July 19, 2012
The US Navy was recently lambasted by Republicans for spending $26 a gallon on biofuels during the recent RIMPAC international naval exercises; all part of its Great Green Fleet Demonstration. However little note was taken when last month the US Air Force spent $59 a gallon on biofuels to prove that alternative fuels can be used in its military aircraft; once the small price difference issue has [...]
Despite testimony from the Pentagon’s top leaders that energy diversification is a key component of American military and security strategy, the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 24 voted 13-12 to prohibit the U.S. military from buying biofuel, a plant-based alternative to oil that is currently more expensive, unless or until its price drops to that of oil. The committee’s majority also voted to stop the Department of [...]
From The PERColator:
The current administration continues to push for cleaner air. That means reducing carbon emissions, according to the 2009 EPA ruling that defines carbon dioxide as an air pollutant. It should be no surprise then, that the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) on newly constructed power utilities reduces allowable carbon emissions.
The new emission levels, however, are below what is technologically feasible for coal burning plants. This effectively means that [...]
Excerpt from the article:
Support for development of fuel sources such as wind and solar power has diminished in the United States during the past year, a survey found. The March 7-11 poll, conducted by the Pew Research Center for People & the Press, found 52 percent of those responding indicated support for alternative fuel was more important than increasing oil, coal and natural gas production, while 39 percent indicated [...]
Drill Baby Drill, Redux
Published: March 4, 2012
It’s campaign season and the pandering about gas prices is in full swing. Hardly a day goes by that a Republican politician does not throw facts to the wind and claim that rising costs at the pump are the result of President Obama’s decisions to block the Keystone XL pipeline and impose sensible environmental regulations and modest restrictions on offshore drilling.
Next, of course, comes [...]
David Eggen for The New York Times
Refiners are required to blend motor fuel with cellulosic biofuel made from wood chips or the inedible parts of plants like corn cobs.
WASHINGTON — When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as [...]
The way most of the world – especially those of us who live in wealthy countries like the United States – lives is unsustainable. We eat food that is shipped across the globe, genetically engineered, and processed to the point where few nutrients remain. We depend on resources violently extracted from the Earth – coal for electricity, natural gas for heat, and various metals for the parts in our cellphones [...]
Just watching the video, you can already tell Dennis, Danielle, Caden, and Vedah McClung’s house number is 1605 on a suburban street in Mesa, Arizona. Since they run GardenPool.org and allow public/private tours of the pool, everyone who pays a fee and takes the tour will know where they live.
In fact, a Google search with just some of the above information just netted me their home address. I can see [...]
David Shepardson/ Detroit News Washington Bureau
President Barack Obama has an order for federal agencies: No more driving full-size sedans unless it is absolutely necessary.
That means fewer Chevrolet Impalas and more Cruzes. Fewer Ford Taurus sedans and more Ford Fiestas.
In an order to agencies today, Obama said government agencies should limit “optional equipment to what is essential to meet agency mission, and be midsize or smaller sedans, except where larger sedans [...]
GOV. HALEY BARBOUR (R-Miss.): “This administration’s policies have been designed to drive up the cost of energy in the name of reducing pollution, in the name of making very expensive alternative fuels more economically competitive.”
Watch the video here
By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press
WASHINGTON â€“ Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential presidential contender, accused the Obama administration Wednesday of favoring a run-up in gas prices to prod consumers to buy more fuel-efficient cars.
Barbour cited 2008 comments from Steven Chu, now President Barack Obama’s energy secretary, that a gradual increase in gasoline taxes could coax consumers into dumping their gas-guzzlers and finding homes closer to where they [...]
by Llewellyn King of OilPrice.com
Who, How and Why: $140 Oil and $5 Gas
According to a loosely-organized apocalyptic Christian movement, May 21, 2011 will be the “end of days.”Â On or about that same date, the price of oil in the United States will begin to climb to $4 a gallon, according to two savants of the oil industry.
The former is highly unlikely but the latter is very [...]