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  • The Political Death of American Coal

    04/19/2016 5:07:17 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 19,2016 | Stephen Moore
    There was a time in America and it wasn't even so long ago that liberals cared a lot about working-class people. They may have been misguided in many of their policy solutions e.g., raising the minimum wage but at least their hearts were in the right place. Then a strange thing happened about a decade ago. Radical environmentalists took control of the Democratic Party. These leftists care more about the supposed rise of the oceans than the financial survival of the middle class. The industrial unions made a catastrophic decision to get in bed with these...
  • Sanders campaign: Clinton owes us an apology for 'lying' remark

    04/01/2016 7:25:58 AM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    POLITICO ^ | April 1, 2015 | NOLAN D. MCCASKILL
    Hillary Clinton owes Bernie Sanders campaign an apology, the campaign said Friday. Clinton on Thursday accused Sanders camp of lying, alleging that his campaign has been claiming Clinton accepts money from the fossil fuel industry a statement she forcefully rejected when confronted by an environmental activist. I think she probably owes the senator an apology for that because the senator is not lying about her record, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver told MSNBC. Hes talking about her record. Hes talking about her practices. She obviously doesnt like it, but that doesnt make it lying because you dont like it....

    03/05/2016 11:13:14 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 75 replies
    .powerlineblog ^ | MARCH 4, 2016 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    Take a look at this abstract from the journal Progress in Human Geography: Glaciers, Gender, and Science:A FEMINIST GLACIOLOGY: framework for global environmental change research Mark Carey, M Jackson, Alessandro Antonello, Jaclyn Rushing ABSTRACT Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging...
  • Washington considers nation's first carbon emissions tax

    02/28/2016 10:10:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 28, 2016 11:09 AM EST | Phuong Le
    Washington could become the first state in the nation to impose a direct tax on carbon emissions from fossil fuels such as coal, gasoline and natural gas. A ballot measure before the state Legislature would create a carbon tax of $25 per metric ton of fossil fuel emissions burned in Washington, while reducing taxes. ...
  • Just a fraction of the world's oil supply isn't profitable at $35 a barrel

    02/12/2016 12:52:48 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/12/2016 | Bob Bryan
    Wood Mackenzie's report, cited by the energy news service Platts, said about 3.4 million barrels' worth of oil a day was not profitable below $35 a barrel. According to the International Energy Agency, the world's supply is 97.07 million barrels a day. While today's oil prices are below this threshold, the report suggests the price at which US shale and other producers would be forced out of the market is lower than previously thought. As Platts writes, "For many producers, being cash negative is not enough of an incentive to shut down fields as restarting flow can be costly and...
  • Ted Cruz's Stunning Victory Over Iowa's Ethanol Cartel

    02/05/2016 1:30:16 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 13 replies
    Reason ^ | Feb. 5, 2016 | Shikha Dalmia
    If Donald Trump is the Tony Soprano of American politics, Ted Cruz is a less-affable version of Mr. Haney from Green Acres (Ok - not quite, but sort of! Do feel free to say, H&R readers, which movie character is a better fit with Cruz). But the only thing cleverer than Cruz's impression of Inigo Montoya in Princess Bride (and not the least because it irritates Billy Crystal and the insufferably self-righteous Mandy Patinkin so much) is the campaign strategy he devised in Iowa to defeat the ethanol cartel and win the primary, I note in my column at The...
  • When Obama carried out his Solyndra scam, he broke the same law that Martha Stewart went to prison

    02/03/2016 8:22:06 AM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 8, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    When Obama carried out his Solyndra con game, he broke the same law that Martha Stewart went to prison forbreaking In 2009 the Obama administration gave $535 million to Solyndra, claiming that it would create 4,000 new jobs. However, instead of creating those 4,000 new jobs, the company went bankrupt. It was later revealed that the company’s shareholders and executives had made substantial donations to Obama’s campaign, that the company had spent a large sum of money on lobbying, and that Solyndra executives had had many meetings with White House officials. It was also revealed that the Obama administration had...
  • Yet another prediction of doom over Greenland ice melt and the AMOC that we can ignore

