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    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
    pr.cannazine.co.uk ^ | July 12, 2008 | Bobby Fontaine
    I was reading how Phil Gramm couldn’t be more pleased with the economy while he upset John McCain greatly by saying so being McCain’s 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 year’s. 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
    MarketWatch.com (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 http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/energy/fs/ 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
    www.townhall.com ^ | 2/2/04 | Doug Bandow
    Energy bill spotlights trial attorneys' influence over Democrats Doug Bandow Townhall.com 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>
  • Feinstein Asks EPA to Waive Rule on Fuel [MTBE]

    01/29/2004 12:39:28 PM PST · by ambrose · 38 replies · 231+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1.29.04 | LA Times
    Feinstein Asks EPA to Waive Rule on Fuel The agency may drop some gasoline additive regulations in New Hampshire; the same is sought for California. By Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday called for the Environmental Protection Agency to waive some federal gasoline rules for California after the EPA proposed dropping certain pollution restrictions for gas sold in New Hampshire. The EPA last week proposed that fuel producers in New Hampshire could make reformulated gasoline without adding in an "oxygenate," such as ethanol or MTBE, as required under the federal Clean Air Act.
  • The Energy Bill's Bright Side

    01/09/2004 7:34:31 AM PST · by ZGuy · 98+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 1/9/04 | Steven Milloy
    <p>Efforts to pass the energy bill that fell two votes short of clearing the Senate in November will resume this month. Filled with subsidies and tax breaks for special interests and pork-barrel spending (search), the overall bill is hard for limited government-types like me to swallow.</p>
  • If At First It Doesn't Succeed, the Trial Lawyers Will Come Again

    01/06/2004 8:22:22 AM PST · by lennymoss · 7 replies · 132+ views
    TechCentralStation ^ | 01/06/2004 | Stephen Schwartz
    Just an excerpt here from a great column about MTBE and politics... "MTBE is as partisan an issue as one gets. Republicans have tended to close ranks against handing more legitimacy to trial-lawyer looting of industry. Democrats will line up to claim another victory of environmental vigilance if MTBE producers are brought down. And one of the leading trial lawyers in MTBE cases -- with more than 50 cases involving the additive pending -- is Fred Baron, of Baron & Budd, Dallas, TX, who is currently the National Finance Chairman of Sen. John Edwards' presidential campaign." The rest is here:...
  • MTBE Ban expected to drive up gas prices in 2004

    12/31/2003 9:54:59 AM PST · by NYer · 37 replies · 322+ views
    Times Union ^ | December 30, 2003 | MATT PACENZA
    Consumers are bracing to pay more at the pumps when a ban on a controversial gas additive takes effect Thursday.Local gas suppliers are replacing MTBE, an additive designed to cut air pollution that was found to contaminate drinking water, with other additives such as ethanol, a corn-based fuel. The Capital Region's gas retailers say that the switch in additives is largely complete, but they're warning consumers to expect price hikes.No one knows exactly what to expect. But prices at Stewart's gas stations are going up about 5 cents per gallon immediately, with short-lived increases of 10 cents more if the...
  • Kerry blaming Bush for Kerry's own bill

    12/10/2003 11:03:36 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 21 replies · 488+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Thursday, December 11, 2003 | Diana Lynne
    ELECTION 2004Kerry blaming Bushfor Kerry's own billBlasts president over carcinogenic fuel additive he helped promote Posted: December 10, 200310:56 a.m. Eastern By Diana Lynne© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com In a classic case of the political pot calling the kettle black, Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry blasted the Bush administration over failing to be accountable for the disastrous fallout of the use of a fuel additive deemed carcinogenic, without mentioning he was behind legislation that mandated its widespread use. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., during televised debate of Democratic presidential candidates this week. (Courtesy: WMUR-TV) Trailing in the polls and eager to make friends in New...
  • Energy Measure Tested Domenici

    12/01/2003 10:42:20 AM PST · by CedarDave · 3 replies · 200+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal (subscription required) ^ | Saturday, November 29, 2003 | Michael Coleman
    Saturday, November 29, 2003 Energy Measure Tested Domenici By Michael ColemanJournal Washington Bureau    WASHINGTON— A few hours after Sen. Pete Domenici watched his energy bill crash and burn on the Senate floor last week, he slipped out of the Capitol and took his wife, Nancy, to dinner.     They went to a quiet restaurant near their Capitol Hill home and discussed what had gone wrong.     They had a lot to talk about.     Just four days earlier, on Nov. 18, the House had passed the national energy policy legislation overwhelmingly and sent it over to the Senate. It appeared...
  • Senate Gives Up on Energy Bill for 2003

    11/25/2003 6:25:45 AM PST · by The_Victor · 40 replies · 170+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 11/25/03 | H. JOSEF HEBERT
    WASHINGTON - After nearly three months of negotiations and dealmaking, Congress is giving up on energy legislation for this year, falling two Senate votes short of sending a bill to President Bush (news - web sites). Republican leaders vowed to return to the $31 billion measure early next year. The Senate abandoned the legislation late Monday after it became clear a dispute over a gasoline additive, MTBE, was not going to be resolved and efforts to find two additional Senate votes needed to overcome a filibuster by opponents would not bear fruit. There was not enough time before the Senate's...
  • GOP May Remove MTBE Provision From Bill

