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  • Toyota Brings Hydrogen Cars To Production

    12/11/2013 3:27:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Big Stage from NYSE ^ | December 10, 2013 | Josh Dean
    Twelve years ago, Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) began testing a unique — and outlandishly expensive — automobile in California: a car powered by hydrogen fuel cells. This so-called FCHV (fuel cell hybrid vehicle) was an electric car that didn’t need to be plugged in. Its electricity was generated by a stack of fuel cells that ran on compressed gaseous hydrogen, a relatively cheap fuel that gives off no harmful emissions; its only byproduct was water vapor. The FCHV never made it to dealer lots, however. Production of plug-in electric cars proved more viable, partially because the FCHV technology was...
  • Energy Department sneaks offshore moratorium past public

    07/10/2012 11:40:19 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2012 | Thomas J. Pyle
    While the Obama administration was taking a victory lap last week after the 5-4 Supreme Court decision to uphold the president’s signature legislative accomplishment, Obamacare, the Interior Department was using the media black hole to release a much-awaited five-year plan for offshore drilling. That plan reinstitutes a 30-year moratorium on offshore energy exploration that will keep our most promising resources locked away until long after President Obama begins plans for his presidential library. (snip) In the past three years, the government has collected more than 250 times less revenue from offshore lease sales than it did during the last year...
  • Consumer Reports says GM Volt falls short on range

    02/28/2011 5:40:23 PM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 91 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 28, 2011 | John Crawley
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co's mostly electric Chevy Volt turned in a lackluster performance for efficiency in its first series of road tests by product raters at Consumer Reports. "We would have really liked to have loved it," David Champion, director of Consumer Reports auto test center told Reuters on Monday after announcing the organization's top picks for 2011. "It was fun to drive and the ride quality was pretty good. But when you look at the finances, for us it doesn't make any sense," Champion said. He said consumers seeking value and top fuel efficiency would be better...
  • Ethanol pumps big problems for small engines

    02/07/2011 10:53:54 AM PST · by thackney · 99 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | 2/7/11 | Associated Press
    ...and he filled tanks feeding the boat’s 200 horsepower Mercury engine with gas that had been blended with 10 percent ethanol. “I heard a station in Greenville had straight gas, but I just took it to the next one I could find. Within 10 minutes, my engine started failing,” Gray said. “(The ethanol) had crystallized and crumbled and had clogged my fuel line, and I had to tear out all of the fuel system.” Gray saved hundreds of dollars by repairing it himself, but his troubles with the motor are nothing new to marine shop owners, lawn mower mechanics and...
  • Newt Answers Critics Over Ethanol Comments (Still fails to address issue raised by critics)

    02/05/2011 7:55:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/05/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    Newt Gingrich got himself in a bit of hot water in some conservative circles recently with his support of Ethanol subsidies. It drew the scorn of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, who implied that the former speaker might have more than a passing financial interest in propping up King Corn. On Thursday Newt took to the “letters” pages of the WSJ to fire back. In the interest of fairness, we should allow him to make his case. Second, I am not a lobbyist for ethanol, not for anyone. My support of increased domestic energy production of all forms, including...
  • Santorum's pander: Balsa Rick

    01/30/2011 12:27:39 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 34 replies
    Rick Santorum's nascent presidential campaign has died with a whimper fueled by a pander. And no matter whether it was born out of ignorance, political expediency or both, there's no excuse. Mr. Santorum, the former U.S. senator and representative of Pennsylvania, spoke to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Tuesday last in Des Moines. All U.S. vehicles should be required to burn ethanol and other biofuels in addition to gasoline, he said. "This is purely and simply a national security issue," said Santorum, a one-time opponent of taxpayer subsidies for alternative fuels, noting that some oil-producing countries are hostile to the...
  • Diesel era ends for MTA buses (natural gas buses more expensive to buy and maintain)

    01/12/2011 9:39:52 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/12/11 | Dan Weikel
    After almost two decades of effort to reduce vehicle emissions, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will retire its last diesel bus Wednesday and become the only major transit agency in the nation with a fleet that is totally equipped with alternative-fuel technologies. In an urban area where diesel buses began operating in 1940, the MTA now has 2,221 buses powered by compressed natural gas, as well as one electric bus and six gasoline-electric hybrids. Transit officials estimate that the elimination of diesel engines has reduced the release of cancer-causing particulates from the bus fleet by 80% and greenhouse...
  • Enemies of the Corn: The Ethanol Scammers Produce a Top Ten Enemies List