    01/26/2016 10:41:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies ^ | / 4 days ago January 22, 2016 | Anthony Watts
    From the “fresh melt water will disrupt the planet” department, except that this ongoing alarm has already been debunked by NASA, see:NASA refutes Mann and Rahmstorf – Finds Atlantic ‘Conveyor Belt’ Not SlowingIllustration depicting the overturning circulation of the global ocean. Throughout the Atlantic Ocean, the circulation carries warm waters (red arrows) northward near the surface and cold deep waters (blue arrows) southward. Image credit: NASA/JPL Melting Greenland ice sheet may affect global ocean circulation, future climateUniversity of South Florida and international scientists find influx of freshwater could disrupt the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, an important component of global...
  • American oil companies are starting to scream "mayday."

    01/24/2016 9:05:27 AM PST · by Lorianne · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 22 January 2016 | Heather Long
    Last year, 42 North American drillers filed for bankruptcy, according to law firm Haynes and Boone. It's only likely to get worse this year. Experts say there are a lot of parallels between today's crisis and the last oil crash in 1986. Back then, 27% of exploration and production companies went bust. Defaults are skyrocketing again. In December, exploration and production company defaults topped 11%, up from just 0.5% the previous year, according to Fitch Ratings. That's a 2,000%-plus jump. It's just the beginning, says John La Forge, head of real assets strategy at Wells Fargo. If history repeats, people...
  • Top 10 Climate Change Predictions Gone Spectacularly Wrong

    01/17/2016 10:31:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    The Federalist Papers ^ | 1/16/16 | Analytical Economist
    **SNIP** 1. Biologist Paul Ehrlich predicted in the 1970s that: "Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make," and that "The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years." 2. In January 1970, Life reported, "Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support... the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution... by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half..." 3. In...
  • Saudi Arabia buying up farmland in US Southwest

    01/16/2016 10:52:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 15, 2016 | Jeff Daniels
    Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries are scooping up farmland in drought-afflicted regions of the U.S. Southwest, and that has some people in California and Arizona seeing red. Saudi Arabia grows alfalfa hay in both states for shipment back to its domestic dairy herds. In another real-life example of the world's interconnected economy, the Saudis increasingly look to produce animal feed overseas in order to save water in their own territory, most of which is desert. Privately held Fondomonte California on Sunday announced that it bought 1,790 acres of farmland in Blythe, California -- an agricultural town along the...
  • US crude dips below $31, hits fresh 12-year low

    01/11/2016 11:08:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    CNBC ^ | 01/11/2016 | Staff
    A brutal new year selloff in oil markets deepened on Monday, with prices plunging more than 6 percent to new 12-year lows as further ructions in the Chinese stock market threatened to knock crude into the $20s. On Monday, China's blue-chip stocks fell by another 5 percent and overnight interest rates for the yuan outside of China soared to nearly 40 percent, their highest since the launch of the offshore market. Morgan Stanley warned that a further devaluation of the yuan could send oil prices spiraling lower still, extending the year's nearly 15 percent slide. While China's ructions are spooking...
  • Obama's Keystone saga takes new turn

    01/10/2016 4:45:04 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 5 replies
    the hill ^ | 10 Jan 2016 | timothy cama
    The “fair and equitable” piece is where the Obama administration is most vulnerable, said David Gantz, a trade law professor at the University of Arizona College of Law. “The issue becomes, if there is a very detailed procedure for approval or disapproval of pipelines, whether the U.S. followed those procedures or whether it went beyond the criteria or procedures,” Gantz said. “I would say the U.S. is pretty vulnerable on that one issue,” he said, “in part because the White House staff and others essentially said, ‘we know we’re doing this politically and to make a statement,’ but the regulations...
  • Donald Trump accuses Ted Cruz of flip-flopping on ethanol

