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  • Killing Marine Life with Ethanol

    07/19/2014 10:40:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Ethanol and other biofuel mandates and subsidies got started when politicians bought into claims that we are rapidly depleting our petroleum, and fossil-fuel-driven global warming is boiling the planet. Hydraulic fracturing destroyed the depletion myth. It also reminds us that “peak oil” applies only if we wrongly assume that resource needs and technologies never change. The 18-year “hiatus” in planetary warming has forced alarmists to change their terminology to climate change, climate disruption and extreme weather mantras – which allow them to continue demanding that we stop using the hydrocarbons that provide 82% of the energy that makes our economy,...
  • More Fuel Efficient Cars Causing Highway Trust Fund to Go Broke

    07/07/2014 7:38:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    www.weeklystandard.com ^ | 9:24 AM, Jul 7, 2014 | By GEOFFREY NORMAN
    Washington needs more money and if it doesn’t get it, your morning commute will become: a) more expensive b) more unpleasant c) both The problem, you see, is that the Highway Trust Fund is "going broke,” by the Beltway’s curious definition of the phrase. It is sort of the way that after a round of painful “cuts,” spending somehow still goes up. The Highway Trust Fund takes in more than 18 cents on every gallon of gasoline sold in this country, so there is plenty of revenue. Just not enough to meet Washington’s needs and desires. People are driving more...
  • Report: Pentagon Paid $150 Per Gallon for Green Jet Fuel

    05/07/2014 6:34:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    The Washinton Free Beacon ^ | May 7, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    The Department of Defense (DOD) paid $150 per gallon for alternative jet fuel made from algae, more than 64 times the current market price for standard carbon-based fuels, according to a report released on Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in its report that a Pentagon official reported paying “about $150 per gallon for 1,500 gallons of alternative jet fuel derived from algal oil.” GAO’s report examined the financial challenges facing increased purchases and use of alternative jet fuels by federal agencies. “Currently, the price for alternative jet fuels exceeds that of conventional jet fuel,” the report noted. The...
  • Burning aborted babies for electricity? Happening right here in the USA

    04/24/2014 7:09:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/24/2014 | Rick Moran
    British Columbia authorities admit that they are sending the remains of aborted babies to Oregon so that they can be burned to generate electricity.LifeSite News: British Columbia, April 23, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The British Columbia Health Ministry has admitted that the remains of babies destroyed by abortion in B.C. facilities are ending up in a waste-to-power facility in the United States, providing electricity for residents of Oregon. The province’s Health Ministry said in an email to the B.C. Catholic that “biomedical waste” shipped to the U.S. to be incinerated includes “human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs,...
  • US gasoline prices reach six-month high as ethanol climbs

    04/02/2014 6:58:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 33 replies
    Bloomberg News via Fuel Fix ^ | April 2, 2014 | Barbara Powell
    Link only due to Bloomberg content
  • Obama OKs nuke deal with Vietnam (sale of nuclear fuel and technology only)

    02/24/2014 4:09:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/24/14 | Julian Pecquet
    President Obama signed off Monday on a controversial civilian nuclear deal with Vietnam. The cooperation agreement with the communist nation allows the U.S. to sell nuclear fuel and technology to its former foe. It aims to help guarantee Vietnams' energy independence as China asserts a more prominent role in the region. “I have determined that the performance of the Agreement will promote, and will not constitute an unreasonable risk to, the common defense and security,” Obama wrote in a memo for the secretaries of State and Energy. The deal aims to get Vietnam to import the fuel it needs for...
  • Obama orders even more EPA regulations for more fuel-efficient “super trucks”

    02/18/2014 4:32:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/18/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    In keeping with his trending pattern of throwing bureaucratic bones to environmentalist groups whilst doing everything he can think of to “act where Congress won’t” (like his administration’s decision last week to initiate a $1 billion “climate resilience fund” that will combat problems of the Obama administration’s own making the effects of weather around the country), President Obama announced today the latest round of fuel-efficiency regulations to be handed down on high from the ever wise and abstemious Environmental Protection Agency: Speaking at a Safeway distribution center in Maryland, Obama instructed environmental and transportation agencies to get to work on...
  • Obama orders up new mileage standards for big rigs

