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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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5 honored for helping save Clovis man's life after accident

ABC30.com -- FRESNO, Calif. - Five men received honors for their heroic acts in saving the life of a Clovis man after a nearly fatal accident last year.

Mary Ann Carousso is incredibly thankful her husband Jack is OK. "Mr. Carousso is the love of my life, I am thrilled that he is still here with me and I am so grateful for the five men who had just cared enough," said Carousso.

On September 9th, Jack, who works as a seventh grade teacher, was driving near Shields and Temperance when he had a heart attack and ran a stop sign. Investigators say he hit another car.

Doug Bolton, who was on his way to work that morning, stopped to make sure everyone was OK but realized Jack was not. "Undid his seat belt, started to pull him out, got on my radio, called for assistance and went into action," said Bolton.  (read more)

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Kemp: Obama Stalls Drilling On Federal Lands

Rig Zone -- The White House likes to claim a share of the credit for the drilling revolution that has transformed North America's energy production and security. Except the revolution has largely taken place on private rather than public land, and energy producers feel frustrated about the numerous obstacles and long delays in obtaining permission to drill in areas directly controlled by the administration. "Crude oil production has grown each year President Barack Obama has been in office to its highest level in 17 years," the Council of Economic Advisors wrote back in the summer of 2013. "Over the past four years, domestic oil supply growth has accounted for over one-third of global oil production growth." "Government-funded research supplemented private industry's work to develop the technology tha  (read more)

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Navy develops fuel from seawater (video)

Biofuels -- Navy researchers say they have turned seawater into fuel that could power military vehicles for less than $6 per gallon.

The researchers announced this month that the seawater-based fuel successfully powered a remote-controlled model jet with a standard two-stroke internal combustion engine. Carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas extracted from Gulf of Mexico water were converted into liquid hydrocarbon fuel using gas-to-liquid technology. The renewable fuel mirrors its petroleum-based counterpart and could be used in standard military engines.

“The potential payoff is the ability to produce JP-5 fuel stock at sea, reducing the logistics tail on fuel delivery with no environmental burden and increasing the Navy’s energy security and independence,” said Naval Research Laboratory chemist Heathe  (read more)

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Ukraine’s Unpaid Gas Bills Dwarf U.S. Aid Offer

Bloombreg -- Ukraine’s best hope for keeping furnaces and factories running through next winter is to store as much natural gas as it can after a U.S. aid pledge fell far short of the nation’s needs.

Energy supplies have given Russian leader Vladimir Putin powerful economic leverage in his battle with Ukraine. Ukraine gets half its gas from Russia, and it’s the transit route for 50 to 60 percent of the gas Russia sells to other European nations.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian leaders this week that the U.S. would provide help so that, “Russia can no longer use energy as a weapon.” Biden announced medium- to long-term initiatives to support Ukraine’s energy sector and announced $50 million in aid, an unspecified part of which would go to develop the country’s gas reserves, explore...  (read more)

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Russia Taps Arctic Oil, Leaving Rivals in Its Wake

Newsmax-LIGNET -- As Western nations struggle to appease environmentalists, Russia is moving fast to tap huge oil and gas deposits in the Arctic Circle, making its first oil shipment from an offshore drilling platform in the Arctic Ocean on April 18. Moscow is likely now to attempt to fortify its dominant position in the icy region in a bid to protect its interests.

Canada, Norway and the United States struggle with adamant opposition at home to any exploration of the Arctic, which holds almost a third of the world’s undiscovered natural gas deposits and nearly a seventh of the world’s undiscovered oil reserves. The allure of immense Arctic reserves may, however, prove irresistible to an energy-hungry world.  (read more)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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This Gas Pump Malfunction May Be Costing You

AOL Autos -- Are you sure you got all the gas you paid for the last time you refueled your vehicle?

A technical glitch, called the "Pump Jump," is costing consumers. It occurs when charges are left on a gas pump and it starts collecting money before the user begins filling up their car. It's not necessarily a scam. With gas prices constantly changing, customers are sometimes accidentally overcharged, Fox59 reported. Those orphaned charges, which can range from a few cents to a few dollars, end up on the bill of the next person to use that pump.

