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Are Gas Prices Headed Higher?

http://finance.yahoo.com/tumblr/blog-are-gas-prices-headed-higher-110059203.html -- Gas prices have been heading lower over the last several months and are down 19% since the June high. This has been great news for drivers and especially those families taking road trips during the summer. However, it appears we may start paying more at the pump as prices begin to bottom out.  (go to article)

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Why Gas Pumps Spread Disease More than Anything Else

Yahoo Autos -- “So, here’s something that you probably didn’t know. Gas pumps – the very lifeblood of our bold rides – are the most likely place to get cold and flu germs.”

“A whopping 71 percent of gas pumps were found to have high levels of the germs considered to have a high chance of making you sick, according to a major study. This is an automotive site – not Bill Nye the Science Guy – so we’ll spare you all of the chemical info, but basically in the germ busting world ATP is to be dreaded in high doses.”

“That’s what you’re finding at the pump. Forget about wearing those plastic gloves to keep the smell off your hands. Put them on to keep the germs out of your lungs.”
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Could 2015 be the Year State Gas Tax Goes up to Help Roads?

KCRG -- CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- Iowa hasn’t increased the state gasoline tax since 1989. But will state lawmakers add a little more per gallon next year to start fixing roads?

Supporters of a gas tax hike warn the state has fallen behind by about $215-million dollars annual to meet the needs of crumbling Iowa roads and bridges. Each extra penny in the state gasoline tax would bring in $20-million dollars. So supporters insist a ten cent a gallon hike is needed to bridge the gap.

Iowa currently collects $0.19 to $0.21 per gallon for the ethanol blends or regular fuel. A bill to increase the tax in stages died in the last session as did an effort to couple a five cent gas tax with a new excise tax on gasoline.  (go to article)

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GM recalling 3,200 natural gas vans for fire risks

Detroit News -- Washington — – General Motors Co. will recall about 3,200 vans powered with compressed natural gas that could leak and catch fire — the Detroit automaker's second recall for leaking natural gas since last year.
The new recall covers 3,196 2011-14 Chevrolet Express CNG and GMC Savana CNG vehicles in the U.S. and 13 in Canada.
"Some of these vehicles may have a CNG high pressure regulator that leaks natural gas into the atmosphere. This could cause an explosion or a fire if an ignition source is present," GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "If a leak is suspected, the customer should not start the engine or drive the vehicle. The customer should immediately have the vehicle towed, inspected and repaired."  (go to article)

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Risk Of Cyber Threats Increase As Cars Add Active Controls

AoL Autos -- New technologies like park assist, adaptive cruise control and collision prevention are some of the first to hold an active role in driving. But because these features are specifically designed to, at times, exert control over a vehicle, it may be easier for hackers to write codes that carry nefarious intent, a first-of-its-kind study recently found.
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Congress Skewers NHTSA's Investigative Competence

AoL Auto -- There is no evidence, at least publicly, that anything has changed at the agency," the report said. "No one has been held accountable and no substantial changes have been made. NHTSA and its employees admit they made mistakes but the lack of urgency in identifying and resolving those shortcomings raises questions about the agency's commitment to learning from this recall."
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Woman motorist who caused deadly collision by stopping for ducks to be sentenced in December

Postmedia News -- A Superior Court judge is expected to decide later this year whether Emma Czornobaj should serve time behind bars for causing a fatal collision when she stopped her car on a highway in an attempt to rescue a group of ducklings

Defence lawyer said what his client did “was stupid” but involved no ill will whatsoever. She stopped in the left-hand line of the highway, got out and tried to rescue 7 ducklings that were on a very narrow left-hand shoulder

A SQ expert estimated Mr. Roy’s motorcycle was travelling 75-85mph when he hit the brakes and was still moving at a speed of at least 65mph when it struck the car

On Jun 20, a jury found Czornobaj guilty of 2 counts each of criminal negligence causing death, which carries a maximum life

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Weld County GDP growth No. 2 in nation

Greeley Tribune -- Weld County’s economic growth has surged to No. 2 in the nation, with output growing 10 percent last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, Wash., another oil rich area, came in at No.1 in the nation with growth of 10.6 percent.

“In a historical context, it’s a pretty remarkable number,” said Martin Shields, an economics professor at Colorado State University, of Weld’s growth. “Not many places grow that quickly over time, smaller places tend to grow faster. … It’s still quite uncommon, and the driver, the story, is oil and gas.”