    02/18/2014 10:32:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 120 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 18, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    Linking increased fuel economy to the larger issue of economic growth, President Obama on Tuesday directed his administration to write new rules to improve mileage for the nation’s big-rig trucks. Mr. Obama made the announcement during a speech at a suburban Maryland Safeway distribution center and cast it as the latest move in his so-called “year of action,” a time he’ll act without Congress wherever possible. “Improving gas mileage for these trucks is going to drive down our oil imports even further,” Mr. Obama said. “That reduces carbon pollution even more, cuts down on businesses’ fuel costs, which should pay...
  • Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It's Still Illegal

    01/27/2014 2:03:55 PM PST · by Theoria · 90 replies
    NPR ^ | 27 Jan 2014 | Alastair Bland
    Within days after each season premiere and season finale of the Discovery Channel's reality show "Moonshiners," they come — a small but perceptible wave of people — to purchase suspiciously large amounts of corn, sugar and hardy strains of fermenting yeast at Austin Homebrew Supply. "We know what they're up to," says Chris Ellison, the manager of the Texas store.That is, it's obvious they're planning to ferment the sugars from grain or fruit juice into alcohol, then distill the resulting mid-strength beverage into high-alcohol hooch.Making spirits at home with plans to drink it is against federal law. Only with the...
  • TransCanada CEO: I remain “very confident” President Obama will approve Keystone XL

    12/24/2013 1:41:18 PM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 12/23/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    TransCanada Corp. Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling said he is “very confident” the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will be approved by President Barack Obama. In a recent interview with Bloomberg TV, Girling said the review process is near its end and he expects a decision “in the coming weeks we’d see a permit … that’s our hope.” “I remain very confident. It’s a very important project” and the safest way to move oil to the U.S., Girling said. “I remain 100% confident this project makes sense for energy security and all the jobs and economic benefits that come with it,”...
  • Sen. Grassley supports ethanol production despite negative claims

    12/20/2013 11:02:32 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    WQAD ^ | 11-13-13 | Katrina Lamansky,
    Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley sides with the Iowa Corn Growers Association as ethanol production came under fire. According to an investigation by the Associated Press, ethanol production puts added stress on the environment through erosion and fertilizer pollution. AP reported that “the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.” The Iowa Corn Growers Association disagreed, saying they have reduced fertilizer use and that plants have become more efficient in utilizing what they produce.
  • U.S. shale oil trade goes waterborne in 2014, says Freepoint ("logistical bottlenecks")

    11/26/2013 9:11:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 7, 2013 | Jeanine Prezioso, Editor, North American Power & Gas Forum
    In 2012, it was the oil tanker-truck trade. This year, the oil-by-rail boom inundated the U.S. East and Gulf coasts. In 2014, the shale revolution hits the water, says U.S. commodity merchant Freepoint Commodities. A dramatic slump in U.S. cash crude prices in recent weeks has vividly shown that the unrelenting rise in shale oil production from North Dakota and Texas is rapidly nearing the point of saturation for Gulf Coast refiners, likely forcing more and more cargoes up the East Coast on tankers. The swell of crude emerging from the Bakken in North Dakota, plus the Eagle Ford and...
  • U.S. EPA Issues Renewable Fuel Rules (For 2013 16.55 billion gallons required)

    08/06/2013 11:33:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 44 replies
    Finance.Yahoo ^ | 6 Aug 13 | Paul Ausick
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a final rule for the amount of renewable fuels to be added to the nation’s transportation fuel supply in 2013. The most publicized issue related to renewable fuels has been the ethanol “blend wall,” the theoretical point at which ethanol use will be surpassed by the amount of ethanol required by law. As Americans drive less, demand for gasoline falls also reducing demand for ethanol. Because blenders are required either to use the mandated amount, regardless of demand, or pay for credits for the amount they don’t use, the EPA has been...
  • Aviat Introduces CNG-Powered Husky ( Aircraft )