    07/12/2010 8:26:24 AM PDT · by epithermal · 33 replies
    Energy Tribune ^ | Jun. 15, 2010 | Robert Bryce
    Last week, Tom Waterman, the editor and publisher of The Ethanol Monitor, published a list of the top ten enemies of ethanol. Here’s the list: #10: Business Week/Ed Wallace (Bloomberg) #9: GRIST #8: “Big Oil” #7: Grocery Manufacturers Association #6: David Pimentel #5: Robert Rapier #4: Tim Searchinger #3: Wall Street Journal (editorial board) #2: California Air Resources Board #1: Time Magazine (Michael Grunwald) Of course, Waterman can write whatever he likes, but the fact that the ethanol boosters would produce a list of enemies is indicative of just how paranoid the ethanol scammers are getting. And their nuttiness appears...
  • No Substitute For Fossil Fuels

    12/22/2009 5:09:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 547+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 22, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: Earlier this year, Congress approved a scheme to pour $80 billion — on top of the tens of billions already spent — into renewables. A government report released last week indicates the money will be wasted. Renewable energy is the shiny gem that everyone wants but no one can have. Not even a president. Campaigning last year in Lansing, Mich., President Barack Obama said that it was his goal for the U.S. to generate 10% of its electric power from renewable sources by 2012 and 25% by 2025. But he cannot, by the force of will or executive order,...
  • Jay Leno's EcoJet: Soaring on a freeway near you? [Biodiesel fueled jet turbine automobile]

    08/01/2009 2:13:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1,699+ views
    Yahoo! Autos / Road & Track Magazine ^ | August 1, 2009 | John Lamm
    We first saw Jay Leno's EcoJet mid-engine turbine coupe at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Leno, with General Motors' Design Chief, Ed Welburn, and Frank Saucedo, who heads the automaker's west coast studio, penned the design concept. Leno has both a motorcycle and a pickup truck powered by "jet" turbine engines, so the plan was to create an automobile that would run on a similar powerplant fueled by biodiesel. The EcoJet was initially a static exhibit, but one thing about Jay's Garage is that everything runs. So Jim Hall, Bernard Juchli and the other wizards in the Burbank...
  • Hydrogen fuel cell car draws a crowd

    02/28/2009 10:28:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies · 971+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | January 17, 2009 | ALLISON PRIES
    Local residents and officials took a peek into the future when they test drove cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells and heard about the need for more hydrogen fueling stations to bring the technology into the mainstream. The demonstration, held at Mahwah Township Hall, was organized by Mahwah Councilman John DaPuzzo and attended Thursday night by about 50 people, including Assemblyman David C. Russo, R-Midland Park, employees from the Oakland Department of Public Works, the Bergen County Police and residents. They got an up-close look at four Chevrolet Equinox sport utility vehicles that are part of a year-old program called...
  • Ethanol plant files for bankruptcy

    10/08/2008 8:41:04 AM PDT · by thackney · 55 replies · 1,766+ views
    The Lawrence Journal-World ^ | October 8, 2008 | Pratt
    The collapse of the ethanol boom continues as a Pratt-based ethanol producer is the latest to file bankruptcy. Gateway Ethanol LLC has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, estimating it owes between $50 million and $100 million. The filing comes weeks after Minneapolis-based Dougherty Funding LLC sought to have Gateway placed in emergency receivership to preserve any money being returned to creditors. It moved to foreclose on the company’s plant in May, saying Gateway defaulted on a $54.3 million loan used to build the facility. In a motion field in the U.S. District Court of Kansas in September, Dougherty noted...
  • Speaker Pelosi's Unnatural Gaffe

    08/26/2008 8:38:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 242+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 28, 2008
    Energy Policy: The speaker of the House touts natural gas as an "alternative fuel like wind." Could it be that this time she's put her money where her mouth is?Somewhere in the universe there may be a planet where natural gas is considered an alternative form of energy, but on this one it's still considered a fossil fuel. Yes, it's clean-burning — "the cleanest of all fossil fuels," as the Natural Gas Supply Organization puts it. But it's still a fossil fuel formed deep within the earth, like its coal and petroleum cousins, by extreme pressure and heat. Speaker Pelosi,...
  • OECD issues report critical of biofuels, favours moratorium