Weld’s growth was chiefly a result of oil and gas drilling, but it also was fueled in part by construction, which contributed 1.33 percentage points of the growth; and trade, which grew by .87 of a percentage point.  (go to article)

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Commodities Suffer As Oil And Gas Takes Rail Priority

OilPrice.com -- The rapid pace of energy exploration, for both natural gas and oil, in North Dakota is creating a crisis for upper Midwest farmers. Grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for everything from breakfast cereals to corn and soybeans.

Grain and other agricultural shipments are more perishable than oil, yet they are largely taking a back seat to it as shipments of fuel have overwhelmed an aging railroad infrastructure in a part of the country that’s still largely rural and struggling to keep up with housing and infrastructure for a massive influx of shale oil- and natural gas-drilling workers drawn to the Dakotas to take part in the boom.

North Dakota has a 2.8 percent unemployment...  (go to article)

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Oil pressured by glut fears, dollar rally

MarketWatch -- Oil futures lost ground Friday, on worries over a growing supply glut and a rallying U.S. dollar.

West Texas intermediate crude oil futures for October delivery fell 66 cents, or 0.7%, to settle at $92.41 a barrel. On the week, however, futures rose 0.2%, snapping a two-week losing streak.

November ICE Brent futures rose 69 cents, or 0.7%, to end at $98.39 a barrel. Gains for the week reached 0.4%.

Oil futures have been struggling with growing supplies as U.S. oil production rises. Meanwhile, the International Energy Agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries all lowered their forecasts for demand growth earlier this month.

In addition, the U.S. dollar has been in rally mode as the U.S. Federal Reserve moves toward ...  (go to article)

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ND tribal candidate: Oil industry could be slowed

Bismarck Tribune -- "I'm not a great advocate of the oil industry and rapid development," candidate and tribal tax director Mark Fox said earlier this week after primary election results showed he would remain in the race for tribal chairman. "I will slow it down if we cannot get the protections that we need so that we can have the same reservation that I grew up in and the elders grew up in."  (go to article)

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Nissan USA aims to keep electric battery production

AFP -- Japanese automaker Nissan is dismissing speculation that it intends to scale back electric car battery production at its US plant in Tennessee.

Nissan's ambitious electric vehicle program has been a signature initiative of Carlos Ghosn, the chief executive at both Renault and Nissan.
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North Dakota oil tax gusher continues

Bismarck Tribune -- BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's budget director says oil tax revenue is running well ahead of what state budget planners expected.

State budget director Pam Sharp says officials had estimated oil tax revenues to be about $5.3 billion when the current two-year budget cycle ends in June 2015.

Sharp says officials are now forecasting the sum to be nearly $7.5 billion.  (go to article)

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NHTSA Worries About Your Car Being Hacked

GasBuddy Blog -- Image From ..freep.comBecause computer software is now as critical to your car as its engine and tires, automakers must figure out how to protect all that data from hackers and others with criminal intentions, the nation’s top auto safety regulator says. “The time is now: We need to make sure we move forward aggressively on cybersecurity,” said David Friedman, acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Friedman appeared at the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress. In July, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers notified NHTSA that they want to share information to improve cybersecurity and Friedman has asked the CEOs of every automaker to develop such a plan by the end of 2015. ...  (go to article)

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Oil prices at two-year low. Why OPEC might change that.

The Christian Science Monitor -- Oil prices may have gone as low as OPEC is willing to tolerate.

After several months of price declines, the secretary-general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says the group may cut its production target for 2015 because of an abundance of supply.

The oil cartel accounts for around 40 percent of the world’s oil supply, and although its influence has diminished in recent years as oil output has risen -- from the United States in particular -- the organization can still significantly impact the price of crude if it wants to. (Related: Low Demand, Increased Supply Conspire To Push Crude Prices Lower)
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Privacy advocates take another hit in debate over access to license plate scanner data

AP / Fox News -- A California judge's ruling against a tech entrepreneur seeking access to records kept secret in government databases detailing the comings and goings of millions of cars in the San Diego area via license plate scans was the second legal setback within a month for privacy advocates.

An initial ruling issued Thursday upheld the right of authorities to block the public from viewing information collected on vehicles by networks of cameras on stoplights and police cars. A judge will hear arguments Friday in the case before the ruling becomes final.

