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America's tire mountains: 90 percent are gone, thanks to recycling programs

mnn.com -- Once we had 2 billion tires scattered around the U.S. landscape, but now 90 percent of the piles are gone. Ground rubber from tires is becoming roadways, playground equipment and auto floor mats.

Tires. We don’t think about them all that much unless a) we have a flat; b) we have to buy new ones; or c) the summer tires just aren’t cutting it in the winter, or vice versa. But tires are a big deal in the environment, because we produce — and discard — so many of them. In 2009, the most recent year available, we generated 296 million scrap tires, with passenger cars accounting for 189 million of them.

The good news is that we’re “repurposing” 80 percent of our scrap tires today. Remember the famous tire mountains? Well, they’re mostly gone now. According to Michael Blumenthal, vice presiden
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Study Chides U.S. Over Loan Default by Solar Business

N.Y. Times -- Long before the Energy Department lost $68 million on Abound Solar, a manufacturer that went bankrupt two years ago, it should have known that the company’s chance of repaying the loan it had guaranteed was deteriorating, according to a report by the department’s inspector general.

The damning report was issued as the Obama administration prepared to offer as much as $8 billion in additional loan guarantees.

The loan guarantee program has been a magnet for criticism since the failure of Solyndra in 2011; that company took $528 million in loans guaranteed by the Energy Department.

The new report, released on Thursday, focused on loan guarantees extended to Abound Solar, which was initially offered $400 million. When the company missed several production milestones, the department cut off  (go to article)

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Fermi 2 goes offline indefinitely

Energy Central -- DTE Energy took its Fermi 2 nuclear plant in northern Monroe County offline today for an indefinite amount of time.

The utility said it needs to replace one of the plant's two main transformers.

Guy Cerullo, DTE spokesman, said the faulty transformer "was not working correctly after restart following the recent refueling outage."

The plant's reactor was shut down in February for normal refueling, a process that happens at nuclear plants once every 18 to 24 months.

The frequency depends on the uranium in each plant's reactor fuel.

Problems kept operators from bringing Fermi 2 back to full power after restart.

So DTE officials chose to shut down the plant and replace the malfunctioning transformer.

Transformers are in a nonnuclear part of the plant, separate from the...  (go to article)

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Historic irony? Iran to splash $20 billion on joint oil fields with Iraq

Al Bawaba -- Iran will invest over $20 billion in development of the oil fields it shares with Iraq, IRNA reported on Wednesday.

Iran’s Oil Ministry is planning to increase oil extraction from joint oilfields with Iraq by one million barrels per day (bpd) in the current Iranian calendar year, which started on March 21, 2014.

Iran shares oil and gas fields with most of its neighbors, including Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, as well as Oman and Turkmenistan.

Iran shares Yadavaran, Azadegan, and Azar oilfields with Iraq.

Based on studies, there are 23 joint hydrocarbon fields between Iran and Iraq which are divided into exploration, development and production categories.

On April 6, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Iran’s crude oil output is forecast to increase by about...
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VW recalls 26,000 '14 cars for fire risks

The Detroit News -- Volkswagen AG said it will recall 26,452 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Passat cars with a 1.8T engine and torque converter automatic transmission. VW told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the O-ring seals between the oil cooler and the transmission may leak fluid, which could come in contact with a hot surface and result in a vehicle fire.

The automaker said it first had a report of leaking fluid in a car that arrived at a port on March 14. VW said it is unaware of any crashes or fires related to the issue.

VW dealers stopped sales on April 8 as the company investigated the issue.  (go to article)

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How A Drop of Seawater on Graphene Generates Electricity

IFLS Newsletter -- Researchers in China have created electricity by dragging a drop of seawater across a strip of graphene -- the insanely conductive, super thin, wonder material.



