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July 19, 2007

Facing the Hard Truths About Energy


The National Petroleum Council met on July 18, and approved a report entitled Facing the Hard Truths About Energy

No, the world is not running out of energy resources, but here are the hard truths the US and the world have to face about energy:

1. Coal, oil, and natural gas will still be indispensable.

2. There are risks to expansion in oil and gas production from historical sources.

3. To mitigate these risks, expansion of all energy sources will be required.

4. Energy Independence should not be confused with strengthening energy security.

5. The US energy workforce must be replenished and trained.

6. Policies aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions will alter the energy mix and increase energy related costs.

Filed under:Alternative Energy,Energy | by Pump Girl @ 6:23 pm | 

July 11, 2007

Energy Issues and Election 2008


With gasoline prices hitting new highs, energy issues will be prominent in the 2008 Presidential and Congressional campaigns.

Candidate positions vary widely, including emphasis on alternative energy, ethanol, and nuclear power. Some advocate higher taxes on big oil. Middle East policy is another important factor.

Our readers can learn more about how candidates view energy issues at ElectionStocks, a new website specializing on linking candidates and issues to specific companies and stocks. The site is a great reference for the candidates’ positions on a variety of energy issues.

Filed under:Alternative Energy,Energy,Fuel cost,Gas price | by OldProf @ 1:13 pm | 

July 10, 2007

Just Browsing…


From the Daily Fuel Economy Tip: Top 4 Ways You’re Wasting Gas When You Think You’re Saving It and lots of other interesting things to look at.

Environmental Economics explains Why higher oil prices are a good thing

On the Oil Drum, Prof. Goose looks at the question: Will higher prices bring more supplies?

looks at a couple of predictions from Oil Expert, Matt Simmons.

Filed under:Fuel Price Trends | by Pump Girl @ 6:39 pm | 

July 6, 2007

The Hot Rod Prius


Sounds like saving the earth doesn’t necessarily mean taking all the fun and adventure out of driving a hybrid car. Al Gore III was clocked at 105 mph in his Toyota Prius on Hwy 5 in Orange Co.

The question remains, why is the Prius such a screaming hot rod?

In part, it’s a reflection of the state of the automotive technology, which, as it has raised benchmarks for handling, safety and comfort, has also driven up — perhaps inadvertently — absolute performance levels.

Prius also has to meet driver expectations in Europe – higher speed limits or none at all.

Low “rolling resistance tires,” and a fit 2932 lbs. all helps.

“The way the car is optimized,” says Mike Michels, spokesman for Toyota, “from aero resistance to rolling resistance, cooling systems, the powertrain itself, all of those things any hot-rodder is interested in as making the car go faster.”

Yep, the Prius can go!!

Filed under:Fuel Economy,Vehicle News | by Pump Girl @ 10:24 am | 

July 2, 2007

I’m Loving It!


What a great plan! When McDonald’s is all finished with its frying oil, it will convert it into biodiesel.

As we speak, it’s converting its British delivery fleet to run on the stuff.

The move will save about 1,700 tons of carbon annually, which is the equivalent of removing about 2,400 cars from the road each year, when the national rollout is completed next year, the company said.

Think your mouth will be watering for a nice batch of McDonald’s fries (They have been #1 in my book forever)? Matthew Howe, Sr. VP, McDonald’s UK, says the fuel would not smell like the company’s food. Good news, bad news kind of thing we guess.

Filed under:Fuel Economy,Fuel Price Trends,Fumes,Vehicle News | by Pump Girl @ 4:33 pm |