Tag Archive | "renewable-fuels"

Copy-Machine Oil Hearings

Thursday, May 22, 2008

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Copy-Machine Oil Hearings

5-22-08 by dugan     Watching the same pack of oil executives troop to the House of Representatives today and the Senate yesterday was mostly a deja vu experience. The execs’ canned testimony was from the same outline they used earlier this year and in 2005 and 2006 hearings–high prices aren’t our fault; everything will […]

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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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Chevron’s Record 1st Qtr Profit

Friday, May 2, 2008

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Chevron’s Record 1st Qtr Profit

NEWS RELEASE: Chevron Rides Soaring Crude Oil Prices To Record Profit As Consumers Feel Squeeze At Pump CONTACT: John Simpson, 310-392-0522 x317, cell 310-292-1902; or Jamie Court x327 May 02, 2008 Santa Monica, CA — Chevron today posted record first-quarter profits of $5.17 billion while Californians struggled with soaring gas prices climbing over $4 a […]

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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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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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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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"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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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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Oil, Farm Prices, Hunger

Monday, March 17, 2008

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Oil, Farm Prices, Hunger

3-17-08 by dugan     The hype that ethanol is the only driver of food grain prices is persistent and wrong. Here’s a short and to the point video from CNNMoney (thanks to Insider for spotting it) about farmers’ spiraling operating costs. Most of these costs are linked to petroleum, and are also driving food-crop […]

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