    07/30/2013 9:53:05 AM PDT · by taildragger · 12 replies
    Aero-News ^ | Tue, Jul 30, 2013 | Staff Author
    Dual-Fuel Configuration In Proof-Of-Concept Airplane Airplane manufacturer Aviat Aircraft, Inc. and Minneapolis-based Aviation Foundation of America, will unveil the first dual fuel, piston powered aircraft to operate on both compressed natural gas (CNG) and aviation gasoline. The Aviat Husky CNG will be on display outside the Innovations Pavilion throughout AirVenture 2013 this week.
  • 'fancy heat' Chafing Fuel

    07/25/2013 11:18:34 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 39 replies
    Campers and preppers : I'm finding these chafing heaters at 99 cent stores. They will burn for 2 hours with enough heat to cook a small meal.
  • United Airlines to install 'winglets' on planes to save fuel

    07/22/2013 6:29:41 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 77 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 21, 2013 | Hugo Martin
    With airlines operating on razor-thin profit margins, carriers are pulling out all the stops to cut costs. The latest example is United Airlines, which plans to install new angled tips to the ends of the wings on more than 140 of its 737-model jets beginning next year.
  • State Gas Taxes Head Higher (Here are the states with highest/lowest gasoline taxes/gallon)

    04/04/2013 8:56:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/04/2013 | KEITH JOHNSON
    Maryland's decision last month to raise its gasoline tax highlights a trend taking shape across the country: States are increasingly opting to raise gas taxes and other fees to fund road repairs and maintenance. Gasoline consumption is down nationwide, thanks to more fuel-efficient vehicles and the slow pace of the economic recovery. Gas taxes also have mostly stayed constant in nominal terms, even as the cost of road repairs and construction rises in line with inflation or faster. The combination means money for roads—usually drawn from gas taxes—is increasingly falling short of what is needed. The gas-tax increases come on...
  • EPA to unveil plan to clean up tailpipe pollution that critics say would raise gas prices

    03/29/2013 4:35:50 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 16 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/29/2013 | fox news
    The White House is planning to unveil a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency that aims to clean up gasoline and automobile emissions, a plan officials say will lead to cleaner air but also higher gas prices. The so-called Tier 3 standards would reduce sulfur in gasoline by more than 60 percent and reduce nitrogen oxides by 80 percent, by expanding across the country a standard already in place in California. It would go into effect in 2017. The oil industry, Republicans and some Democrats have pressed the EPA to delay the rule, saying it would be unwise to impose...
  • EPA taking aim at auto emissions, sulfur in gas (Gas will cost more)

    03/29/2013 8:11:20 AM PDT · by illiac · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/29/13 | Dina Capiello
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Reducing sulfur in gasoline and tightening emissions standards on cars beginning in 2017, as the Obama administration is proposing, would come with costs as well as rewards. The cost at the pump for cleaner air across the country could be less than a penny or as high as 9 cents a gallon, depending on who is providing the estimate. An oil industry study says the proposed rule being unveiled Friday by the administration could increase gasoline prices by 6 cents to 9 cents a gallon. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates an increase of less than a penny...
  • EPA Fuel Rule Will Raise Prices At The Pump

    03/29/2013 11:42:33 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 4 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 03/29/13 | LD Jackson
    If there is one thing we can depend on, it's that liberals will be liberals. That includes the liberals who are running the EPA. Leave it to these guys to figure out a way to "save the environment" and raise fuel prices at the same time. That's exactly what a new rule the EPA is set to announce will do. According to news reports, the EPA wants to do more to clean up automobile and gasoline emissions. Thus, the new rule, which will kill two birds with one stone. (Fox News) The proposal, released Friday morning, aims to reduce sulfur...
  • Hydrogen on demand from silicon nanospheres - just add water

    01/23/2013 10:55:20 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | 23 January 2013 | Richard Chirgwin
    “Instant energy, just add water” – you might expect the expression under an ACME label in an old Warner Bros cartoon, but not from a University. However, researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York have demonstrated that nano-particles of silicon react with water to produce the non-toxic silicic acid and release hydrogen. The reaction is well known, but the university says using 10nm spheres of silicon works 1,000 times faster than bulk silicon. Published in Nano Letters, the experiment didn’t require external heat or light to release the hydrogen, which was captured by the researchers to power a...
  • House GOP plans to put fuel standard on trial in next Congress