    01/09/2016 3:03:08 PM PST · by TBBT · 204 replies
    Washinton Post ^ | 1/9/2016 | Jose A. DelReal
    OTTUMWA, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump escalated his criticism of GOP rival Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) here in Iowa Saturday, painting him as a political follower beholden to pro-oil special interests and the donor class. Trump’s strategy: to raise further questions about Cruz’s stance on ethanol— an important industry for voters in the Hawkeye State — in the final weeks before the Feb. 1 caucuses. Cruz has faced renewed scrutiny over his opposition to the 2005 Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires gasoline to be blended with amounts of corn ethanol and is set to expire in 2022. “As...
  • Every Driver Should Care About the Iowa Ethanol Debate

    01/07/2016 10:51:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | January 7, 2016 | Phil Kerpen
    The ethanol mandate, known formally as the Renewable Fuel Standard or RFS, is an object lesson in misguided government policy surviving long after its original rationales have been destroyed. The national security rationale was that oil was scarce, but now we're the world's leading oil producer and have begun exporting crude. The environmental rationale was that ethanol would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but since a landmark study was published in Nature in 2008 we've known: "there's little doubt that ethanol is making global warming worse." Even the jobs rationale fails. Per the Congressional Budget Office: "roughly the same amount of...
  • Ted Cruz Didn’t Flip on Ethanol Yesterday

    01/07/2016 3:48:16 PM PST · by Isara · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | January 7, 2016 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    It was broadly reported yesterday that Ted Cruz had "flipped" on the question of ethanol mandates. Pretty much immediately, Cruz's critics suggested a) that this shift in position must mean that he is worried about his position in Iowa, and b) that his "steadfast conservative" claim was being exposed as a charade. I was among those who took the claim that Cruz has shifted his position at face value. The problem with that? It's not quite true. Cruz has changed his mind on ethanol in the past. But he did so in 2014, in which year he moved from supporting...
  • CORRECTED: Cruz still favors slashing ethanol mandate every year for five years

    01/06/2016 6:07:32 PM PST · by Isara · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/6/16 | Timothy P. Carney
    With some hasty blogging--and exacerbated by an Iowan's mistaken assertion about the ethanol mandate, Ted Cruz's shrewd answering, and the ethanol lobby's odd response--I contributed to some confusion about Ted Cruz's views on the ethanol mandate. (For the sake of candor, my original [probably misleading] post is at the bottom of this article.) Sen. Ted Cruz in 2013 co-sponsored the "Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal Act," which would immediately repeal the ethanol mandate. In 2014, he introduced a broad energy bill that would wind down the mandate over five years, slashing the federally mandated volume of renewable fuels (including corn ethanol)...
  • Trump, the king of flip-flopping, accuses Ted Cruz of flip-flopping on ethanol

    01/10/2016 7:52:14 AM PST · by TBBT · 72 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/10/16 | Ed Straker
    Donald Trump says that Ted Cruz has flip-flopped on the ethanol mandate, formerly wanting it abolished immediately and now wanting it abolished after a five-year phase-out. This is hardly a major change of position, but Trump is right that Cruz changed his position on ethanol in 2014 from totally ending the mandate to a gradual phase-out. But 2014 was so long ago that in 2014, Donald Trump was a liberal Democrat. If Donald Trump wants to catalog flip-flops, he should start with these: 1) Trump has said that the economy "does better under the Democrats than Republicans." 2) He has...

    04/27/2002 11:06:00 AM PDT · by forest · 39 replies · 241+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #270 ^ | 4-28-02 | Doug Fiedor
    The master of environmental babble was at it again last week. Yup, Al Gore was out committing Goreisms yet once more. And, as always, he spouted a whole lot of propaganda based on just a slim hair of truth. For instance, Gore starts out saying that, "here in the United States, patriotism doesn't mean keeping quiet. It means speaking out and standing up for a stronger, more secure nation." Anyone following the Clinton-Gore administration those eight long years knows what kind of baloney that is. Not only did both Clinton and Gore ask for and receive illegal campaign funds from...
  • The whole Wendy - Phil Gramm/ Enron/ MTBE story