    11/23/2003 5:57:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 213+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/23/03 | H. Josef Hebert - AP
    WASHINGTON - Hoping to rescue energy legislation stalled in the Senate, Republicans were discussing elimination of a controversial provision to give legal protection to the makers of MTBE, a gasoline additive found to contaminate drinking water, officials said. These sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Senate and House officials, as well as the Bush administration, have discussed the suggestion, but no decisions have been made. Another GOP source emphasized that House Republican leaders so far have refused to give in on the MTBE liability protection. This source expressed doubt that a solution can be reached over the next three...
  • Daschle says he will vote for energy bill

    11/20/2003 3:03:38 AM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 91+ views
    AP | 11/20/03 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attempts to derail the energy bill over a dispute involving a gasoline additive suffered a setback when the Senate's top Democrat said he would support limiting debate on the legislation. Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota said Monday he was ready to support the broad energy legislation and will oppose attempts block it over the issue of MTBE, a gasoline additive found to contaminate drinking water supplies. The bill would double ethanol use, an important issue in Daschle's state where he faces re-election next year. A Daschle spokesman, Dan Pfeiffer, said the senator will vote for...
  • U.S. House Passes Energy Bill Based on Bush's Plan (Update3)

    11/18/2003 6:53:12 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 112+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | November 18, 2003 18:09 EST | staff
    <p>Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The House of Representatives passed legislation that includes $23 billion in tax breaks and regulatory changes to boost U.S. energy production, based on President George W. Bush's proposals.</p> <p>Bush and congressional Republicans say the bill, passed 246- 180, will reduce U.S. reliance on oil from the Middle East and curb chances of another power blackout like that in August. It also will boost the economy, they said.</p>
  • House approves energy bill, sends to Senate

    11/18/2003 2:29:15 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 4 replies · 106+ views
    USA Today ^ | 11/18/03
    <p>Republicans called the bill farsighted and a key to improving America's energy security by expanding energy choices. But Democrats said the tax breaks amounted to giveaways to oil, gas and coal industries that don't need the help. They also said the legislation fails to focus on ways to conserve energy and develop renewable fuels.</p>
  • The Grassley Rainforest Act (The Energy Bill)

    11/18/2003 5:29:59 AM PST · by OESY · 3 replies · 199+ views
    WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | November 18, 2003 | Editorial
    <p>We'll say this for the energy bill that is about to come to a final vote in Congress: It's certainly comprehensive. It may not have all that much to do with energy any more, but it does give something to every last elected Representative.</p>
  • Gas Tax Hike in New Jersey, NJ? It's Time For Candidates To Come Clean With Voters

    10/31/2003 8:36:18 AM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies · 1,082+ views
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | 10.31.03 | Dan Clifton
    NEWS 1920 L Street, NW • Suite 200 • Washington, DC 20036 202.785.0266 • Fax 202.785.0261 W W W . A T R . O R G FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Paul Prososki 30 October 2003 202-785-0266 Gas Tax Hike in New Jersey? It’s Time For Candidates To Come Clean With Voters Rumors claim New Jersey gas tax will increase once legislators have no accountability to their constituents. WASHINGTON – With less than one week before an election, rumors are circulating a deal has been cut to increase the gas tax during the lame duck session of the state legislature....
  • Fighting the mandate

    10/29/2003 10:38:40 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 138+ views
    OC Register ^ | 10/29/03 | Op/Ed
    <p>The news at the federal level is that an energy bill expected to be passed with virtually no discussion, let alone dissension, is now tied up in knots over the issue of - are you ready - proposed tax subsidies for corn-based ethanol fuel (or as we like to put it, corn squeezings from Archer Daniels Midland, the nation's leading corporate welfare queen). If there's a chance this inequitable subsidy can be defeated, Californians will apparently owe a debt to Republican Rep. Bill Thomas of Bakersfield. That story is still developing in Washington.</p>
  • Blame Faulty Federal Laws for Polluted Water Supplies

    10/12/2003 8:51:02 AM PDT · by jimkress · 15 replies · 223+ views
    Detroit News ^ | 10/13/02 | n/a
    <p>Municipalities are rushing to file lawsuits against manufacturers of a gasoline additive that they say has polluted their water supplies.</p> <p>The hurry is intended to beat a provision in the impending energy bill that would ban such legal challenges.</p> <p>But the lawsuits simply aren't fair.</p>
  • Congress debates liability of gasoline additive that helps clean air but fouls water (MTBE)

    10/07/2003 5:58:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 239+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 10/7/03 | H. Josef Hebert - AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - A gasoline additive once lauded for cleaning up the air is being phased out because it's also contaminating drinking water. Now its producers want Congress to protect them against what could be billions of dollars in cleanup costs.</p>
  • CA: (Sacto) County, utilities sue over MTBE

    10/04/2003 8:24:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 520+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 10/4/03 | Chris Bowman
    <p>The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office and 10 local water utilities are suing the nation's major gasoline producers to pay for the cleanup of MTBE-polluted groundwater.</p> <p>The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Sacramento Superior Court, is believed to be the first of its kind to claim damages for threatening drinking water wells, rather than actually contaminating them.</p>
  • CA: Ethanol won't hike gas prices

    02/07/2003 4:13:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 418+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 2/7/03 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    <p>SACRAMENTO - California energy officials no longer believe replacing MTBE with ethanol will spike gasoline prices at the pump.</p> <p>"You won't see $4-a-gallon gasoline because of ethanol," said James Boyd, a California Energy Commission member. "You might see it as a result of other things, like the unrest in Venezuela or the situation in the Middle East, but not ethanol."</p>