    12/15/2012 5:34:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Zack Colman
    House GOP plans to put fuel standard on trial in next CongressBy Zack Colman - 12/15/12 04:13 PM ET House Republicans plan to put the renewable fuel standard on trial next Congress, a House Energy and Commerce Committee aide told The Hill. Committee staff is gearing up for hearings on the subject, citing recent concerns from the AAA motor club, automakers and the oil industry that the rule is pushing a high-ethanol fuel blend onto the market they say will damage cars. “If Congress observes the data, I think they will conclude we are putting the consumer at risk currently,”...
  • gas storage options question

    11/03/2012 9:08:05 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 76 replies
    me ^ | 11-3-12 | TurboZamboni
    What are the best long term gas storage options("long" being 2-3 years) It will be in a non-climate controlled shed with summer temps up to 100 and winter down to -30.
  • Cuomo: Gas Crunch Should Ease Soon (Amazed At How Quickly It Can All Go Bad)

    11/02/2012 8:54:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Daily Politics ^ | November 2, 2012
    Gov. Cuomo said the gas crisis caused by Superstorm Sandy should ease now that the Coast Guard has lifted the tanker restrictions in the harbor.Cuomo during a pre-taped interview with Sirius/XM radio, said the Coast Guard closed New York Harbor because containers blew off ships that could cause navigation and other problems, including hull breaches.That kept gas tankers from coming to New York City.On Thursday, the restrictions were lifted, Cuomo said."The fuel situation should be abated soon," he said.He warned against price gauging, saying the Attorney General's Office will prosecute anyone who does.Cuomo during the interview said he has to...
  • New Yorkers in fuel scramble as storm-hit pumps dry up

    10/31/2012 4:08:16 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 30,2012 | By David Sheppard and Edward McAllister
    Drivers and homeowners scrambled to secure fuel for their cars and generators in the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday as storm-hit gasoline stations started to run dry. More than half of all gasoline service stations in the New York City area and New Jersey were shut because of depleted fuel supplies and power outages, frustrating attempts to restore normal life, industry officials said. Reports of long lines, dark stations and empty tanks circulated across the region. Some station owners were unable to pump fuel due to a lack of power, while others quickly ran their tanks dry because of increased demand...
  • US To Get Redesigned Tata Nano

    10/15/2012 6:31:35 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 42 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 10/15/2012 | Derek Kreindler
    Tata CEO Ratan Tata has apparently decided to sell the Tata Nano minicar in the United States, even as Tata lacks though proper sales channel. In an interview with Automotive News, the company namesake said that a redesigned Nano, with features like traction control, a more powerful engine and power steering, could go on sale at a price below $10,000 in three years time. But a distribution channel is still a giant question mark, with Tata saying ”We have to give a lot of thought to how we would distribute the car,” and little else. Tata’s remarks came at the...
  • With (record gas prices) Obama Cuts Off Drilling in Half of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve

    10/15/2012 11:43:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-15-2012 | Jim Hoft
    With Gas Prices at Record Levels Obama Cuts Off Drilling in Half of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, October 15, 2012, 11:10 AM Gas prices have more than doubled since Barack Obama took over the White House. But that didn’t stop him from cutting off drilling in August in half of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve.The Obama Administration planned for higher gas prices and fewer jobs through their many job-killing decisions.The Wall Street Journal reported, via FOX Nation: President Obama is campaigning as a champion of the oil and gas boom he’s had nothing to do...
  • Why Isn't the Price Of Gasoline a Campaign Issue?

    09/21/2012 1:37:48 AM PDT · by formerlyfree · 68 replies
    When Obama was elected the average price of gasoline was $1.78, why is this not an issue? Where will the price of gasoline be in four years if Obama is elected. This is an issue that effects EVERYONE. Why isn't it discussed more?
  • Police: Woman stole gas 10 times

    09/07/2012 8:42:45 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    UPI ^ | September 7, 2012
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they arrested a woman accused of driving away from one gas station 10 times without paying for the fuel. Investigators said Dauzree Arlanne Morticia, 20, of Port St. Lucie, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of grand theft after she allegedly filled her tank at Murphy USA and drove off without paying on 10 occasions beginning Aug. 4, TCPalm.com reported Friday.
  • Rules to double U.S. fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2024

