier, heavier grades of crude oil. Chevron says the plant will just become “more efficient.” Critics, including state Atty. […]

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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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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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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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What? Politics at the EPA?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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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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Exxon, the Worldwide Scrooge

Thursday, February 7, 2008

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Exxon, the Worldwide Scrooge

2-07-08 by dugan   You’d think that a company making nearly $41 billion in yearly profit in 2007 would be profligate in its charitable giving. We don’t know yet what Exxon Mobil’s 2007 total was, but the company issues a yearly feel-good report on “community contributions.”  The 2006 document says Exxon gave away $138 million […]

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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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EPA "Disappears" the Evidence?

Friday, December 21, 2007

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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!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

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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?

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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