    PARIS (AFP) - The OECD favours a moratorium on expanding biofuel production, a senior official with the Paris-based body said on Wednesday following the release of a report critical of vegetable-based fuels. "It would make a lot of sense to have a moratorium," Stefan Tangermann, head of agriculture and trade analysis at the OECD told AFP...
  • As Price of Grain Rises, Catfish Farms Dry Up

    07/18/2008 5:43:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies · 352+ views
    NYT ^ | 07/18/08 | DAVID STREITFELD
    As Price of Grain Rises, Catfish Farms Dry Up By DAVID STREITFELD LELAND, Miss. — Catfish farmers across the South, unable to cope with the soaring cost of corn and soybean feed, are draining their ponds. “It’s a dead business,” said John Dillard, who pioneered the commercial farming of catfish in the late 1960s. Last year Dillard & Company raised 11 million fish. Next year it will raise none. People can eat imported fish, Mr. Dillard said, just as they use imported oil. As for his 55 employees? “Those jobs are gone.” Corn and soybeans have nearly tripled in price...
  • Abundant energy will power future growth

    07/15/2008 1:08:25 PM PDT · by Delacon · 16 replies · 182+ views
    Financial Post ^ | July 12, 2008 | Lawrence Solomon
    Up! Up! Up! The world is consuming more and more energy and, as if by miracle, the amount left to consume grows ever higher. Never before in human history has energy been accessible in greater abundance and in more regions, never before has mankind had more energy options and faced a brighter energy future.Take oil, the scarcest of the major energy commodities. In the Americas, proven oil reserves have increased from 170 billion barrels to 180 billion barrels over the last two decades, according to the 2008 Statistical World Review from British Petroleum. In Europe and Eurasia, proven oil reserves...
  • Which Way Is the Wind Blowing?

    07/08/2008 12:12:33 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies · 127+ views
    online.barrons.com ^ | By MIKE HOGAN
    Finding direction in wind. T. BOONE PICKENS KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT THE ENERGY business, and right now he's really, really into wind. His private firm, Mesa Power, is buying leases in the American heartland for a massive wind-power project whose first phase includes about 700 windmills on 400,000 acres near Pampa, Tex. By its completion in 2014, Pampa should be the world's largest wind farm, generating enough electricity to light 1.3 million homes. The legendary Texas oil man isn't alone. Some $9 billion of new wind projects boosted U.S. wind-power-generation capacity 46% last year. That, says a U.S. Department of Energy...
  • Alternative Fuels are not an Alternative

    07/08/2008 7:15:41 AM PDT · by cassy.kane · 23 replies · 90+ views
    Human Events ^ | 07/08/2008 | A.W.R. Hawkins
    I frequently travel through West Texas, eastern New Mexico, and the Oklahoma Panhandle and almost every time I am on an interstate in one of these three areas, I pass a caravan of tractor trailer rigs carrying blades for wind turbines. Wind turbines, which are popping up across the windswept southern plains or the elevated areas of eastern New Mexico, are roughly one hundred feet tall with three blades, each of which are approximately fifty feet long. Moreover, the construction of more of these “environmentally friendly” beasts is constantly pushed by those who believe one above ground oil rig would...
  • 'Tax' Revolt ( Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. )

    06/30/2008 10:44:36 AM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 162+ views
    townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2008 | Frank J. Gaffney, Jr
    On the eve of the 4th of July, 2008, Americans are arguably as angry about being taxed without representation as at any time since they declared their independence from Great Britain. At the moment, they are furious about having no say over what amounts to a “tax” levied in the form of extortionate fuel prices driven by the supply-manipulating OPEC oil cartel. As was true 232 years ago, we must channel that anger into action. This will require not just declaring independence from the Saudi-led oil monopoly, but taking the steps necessary to secure our freedom. OPEC is able to...
  • Top 10 reasons to blame Democrats for soaring gasoline prices

    06/16/2008 5:20:51 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 60 replies · 678+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 16, 2008 | William Tate
    This started out as an attempt to create a light and humorous, Letterman-esque Top 10 list. But the items on the list, and the drain Americans are seeing in their pocketbooks because of Democrats' actions (sometimes inaction) are just too tragic for that. 10) ANWR  If Bill Clinton had signed into law the Republican Congress's 1995 bill to allow drilling of ANWR instead of vetoing it, ANWR could be producing a million barrels of (non-Opec) oil a day--5% of the nation's consumption. Although speaking in another context, even Democrat Senator Charles Schumer, no proponent of ANWR drilling, admits that "one million barrels...
  • The Energy Bill: Good For Consumers, The Economy, And The Environment (2005 flashback)