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The Obama administration finalized new fuel economy rules Tuesday that within 12 years will almost double today's standard for cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon. The rules, which have been in the works for several years, will add thousands of dollars to the cost of new cars. But in the long run, regulators say, drivers will spend less on gas, outweighing the additional cost at the dealership. They say the rules will also help reduce the nation's oil imports from OPEC by about half.
  • Exclusive: White House dusting off plan for potential oil release

    08/16/2012 11:51:42 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | August. 16, 2012 | Jeff Mason
    (Reuters) - The White House is "dusting off old plans" for a potential release of oil reserves to dampen rising gasoline prices and prevent high energy costs from undermining the success of Iran sanctions, a source with knowledge of the situation said on Thursday. U.S. officials will monitor market conditions over the coming weeks, watching whether gasoline prices fall after the September 3 Labor Day holiday, as they historically do, the source said. It was too early to say how big a drawdown would be from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve and, potentially, other international reserves if a decision to...
  • $26 a gallon?! Navy's 'Green Fleet' meets stiff headwinds

    07/03/2012 8:47:48 AM PDT · by kingattax · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/2/2012 | David Alexander
    A U.S. Navy oiler slipped away from a fuel depot on the Puget Sound in Washington state one recent day, headed toward the central Pacific and into the storm over the Pentagon's controversial green fuels initiative. In its tanks, the USNS Henry J. Kaiser carried nearly 900,000 gallons of biofuel blended with petroleum to power the cruisers, destroyers and fighter jets of what the Navy has taken to calling the "Great Green Fleet," the first carrier strike group to be powered largely by alternative fuels. Conventionally powered ships and aircraft in the strike group will burn the blend in an...
  • Republicans critical of Navy's 'Great Green Fleet', $26 a gallon fuel

    07/02/2012 7:02:59 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 35 replies
    FoxNews ^ | uly 02, 2012 | FoxNews
    The Navy is steaming ahead with an initiative to power ships with biofuel, despite criticism the so-called “green fuel” costs nearly seven times more than conventional fuel. This month marks the first time the Navy is using biofuel in an operational setting -- sending five ships to a multi-nation exercise off the coast of Hawaii. A Navy official told FoxNews.com on Monday that sailing the so-called “Great Green Fleet” this month on the 50-50 blend of alternative and conventional fuel is part of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ plan to have half the Navy fleet on alternative fuel by 2020. The...
  • German official: Obama should get his own debt under control before handing out free advice

    06/25/2012 7:54:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 25, 2012 | Erika Johnson
    In a not-so-subtle rebuke of President Obama’s tendency to offer unsolicited recommendations on how Europeans should handle their debt crises on Sunday evening, Germany’s finance minister suggested that perhaps His Munificence should focus on his own problems before trying to fix everybody else’s. Wolfgang Schaeuble told public broadcaster ZDF in an interview late Sunday that “people are always very quick at giving others advice.”He says: “Mr. Obama should first of all take care of reducing the American deficit, which is higher than in the eurozone.” An unfortunate and embarrassing truth — the EU’s debt-to-GDP ratio is well over eighty percent,...
  • Pipelines: The Safest Way to Move Fuel

    06/21/2012 4:28:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    RCM ^ | 06/21/2012 | By Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    <p>The administration appears unwavering in its decision to block construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would bring oil from Canada, our closest trading partner, to American refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.</p> <p>The relative safety of pipelines vis-ŕ-vis road and rail to transport oil and gas is a topic of preeminent importance. Data published by the U.S. Department of Transportation clearly show that pipelines have lower injury and fatality rates than road and rail, in addition to enjoying a substantial cost advantage.</p>
  • Startup turns carbon dioxide into fuels

    06/15/2012 11:16:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    phys.org ^ | June 15, 2012 | By Catherine Zandonella
    Ask Andrew Bocarsly about the innovation behind Liquid Light, a New Jersey startup company that turns carbon dioxide into fuels and industrial chemicals, and the Princeton University chemistry professor smiles ruefully. "The project goes back to the early '90s," he said. "But nobody cared about carbon dioxide at that time." Today, carbon dioxide (CO2) is a hot topic. Scientists around the globe are searching for ways to store, dispose of, or prevent the formation of the greenhouse gas, which is a major driver of global climate change. Liquid Light hopes to take this concept one step further and harness waste...
  • U.S. oil production reaches historic high As price plummets