    07/16/2008 12:48:38 PM PDT · by clandestinecandidate · 65 replies · 347+ views ^ | July 12, 2008 | Bobby Fontaine
    I was reading how Phil Gramm couldnt be more pleased with the economy while he upset John McCain greatly by saying so being McCains top economic advisor. Its funny but if Phil Gramm had stayed in the senate, he would likely be the Republican nominee for this presidential election cycle because he was such a favored senate leader until he quit a few days before September 11, 2001, 911. I remember his announcement about not going to seek reelection coming as kind of a shock to me personally, but not really. It was like when Enron crashed a few months...
  • Oil companies agree to settle MTBE contamination lawsuits

    05/07/2008 9:59:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 69+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/7/08 | Adam Schreck - ap
    NEW YORK - At least two major oil companies said late Wednesday they have agreed to settle lawsuits over the use of the gasoline additive MTBE, a potential carcinogen that has been found in drinking water. Representatives of Valero Energy Corp. and Chevron Corp. said they had joined the settlement, although a number of other oil companies are also named in a memo supporting the deal that was obtained by The Associated Press. The companies confirmed their involvement after The Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site that several oil companies agreed to pay $423 million plus cleanup costs...
  • Benzene, MTBE Leak Found in Frederick County

    04/11/2007 7:09:59 AM PDT · by yoe · 15 replies · 433+ views
    WTOP ^ | April 10, 2007 | Staff
    High levels of cancer-causing benzene and the suspected carcinogen MTBE have been found in the ground water beneath a Citgo gas station in Monrovia, the Frederick County Health Department said Tuesday. Both chemicals are gasoline additives.There is no indication that the contamination has migrated offsite, the health department said. All property owners within a half-mile of Green Valley Citgo will be notified of the sampling results, the agency said. The health department said benzene, a known carcinogen, was detected at a level of 66 parts per billion, or about 13 times the federal Environmental Protection Agency's maximum contaminant level of...
  • Ethanol fumes

    05/10/2006 12:31:43 PM PDT · by JZelle · 76 replies · 1,703+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-10-06 | Ben Lieberman
    It seems like an easy fix. Oil prices have hit record highs. Ethanol, a gasoline additive, can both stretch our supplies of oil and ease air pollution. And best of all, it's a corn-based product. Although America imports nearly two-thirds of its oil, it grows all the corn it needs and more. So all lawmakers have to do is require that gasoline contain a given percentage of ethanol, and our gas-price problems won't be as bad. Or so the theory goes. The problem is, we've been doing this for years, and it's not working so well. In fact, it's part...
  • This Week in Petroleum (April 26, 2006 - DOE Weekly Report)

    04/26/2006 10:26:56 AM PDT · by topher · 8 replies · 329+ views
    THIS WEEK IN PETROLEUM Understanding Gasoline Inventories With the dramatic drop in total gasoline inventories over the last few weeks (see Figure 4 in the Weekly Petroleum Status Report (WPSR) or put your mouse on the word Gasoline in the stock chart to the left of this report), some analysts may be wondering if EIA is picking up all gasoline inventories during this transition from Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) reformulated gasoline (RFG) to ethanol RFG, since ethanol is not blended into the gasoline mixture until just before the gasoline gets shipped to the retail stations. Other analysts wonder if...
  • I beleive ethanol has jacked up my truck.

    04/20/2006 10:33:28 AM PDT · by gop4lyf · 212 replies · 5,242+ views
    I filled up my 2003 Chevy at an Albertson's grocery on Tuesday. For those who don't know, Albertson's is a very large grocery chain in Texas, other places as well I suppose. My tank was almost completely empty so I had to completely fill up. As I went to fill up, I noticed that there was a sign on the pump that stated that the gas would contain up to 10% ethanol. I seemed to recall that gas stations were having to go to the ethanol blend and get rid of MTBE, so I didn't really think anything of it....
  • Gasoline Skyrocketing (and why that really is...)