The expanding databases are the subject of a broad debate pitting privacy rights against public safety concerns. A LA judge ruled last month that authorities there don't have to disclose records of the 3 million plates they scan each week.  (go to article)

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Cost of Keystone XL likely to jump 85%: TransCanada CEO

CBCnews -- TransCanada Corp. says costs for its long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will likely balloon to as much as US$10 billion, up from US$5.4 billion.

CEO Russ Girling told the Wall Street Journal that the price tag could rise to a "number that gets you into the high single digits to a 10 number" as the project remains in limbo.

Company spokesman Shawn Howard has confirmed those remarks, adding the higher costs will be passed on to refiners and consumers in the end.

TransCanada is marking what it calls an "unfortunate milestone" for Keystone XL — six years precisely since it applied for a U.S. permit to build the pipeline.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported this week that U.S. hedge funds are eyeing a restructuring of TransCanada.  (go to article)

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In film on alternative car fuels, former Shell executive speaks out

Reuters -- Frustrated by what he describes as a lack of political courage, a former president of the U.S. unit of Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) takes centre stage in a new documentary film that makes the case for using alternative fuels in cars.

The movie, "PUMP," blames oil companies, and what is described as their obstructive tactics, as well as political inertia for preventing the widespread adoption of cheaper and cleaner fuels based on natural gas and alcohol in the United States, world's largest economy.

The former Shell executive, John Hofmeister, has devoted himself to criticizing what he describes as an unhealthy dependence on oil and the high price of gasoline faced by consumers at the pump.

"We have more oil and natural gas than we will ever need" in the United States, Hofmeister, who...  (go to article)

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Q&A: Tea Party star heads to Wisconsin to fight for solar

midwestenergy.com -- Debbie Dooley is not a tree-hugger – in fact she bills herself as a radical right-wing grandmother, and she is a founding member of the national Tea Party and a leader of the Atlanta Tea Party.

But Dooley is also an outspoken proponent of distributed solar generation and other forms of renewable distributed energy. Dooley will be the featured speaker next week at the Wisconsin Solar Energy Industries Association’s Solar Social Speakers series – as advocates in the state say solar is under attack by elected officials, regulators and major utilities.

While in Wisconsin, Dooley will also visit a farm using manure digesters – another form of distributed renewable energy that she thinks would be embraced by many farmers in her home state of Georgia.
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LED lighting saving money and labor in hog country

midwestenergy.com -- Over the past few years, LED fixtures have taken over streetlights in cities and towns across the country. Next up: American agriculture, especially Midwestern hog-confinement operations.

In Washington County, Iowa, the bullseye of hog production in the state, LEDs “are coming on, and increasing in popularity exponentially,” said Jason Prochaska, owner of Sitler’s Supplies. Since his business began selling a combined LED fixture and bulb about 18 months ago, Prochaska said, “We’ve been doing a ton of projects. We’ve probably sold close to 10,000.”

And hog-confinement buildings, which are seemingly under perpetual construction in this part of the world, use a lot of electricity.  (go to article)

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Do Wind Turbines Need to be Aesthetically Pleasing?

energydigital.com -- Here is a tale of two turbines.

One is utilitarian—maximizing efficiency while scaling back style. The other is a work of art masquerading as an energy source. In the end, they ultimately serve the same purpose—or do they?

The first turbine is a project of French energy giant EDF. The squat new turbines have several blades, are smaller, and supposedly less obtrusive than traditional turbines. However, to quote The Telegraph, to move toward this style of turbine would mean “wind turbines [would] take a turn for the uglier.”

The turbines are set to go into a new farm at Fos-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean cost, close to Marseilles and will consist of 13 turbines. The 26 MW farm has the potential to power 60,000 homes and is set to begin operations in 2016.

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Loring Development Authority feeling the power of alternative energy

BDN -- LIMESTONE, Maine — On an old concrete parking lot next to a deserted building on the former Loring Air Force Base, there is something very exciting and environmentally friendly going on.

Every day, from sunrise to sundown, 720 state-of-the art solar panels mounted on 30 dual-axis tracking devices produce up to 200 kilowatt-hours of power for the Loring Development Authority.

Combined with another 216 fixed-mount panels that went on line in the fall of 2012, the arrays generate enough electricity to power 55 Maine homes and offset 250 tons of carbon annually.