    04/29/2008 6:13:09 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 17 replies · 161+ views
    white house webpage ^ | July 29, 2005 | white house
    President Bush entered office calling on Congress to pass the first national energy plan in a generation. He proposed a comprehensive energy plan to encourage conservation and energy efficiency; expand the use of alternative and renewable energy; increase the domestic production of conventional fuels; and invest in modernization of our energy infrastructure. The energy bill passed by Congress this week paves the way for a brighter and more secure energy future with more reliable, affordable, and clean sources of energy to power America forward. It will help put us on the path to reducing our dependence on foreign sources...
  • Ethanol fires harder to control than gasoline, require special foam

    03/17/2008 8:44:13 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 38 replies · 4,341+ views
    Sun-Journal ^ | February 28, 2008 | Francine Sawyer
    Ethanol fires harder to control than gasoline, require special foam Francine Sawyer February 28, 2008 - 8:52PM The nation’s drive toward alternative fuels carries a danger many communities have been slow to recognize: Ethanol fires are harder to put out than gasoline fires and require a special type of firefighting foam. Many fire departments don’t have the foam, don’t have enough of it, or are not well-trained in how to apply it. The foam is also more expensive than conventional foam. Bobby Aster, New Bern Fire and Rescue chief, said fighting ethanol fires is new to the fire service. “As...
  • New 'super-spike' might mean $200 a barrel oil(so says Goldman Sachs)

    03/07/2008 7:24:17 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 67 replies · 2,044+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 03/07/08 | Steve Gelsi
    New 'super-spike' might mean $200 a barrel oil Goldman's projections foretell persistent turbulence in energy prices By Steve Gelsi, MarketWatch Last update: 1:42 p.m. EST March 7, 2008 NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- With $100-a-barrel here for now, Goldman Sachs says $200 a barrel could be a reality in the not-too-distant future in the case of a "major disruption." Goldman on Friday also boosted by $10 the low end of its 2008-2012 projected range for crude to $60 a barrel -- significantly lower than current prices, to be sure, but a possible mark for oil if "normalized" trends return to the...
  • Famed geneticist creating life form that turns CO2 to fuel

    03/01/2008 4:17:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies · 2,648+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 28, 2008
    MONTEREY, California (AFP) - A scientist who mapped his genome and the genetic diversity of the oceans said Thursday he is creating a life form that feeds on climate-ruining carbon dioxide to produce fuel. Geneticist Craig Venter disclosed his potentially world-changing "fourth-generation fuel" project at an elite Technology, Entertainment and Design conference in Monterey, California. "We have modest goals of replacing the whole petrochemical industry and becoming a major source of energy," Venter told an audience that included global warming fighter Al Gore and Google co-founder Larry Page. "We think we will have fourth-generation fuels in about 18 months, with...
  • Ethanol boom may stifle U.S. gasoline demand

    02/14/2008 7:29:44 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 45 replies · 158+ views
    Rueters ^ | Feb 14, 2008 | Rueters
    Monthly U.S. ethanol output through November 2007, the last data available, averaged nearly 12.7 million barrels, or 64 percent higher than average monthly production in 2005, according to the Energy Information Administration, the statistics arm of the Department of Energy. Ethanol production this year is expected to rise 130,000 barrels per day -- or the amount of gasoline a medium-sized oil refinery puts out -- to 550,000 bpd, according to the EIA. And U.S. imports of sugar-based ethanol, a fuel much lower in carbon emissions, from Brazil and producers in the Caribbean and Central America, increased 300 percent from 2005...
  • Major Net Energy Gain From Switchgrass-based Ethanol

    01/22/2008 7:16:04 AM PST · by saganite · 57 replies · 133+ views
    science daily ^ | (Jan. 14, 2008) | staff
    Switchgrass grown for biofuel production produced 540 percent more energy than needed to grow, harvest and process it into cellulosic ethanol, according to estimates from a large on-farm study by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Results from the five-year study involving fields on farms in three states highlight the prairie grass' potential as a biomass fuel source that yields significantly more energy than is consumed in production and conversion into cellulosic ethanol, said Ken Vogel, a U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service geneticist in UNL's agronomy and horticulture department. The study involved switchgrass fields on farms in Nebraska, North...
  • The Plan to Destroy Opec (Zubrin's "Energy Victory")