Ever since the early 19th century, scientists have known that an electric potential can be generated by simply driving an ionic liquid -- fluids with charged ions in it, like water or sodium chloride solution -- through channels or holes under a pressure gradient. The latest in hydroelectric power involves generating voltage by immersing carbon nanotubes in flowing liquids. But scientists have never quite figured out exactly how this happens -- and generating electricity without a pressure gradient remains a challenge.



Now, Wanlin Guo and colleagues from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics produced a few mi  (go to article)

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Here’s How Toyota Made Its Engines More Efficient [Video]

AutoEvolution -- As you may have heard, Toyota just revealed two new thermal efficient gasoline engines. They don’t exceed a capacity bigger than 1.3-liters but the automaker said they are 10 percent more fuel efficient and almost as fuel efficient as hybrid powertrains. But how did the engineers made this possible?

First of all, Toyota wanted its engineers to work and communicate in harmony, so the company raised a whole new building called The Unit Center. Here, engineers were assigned with one single task - improve their engines’ thermal efficiency.

If you’re new to mechanics, thermal efficiency means how efficient an engine can use the gasoline its being fed with to power the car. Each drop of gasoline has contains a certain amount of energy it can set free by burning in an engine cylinder.

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Updated Looks, Updated Tech From Chevy and Ford

Reviewed.com -- Both Chevrolet and Ford debuted new looks for their compact sedans at the New York International Auto Show. While the cosmetic changes aren't radical, some new in-car technology is worth a look.  (go to article)

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BP, the petroleum giant, has more than doubled its estimate of how much crude oil it spilled this we

http://www.latimes.com/ -- BP, the petroleum giant, has more than doubled its estimate of how much crude oil it spilled this week into Lake Michigan, a source of drinking water for some 7 million people in Chicago and its suburbs.
On Monday, BP reported the spill into the lake from its Whiting refinery in northwest Indiana. The U.S. Coast Guard and the federal Environmental Protection Agency have been at the site and have been involved in the cleanup.
“Any time you get any type of chemical in land or water, no one wants to see it,” Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf, a spokesman, told the Los Angeles Times. “We can’t say for certain, but the danger seems pretty low.”
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Exclusive: GM says recalled cars safe, but has not tested for knee-bump danger

Yahoo News - Reuters -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee.

Safety advocates and engineers say the lack of testing for this factor undermines GM's claims that the cars are safe. As early as 2004, GM engineers complained that the ignition switch could be turned off if the key was bumped by a knee.

A Texas judge on Thursday allowed the unrepaired cars to stay on the road, over the objection of safety advocates and plaintiffs lawyers who said there is no way, short of repairs, to ensure the ignition switch would not slip out of the run position, turning of  (go to article)

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GM sticking to marketing game plan despite recall crisis

FREEP -- General Motors, under siege for the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches, will not change the strategy for selling its current lineup of new cars and trucks.

The recall, which began in February and was expanded last month, is the company’s largest crisis since it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.

While GM’s U.S. market share has declined 2.3% for the first three months of this year, it’s too early to say that the recall is hurting sales of its newest models. GM’s sales rose 4% in March from a year earlier, well above analysts’ expectations and better than Ford’s 3.3% increase.

Congress, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Justice Department are investigating how early GM learned of the flawed ignition switches and why there was....  (go to article)

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Will Texas Ship Crude to California?

Rigzone -- In September 2013, Texas produced its highest monthly rate of natural resources on record – pumping 2.7 million barrels of crude per day, the highest average of oil output in over 32 years, according to data from the EIA. With this excess crude, Texas might become a supplier of oil to California if the trade is profitable.

Once an oil exporter, the Golden State now depends on imports for more than 60 percent of its oil supply. About a quarter of California’s imports are from Alaska, with the rest coming from the Middle East and Ecuador.

However, because of California’s history as an oil producing and exporting province, its refining industry was originally built to process local crudes. The state’s refineries have evolved from processing California oil to processing a mix of California  (go to article)

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An 'artifact from the past,' fuel oil has fallen out of favor in the US

Platts -- The record-low US residual fuel oil demand reached last week was a result decades in the making and perhaps illustrative of more to come as pressure continues to build from increased attention on the environment.