Most filling stations are checked yearly by state officials, but accidents can happen. The problem could be a faulty "check valve," which is responsible for dealing out the correct amount of gasoline. Fox News reported that such valves often wear out, an  (read more)

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Have gas prices reached their 2014 peak?

WALB -- After two and a half months of steady and steep increases, gas prices may be leveling off.

According to Triple-A, Monday's average in Georgia was slightly below $3.648 a gallon, down from $3.65 on Sunday.

Last year, prices nationally peaked in February. The year before they hit their high in April. In 2011, the high point came in May.

Experts say it's too soon to say whether we've reached this year's peak, but this is a good sign for drivers.

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Halliburton sees recovery in North America’s fracking market

Dallas News -- Dave Lesar sees better days ahead for Halliburton Co. in North America’s oversupplied fracking market.

The more than two-year glut in pressure-pumping equipment used to shoot water, sand and chemicals underground to release trapped oil and natural gas is easing “much faster” than expected, the chief executive officer said today.

“I’m starting to feel the momentum swing,” Lesar said on a conference call after Houston-based Halliburton posted better-than-expected results for the first quarter. “I am more excited about North America now than I have been since late 2011.”

The recovery is being led by increased drilling in the oil-rich Permian Basin of Texas, as well as natural attrition, according to the world’s biggest provider of fracking services. Halliburton expects to increase earnings  (read more)

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GA reminds politicians: Don't put signs in right of way

GasBuddy Blog -- The Georgia Department of Transportation is cautioning political candidates and campaigns not to place signs on rights of way. Signs that are found on rights of way will be removed by Georgia DOT maintenance crews. There's an important message here...

Georgia law stipulates that the Department is required to maintain a safe roadway for the traveling public, which includes the immediate removal of any obstruction or hazard that may pose a threat to motorists. Any sign along Georgia’s state routes and interstates must meet safety standards and be permitted by Georgia DOT to be within our right of way.

Typically, the most frequent offenders are signs that advertise yard sales, real estate for sale and/or political candidates...  (read more)

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MARKET WATCH: Crude oil futures price ticks up before Easter holiday

Oil & Gas Journal -- The New York Mercantile Exchange May crude oil contract price increased 54¢ to close at $104.30/bbl on Apr. 17. Markets were closed Apr. 18 in observance of the Good Friday holiday. The June contract, meanwhile, gained 34¢ to $103.37/bbl.

The May natural gas contract rose 21.1¢ to a rounded $4.74/MMbtu.

Heating oil for May delivery was virtually unchanged at a rounded $3.01/gal. Reformulated gasoline stock for oxygenate blending for May delivery edged up 1.42¢ to a rounded $3.05/gal.

In London the June ICE contract for Brent crude delivery was down 7¢, closing at $109.53/bbl. The July contract declined 9¢ to close at $109.16/bbl. The ICE gas oil contract for May was up $2.50 to $927.75/tonne.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries did not post a price on Apr. 17 for its bask  (read more)

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Monday, April 21, 2014

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Fracking Foes Cringe as Unions Back Drilling Boom

abcNEWS-AP -- After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.

That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the drilling process known as fracking.

"The shale became a lifesaver and a lifeline for a lot of working families," said Dennis Martire, the mid-Atlantic regional manager for the Laborers' International Union, or LIUNA, which represents workers in numerous construction trades.

Martire said that as huge quantities of natural gas were extracted from the vast shale reserves over the last five years, union work on large pipeline jobs...  (read more)

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25 Amazing Facts About Solar

Motley Fool -- In the past few years alone, the solar industry has gone from a clean energy source that required subsidies just to stay afloat to a full-fledged economic force. Solar energy is now passing grid parity in Europe, the southwestern U.S., South America, South Africa, and many other parts of the world. As costs fall, even more locations will find solar power to be economical, opening up a global electricity market worth over $1 trillion annually.

Here are just a few amazing statistics that show just how far solar energy has come and how big an opportunity it is for investors.