    11/28/2007 9:56:31 AM PST · by cogitator · 83 replies · 334+ views
    Energy Daily ^ | 11/28/2007 | Alan Walters
    Venezuela's Hugo Chavez says he wants to send oil to $200 a barrel. Robert Zubrin has a plan to stop him. In his just released book, Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil, Zubrin, an American aerospace engineer known previously primarily for his inventive approach to Mars exploration, lays out the strategy. To say the book is remarkable, would be a severe understatement. Combining soaring idealism, incisive thinking, and a viscous [sic -- a funny inadvertent pun] go-for-throat killer instinct in a single package, Energy Victory is the first book I have ever read that...
  • Fred Thompson on the Issues

    09/24/2007 2:10:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 900+ views
    Bella Online, The Voice of Women ^ | September 24, 2007 | Linda Sue Grimes
    The following is a summary of Thompson’s views on the issues of National Security, Federal Budget and Spending/Budgetary Reform, Tax Reform, Healthcare, Government Effectiveness, Building Strong Families, Immigration, Education, Appointment of Judges, Energy Security, and the Second Amendment. National Security In a post 9/11 world, Thompson recognizes the need for America to increase its ability to defeat its terrorist enemies. Therefore, his plans include upscaling the military, improving the missile defense system, enhancing the intelligence community, making homeland security robust enough to protect America from terrorists worldwide, giving backbone the judicial system so it will face the reality of terrorism...
  • GEARHEADS IN GREEN - Veteran auto writer pioneered Green Car Journal when Detroit ...

    05/20/2007 10:16:52 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 346+ views
    sfgate dot com ^ | 5-20-07 | Taylor
    GEARHEADS IN GREEN Veteran auto writer pioneered Green Car Journal when Detroit was centered on bigger-is-better Michael Taylor, Chronicle Auto Editor Sunday, May 20, 2007 (05-20) 04:00 PDT San Luis Obispo -- Green Car Journal, a magazine devoted to writing about cars that are powered by something other than just gasoline, is the kind of publication that, when you think about it, could only have been invented by a Car Guy -- if it had been started by a Greenie, such as Al Gore, it just wouldn't have worked. Frankly, it wouldn't have had the true gearhead spirit, let alone...
  • Fears rise about an ethanol bust

    05/10/2007 4:25:21 AM PDT · by roaddog727 · 25 replies · 1,218+ views
    Businessweek online ^ | 9 May 07 | Moira Herbst
    President George W. Bush's January, 2006 declaration that the U.S. is "addicted to oil" marked the beginning of a gold rush for corn growers: The government policies the comment helped spur have been a boon for the producers of corn-based ethanol, the all-American fuel that now displaces about 4% of U.S. gasoline supply. Over the past 18 months, farmers have rushed to plant more corn—and are set to produce a record crop this year—while small-time entrepreneurs and agricultural giants alike have built plants to expand capacity. A handful of initial public offerings have fed investors' desire to get in on...
  • Ethanol backlash (Opponents fear ethanol craze will bring pollution, disruption)

    05/06/2007 9:18:04 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 43 replies · 1,354+ views
    suburbanchicagonews.com ^ | May 6, 2007 | SCOTT BAUER
    TOWN OF DOVER, Wis. (AP) -- Barney Lavin ought to be the poster child for ethanol. A fifth-generation corn farmer, working the land his family homesteaded in 1842, Lavin should see dollar signs over a proposed ethanol plant in this small southeastern Wisconsin town. Instead, Lavin put down his pitchfork and picked up his cell phone, joining the ranks of other unlikely opponents organizing against ethanol plants, fearing air pollution, increased traffic and groundwater depletion. "I'm unwilling to give up the obvious quality of life we have here for some added income," said Lavin, who grows corn on a 300-acre...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 02-10-07