“We have all the ingredients we needed for a successful large-scale solar project,” LDA President Carl Flora said. “We have a well-developed power infrastructure in place and a lot of wide open spaces. Loring is a big place and is  (go to article)

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New Traffic Radar Gun Will Detect When Drivers Are Texting

Yahoo Tech -- We’re all familiar with the radar guns that police use to catch and ticket speeding drivers. But the next stage of that technology is now poised to nab drivers who are engaged in a behavior that’s possibly even more dangerous: texting behind the wheel.

A Virginia-based company called ComSonics is developing a new type of radar gun that can actually detect whether text message radio frequencies are being emitted from passing cars. According to The Virginian-Pilot, ComSonics says the device is “close to production.”

Virginia is one of 44 U.S. states that has a ban on texting while driving.

As the topic of distracted driving continues to gain nationwide attention, ComSonics isn’t the only company attempting to create at technology designed to temper it.

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Car recalls: Which brands rate best?

MSN Autos -- LONG ARTICLE

If you’ve been following the news, you’ll have noticed an unusual spike in the number of car-related recalls. The ball got rolling in March with General Motors’ recall some 6.26 million vehicles for ignition-related issues and subsequent grilling by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the American government branch responsible for automobile safety for failing to recall affected vehicles earlier. Then, Toyota was slapped with a landmark $1.2B fine in the United States for misleading consumers about defects. It promptly rolled out five recalls on many of its popular models totalling some 6.4 million cars, trucks, and crossovers.

That’s a lot of recalling – enough to make us wonder which car companies have the least recalls?  (go to article)

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IndyCar 2015: CFH Chooses Chevy Power

Gas2 -- It’s official: the newly-formed Carpenter-Fisher-Hartman unified IndyCar team will tackle the 2015 season of IndyCar racing with Chevrolet’s 675 HP ethanol power unit and aero kits urging them onward. Which, really, shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone.  (go to article)

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Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing

New York Times -- We are talking about citywide reform. If you add up all the street-level parking spaces on housing authority lots around town, you get more than 20.3 million square feet, well over half the size of Central Park. Mayors, of course, have known for ages about this public property gold mine. When the Bloomberg administration belatedly proposed letting private developers build market-rate towers on some of this public land to raise money for the housing authority, residents went ballistic.  (go to article)

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Mercedes Sets Up Cloud Firewall to Halt Car-Data Hacking

Bloomberg -- Mercedes-Benz, the world’s third-biggest maker of luxury vehicles, is using a cloud-computing setup to protect data as cars’ mobile links and software expand and the industry prepares for driverless travel.

Elements of the technology will include enabling people in a vehicle to control how much of their data is available to the outside world while they’re on the road, Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, head of legal affairs at Mercedes parent Daimler AG (DAI), said today at a conference. Drivers will also have the option of erasing information automatically once they’ve left the auto.  (go to article)

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Too much carbon, too little time

The Baltimore Sun -- If increasingly extreme weather events around the world weren't alarming enough, the latest monitoring by the World Meteorological Organization shows last year was the worst ever for rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Their report released Tuesday demonstrates why efforts to curb climate change deserve to be a top priority for U.S. foreign policy. The WMO tracks not just the greenhouse gases emitted by power plants, motor vehicles, factories and other major contributors but what the net effect is on the atmosphere since a certain amount of carbon dioxide is naturally absorbed by plants and oceans. But Mother Nature clearly can't keep up with what man produces as the overall carbon levels reached a record high in 2013.Specifically, the WMO reports that CO2 was measured at 39  (go to article)

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5 reasons why Oregon, Washington gas prices are about to plummet toward $3 again

OregonLive -- After months of having to budget around the most expensive gas in the lower 48 states, Oregon and Washington drivers are about to see pump prices take a nosedive, according to economic forecasters.

In fact, on Friday, Tom Kloza, an analyst with the price-tracking site , sent out this tweet:Gusbuddy predicts gas will slide to $3 a gallon in 30 states over the next couple of months.

However, Oregon and Washington, which currently have the nation's third and fourth most expensive regular unleaded gasoline at $3.84 and $3.85, respectively, the average price will likely bottom out at about $3.15 and $3.25 a gallon, Kloza said.

"Fall is appropriately named for fuel prices," Kloza said in an interview with The Oregonian.