What's amazing about the progress in solar, wind, oil, and gas is that it was only a decade ago that the U.S. was worried about energy imports. Today, the situation has been turned on its head and all of these energy so  (read more)

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Sales results for natural gas-powered F-150 draw mixed reactions

Fuel Fix -- When Ford announced last summer it would sell a version of its F-150 pickup specially made to run on natural gas, many saw it as a watershed moment.

Few light-duty vehicles used by everyday consumers are available in a natural gas configuration. Suddenly, the most popular model in America’s best-selling line of vehicles would come in a version that could run on the relatively cheap, clean fuel.

But early sales numbers show that the public isn’t exactly clamoring for an F-150 powered by compressed natural gas. Ford readies the trucks for CNG conversion on the assembly line, and contractors later perform the conversion by special customer order.

Since sales began in December, just over 200 of the CNG-prepped trucks have been sold.

Ford officials say they aren’t worried.

“The first year  (read more)

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Running Out of Time

NY Times -- There are years, not decades, left to start reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and American leadership is urgently needed.  (read more)

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Northeast leads nation higher

GasBuddy Blog -- Another miserable week at the pump for motorists across the nation as the U.S. national average continues to move higher. The national average added 2.3 cents per gallon since last week, and stands at $3.63/gallon, or 12.1 cents per gallon higher than last year.

Areas of the East Coast have seen some of the worst pain in the last week- New Jersey and Delaware saw prices jump 9 cents per gallon, while Washington, Oregon, and Kentucky saw prices jump 7 cents per gallon.

The Rockies still hold on to some of the cheapest gasoline prices across the country this morning, with Utah at $3.35/gal, Montana at $3.38/gal, Idaho at $3.39/gal, New Mexico at $3.39/gal, and Wyoming at $3.40/gal.

Prices in Hawaii remain the...  (read more)

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Methane gas from waste is used to generate electricity

Detroit Free Press -- Pete Nichols keeps a close eye on a vast engine of sorts — one that runs on the trash discarded from homes throughout the Lansing area.

One of five operators at the Granger landfill in DeWitt Township, Nichols oversees a vast network of underground pipes that serve as a fuel line for this engine — a line that captures methane gas from waste and sends it to an adjacent generating station.

There, it powers seven large generators that can produce electricity for 10,000 homes in the Lansing area.

“I’m a very, very happy man,” Nichols said recently after reviewing computer readouts showing optimal methane levels at the station that day.

For electric utilities, green energy is more than a buzzword. It’s a state mandate, and it represents much of the recent and future growth in energy...  (read more)

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It's Final -- Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use

Forbes -- OK, can we please stop pretending biofuel made from corn is helping the planet and the environment? With huge subsidies for ethanol in gasoline, with all States now selling gasoline having some ethanol blend, and a general misconception that these biofuels are green, corn ethanol has taken on a $30 billion/yr life of its own.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released two of its Working Group reports at the end of last month (WGI and WGIII), and their short discussion of biofuels has ignited a fierce debate as to whether they’re of any environmental benefit at all.

The IPCC was quite diplomatic in its discussion, saying “Biofuels have direct, fuel-cycle GHG emissions that are typically 30–90% lower than those for gasoline or diesel fuels.  (read more)

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Russia writes off 90 per cent of North Korean debt, expected to build gas pipeline

ABC Radio Australia -- Russia's parliament has agreed to write off about $10 billion of North Korea's Soviet-era debt, in a deal expected to facilitate the building of a gas pipeline to South Korea across the reclusive state.

The State Duma lower house in Moscow on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to excuse the bulk of North Korea's debt.

It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of September 17, 2012.

The rest of the debt - $1.09 billion - would be redeemed during the next 20 years, to be paid in equal instalments every six months.

The outstanding debt owed by North Korea will be managed by Russia's state development bank Vnesheconombank.

Russia's deputy finance minister Sergei Storchak told Russian media that the money could be used to fund mutually beneficial projects in North Korea, including...  (read more)

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EPA acknowledges ethanol damages engines

AMA -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has publicly acknowledged that ethanol in gasoline can damage internal combustion engines by increasing exhaust temperatures and indirectly causing component failures.

Yet, even with this knowledge, the Federal Trade Commission is recommending more labeling at the gas pump as its solution to the problem.

The American Motorcyclist Association believes that is not enough.