    06/11/2012 8:21:52 PM PDT · by jyro · 52 replies
    WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- Federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico, along with output from Texas and North Dakota, pushed U.S. oil production to its highest level in 14 years, the EIA said. The U.S. Energy Department's Energy Information Administration reports that U.S. oil production during the first quarter of 2012 topped 6 million barrels per day for the first time since 1998. "The roughly 6 percent growth in U.S. oil production from October 2011 through March 2012 is largely the result of increases in oil output in North Dakota, Texas and the Gulf of Mexico," the agency said...
  • Fuel From Plastic Nears Commercialization

    06/11/2012 9:46:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    www.designnews.com ^ | 05-31-2012 | Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
    Alternative energy often means the better-known sources like solar, wind power, or biofuels. A new form of alternative fuels recovers energy from post-consumer or post-industrial plastic wastes that cannot be recycled efficiently. Technologies for creating these fuels attempt to solve two big problems: the overabundance of unrecycled plastic in landfills, and the creation of domestic energy sources. Several of these plastics-to-fuel (PTF) conversion processes are on the verge of commercialization in the US. The waste-to-energy (WTE) industry began by approaching polymer wastes as a problem to be eliminated, but failed to come up with financially feasible methods, Jay Schabel, CEO...
  • Nanosheet catalyst discovered to sustainably split hydrogen from water

    05/14/2012 7:04:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | 10 May 2012 | Provided by Brookhaven National Laboratory
    Hydrogen gas offers one of the most promising sustainable energy alternatives to limited fossil fuels. But traditional methods of producing pure hydrogen face significant challenges in unlocking its full potential, either by releasing harmful carbon dioxide into the atmosphere or requiring rare and expensive chemical elements such as platinum. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a new electrocatalyst that addresses one of these problems by generating hydrogen gas from water cleanly and with much more affordable materials. The novel form of catalytic nickel-molybdenum-nitride – described in a paper published online May 8,...
  • Biofuel tree project discovers Indigenous partners

    05/01/2012 9:43:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | May 01, 2012 | Provided by University of Queensland
    University of Queensland researchers have planted five hectares of Pongamia trees at Hope Vale, north Queensland in a bid to create a commercially viable plantation for sustainable regional development and biofuel production in northern Australia. In conjunction with Cape York's traditional land owners and partners, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research (CILR) is aiming to plant a further 3000 hectares within the first three years of the partnership, which will ultimately yield an estimated 10 to 15 million litres of biofuel. The seeds from the oil-rich Pongamia pinnata (also called Millettia) tree provide a sustainable solution to...
  • Sarah Palin and Eric Bolling’s Special “Paying at the Pump” Dominates Cable News Ratings

    04/19/2012 5:31:20 PM PDT · by ak267 · 2 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | 4/17/2012 | Gary P Jackson
    The numbers are in, and Paying at the Pump, the one hour special hosted by Sarah Palin and Eric Bolling owned the 10pm [eastern] time slot. 1,840,000 tuned in to see the show, which was also re-run several times over the weekend. It was the second highest in cable news viewership Friday night, bettered only by Bill O’Reilly’s show, The O’Reilly Factor. At 10pm CNN’s Anderson Cooper brought in 526,000 viewers, MSNBC had 458,000 and HLN’s Nancy Grace had 262,000. It should be noted Cooper’s show was a re-run, though he only pulled 426,000 viewers at 8pm, giving him 952,000...
  • Obama to pitch $52M plan to regulate oil markets

    04/17/2012 5:32:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 17, 2012
    WASHINGTON – Under pressure to take action on rising gasoline prices, President Obama wants Congress to strengthen federal supervision of oil markets, increase penalties for market manipulation and empower regulators to increase the amount of money energy traders are required to put behind their transactions. The White House plan, which Obama was to unveil Tuesday, is more likely to draw sharp election-year distinctions with Republicans than have an immediate effect on prices at the pump. The measures seek to boost spending for Wall Street enforcement at a time when congressional Republicans are seeking to limit the reach of federal financial...
  • Obama: You Never Heard Me Say 'Drill Baby Drill' [YouTube Video]