Yes, gas prices typically drop in October as the summer driving seaso  (go to article)

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First E85 ethanol gas station opens in Baltimore

The Baltimore Sun -- The first gas station in Baltimore to offer a type of ethanol gas called E85 opened recently on Frederick Avenue, the result of a partnership designed to help drivers who have flex-fuel vehicles. The station, A1 Auto Repair, at 3041 Frederick Avenue is offering the blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline that can be used in some 11 million vehicles in the nation. The fuel is designed to be better for the environment by reducing greenhouse emissions. Three Brothers/A1 Auto Repair and Protec Fuel, based in Boca Raton, Fla., worked together to offer the fuel at the station.  (go to article)

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Republican Senator Says 2015 Could Be Time For US Oil Export Bill

Reuters -- The top supporter in the U.S. Congress for reversing the 40-year ban on crude oil exports, Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, said next year could be the time for a bill on lifting the restriction.

"I think it may be timely then," Senator Lisa Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate Energy Committee, told reporters on Thursday when asked if next year would be a good time for legislation.

Lawmakers have avoided introducing a measure to lift the ban ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm elections amid concern that exporting oil could lead to higher gasoline prices. But the fuel prices are based on global markets and several recent studies from the Brookings Institute and other groups have shown that fuel prices would actually fall.

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Chevron Seeking Buyer for Kapolei Oil Refinery in Hawaii

Bloomberg -- Chevron, the world’s third-largest oil producer by market value, is seeking a buyer for one of its smallest refineries, the Kapolei plant on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

The sale of the the 54,000-bpd Kapolei complex is part of a larger plan to divest $10 billion worth of assets over the next three years. Closing the plant would leave Hawaii with a single 93,500-bpd refinery, which Par Petroleum bought from Tesoro last year.

Chevron previously considered turning the Kapolei complex into a terminal. After a review three years ago, the company decided to continue to run it as a refinery. It’s Chevron’s fourth-smallest by capacity, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Selling the refinery in 2011 was “not as competitive” as improving its value, Michael Wirth, Chevron’s executive vice president  (go to article)

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Busting a myth about Oregon's Road Usage Charge Program

Oregon.Gov -- ODOT is first in the nation to create a per-mile charging system (thanks to Oregon’s 2013 Senate Bill 810) that will help fill the widening gap in transportation funding caused by a failing gas tax. The Road Usage Charge Program will assess a charge of 1.5 cents per mile for up to 5,000 cars and light commercial vehicles and issue a gas tax credit to those who volunteer to participate.  (go to article)

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U.S. judge orders discovery to begin in some GM ignition switch cases

Reuters -- A federal judge in Manhattan on Friday ordered discovery to begin for some cases filed against General Motors Co in connection with its recall of millions of cars for a faulty ignition switch.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in the Southern District of New York said plaintiffs could begin requesting documents from the company related to accidents, injuries and lost vehicle value linked to the switch that allegedly occurred after GM emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.
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This 1 chart exposes climate-science deniers

Marketwatch.com -- Yes, this one pie chart exposes the great science-deniers hoax. The first version of the chart came in 2012 based on research by geologist James Powell on DeSmogBlog, updated last year. Powell is a science author whose works include “The Inquisition of Climate Science.” A former college and museum president, Powell was a member of the National Science Board for 12 years, appointed by President Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Powell is the executive director of the National Physical Science Consortium.  (go to article)

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The 10 Funniest Moments in the Keystone XL Fight

Bloomberg Businessweek -- Six years ago today ... TransCanada first tendered its application to complete a $5.4 billion, 1,179-mile pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border ... to commemorate this, its keenly anticipated sixth anniversary, we offer a top-10 list of the most absurd moments in the Keystone fight so far.  (go to article)

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Fiat to suspend output at Italian plant as demand falls: union

Reuters -- Italian automaker Fiat (FIA.MI) will temporarily suspend production at its Pomigliano plant in southern Italy from Oct. 16-27 amid weak demand, a union representative said on Friday. After meeting with the company to approve the temporary layoff of workers for the time of the closure, Giuseppe Terracciano, secretary general for the Fim-Cisl union in Naples, said the measure was "necessary because of the slowdown in the market in view of the end of the year". Fiat confirmed the temporary suspension, but declined to give any further comment. Fiat often uses the state-backed temporary layoff schemes to avoid over-production by keeping workers at home when market demand is lower. The Pomigliano plant near Naples produces the Fiat Panda model. Some 1,950 of the plant's 4,500 workers have alread  (go to article)