    04/19/2006 8:22:44 PM PDT · by HuKnows · 35 replies · 1,878+ views
    Energy Tribune ^ | 04/19/06 | Michael Economides and Robert Bryce
    Gasoline Skyrocketing Gasoline prices have been on a tear recently with some of the largest weekly increases on record. In some parts of the country, prices at the pump have exceeded $3.00 per gallon for regular, although the average lingers near $2.80. Prices will go higher, muchhigher. These price increases, occurring fully two months before the summer season, have created alarm. The familiar cries in the press are back and predictably, politicians are looking for the usual suspects. Obviously, crude oil prices can in part explain the recent gasoline price increases, which almost mirror last years. Crude oil, which a...
  • The high cost of summer driving; Ethanol switchover could stoke gasoline prices

    04/18/2006 4:27:22 PM PDT · by SierraWasp · 77 replies · 1,848+ views (by Dow Jones) ^ | 04/18/2006 | Stephanie I. Cohen
    The high cost of summer drivingEthanol switchover could stoke gasoline prices By Stephanie I. Cohen Last Update: 7:00 PM ET Apr 18, 2006 WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The drive to produce cleaner-burning fuel could lead to gasoline price spikes in some areas of the country as ethanol markets remain tight throughout the summer, government and industry officials are warning. These hikes would be on top of the 25-cents-a-gallon average increase in prices at the pump already expected this summer compared with last year, according to the Energy Department. Ethanol is a home-grown renewable fuel made primarily from corn feedstock that can...
  • WSJ: Refining Incapacity - Politicians have done as much damage as hurricanes.

    09/28/2005 5:04:18 AM PDT · by OESY · 32 replies · 920+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 28, 2005 | Editorial
    ...In 1981, there were 325 refineries in the U.S. with a capacity of 18.6 million barrels per day. Today, there are 148, with a capacity of about 17 million barrels -- though U.S. demand for gasoline has increased more than 20%.... One explanation for this performance is the historically low gas prices over much of the past 20 years; there has often been little incentive to build new capacity. But just as big a problem are onerous and costly regulatory burdens that have sucked profits from the industry. This includes a permitting process that is subject to endless bureaucratic delay...
  • Oil Companies Limited Refining Capacity to Drive Up Gas Prices

    09/08/2005 7:01:08 AM PDT · by cogitator · 159 replies · 6,154+ views
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 7 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) today exposed internal oil company memos that show how the industry intentionally reduced domestic refining capacity to drive up profits. The exposure comes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as the oil industry blames environmental regulation for limiting number of U.S. refineries. The three internal memos from Mobil, Chevron, and Texaco (available at show different ways the oil giants closed down refining capacity and drove independent refiners out of business. The confidential memos demonstrate a nationwide effort by American Petroleum Institute, the lobbying...
  • CA: Trade panel rejects Canadian firm's challenge to Calif MTBE ban

    08/09/2005 6:40:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 289+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/9/05 | Terence Chea - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A trade tribunal has rejected a Canadian company's challenge to California's ban on the gasoline additive MTBE under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Methanex Corp., which produces an MTBE component called methanol, had filed a $970 million claim against the United States under NAFTA six years ago. The Vancouver-based firm claimed the state ban was aimed at removing foreign competition for American makers of ethanol, a potential substitute for MTBE, or methyl tertiary-butyl ether. The U.S. State Department has not officially announced the ruling and declined to comment on the case, said spokesman Steven Pike....
  • WSJ: Snake Oil Additives - Do Congress's bidding, get sued. [

    07/26/2005 5:43:28 AM PDT · by OESY · 67 replies · 1,204+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 26, 2005 | Editorial
    Never say Congress isn't willing to accept blame -- as long as it can assign it to someone else. Having mandated the use of the fuel additive MTBE, the Members now want to shake down the companies foolish enough to have made the product. This is the real story behind the debate over MTBE, which has once again become the sticking point in the House-Senate conference over the energy bill. The House has passed modest liability protection for MTBE makers, while Senate Democrats are threatening a filibuster if there's any such thing in the final bill. If we're lucky, the...
  • Lawmakers Abandon MTBE Liability Shield to Help Clear Way for Passing Energy Bill.