"This is simply a shift in power plants during this 30-year period [since the 1979 US energy crisis] away from heavy [residual fuel oil] toward natural gas and other products and also a shift by refineries to upgrade and maximize high-value products and minimize low-value products," Jim Corbett, a professor at the University of Delaware, said Thursday.

Indeed, electric generation accounted for less than 10% of residual fuel oil demand in 2012. Less than a decade earlier, it was closer to 50%, the latest EIA figures show.

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10 card that define the '90's

Yahoo! Autos -- The 1990's were a decade of growth, new technology, yet tragically some very forgettable cars. You probably haven't thought of a Plymouth Acclaim since 1993. But despite some rubbish and drudgery, the 1990's left us with a few truly iconic drives, and we'd like to share them with you. Take a look at the 10 cars that defined the 1990's.
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U.S. judge declines to order 'park it now' notices for GM cars

Reuters -- A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to compel General Motors Co to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches.

Attorneys representing Charles and Grace Silvas, the owners of a recalled 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, had sought an emergency order directing GM to issue "park it now" notices for the 2.6 million vehicles that have been recalled since February over the switches. The notices would have told owners that the cars were too dangerous to remain on the road.

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What Are The Chances That Climate Change Is "Natural"?

IFL Science -- A new study which statistically analyzed temperature data over the pre-industrial period and the industrial period has rejected the hypothesis that global warming is due to natural variability at confidence levels greater than 99%. The results have been published in the journal Climate Dynamics.

Although there is a large body of evidence to suggest that current global warming is largely due to human activities, much of this has relied on models called general circulation models (GCMs). GCMs are computer-driven models that are key components of global climate models, which as the name suggests are used for modeling climate. Although they are useful tools, some are skeptical as to whether they can really infer connections between anthropogenic factors and global warming. This, coupled with  (go to article)

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Survey finds 97% of climate science papers agree warming is man-made

The Guardian -- In 2004, Oreskes performed a survey of 928 peer-reviewed climate papers published between 1993 and 2003, finding none that rejected the human cause of global warming.

However, vested interests have long realized this and engaged in a campaign to misinform the public about the scientific consensus. For example, a memo from communications strategist Frank Luntz leaked in 2002 advised Republicans,

"Should the public come to believe that the scientific issues are settled, their views about global warming will change accordingly. Therefore, you need to continue to make the lack of scientific certainty a primary issue in the debate"  (go to article)

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CFDC calls for ethanol to stand up as alternative fuel

GasBuddy Blog -- In a presentation at the annual Emerging Issues Forum, Clean Fuels Development Coalition Executive Director Douglas Durante called on ethanol supporters to not only defend the federal Renewable Fuel Standard but to move beyond it by capitalizing on the economic, energy supply, environmental and health benefits of ethanol in mid- and high-level blends including E85.

Durante told attendees at the 9th Annual Ethanol Forum that the obsession with RFS volumes has distracted the industry from pursuing other, often higher values that are not bound by the RFS. The key to capturing that value he said is using ethanol in flex fuel vehicles.

"Ethanol is treated like a second class citizen in the alternative fuels community, and we...  (go to article)

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Police Investigate Two Related Multi-Car Accidents

newsplex.com -- Two accidents involving multiple vehicles closed down a busy Albemarle County road Thursday morning, and police believe the accidents are connected  (go to article)

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Electric Vehicle Manufacturers Woo Buyers with Free Energy