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Moron Drives Off Flatbed Tow Truck To Avoid Parking Ticket

MotorAuthority -- The rules of the road are pretty simple, folks: don’t drive too fast, don’t park where you’re not supposed to, pay attention to the signs—those are the basics. Sometimes you break one of those rules. When you do, own up to it. Don’t do what this guy did. What did this guy do? He went out to find his car on the back of a flatbed tow truck for parking violations, climbed aboard, and backed straight off the vehicle—three-foot drop and all. The situation happened in the Walthamstow, East London area in the UK, according to the Daily Mail. Apart from the damage the car is sure to have suffered, the way the driver escaped from the tow truck—and, ultimately it seems, the ticket—was patently unsafe. A group of children were standing nearby when the motorized moron went flailing off the back of the  (go to article)

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Exxon Mobil puts Torrance, Calif, refinery up for sale - sources

Reuters -- Exxon Mobil Corp. has put its Torrance, California, refinery on the block, according to two people familiar with the matter, making it the latest big oil company to consider exiting the state amid tougher environmental standards.

"Torrance has been looked at extensively," said one of the people, who was not authorized to speak about the sale.
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NOAA: Yet more global heat records fall in August

AP via Yahoo News -- The globe smashed more heat records last month, including Earth's hottest August and summer, federal meteorologists said Thursday.

May, June and August all set global heat records this year. Meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the average world temperature in August was 61.36 degrees Fahrenheit (16.35 degrees Celsius), breaking a record set in 1998.

Scientists at NASA, who calculate global temperature a tad differently, also found August as the hottest on record.

August was especially hot in the Pacific and Indian oceans and Africa, but cooler in parts of the United States, Europe and Australia. The world's oceans in August effectively tied June for the seas' all-time heat record.  (go to article)

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Elio: 3 wheels, 84 mpg, $6,800

CNN Money -- Elio Motors has created a prototype two-person vehicle built for efficient transportation. With a price tag of $6,800, it already has more than 15,000 pre-orders.

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Car Care Council releases update to free guide for motorists

GasBuddy Blog -- Have a car? Want to know how to best care for it? Well the Car Care Council recently updated its free guide for motorists. The 80-page guide, in color, offers 20 more pages of new information to help motorists be care care aware by better understanding the when, why, and how of caring for their vehicles.Available in English and Spanish, individual copies of the new Car Care Guide can be ordered free of charge by visiting the Car Care Council website at www.carcare.org/car-care-guide. The 80-page guide uses easy-to-understand everyday language rather than technical automotive jargon, fits easily in a glove box and covers the most common preventive maintenance occasions and procedures that should be performed to keep cars safe, dependable and efficient. It also includes descriptions of major vehicle systems and parts, and a list of questions to ask about maintenance or repair procedures. A car care checklist reminds motorists what vehicle systems need to be maintained and when servi  (go to article)

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18 best and worst plug-in electric and hybrids

Yahoo! Autos -- It's hard to believe, but the first mainstream plug-in electric vehicles offered for sale to the general public are just barely turning four years old. Model-year 2011 saw the introduction of the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid, and the Nissan Leaf, a pure electric vehicle.

Now well into 2014, those two stalwarts continue to battle it out, but now they're part of an 18-car (and counting) field of contestants. New thinking has brought fresh ideas to market, and the head start the pioneers enjoyed is fading fast.

The new plug-in vehicle entries are nearly evenly split between pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. But which are the studs and which are the duds? We run them down from worst to first.

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Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction prices continue to rise

EIA -- September 3 marked the 25th auction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission allowances by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program covering nine states primarily in the northeastern United States. Allowance prices for this auction were $4.88, marking the third consecutive auction that prices were at or above $4 per short ton (st) of CO2.
RGGI held its first auction in 2008 and by mid-2010, allowances were selling at or near the price floor, or minimum allowable bid, where they remained for more than two years. This was caused in part by an unanticipated decline in natural gas prices, starting as far back as 2007, that had led to a decrease in CO2 emissions as natural gas displaced coal as a generation fuel in the Northeast. Emissions were well below the targets origi  (go to article)

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Panama Canal expansion will allow transit of larger ships with greater volumes