    03/22/2012 10:41:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 27, 2012 | Barack Hussein Obama
    Video at link.
  • With Gas Prices Rising, Smog Rules May Stall

    03/18/2012 7:13:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 18, 2012 | By Tennile Tracy
    The Obama administration, facing political heat over high gasoline prices, may delay new rules that would cut pollution from cars but also could bring higher prices at the pump, environmental and industry leaders said. The rules would require refiners to make cleaner-burning gasoline and auto makers to build cars that emit fewer smog-forming pollutants. The Environmental Protection Agency was scheduled to roll out the rules before April, but it hasn't yet submitted them for White House review. "We expect that timing will begin to slip, perhaps for political considerations" said American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard. The new standards are...
  • Gas prices up for 8th straight day

    03/17/2012 5:47:32 PM PDT · by Signalman · 10 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 3/17/2012 | CNNMoney Staff
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The national average price for a gallon of gasoline rose for the eighth straight day on Saturday to $3.835. That is now only about 7% below the record high of $4.11 from July 2008. The average price rose by four-tenths of a penny, according to the survey of gas stations conducted for the motorist group AAA. Gas prices are now up more than 17% this year. The nationwide average was $3.52 a gallon a month ago and $3.76 a gallon on March 9 -- the day that prices started rising again after a few days of...
  • Graphene battery demonstrated to power an LED

    03/16/2012 9:41:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies · 1+ views
    www.physorg.com ^ | 16 March 2012 | Lin Edwards
    Scientists in Hong Kong have reported, in ArXiv, their experiments to make a graphene battery that they say generates an electrical current by drawing on the ambient thermal energy in the solution in which it is immersed. Researchers led by Zihan Xu of the Department of Applied Physics and Materials Research Centre at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, attached silver and gold electrodes to a graphene sheet, typically 7 mm x 7 mm in area, mounted on a silicon substrate. The assembly was then immersed in a saturated solution of copper chloride (CuCl2), and was found to produce an electrical...
  • Researchers develop a new candidate for a cleaner, greener and renewable diesel fuel

    03/14/2012 7:17:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.physorg.com ^ | 14 March 2012 | by Lynn Yarris & Provided by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    A class of chemical compounds best known today for fragrance and flavor may one day provide the clean, green and renewable fuel with which truck and auto drivers fill their tanks. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria to generate significant quantities of methyl ketone compounds from glucose. In subsequent tests, these methyl ketones yielded high cetane numbers – a diesel fuel rating comparable to the octane number for gasoline – making them strong candidates for the production of advanced biofuels. “Our findings add to the list of naturally...
  • Senate rejects plan to open Arctic refuge to drilling

    03/13/2012 3:09:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 13, 2012 | Sean Cockerham
    WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to oil drilling, as well as to approve construction of the Keystone pipeline project. Tuesday's vote was the first time in four years that the Senate has voted on a measure including ANWR drilling, and it failed miserably.
  • President Obama Suggests Romney Shoveling 'A Load of You-Know-What' (Hussein pimps fossil fuel)

    02/28/2012 9:51:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/28/12 | Jake Tapper
    President Obama Suggests Romney Shoveling 'A Load of You-Know-What'By Jake Tapper | ABC News – 12 hrs ago As Michigan Republicans headed to the polls Tuesday morning, President Obama delivered an aggressive defense of the bailout of the auto industry and his presidency in general, harshly criticizing GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney - though he never mentioned him by name. "I've got to admit, it's been funny to watch some of these folks completely try to rewrite history now that you're back on your feet," the president said to a raucous crowd at the United Auto Workers Convention. "The same folks...
  • Fuel from Algae?

    02/24/2012 10:29:04 AM PST · by stolinsky · 28 replies
    www.stolinsky.com | 02-24-12 | stolinsky
    News report: President Obama declares that rather than drilling for new sources of oil, or building the pipeline, we should get fuel from algae. Algie saw the bear The bear saw Algie The bear was bulgy The bulge was Algie -- Red Skelton