Big oil is about to redraw the energy map. Federal surveyors announced on Tuesday that the Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of West Texas’ Permian Basin now holds the record for most oil, natural gas, and gas liquid deposits that are “undiscovered, technically recoverable resources.” The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the Wolfcamp […]

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Interested in the absolute ultimate in fuel savings among passenger cars that you can find? The disparity between cost to power the average 25-26 mpg new car sold in the U.S. versus the pinnacle among alternative-energy vehicles is quite significant. Topping the charts are pure electric cars which beyond night-and-day improvements in “fuel” (electricity) savings, […]

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Hope for large-scale carbon capture was accidentally found by scientists at the Oak Rodge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The process was stumbled across when the researchers set out to find a chemical reaction that could make convert the greenhouse gas blamed on global warming into a fuel. They had in mind a series of reactions, […]

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Major manufacturer electric cars are entering their seventh year in the U.S. market and are gaining a foothold in part because they do offer distinct advantages. More than half a million have been sold to date, nearly all automakers have more in the works, and with 200-mile-plus range models like the Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model […]

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Major automakers are ramping up their fight and exerting pressure to delay or seek adjustments to the Obama administration’s aggressive fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission targets by 2025. In a prepared statement made public on Wednesday, Mitch Bainwol, head of the industry trade group Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said that low gasoline prices and […]

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A trade publication that covers ethanol production is suggesting that American ethanol producers are using outdated methods to the measure levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) that they’re putting out. It’s long been debated whether ethanol is a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly fuel than gasoline, and if ethanol producers are underestimating the amount of NOx that they’re […]

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A new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that EVs are ready to be the cars of tomorrow, but only with the help of yesterday’s engines. The report, which uses surveys about consumer travel and GPS data to map out the potential spread of EV use, shows that EVs are capable of handling […]

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Imagine if automakers equipped cars with a gauge showing exactly how much money people were spending per second in direct response to their driving habits. And think if such a gauge could be calibrated to also show dollars per day, per week, month and year. Do you suspect that would get peoples’ attention more than […]

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On the heels of a U.S. EPA Technical Draft Assessment (TAR) report released today on how automakers are meeting federal fuel economy mandates, advocates weighed in urging the industry and regulators to stay the course. The main question is should federal authorities adjust mpg and greenhouse gas targets for 2022-2025 that stand to save – […]

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Here’s a trick question: How much will you have to pay for a new Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Fusion Energi, Tesla, or some other plug-in electrified vehicle? If you live in the U.S., the answer is it all depends on the state in which you live and/or register the car. Aside from a $2,500 […]

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