Mansfield Oil Company -- Yesterday, news agencies were greeted by auto manufacturers at the New York International Auto Show before it opens to the public tomorrow. This year, manufacturers will showcase several vehicles sporting alternative fuels. With traditional petroleum-based fuel costs exceeding most alternative sources, the industry has been quick to capitalize on demand for “green” vehicles.
As an added bonus, Nissan announced it would offer customers two years of free recharging with the purchase or lease of vehicles from their Leaf line. While only available in 10 markets — most of which are located along the West Coast and South West — Nissan promised another 15 would be added to the program for their 2015 models. Tesla Motors piloted a similar program for their luxury S-series sedan, promising lifetim  (go to article)

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DOE projects diesel prices to drop more than a dime this summer

Overdrive -- The average price of diesel should fall more than dime over the course of the summer, according to projections released this week by the Department of Energy, who expects diesel to average $3.87 a gallon this summer.

The forecast was made in the DOE’s Energy Information Administration’s monthly Short Term Energy Outlook.

The EIA pegged the national average price of diesel in the most recent week at $3.959, so a $3.87 average would likely mean a steadily decline during the next six months.

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GM faced a Cadillac ignition switch issue in 2006

Reuters -- DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors engineers reported accidentally turning off ignition switches in a Cadillac SRX with their knees more than eight years ago, and they ordered a similar fix to a similar problem in smaller, cheaper cars linked to 13 deaths, according to documents from parts maker Delphi Automotive.

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Obama Stymies Oil and Natural Gas Production on Federal Lands

Forbes -- A new nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) report quantifies the Obama administration’s hostility towards America’s oil and natural gas industry. While oil and natural gas production has surged on non-federal lands, President Obama has overseen a decline in production on federal lands.

There are four entities that own land in the United States: the federal government, states, private landowners, and Native Americans. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the Department of the Interior is charged with leasing, selling, and generally managing oil and natural gas reserves on federal land.

Although the federal government heavily regulates the exploration and production process through laws like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, etc, the federal governm  (go to article)

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"Holy Grail" of muscle cars found in old barn

New York post -- Why did have to be G.M.  (go to article)

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Gasoline Heads for Weekly Gain on Supply Drop, Higher Use

Bloomberg -- Gasoline rose, headed for a second straight weekly gain, on lower supplies and higher demand.

Futures advanced after the Energy Information Administration reported yesterday that gasoline stockpiles contracted 154,000 barrels to 210.3 million last week, the lowest since Nov. 15. Demand over the past four weeks was 4.6 percent higher than a year earlier, up from 4.4 percent in the prior four weeks.

“You are expecting a seasonal pickup in demand and gasoline supplies are very low,” said Amrita Sen, chief oil market strategist at Energy Aspects Ltd., a research company in London.  (go to article)

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U-M is turning Ann Arbor into the world's largest lab for wireless vehicle communication

MLive.com -- The University of Michigan is aiming to turn the entirety of Ann Arbor into a laboratory.

The city's drivers will become lab rats, and each errand or trip to work will become part of a very large experiment.

U-M's Transportation Research Institute and the federal and state transportation departments have plans to equip 9,000 cars with wireless communication technology.

That's an estimated 10 percent of the city's driving population.

The cars will send and receive wireless communications with each other and much of the city's infrastructure, including equipped traffic lights and intersections, as Ann Arborites go through the motions of their daily routine.

A modest percentage of the vehicles will be outfitted with not only the vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I  (go to article)

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U.S. Crude Oil Supplies Rise More Than Expected

Dow Jones Business News -- -U.S. crude inventories rose by more than expected in the week ended April 11, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Crude oil stockpiles increased by 10 million barrels to 394.1 million barrels, compared with an average survey estimate for stocks to rise by 1.5 million barrels on the week.

The increase was the biggest gain in crude stocks since March 2001.

Gasoline stockpiles fell by 200,000 barrels to 210.3 million barrels, the EIA said in its weekly report. Analysts surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expected a 1.4 million-barrel drop.