The Federal Trade Commission issued a rule proposal to provide requirements for rating and certifying ethanol blends and requirements for labeling blends of more than 10 percent ethanol.

But this rule exempts the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s E15-approved label.

This rule is for an additional label to be placed on the fuel pump “in response to the emergence of ethanol b  (read more)

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Keystone Review Delay Draws Angry Reaction From Backers

Bloomberg -- The Obama administration’s announcement yesterday that it was delaying a ruling on the Keystone XL oil pipeline drew an angry reaction from supporters of the $5.4 billion project, including some who said it was designed to push the issue beyond the November election.

“This decision is irresponsible, unnecessary and unacceptable,” Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, said in a statement that called the move “nothing short of an indefinite delay.”

Opponents of the pipeline applauded the move, saying TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s proposed link between Canada’s oil sands and U.S. Gulf Coast refineries would worsen global warming.

The delay could push until after the November midterm elections an issue that pits President Barack Obama’s ...  (read more)

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

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EPA acknowledges ethanol damages engines

American Motorcyclist Association -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has publicly acknowledged that ethanol in gasoline can damage internal combustion engines by increasing exhaust temperatures and indirectly causing component failures.

Yet, even with this knowledge, the Federal Trade Commission is recommending more labeling at the gas pump as its solution to the problem.

The American Motorcyclist Association believes that is not enough.

The Federal Trade Commission issued a rule proposal to provide requirements for rating and certifying ethanol blends and requirements for labeling blends of more than 10 percent ethanol.

But this rule exempts the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s E15-approved label.

...  (read more)

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UN, Obama Flog Global-warming Alarmism — As More Scientists Defect

The New American Magazine -- Carbon dioxide has been made out to be some kind of toxic gas but the truth is it’s the gas of life. We breath it out; plants breath it in. The green lobby has created a do-good industry and it becomes a way of life, like a religion. I understand why people defend it when they have spent so long believing in it, people do not like to admit they have been wrong.

“If you talk to real scientists who have no political interest, they will tell you there is nothing in global warming,” says Woodcock. “It’s an industry which creates vast amounts of money for some people."

“Even the term ‘global warming’ does not mean anything unless you give it a time scale,” Prof. Woodcock notes. “The temperature of the earth has been going up and down for millions of years, if there are extremes, it’s nothing  (read more)

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Texas Supreme Court will not review ruling favoring TransCanada

KETR/NPR -- Lamar County landowner Julia Trigg Crawford’s petition for review of a lower court’s ruling in favor of TransCanada Corp. has been denied by the Texas Supreme Court. Crawford had been contesting the Canadian company’s right to build the Keystone XL pipeline through her family’s farm in northwestern Lamar County.  (read more)

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Toyota Experiment Shows How Hybrids Will Relief Traffic Stress [Video]

AutoEvolution -- Driving through today busy city traffic can be a real pain in the back... Too many cars on the streets, inattentive drivers, many stoplights, intersections where you need to give way to an endless row of other vehicles, pedestrians using the crosswalks just after you picked up some speed and a lot more.

And all of these are combined with two other stress factors - needing to arrive at your destination in time and even worrying than that, fuel consumption. With fuel prices having doubled since, lets say ten years ago, in many of the world’s regions, sitting in the traffic with you engine running will put a heavy load on your mind.

That’s why in many drivers’ subconscious everyone surrounding them in traffic are just morons for wasting both their time and gas.  (read more)

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Toyota Corolla Now Exporting to South and Central America

AutoEvolution -- Mississippi-made products such as luxury furniture, petroleum items, cotton and paper are finding their way to out the US each year. And now the 2014 Toyota Corolla will add up, with the automaker officially declaring it up for export recently.

At a ceremony yesterday, Toyota Mississippi put out the first 2014 Corolla intended for export towards clients in Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.

“Since 2011, Mississippians have been successfully producing Toyota’s best-selling model globally, the Corolla, for the U.S. market. Today, Toyota once again puts Mississippi on the world’s stage with the rollout of the first export vehicle manufactured at the Blue Springs facility,” Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant said. “This new export opportunity further strengthens Mississippi’s growing  (read more)

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