    02/10/2007 8:50:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies · 364+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 02-10-07 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 10, 2007 President's Radio Address       Audio      In Focus: Energy      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Last Saturday, I addressed the annual retreat of Democrats from the House of Representatives. I thanked the Members of the new majority for their service in Congress. And we discussed our responsibility to work together on a wide range of issues -- from fighting the global war on terror, to making health care more affordable, to balancing the Federal budget. One area with great potential for bipartisan cooperation is energy policy. The need for action is clear. Our Nation's reliance on oil...
  • Alternative-Fuels Push May Inspire Some Better Bets

    01/28/2007 11:16:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 491+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 29, 2007 | Patrick Barta
    President Bush's State of the Union address, which called for a nearly fivefold increase in the nation's alternative-fuel consumption by 2017, did little to silence critics who contend that new fuels like ethanol and biodiesel aren't likely to play a major role supplying the world's energy needs in the years ahead. They see two key problems. First, the profitability of many alternative fuels -- without sizable subsidies -- is still in question. This is especially true now that the cost of raw ingredients used to produce "biofuel," including corn, has rocketed, squeezing profit margins for producers of those fuels. At...
  • America Needs a Stable, Diverse and Affordable Energy Supply(Sen. James Inhofe)

    01/26/2007 6:30:16 AM PST · by kellynla · 29 replies · 535+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Jan 25, 2007 | Sen. James Inhofe
    The President is correct -- the U.S. is too dependent on foreign sources of energy, a necessary and vital component to national security. Government policies should do more to promote domestic energy production in all its forms, including but not exclusively related to motor fuels. The fact of the matter is that the country is over 70% self-sufficient when we consider total energy (coal, nuclear, hydro, renewables, gas, etc). Although much of that dependence relates to oil, the U.S. does not import nearly as much from the Middle East as some suggest. As energy expert Daniel Yergin recently pointed out...
  • Firms Press Washington On Climate

    01/19/2007 5:21:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 411+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 18, 2007 | John D. McKinnon
    WASHINGTON -- A new coalition of environmental groups and major corporations such as Alcoa Inc., General Electric Co., DuPont Co. and Duke Energy Corp. will boost pressure on Congress and President Bush next week to address climate change more rapidly. The informal coalition plans a news conference Monday to publicize its recommendations, ahead of Tuesday's State of the Union address, according to a person familiar with the situation. It will suggest that Congress and the administration move quickly to address global warming through steps such as capping greenhouse-gas emissions and discouraging construction of conventional coal-burning power plants, which are a...
  • High Prices Prod Developed World To Curb Oil Use

    01/19/2007 5:12:44 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 600+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 19, 2007 | Bhushan Bahree
    Mild winter weather has something to do with it. So does heavy selling by financial funds. But a largely overlooked factor in the recent plunge in oil prices may portend an end to the multiyear rise in crude: For the first time in years, the developed world is burning less of it. Fresh data from the International Energy Agency show oil consumption in the 30 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development fell 0.6% in 2006. Though the decline appears small, it marks the first annual drop in more than 20 years among the OECD countries, which...
  • Clearing the Air: Up against a deadline

    01/14/2007 3:58:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 538+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 14, 2007 | Dallas Morning News
    Elected officials, business leaders and environmental watchdogs, invited by the editorial board, recently met at The Dallas Morning News to discuss clean air issues. This is the first of three excerpted transcripts from the roundtable. The speakers quoted: Colleen McCain Nelson, editorial writer; Margaret Keliher, Dallas County judge through 2006; Richard Greene, regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency; Tom "Smitty" Smith, director of Public Citizen's Texas office; Jim Schermbeck, Downwinders at Risk board member; Todd Campbell, director of public policy for Clean Energy and mayor of Burbank, Calif.; Al Armendariz, assistant professor, SMU School of Engineering; Robert Cluck, Arlington...
  • Animal Fats Touted As Future Fuel Source (Biodiesel)

    01/02/2007 9:50:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 634+ views
    Iwon News/AP ^ | January 2, 2007
    Jerry Bagby is typical of the oil men who are prospecting for a fortune in the Midwestern biofuels boom. He's convinced there's oil in these hills — and he's found a well that no one else is using. Bagby and a longtime friend have cobbled together $5 million to build a new biodiesel plant on the lonely croplands outside this southeast Missouri town. They're betting they can hit paydirt by exploiting a generally overlooked natural resource that's abundant in these parts — chicken fat. There's a virtual gusher of the stuff at a nearby Tyson Foods Inc. poultry plant. Currently,...
  • Mont. to Build Coal-To-Liquid Fuel Plant