Distillate stocks, which include heating oil and diesel fuel, fell by 1.3 million barrels to 111.9 million barrels, compared with analysts' forecast of a dip of 100,000 barrels.
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Food and Gasoline Prices Jump

American Institute for Economic Research -- Food and energy prices are volatile. Although the Motor Fuel index jumped significantly in March, year-over-year the index has declined 8.9 percent. Utility bills, on the other hand, were higher in March (+1.3 percent) and year-over-year (+6.7 percent). Even though trips to the grocery store hurt consumer wallets in March, year-over-year grocery bills declined 0.7 percent. Unfortunately, a 5.0 percent year-over-year increase in restaurant checks offset cheaper meals at home.

The EPI measures the prices of goods and services purchased on an everyday basis. It is designed to reflect an average household’s day-to-day inflation by tracking the prices most relevant to frequent purchases. For example, consumers paid more to keep in touch with family and friends in March. Internet Services inc  (go to article)

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Scientists capture ultrafast snapshots of light-driven superconductivity

phys.org -- Scientists used carefully timed pairs of laser pulses at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) to trigger superconductivity in the material and immediately take x-ray snapshots of its atomic and electronic structure as superconductivity emerged.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-04-scientists-capture-ultrafast-snapshots-light-driven.html#jCp

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Insight: In green car race, Toyota adds muscle with fuel-cell launch

Reuters -- In 1997, Toyota caught its competitors by surprise with the revolutionary Prius, the first commercially successful gasoline-electric hybrid car. Now, the Japanese firm is trying to do the same with a technology that seems straight out of science fiction.

Toyota Motor Corp will next year launch a hydrogen-powered car in the United States, Japan and Europe. For now, people at Toyota are calling it the 2015 FC car, for fuel-cell.

Fuel-cell cars use a "stack" of cells that electro-chemically combine hydrogen with oxygen to generate electricity that helps propel the car. Their only emission, bar heat, is water vapor, they can run five times longer than battery electric cars, and it takes just minutes to fill the tank with hydrogen - far quicker than even the most rapid charger can recharge a  (go to article)

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The Navy's Seawater-To-Fuel System: Can I Use It In My Car?

Jalopnik -- Last week, the US Navy flew a model airplane with a small 2-stroke engine. That's not normally news, except for one big detail: the fuel the plane burned was made from seawater via a process the Navy has been working on for years. Let's look a little into what this sorcery is, and if it'll ever power our cars.

Essentially, on a very basic level, what the Navy is doing is extracting CO2 and Hydrogen from the seawater, and then recombining it into hydrocarbon chains, and then liquefying that (via a metal catalyst) into synthetic fuel. The type of synthetic fuel that can be made can vary, but jet fuel (similar to diesel) and petroleum-type fuels, like what was run in that little model plane, and, yes, that same sort of fuel could potentially be run in your normal old gasoline car ...  (go to article)

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Parnell administration wants to bail out ailing refineries with tax breaks

Anchorage Daily News -- A fast-track Parnell administration proposal to give tax breaks to Alaska oil refineries is moving through the state Legislature despite concerns about an estimated cost of $150 million or more over five years and questions about the effectiveness of the strategy.

The proposal would offer a tax credit -- essentially a subsidy -- amounting to $10 million a year to a refinery that invests at least $25 million in its plant. The credits would be offered for five years.

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How the most fuel-efficient vehicle in America is a Mercedes luxury sedan

Road & Track -- The new Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec is a proper mid-size luxury sedan. It makes no sacrifice to fuel economy, really, but it gets an EPA-rated 45 mpg on the highway. That's spitting distance from the best-performer Prius's 48—and in our experience, diesels usually outperform their EPA numbers, while hybrids underperform in the real world. So my hypothesis was that the Mercedes had a good chance of beating the Prius.

To test the theory, I got a rear-wheel-drive Mercedes E250 Bluetec and a loaded Prius.