    07/24/2005 6:07:54 PM PDT · by Thebaddog · 34 replies · 606+ views
    ap ^ | Jul;y 23, 2005 | H. Josef Hebert
    WASHINGTON (AP) - House and Senate conferees abandoned giving makers of the gasoline additive MTBE liability protection against environmental lawsuits on Sunday, removing the major roadblock to enactment of broad energy legislation. Senate negotiators rejected a House proposal for an $11.4 billion MTBE cleanup fund that House Republicans had hoped would serve as a compromise and still provide the liability shield to the oil industry. But Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said "the proposal has not been accepted by the Senate" and that he would offer another MTBE proposal on Monday. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., leader of the Senate energy negotiating...
  • Lawmakers Remove Roadblock to Energy Bill (but..)

    07/24/2005 4:00:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 549+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/24/05 | H. Josef Hebert - AP
    WASHINGTON - House and Senate conferees abandoned giving makers of the gasoline additive MTBE liability protection against environmental lawsuits on Sunday, removing the major roadblock to enactment of broad energy legislation. Senate negotiators rejected a House proposal for an $11.4 billion MTBE cleanup fund that House Republicans had hoped would serve as a compromise and still provide the liability shield to the oil industry. But Rep. Joe Barton (news, bio, voting record), R-Texas, said "the proposal has not been accepted by the Senate" and that he would offer another MTBE proposal on Monday. Sen. Pete Domenici (news, bio, voting record),...
  • House GOP Proposes $11.4B for MTBE Cleanup

    07/22/2005 5:03:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 331+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/22/05 | H. Josef Hebert - AP
    WASHINGTON - House Republicans on Friday proposed an $11.4 billion fund, with the oil industry providing about one-third of it, to pay for cleaning water systems contaminated by the gasoline additive MTBE. The Republicans hope the proposal can help clear the way for passage of a broad energy bill. The plan would give makers of MTBE, which has been found to contaminate drinking water supplies in at least 36 states, protection against product liability lawsuits brought by communities facing billions of dollars in cleanup costs. But the cleanup fund proposal immediately drew criticism from all sides in the MTBE dispute,...
  • Senators Demand More Information on MTBE

    07/21/2005 5:08:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 693+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/21/05 | H. Josef Hebert - AP
    WASHINGTON - Twenty-one senators asked the Environmental Protection Agency for more information Thursday about an internal paper that reportedly concludes that the gasoline additive MTBE may cause cancer. Key elements of the document, which has not been made public, surfaced as lawmakers considered whether to shield the makers of MTBE from product liability lawsuits as a result drinking water contamination in at least 36 states. MTBE, which was put into gasoline to cut air pollution, has been banned in several states because of complaints that it adds a foul smell and turpentine-like taste to drinking water when it leaks into...
  • Dispute May Hamper Passage of Energy Bill (MTBE)

    07/14/2005 4:13:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 309+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/14/05 | H. Josef Hebert - AP
    WASHINGTON - A dispute over a gasoline additive could jeopardize hopes for an agreement as the Senate and House worked on Thursday to forge a compromise to deal with the nation's energy problems. Under pressure because of soaring gasoline and other fuel prices, President Bush has urged lawmakers to send him an energy bill before they depart for their summer recess in August. Some members of Congress are skeptical about meeting that timetable. "We're going to try," said Sen. Pete Domenici (news, bio, voting record), R-N.M., who is leading the Senate negotiations. But lawmakers, he said, don't want to rush...
  • Oil industry hopes to avoid paying for MTBE problem

    06/15/2005 9:36:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 780+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 6/15/05 | Michael Gardner - CNS
    SACRAMENTO Staring at potential payouts in the billions of dollars, the U.S. oil industry is maneuvering to escape responsibility for cleaning up after MTBE, the now-banned toxic gasoline additive that has seeped into drinking water across the country. If the campaign is successful, critics say taxpayers will be forced to pick up the unpaid bill. Oil producers have attached so much importance to immunity from liability that the issue has taken a place right alongside opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and tax breaks as Congress crafts a broad new energy policy. The House has already approved legislation sponsored...
  • EPA Rejects Ethanol Waivers From States

