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Energy industry money is fueling a campaign currently underway in California to prevent the state’s landmark AB32 emissions standards from taking effect as planned. With the most aggressive pieces of the legislation scheduled to kick in in 2012, a new bill called the California Jobs Initiative would block their implementation until the state unemployment rate […]

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The Coda all-electric sedan, due late this year, is the underdog in the race for an affordable mass-market pure electric car. As a start-up, it doesn’t have the financial and marketing resources that Nissan and General Motors are putting behind the Leaf and Volt. Unlike Tesla and Fisker, Coda hasn’t received big government loans. So, […]

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A group fronted by Virgin CEO Richard Branson released a report this week warning that peak oil is not only real, but closer on the horizon than many might think. The Industry Taskforce for Peak Oil and Energy Security warns that demand for oil could outstrip supply as soon as 2015, a turn of events […]

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If it seems like a while since T. Boone Pickens has graced your television screen pushing his “Pickens Plan” for energy independence, it isn’t because he’s given up. The most recent Pickens Plan spot began airing yesterday, the first of three ads highlighting the appeal of domestically produced natural gas to power American vehicles. Pickens […]

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Mike Ruppert believes the end is near. It’s too late for hybrids, too late for electric vehicles, and too late for alternative energy. We’re simply going to have to learn to live without. Ruppert, a former LA cop and investigative journalist, is the focus of Collapse, a new documentary from director Chris Smith—whose previous works […]

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The latest study by Kelley Blue Book once again confirms the fickleness of US car buyers when it comes to gasoline prices. In the second half of May, KBB surveyed 753 prospective car buyers and found that 87 percent expect gas prices to rise sharply. In April, just 66 percent believed gas prices would rise. […]

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After GM filed for bankruptcy and the US government took a 60 percent ownership position of the troubled company, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez quipped, “Hey, Obama has just nationalized nothing more and nothing less than General Motors. Comrade Obama! Fidel, careful or we are going to end up to his right.” Chavez’s provocative statement wasn’t […]

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There’s little doubt that a new era of advanced technology fuel-efficient cars has begun. Automakers are responding to the combined forces of fluctuating energy markets and increased climate regulations by introducing hybrid gas-electric cars and other efficient technologies—and planning to roll out plug-in models in the coming years. But industry analysts are beginning to acknowledge […]

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If you thought hybrids were only for tree-huggers, latte-sippers and peaceniks, consider a report released Monday by the Center for Naval Analyses. In the report, 12 high-ranking retired US military officers, representing four of the five branches of the US military, urged the Pentagon to take a leading role in eliminating the United States’ dependence […]

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As we approach the one-year anniversary of $4 gas, once again prices at the pumps are on the rise. In the past week, the national average price for regular gasoline surged more than 16 cents to $2.24 per gallon. That’s mild compared to last year’s push up and over $4—where it remained for a six-week […]

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