I planned out a 430-mile route that both cars should be able to make without refueling, and chose a mix of Interstate and rural back roads that passed through small towns. To minimize the effects of the constant westerly wind we have on the West Coast, I chose a route that's as close to a c  (go to article)

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GM sets up new parts-ordering system for recall repairs

AUTO NEWS -- DETROIT -- General Motors today gave its dealers a revised ordering process that the retailers said should speed the shipment of parts, ease repairs and ensure the job gets done right...................
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Biofuels' future threatened by political uncertainty

The Institution of Engineering and Technology. --

Recent scientific breakthroughs can deliver the next generation of biofuels, but will political uncertainty hold up industry's most promising projects?

Early this year, US researchers unveiled a very simple chemical treatment that could release – literally – a vast resource of renewable energy.

By adding a little sulphuric acid to a plant-derived, innocuous liquid called gamma-Valerolactone, young chemist Dr Jeremy Luterbacher, Professor James Dumesic and colleagues from the University of Wisconsin-Madsion, created a solvent that dissolves the tough waste plant matter that feeds advanced biofuel production.

For decades, researchers have tried to devise methods to extract the difficult-to-reach complex sugars and alcohols – cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin – from agriculture and for  (go to article)

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Keystone Foes Winning Celebrity Battle Supporters Dismiss

Bloomberg News -- Foes of the Keystone XL oil pipeline appear to be winning the battle for endorsements from Hollywood celebrities and prominent personalities.

Will it make a difference?

Actors Mark Ruffalo, Robert Redford, Kyra Sedgwick, Jared Leto, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have come out against the $5.4 billion project. “Splash” star Daryl Hannah has been arrested at least three times at Keystone protests -- once after chaining herself to the White House fence. This week, former President Jimmy Carter joined nine other Nobel Peace Prize laureates in urging President Barack Obama to reject the project.

Having Hollywood stars and former heads of state on your side doesn’t assure success, but it can help “build up public concern and real outrage,” said Larry Noble, a counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, a  (go to article)

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Brent Crude Trades Near Six-Week High on Ukraine Risk; WTI Gains

Bloomberg News -- Brent crude traded near a six-week high amid concern that the escalating crisis in Ukraine will disrupt supplies. West Texas Intermediate rose for a second day.

Futures advanced as much as 0.2 percent in London before retreating. Ukraine accused Russia of fueling terrorism in its eastern regions as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization pledged to bolster the defenses of nearby nations. WTI rose after Janet Yellen, in her first speech to a Wall Street audience since becoming Federal Reserve chair, emphasized her commitment to support the U.S. economic recovery.

“The escalating crisis in Ukraine provides strong support to the market amid concerns about oil supply issues in the region,” Myrto Sokou, an analyst at Sucden Financial Ltd. in London, said in an e-mail. “Yellen comments yesterda  (go to article)

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Company Gears Up Cellulosic Ethanol Production

Environmental Leader -- Spanish company Abengoa Bioenergy is gearing up to produce cellulosic ethanol in the US heartland just in time to face a glut of bio-based fuel in the market and waning government support, the New York Times reports.

The company has bet $500 million in Hugoton, Kan., by building a plant on 38 acres for the cellulosic ethanol, which it calls a low-polluting alternative to petroleum products.  (go to article)

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IIHS: Only 2 of 9 mid-size SUVs earn 'good' rating in overlap crash test

GasBuddy Blog -- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) took a close look recently at mid-sized SUVs. What they found may discourage you. The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain are the only midsize SUVs out of nine evaluated to earn a "good" rating in the small overlap front crash test.

The 2014 Honda Pilot was "the worst performer in this group," said the IIHS. The 2014 Kia Sorento and Mazda CX-9 also earned a "poor" rating.

The 2014 Toyota Highlander earned an "acceptable" rating.

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner and Ford Explorer earned a "marginal" rating. What happened?