    06/02/2005 6:51:50 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 21 replies · 639+ views
    AP ^ | 06/02/05 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    WASHINGTON - Motorists in California, New York and Connecticut will have to continue using corn-based ethanol in their gasoline to cut air pollution at an extra cost of up to 8 cents a gallon. The three states had asked the Environmental Protection Agency to waive a 1990 requirement in the Clean Air Act that gasoline contain an oxygenate either ethanol or MTBE to help fight air pollution. In a boost to corn and ethanol producers, EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson decided Thursday that the states had not shown that using an oxygenate has prevented or interfered with their ability...
  • Massive energy bill shields MTBE makers

    04/23/2005 4:01:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies · 772+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/23/5 | Nicole Tsong and David Whitney
    WASHINGTON - The House passed a comprehensive energy bill Thursday that included a provision to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and protected manufacturers of the gasoline additive MTBE from lawsuits. The energy bill, approved 249-183, is the fifth version in four years to pass the House and marks the third time the House has approved a bill permitting drilling in the Alaska coastal plain. The MTBE lawsuit protection provision was one of the main reasons the energy legislation failed last year. Throughout the two-day debate, the biggest battle was over the provision that would shield the...
  • House Votes for Oil Drilling in Alaska (Round XXX - Final Approval Vote Thursday)

    04/20/2005 9:47:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 1,010+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/20/05 | H. Josef Hebert - AP
    WASHINGTON - The House voted late Wednesday to allow oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge as part of a broad energy bill that Democrats said would funnel billions of dollars to highly profitable energy companies while doing little to promote conservation or ease gasoline prices. The bill's sponsors said oil from Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as much as a million barrels a day, will be needed to help curtail the country's growing dependence on oil imports. Opponents argued the oil wouldn't be available for a decade and even then at levels that would not significantly affect oil prices...
  • Bush Prods Congress on Energy Legislation

    04/16/2005 10:12:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 394+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/16/05 | Deb Reichmann - AP
    WASHINGTON - President Bush prodded Congress on Saturday to pass a long-stalled national energy strategy, saying American families and small businesses are feeling the pinch from rising gasoline prices. "If you're trying to meet a family budget or a payroll, even a small change at the pump can have a big impact," Bush said in his weekly radio address. Bush is using concern over the recent spike in fuel prices to pressure lawmakers into passing an energy bill set for a vote next week. Although the House bill is focused in the long term on diversifying the nation's energy supply...
  • House Panel Working on Energy Bill

    04/12/2005 9:55:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 228+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/12/05 | H. Josef Hebert - AP
    WASHINGTON - House Republicans made clear their support late Tuesday for reinforcing the federal government's final authority over the siting of liquefied natural gas import terminals, even if states or local communities object. An attempt by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., to remove the provision from proposed energy legislation failed 35-18 in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Supporters of the bill said the authority of federal regulators over LNG terminals needed to be clarified as the demand for LNG imports increases in coming years. The panel was expected to finish work on its portion of a massive energy bill on...
  • California Gas Ripoff (How Legislature could Immediatly lower Price 30 cents per Gallon)

    04/11/2005 10:08:23 PM PDT · by AVNevis · 9 replies · 864+ views
    California High School Conservative ^ | April 11, 2005 | Andy Nevis
    Gas Prices in California hit a Record High Today of $2.61 per gallon. Most mororists just accept it. But they shouldn't. The Legislature and governor could lower gas prices by 30 cents per gallon instantly. And no funds would be lost from the state treasury. For a more detailed explanation, we turn to Dr. Bill Watsenburg, the sole conservative over on KGO radio in San Francisco. The 30 billion dollar robbery of California motorists through excessive gas prices over the last eight years can be stopped immediately. There is an easy, no-risk experiment that will prove this. Simply allow California...
  • SDUT: Who's to blame for high gas prices?

