Tag Archive | "renewable-fuels"

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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Inuits vs. Exxon: Might Work

Thursday, February 28, 2008

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Inuits vs. Exxon: Might Work

2-28-08 by dugan   It’s a Hail-Mary pass, but the Alaskan Inuit lawsuit against the oil industry on global warming just might work. It may come down to how the judge views the definition of "conspiracy." Alaska’s Eskimos, or Inuit, have been refining the argument for a long time. Four years ago, the Inuit as […]

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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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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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Mr. Oil's Different World

Thursday, January 17, 2008

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Mr. Oil's Different World

1-17-08 by dugan As most of us don’t remember offhand, the price of crude oil a year ago was $52 a barrel. I  looked it up after reading a speech  that Red Cavaney, longtime head of the American Petroleum Institute, delivered in Washington yesterday. His defense of today’s $90 a barrel oil price cites exactly […]

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Grab the Greenwash, Then Run

Friday, December 21, 2007

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Grab the Greenwash, Then Run

12-21-07 by dugan   My earlier doubts about Chevron’s ballyhooed investment in a Galveston biodiesel plant were too mild. After garnering a bunch of admiring news stories, including in the New York Times, Chevron is now being sued by the plant’s operators for bailing out on the investment and failing to provide the expert help […]

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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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