The small overlap test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle...  (go to article)

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Those Stubborn Facts: 99.9% Proof That IPCC "Expert" Climate Models Are Hugely Wrong

C3 Headlines -- Climate reality and actual evidence-based science has completely eviscerated the global warming claims of the IPCC's "scientists" and those in the "consensus" choir.

Recent climate change predictions produced by the latest bleeding-edge computer models have proven to be spectacularly wrong.

Longer-term proof that the IPCC (and its climate-doomsday religion acolytes) is provided by the original "expert" predictions that were first published back in 1990. That proof is clearly obvious from the accompanying chart.

Simply stated: the IPCC predicted that if human emissions of CO2 kept growing in a business-as-usual (BAU) manner, the world would experience a high likelihood of global warming acceleration - to a per century rate of 2.8°C.  (go to article)

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Solar’s dramatic cost fall may herald energy price deflation

reneweconomy.com -- We’ve seen and published many dramatic graphs about the fall in solar, such as this one tracing the fall over the past 30 years and this from Citigroup, but the following graph from investment bank Sanford Bernstein is quite stunning – not just for its simplicity but because it draws attention to the potential impact of solar to the $5 trillion global energy market.

As you can see, the cost of solar PV has come from – quite literally – off the charts less than a decade ago to a point where Bernstein says solar PV is now cheaper than oil and Asian LNG (liquefied natural gas). It does its calculations on an MMBTU basis. MMBTU is the standard unit of measure for liquid fuels, often referred to as one million British thermal units.

“For these (developing Asian economies) solar is just cheap
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How Solar Energy Could Be The Key To Reducing Economic Inequality

businessinsider.com -- It is widely known that economic inequality — in terms of both income and wealth — has been getting more severe for most of the last 30 years.

..U.S. median household income in June 2013 was 4.4 percent below where it was in June 2009..

Meanwhile, the top 1 percent of Americans — those earning above $366,623 a year — has taken 81 percent of the fruits of the recovery. And the top 0.01 percent — earning about $8 million a year — has pocketed an astonishing 39 percent of the growth.

..falling energy prices mean more disposable income to save and invest, or to spend.

..Having access to an independent energy supply would be highly empowering for individuals and local communities, allowing a higher degree of independence from governments and corporations.

You could power your own lights

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Federal court upholds EPA rule retiring coal plants

Climate Change Dispatch -- A federal court has upheld an Environmental Protection Agency mercury emissions rule responsible for forcing hundreds of coal-fired power plants to retire across the country.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. upheld the EPA’s Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for coal and oil-fired power plants. The rule limits emissions of mercury and other air pollutants from such power plants, and the court victory has been hailed by environmentalists as a victory for public health.  (go to article)

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B.C. backtracks on exempting sweet natural gas plants, ski resorts from environmental assessments

VANCOUVER SUN -- British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak has done a complete turn around on a decision that would have exempted most of the natural gas produced in the province from mandatory environmental assessment.

After quietly passing an order in council Monday without public debate that would have removed about 99 per cent of the natural gas produced in the province from automatic environmental reviews, the government reversed the decision late Wednesday.

The announcement came on the same day a group of B.C. officials were kicked out of a First Nations forum on liquefied natural gas.

Polak has now apologized for the decision, saying the government failed to discuss the amendment with First Nations, prior to approval.

“Our government is committed to a strong, respectful and productive...  (go to article)

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Union backers, anti-drilling advocates clash over Occidental project at Carson meeting

Whittier Daily News -- Supporters of Occidental Petroleum Corp.'s proposed oil-and-gas drilling project in Carson made their largest showing yet at a City Council meeting this week, wearing "Jobs for Carson" buttons and holding placards.

But opposition to the project remained steady during a back-and-forth debate at a special meeting Tuesday night held to decide how to move forward with a City Council-imposed moratorium on all new oil and gas drilling.

Ultimately council members voted 3-0 to hold a hearing April 29 to determine whether they should extend the moratorium. Mayor Jim Dear and Councilman Mike Gipson were absent...