EIA -- Ships carrying crude oil and petroleum products are limited by size restrictions imposed by several of the main thoroughfares of maritime navigation: the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal, and the Strait of Malacca. These size restrictions provide another way to classify the large tankers that carry most of global crude oil and petroleum product trade.
The Panama Canal, an important route connecting the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, currently has a limited role in global crude and petroleum product transport. The canal's current size restrictions means smaller vessels, with capacities of approximately 400,000-550,000 barrels of light sweet crude oil, are the only ships that can safely pass through the canal. These ships are referred to as Panamax tankers, and their  (go to article)

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Cheap Oil and Expensive Oil Tankers: This Is Contango

Bloomberg -- During the last half of 2008, as the global economy ground to a halt, the price of oil fell from an all-time high of $145 a barrel to less than $40. A lot of people lost a lot of money. Just as in the stock market, though, the oil crash presented a chance to buy crude cheaper than it had been in years and might ever be again. If you had a place to store that cheap oil, you could make a lot of money when prices rebounded.  (go to article)

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Teen lights driver's armpit hair on fire, causes crash

USA Today -- A teenager crashed his sport-utility vehicle after a passenger used a lighter to set the hair in his armpit on fire, according to the Ada County Sheriff's Office.

The crash happened at 5:30 a.m. MT Sunday between Boise and the city of Nampa, Idaho, about 20 miles west. Tristan Myers, 18, was driving when his front-seat passenger, a 16-year-old boy, set Myers' armpit hair on fire, deputies said. The driver lost control of the Ford Bronco, rolling the vehicle.

Two girls in the backseat, ages 15 and 16, were thrown from the vehicle. Myers, his front-seat passenger, and a 17-year-old boy remained in the vehicle.

None of the teens was wearing a seat belt, deputies say.  (go to article)

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New Security Measure Targets Card Thieves at Gas Pumps

MoneyTalksNews -- ew anti-theft software is helping gas stations crack down on credit card fraud at the pump.

Pay-at-the-pump terminals at self-serve gas stations are the perfect place for thieves to rack up charges with stolen credit or debit cards. With no one to personally witness the transaction, thieves have little chance of getting caught.  (go to article)

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These Parking Meters Know If You're Driving a Gas-Guzzler

Business Week -- In Madrid, parking meters are joining the fight against air pollution. Starting July 1, newly installed “smart” meters in the Spanish capital will charge higher parking fees to vehicles that guzzle fuel or emit clouds of exhaust fumes.

After pulling into a parking space, drivers will be prompted to enter their license plate number on a keypad on the meter, which is networked into Spain’s vehicle-registration database. The meter then will set a parking rate based on the car’s age and model. Hybrids and other newer, fuel-efficient cars will get a discount of up to 20 percent, while older vehicles and diesel-powered models will pay a surcharge of as much as 20 percent, according to local press reports.

The system is the first of its kind in the world, Mayor Ana Botella says.  (go to article)

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Oil-Price Quirk Sends Crude Out to Sea

Wall St Journal -- Big oil companies and traders are stashing millions of barrels of crude on massive tankers bobbing in the ocean, in a bid to profit from a quirk in oil markets.

Instead of moving crude from one port to another, a growing number of tankers are serving as floating warehouses for companies including Sinopec Ltd. and Vitol Group, according to people with knowledge of their operations. Other companies such as Mercuria Energy Group are using the tankers to haul crude to on-shore storage facilities, these people said.

In a rare split, crude is cheaper in the spot market than in the futures market, where bets are made on where prices will be in the months ahead. By buying physical stocks of oil and immediately selling futures, traders can lock in a profit.

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Crude oil futures edge lower on stronger dollar

Investing.com -- Crude oil futures were little changed on Friday, as the strength of the U.S. dollar continued to weigh on the commodity, while markets recovered Thursday's mixed U.S. economic reports on Thursday.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, U.S. crude oil for delivery in November traded at $91.83 a barrel during European afternoon trade, down 0.17%.

Prices tumbled 1.31% on Thursday to settle at $91.98.

Futures were likely to find support at $89.76 a barrel, the low from September 15 and resistance at $94.12, the high from September 16.

On Thursday, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said that its manufacturing index deteriorated to a three-month low of 22.5 in September from August’s reading of 28.0.
Analysts had expected the index to decline to 23.0 this month.

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