    04/11/2005 5:58:56 PM PDT · by OESY · 113 replies · 3,153+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | April 11, 2005 | Brian P. Simpson
    Gas prices are at record highs again. Many think oil companies are to blame. In fact, a May 2004 poll showed that 77 percent of Californians believed this to be true. However, this just shows the media have failed to properly inform people about who's causing high gas prices. One thing is certain: oil companies are not to blame for high gas prices. These companies are responsible for producing the gasoline we need. In California, where gas prices are among the nation's highest, the oil industry has been repeatedly investigated to find evidence of "price manipulation" and none has ever...
  • Zot additive: Jim Robinson keeps secret - 20% more Zots - 70% fewer trolls

    12/02/2004 6:59:02 AM PST · by BobbyFontaine · 124 replies · 2,808+ views
    The Washington Times | 08/25/2000 | August Gibbons
    <p>A former American University chemist yesterday reported that he and a Virginia entrepreneur had created a safe, pollution-reducing and mileage-boosting replacement for harmful gasoline additives.</p> <p>In a well-received paper presented at the annual American Chemical Society meeting that ended here yesterday, Paul Waters explained he had created a polymer additive for gasoline called polyisobutylene.</p>
  • AZ: California may help terminate high fuel prices

    04/19/2004 11:03:08 AM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 1 replies · 155+ views
    The Business Journal ^ | Mike Sunnucks
    When it comes to high gasoline prices, the Valley is stuck between California, federal air quality standards and a hard place. The best hope for relief for price weary Valley businesses and commuters may come from an unlikely source -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The California GOP governor has asked the Bush administration to ease federal gasoline requirements on his state in hopes of being able to use cheaper fuels instead of more expensive, cleaner-burning ones. That could help the Valley, which receives 70 percent of its gasoline from California which has some of the highest fuel prices in the...
  • AP: How the White House Shelved MTBE Ban (AP Hit Piece)

    02/16/2004 12:44:53 PM PST · by Alissa · 18 replies · 113+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Feb. 16, 2004 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration quietly shelved a proposal to ban a gasoline additive that contaminates drinking water in many communities, helping an industry that has donated more than $1 million to Republicans. The Environmental Protection Agency's decision had its origin in the early days of President Bush's tenure when his administration decided not to move ahead with a Clinton-era regulatory effort to ban the clean-air additive MTBE. The proposed regulation said the environmental harm of the additive leaching into ground water overshadowed its beneficial effects to the air. The Bush administration decided to leave the issue to Congress, where...
  • Energy bill spotlights trial attorneys' influence over Democrats

    02/03/2004 9:30:14 AM PST · by ags1824 · 123+ views ^ | 2/2/04 | Doug Bandow
    Energy bill spotlights trial attorneys' influence over Democrats Doug Bandow February 2, 2004 WASHINGTON - Congress is back in session, so Americans' lives and liberty again are at risk. Among the most divisive issues is the pork-laden energy bill, which failed in the face of a Democratic filibuster backed by a handful of Republican fiscal conservatives. Although GOP opponents worried about unnecessary spending, Democrats focused on one of legislation's few worthwhile provisions - limiting legal liability for producers of methyl tertiary butyl ether, or MTBE. Indeed, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., who pushed for even more lavish subsidies...
  • Editorial update: MTBE/oxygenate waiver returns (NH may get one soon, How about CA?)

    02/01/2004 11:15:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 127+ views
    OC Register ^ | 2/1/04 | Op/Ed
    <p>Remember the federal oxygenate mandate that gave us the troublesome gasoline additive, MTBE?</p> <p>Gov. Davis tried to get a waiver from the mandate, but the alternative to MTBE is ethanol, produced from corn squeezin's from Iowa, which looks more winnable for President Bush than California. Or perhaps it's just coincidence or partisanship (surely not science) that led to the waiver request being rejected.</p>
  • California Governor asks feds to waive gas additive requirement

    01/30/2004 8:55:12 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies · 169+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 30 January 2004 | Chuck Carroll
    <p>Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked the Bush administration to waive a gasoline additive requirement that California officials believes will cause a huge and wasteful increase in prices at the pump while impeding the state's air pollution efforts.</p> <p>Under current federal law aimed at curbing smog, the state must add an ``oxygenate'' to gasoline. But in 1999, California banned the oxygenate methyl tertiary-butyl ether, or MTBE, because it was polluting drinking ground water across the state.</p>