"Think of this as your practice run," Councilman Al Robles told those who came to advocate for or against the project. "The main event will be on April 29. That's when the decision will.  (go to article)

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Germany first to deliver European gas to Ukraine

RT -- German energy company RWE has started delivering gas to Ukraine as natural resource tension between Kiev and Moscow has been heating up over gas debts and prices.

Deliveries to Naftogaz, Ukraine’s national oil and gas company, are being supplied under a 2012 contract where RWE can deliver up to 10 billion cubic meters of gas to Ukraine per year, dpa-news reported.

Last week the two utilities began talks to renew gas deliveries to Ukraine. RWE said more could be delivered in the coming weeks or months if transport restrictions are resolved.

The Dusseldorf-based company said the gas is being pumped into Ukraine via Poland, in a process known as “reverse-gas-flow”, a technique that Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller says may not be entirely legal.

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Begich Earmarked Millions for Bankrupt Green Energy Company

WFB -- As Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) seeks to shore up his energy policy credentials, a now-bankrupt green energy company to which he steered federal subsidies could cloud his message.

Begich received campaign contributions from a lobbyist for an Alaska geothermal plant after helping the company obtain federal financing. The company is now bankrupt, but Begich continues touting his support for alternative energy.

The senator, who is facing reelection in November, will address the Alaska Wood Energy Conference on Wednesday. The conference brings together leaders in the state’s biomass industry.

He has also promoted fossil fuel development, including effort to open areas of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, and to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Hydrogen fuel cars could be important to California’s future

Hydrogen Fuel News -- According to the representatives from five major motor companies, who were recently involved in a panel discussion that took place in Torrance, California may become the testing place for hydrogen fuel cars over the next several years.

Carmakers will be required to follow new regulations in California by 2025.

There is a strong push for non-gas-powered vehicles in the Golden State. By the year 2025, automobile manufacturers will have to ensure that 15 percent of their total car sales come from selling zero-emission vehicles.  (go to article)

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New Methane Leak Data Adds Doubt About Future Of Natural Gas As 'Bridge' Fuel

Huffington Post -- Natural gas as a means to produce electricity is being hailed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as the fuel that can act as a "bridge" between carbon-heavy coal and zero-carbon renewables, helping to reduce humans' impact on the climate.

The idea is that burning natural gas involves fewer greenhouse gas emissions than burning coal. The IPCC in its Working Group III report says natural gas as a bridge fuel will only be effective if few gases escape into the atmosphere during natural gas production and distribution.  (go to article)

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Glow-in-the-dark highway a bright idea

Autonet -- Being tested in the Netherlands, these glow-in-the-dark markings charge by absorbing daylight, then stay lit for about eight hours during the night.

On a 500 metre stretch of highway in the Netherlands, streetlights have been replaced with glow-in-the-dark paint.

The glow-in-the-dark markings are created by mixing a photo-luminescent powder into the road paint. The paint charges by absorbing daylight, and stays lit for about eight hours during the night.

As the inventor Dan Roosegaarde explains to Wired UK, "It's like the glow in the dark paint you and I had when we were children, but we teamed up with a paint manufacturer and pushed the development. Now, it's almost radioactive."  (go to article)

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Renewable Energy Cools Earnings View

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Renewable Energy Group Inc. shares dropped after the company tempered its expectations for the first quarter, saying unseasonably cold winter weather reduced demand for diesel.

The company said results were hurt by a decline in biodiesel prices and higher-than-expected feedstock costs. Originally, Renewable Energy had projected constant prices for energy and feedstock.

The muted outlook sent the company's shares down 13% to $11 in after-hours trading.

Renewable Energy produces and sells biodiesel in the U.S., while also buying and reselling biodiesel produced by third parties. The company also offers facility management and operational services to the industry.

On Wednesday, Renewable Energy said it now sees first-quarter adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amo  (go to article)

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