    10/02/2006 12:24:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies · 1,112+ views
    http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/061002/montana_coal_to_liquid_fuel.html?.v=1 ^ | Monday October 2, 1:57 pm ET | Susan Gallagher, Associated Press Writer
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Monday announced an agreement with a team of companies to build one of the nation's first coal-to-liquid fuel facilities. DKRW Advanced Fuels and Arch Minerals will take the primary role as the developers of the Bull Mountain Coal to Liquid plant. DKRW and Arch Minerals are the principal developers of the previously announced Medicine Bow CTL facility in Wyoming. The Montana plant would use what is called integrated gas combined cycle technology to gasify, rather than ignite the coal. The project calls for converting a portion of the synthetic gas into...
  • Gentlemen, stop your engines

    09/21/2006 8:51:08 AM PDT · by Malsua · 154 replies · 3,659+ views
    CNN Money ^ | September 20 2006 | Erick Schonfeld and Jeanette Borzo
    The Innovation: A ceramic power source for electric cars that could blow away the combustion engine The Disrupted: Oil companies and carmakers that don't climb aboard Forget hybrids and hydrogen-powered vehicles. EEStor, a stealth company in Cedar Park, Texas, is working on an "energy storage" device that could finally give the internal combustion engine a run for its money -- and begin saving us from our oil addiction. "To call it a battery discredits it," says Ian Clifford, the CEO of Toronto-based electric car company Feel Good Cars, which plans to incorporate EEStor's technology in vehicles by 2008. EEStor's device...
  • Branson joins Arnie’s crusade as Virgin goes green

    09/10/2006 7:57:05 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 13 replies · 1,790+ views
    The Sunday Times, UK ^ | September 10, 2006 | Dominic O’Connell
    SIR RICHARD BRANSON has joined forces with two of America’s top venture capitalists to slake California’s thirst for environmentally friendly fuels. Branson has injected more than $60m (Ł32m) into Cilion, a company that will make bioethanol from corn. He is investing alongside Vinod Khosla, the renowned Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and Ron Burkle, a Los Angeles billionaire who counts Bill Clinton among his advisers. The project is the start of a move by Branson’s Virgin empire into environmental businesses, a plan known internally as the Gaia Capitalism Project, after the environmental theory developed by the British scientist James Lovelock. Virgin Fuels,...
  • Vt. Dairy Farmers Use Manure for Energy

    06/30/2006 6:31:22 AM PDT · by decimon · 26 replies · 642+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 30, 2006 | DAVID GRAM
    Vt. Dairy Farmers Use Manure for Energy By DAVID GRAM (Associated Press Writer) From Associated Press June 30, 2006 7:07 AM EDT BRIDPORT, Vt. - The cows at the Audet family's Blue Spruce Farm make nearly 9,000 gallons of milk a day - and about 35,000 gallons of manure. It's long been the milk that pays, but now the Audets have figured out how to make the manure pay as well. They're using it - actually, the methane that comes from it - to generate electricity. With the help of their power company, Central Vermont Public Service Corp., the Audets...
  • Alternative Energy Sources to acquire Flex Fuels

    08/12/2006 9:35:38 PM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies · 322+ views
    Birmingham Business Journal ^ | Aug 11, 2006 | Birmingham Business Journal
    Alternative Energy Sources Inc. plans to acquire Flex Fuels USA Inc. and its affiliate, ACN Energy Consulting Inc. in a stock-for-stock deal that would give Alternative Energy access to Flex Fuel's proprietary ethanol production technology. Huntsville-based Flex Fuels has developed methods of producing cellulosic ethanol made from biomass and other types of waste rather than corn or sugar, making it less vulnerable to price or supply fluctuations. Kansas City, Mo.-based Alternative Energy Sources (OTC: AENS.OB), has signed a letter of intent to acquire all the company's outstanding capital stock and expects to sign a merger agreement by Sept. 15. "Our...
  • Rural Georgia town turns garbage into energy, revenue source

    08/12/2006 9:29:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies · 684+ views
    Ledger-Enquirer ^ | Aug. 12, 2006 | GREG BLUESTEIN
    LaGRANGE, Ga. - Long black tubes snake into a small mountain of rotting garbage, slowly sucking natural gas out of the gradually sinking pit. Years ago, the west Georgia landfill would have leaked into the air tons of methane, a greenhouse gas that's 20 times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Yet with the help of an industrial partner, progressive city leaders have transformed this trash pit into a new revenue stream and a source of renewable energy. Larger trash dumps around the nation are required by the Environmental Protection Agency to capture the methane gas that peters...
  • Oil's New Ball Game

