CA Climate-Change Bill Passed, Electric Utilities To Target Oil Industry

CA Climate-Change Bill Passed, Electric Utilities To Target Oil Industry

Let's call this one a good news, bad news, good news story. On Friday, September 11, the California Senate approved SB 350, the Clean Energy and Reduction Act--by far the most far-reaching climate change legislation enacted in the U.S. The bill's provisions codify Governor Jerry Brown's goals of... read more

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New West Coast Oil Refinery Proposed To Meet Clean-Fuel Demand

Along the Columbia River in Washington state, developers are planning the first new oil refinery on the West Coast in 25 years. Paradoxically, the goal of the project is to... read more July 2, 2015 by 

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Big Oil To 'Lose Control Of Auto Industry': Energy Conference

It's not uncommon for media commenters to look at electric-car sales numbers, only to conclude that the segment is teetering on the brink of death. Electric cars will never... read more April 28, 2015 by 

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Electric Cars Could Slash UK Oil Imports 40 Percent In 15 Years: Study

With high fuel prices and island locations on the same warming planet as every other sovereign state, the United Kingdom could benefit enormously from electric cars. Plug-in... read more March 24, 2015 by 

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Will Oil Price Collapse Because We're Out Of Room To Store It?

Oil prices have dropped precipitously over the past few months, and while that's led to lower gas prices, it's also creating a somewhat unusual problem. No matter how much or... read more March 5, 2015 by 

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Oil Industry Will Begin To Vanish By 2030, Says New Book

What if electric cars and renewable energy became such common parts of our society that they made the oil industry obsolete? It's an environmentalist's dream, and it's also... read more February 13, 2015 by 

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Do Low Gas Prices Hurt Renewable Energy Adoption? Unlikely, Says Analyst

Gas prices have fallen dramatically in the U.S.--40 percent in six months--and it's assumed by some that this will hurt the renewable-energy industry. With the financial... read more January 26, 2015 by 

Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

How Oil Companies Fight CA's Clean Energy: Playbook Leaked Accidentally

When it comes to curtailing carbon emissions, California leads the way. Its policies promoting clean energy and zero-emission vehicles are the most comprehensive of any... read more November 28, 2014 by 

Petro-Canada gas station, Crossfields, Alberta, with electric-car charging station

Electric-Car Charging Station At Gas Station In Tar-Sands Land

Electric-car charging stations are still remarkably rare at gas stations, though a handful exist in the Pacific Northwest. But earlier this year, the Petro-Canada station in... read more November 25, 2014 by 

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Gasoline Prices Continue To Fall, Almost At Four-Year Low: Report

If you're reading this while preparing for you morning commute, take solace in the fact that it's likely costing you a little less to drive to work than it did at this time... read more October 28, 2014 by 

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Rockefeller Oil Heirs Will Divest Fossil-Fuel Stocks From Family Funds

A name synonymous with oil wealth for more than a century is now abandoning it. John D. Rockefeller built a vast fortune with Standard Oil, but his heirs are turning away... read more September 25, 2014 by 

Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Gas Prices Fall For Labor Day With Oil Supplies Ample

If you're getting out on the road this Labor Day weekend visiting friends or family, you may be pleased to hear it'll cost you a little less than it did this time last year... read more August 30, 2014 by 

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BP: 53.3 Years Of Oil Left At Current Production Rate

"Nobody knows or can know how much oil exists under the earth's surface or how much it will be possible to produce in the future." That's how BP starts its website page... read more July 7, 2014 by 

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Five MORE Big Myths About Green Cars And Gas Mileage, Debunked

Yep, Big Oil is definitely scheming and plotting to destroy the electric car. Everyone knows that. Right? [sigh] Time for more mythbusting, it seems. The surprising success... read more January 31, 2014 by 

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U.S. Demand For Oil Rose 4-5 Percent In 2013, Startling Analysts

With increasing energy efficiency in cars, homes, and industry, plus a surge in domestic natural-gas production, U.S. demand for oil is widely said to have tapered off and in... read more January 23, 2014 by 

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U.S. Now Produces More Oil Than It Imports: Is This Good?

It's official: The U.S. now produces more oil than it imports from foreign countries. It isn't the first time that's ever happened, but it's the first time in two... read more November 17, 2013 by 


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