    06/24/2006 5:36:04 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 2 replies · 251+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 21, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    In the 1960s, 85% of the oil in the world was available for ownership, development, partnerships, and such. At the time, 14% of the oil reserves belonged to the Soviet Union. Today it is the reverse of that: 16% of the world's oil is available. 65% is owned by the nations that possess the fields and 19% has limited access -- that is, nations, including Russia, will allow others to invest in and partially own their oil fields. It's different now. And, shall we not forget there are some nations that will allow investment and development and then, when all...
  • It depends on what you call oil, Part 2.

    06/02/2006 8:44:58 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies · 814+ views
    World Oil ^ | May 2006 | PERRY A. FISCHER
    In the unfortunate argument about peak oil supply, what constitutes "oil" is usually poorly defined. Canada's vast bitumen deposits, mostly located in northern Alberta, offer insight into the difficulty of determining what oil is, defining proved reserves, and peak production. There is little agreement on how this bitumen should be classified. Many folks do it the way World Oil does: with explanations and footnotes. One of our reasons for not classifying bitumen the same as conventional proved reserves is the fact that it presently relies on large amounts of natural gas and water for extraction and processing, as well as...
  • Brazil Leads Field in Alternative Fuel Race

    05/21/2006 1:57:10 PM PDT · by kellynla · 34 replies · 761+ views
    The Observer ^ | May 21, 2006 | Nick Mathiason
    Giant mechanical claws grab tonnes of sugar cane from huge, open-topped trailer trucks and place them on conveyor belts where they are crushed into juice. Here at the Costa Pinto refining plant an hour's drive from Sao Paulo begins the process which now powers half of Brazil's cars. It is big business. Cosan, which owns the plant, is Brazil's biggest sugar refiner, publicly quoted and soon to list on Wall Street. It has 16 other facilities like Costa Pinto, producing a billion litres of ethanol and generating $200m. It is planning to accelerate production. The cause is the soaring price...
  • Running on hydrogen

    05/15/2006 5:44:28 PM PDT · by Coleus · 17 replies · 1,880+ views
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 05.15.06 | COLLEEN Diskin
    To get to the cutting edge of alternative energy in New Jersey, travel a two-lane mountain road, turn left at a cluster of old-fashioned mailboxes, amble across a wooden bridge and snake up a gravel driveway. There, on a 12-acre lot in East Amwell Township, sit 10 cylindrical fuel tanks – waiting for the day Mike Strizki's four-bedroom colonial will become New Jersey's first hydrogen-powered house. Once it's running, the home's solar-and-hydrogen system will make its own energy. Three years after receiving a state grant to design the system, Strizki is close to reassuring officials his project is safe –...
  • Garbage May Lead to Alternative Fuel

    05/13/2006 6:37:25 AM PDT · by kellynla · 9 replies · 516+ views
    Augusta Chronicle ^ | May 12, 2006 | Josh Gelinas
    JACKSON - Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority wants to turn trash into gas for the everyday automobile. The people who run the 285-acre landfill next to Savannah River Site have invested $400,000 on a machine that separates plastic and paper from other wastes, leaving behind a "processed engineered fuel" that has been used to replace coal. Now they want to take the cycle a step further by turning the mounds of processed garbage into liquid ethanol for automobiles. Three Rivers General Manager Colin Covington estimates that half of the 250,000 tons of trash that roll into the dump each year...
  • Military Plans Tests in Search for an Alternative to Oil-Based Fuel

    05/13/2006 12:50:09 PM PDT · by oxcart · 62 replies · 1,136+ views
    NyTimes.com ^ | 05/13/05 | By THOM SHANKER
    WASHINGTON, May 13 — When an F-16 lights up its afterburners, it consumes nearly 28 gallons of fuel per minute. No wonder, then, that of all the fuel the United States government uses each year, the Air Force accounts for more than half. The Air Force may not be in any danger of suffering inconveniences from scarce or expensive fuel, but it has begun looking for a way to power its jets on something besides conventional fuel. (Snip) The Air Force effort falls under a directive from Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to explore alternative fuel sources. Under the plan,...