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MIT Study Estimates That VW’s Dieselgate Scandal Will Send 1,200 Europeans To An Early Grave
March 8, 2017 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by David Tracy (Jalopnik)  In 2015, Researchers from MIT, Harvard and Hasselt University (in Belgium) estimated that VW’s 482,000 cheating diesels would lead to an estimated 59 premature deaths in the U.S. Now some of those …

East Africa: Lack of Common Policy Delays Use of Clean Fuel in East Africa
November 7, 2016 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Kennedy Senelwa  (AllAfrica)  Lack of common standards for blending ethanol with petrol is limiting East Africa’s ability to use biofuels in reducing the carbon emissions from fossil fuels in the transport sector.
The growing demand …

Study: $1.30 in Unpaid Health & Societal Costs for Every Gallon of Gasoline Sold in US
November 6, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by James Ayre (CleanTechnica)  While consumer prices for gasoline in the US are currently rather low, these prices don’t account for the health and societal costs associated with gasoline use. A new study from the …

BREAKING: High Court Turns Away Exxon’s Challenge To $236M MTBE Verdict
May 16, 2016 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Keith Goldberg (Law 360) The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review a $236 million trial judgment against ExxonMobil Corp. in a groundwater contamination case in New Hampshire, leaving in place a verdict the energy …

Oil Consumers Puppets on a String
February 22, 2016 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With the technology we have today, it’s a disgrace that we still largely depend on oil as our main source of energy, writes Mike Bryan. … The oil industry is …

More unused oil, gas wells linger without permanent seals increasing risk
July 20, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Donn (Associated Press/Los Angeles Daily News)  Five years after the Obama administration promised to move swiftly to permanently plug unused oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico, even more shafts are …

Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses: Cleaner, Fuel-Saving Alternative for Public Transportation
July 10, 2015 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses used in California, Washington and Michigan Model Lower GHG Emissions Options for Cities Everywhere

Public transportation plays an important role in green and sustainable practices. Public transportation use means fewer cars …

Delaware-Size Gas Plume over West Illustrates the Cost of Leaking Methane
December 30, 2014 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Joby Warrick   (The Washington Post)   The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells near this desert trading post may be colorless and odorless, but it’s not invisible. It can be seen from …

University of Minnesota Report Contains Inaccurate and Misleading Information on Ethanol
December 19, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The recent report released by the University of Minnesota, “Life Cycle Air Quality Impacts Of Conventional And Alternative Light-Duty Transportation In the United States,” contains several inaccuracies and misleading information.

In particular, its conclusion …

Study: All-Electric Cars May Not Be so Green
December 16, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Fuel Fix)  People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming.

The key …

Small Number of Wells Responsible for Methane Emissions
December 15, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Max B. Baker (Star-Telegram)  A small number of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of the methane gas being released into the atmosphere during production, but at higher levels than previously estimated …

Myths And Facts About The Renewable Fuel Standard
December 1, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Kalhoefer and Denise Robbins  (Media Matters)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it will delay its decision about the 2014 levels for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires oil refiners to …

The Downside of the Boom
November 24, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Deborah Sontag and Robert Gebeloff  (The New York Times)   North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on trust, warnings and second chances.

Blowouts represent the riskiest …

Pressure Builds on EPA to Back down on Ethanol Emissions, as Society of Automotive Engineers Issues Stunning Rebuke
November 6, 2014 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, what has been described within the industry as “The growing movement to call out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its ethanol emissions testing procedures” picked up support …

More Toxicity in Canola-Based Biodiesel
November 5, 2014 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Rob Payne (Science Network Western Australia)  EXHAUST from pure canola oil biodiesel is more lethal for human epithelial cells than that from traditional diesel, new research contends.

Epithelial cells, which are found in the lining …

A Host of Chemicals Emissions Are Seeping from Oil and Gas Operations
October 23, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Mark Jaffe (The Denver Post)  A host of chemical emissions seep are seeping from oil and gas drilling pads with different ones coming from different places in the operation – from the wellhead to …

Exporting U.S. Natural Gas Isn’t as “Clean” as You Think
June 10, 2014 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  One of the rallying cries in favor of liquefying and exporting U.S. natural gas has been to help reduce greenhouse gases in other countries, by crowding out coal in …

Court Upholds Upper Peninsula Ethanol Plant Review but Project Likely Dropped
June 9, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Eric Freedman (Great Lakes Echo) A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to an environmental assessment of a $100 million construction subsidy for an ethanol plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The U.S. Department of Energy …

For Tesla, Graphite-Pollution Worries Ratchet up China Sales Challenge
May 9, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(China Daily USA)  Electric vehicles already were a hard sell in China. Now, battery-pollution concerns have made the task even tougher.   Graphite used in US luxury electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc’s batteries has been tied …

CIRES, NOAA Study Finds More Methane, Ozone Precursors and Benzene than Estimated by Regulators
May 8, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(CIRES)  During two days of intensive airborne measurements, oil and gas operations in Colorado’s Front Range leaked nearly three times as much methane, a greenhouse gas, as predicted based on inventory estimates, and seven times …

Toxic Emission Spikes at Fracking Sites Are Rarely Monitored, Study Finds
April 4, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Song and Jim Morris  (InsideClimateNews.org)  Gas drilling facilities have sporadic emission spikes that spew toxins harmful to human health, but states rarely monitor these fleeting events.

People in natural gas drilling areas who complain …

Health Effects of Fine Particles from Vehicle Emissions April 1, 2014 Washington, DC
March 25, 2014 – 4:35 pm | No Comment
Health Effects of Fine Particles from Vehicle Emissions   April 1, 2014    Washington, DC

Numerous scientific studies have linked exposure to particle pollution – especially fine particles – to a variety of serious health problems and premature death.  Particle pollution from gasoline use in motor vehicles is caused entirely …

Push Continues for Greater Scrutiny on Petroleum Coke in Detroit and Beyond
March 21, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by David Muller (MLive.com)  U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D – Bloomfield Hills, joined a counterpart in Illinois on Wednesday to call on the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate the best methods for storing and transporting …

Report: Flaws in EPA Drilling Pollution Data
March 7, 2013 – 9:25 pm | No Comment

by Dina Cappiello (Associated Press/San Francisco Chronicle)  Limited data and unreliable estimates on air pollution from oil and natural gas production is hindering the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to police the drilling boom, the agency’s …

Urban Air Initiative Worried About Stocks, Not Ethanol
February 15, 2013 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by John Davis and Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Ethanol is good for taking harmful particles out of automobile emissions, but a group committed to cleaner air is worried that gasoline makers might just end up putting …

National Corn Growers Association Offers Ethanol Facts Resource, Designed for Mobile Platform
December 17, 2012 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Corn Growers Association has launched a new web-based resource,www.EthanolFacts.com.

…The home page of EthanolFacts offers links to short articles on hot topics in ethanol circles: flex-fuel vehicles, …

Black Carbon Belchers?
March 5, 2012 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Naomi Lubick (Chemical & Engineering News)  Pollution Monitoring: Cars may produce more climate-warming particles than previously thought.

Tiny particles known as black carbon can pack a heavy punch when it comes to climate change, by …

Smokestack vs. Tailpipe: How Clean Are Electric Vehicles? It Depends What You Mean by ‘Clean.’
February 24, 2012 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Tweed (GreenTechGrid)  There is a short answer and a long answer. The short answer is that if you are just asking about CO2, the electric vehicle, even from the dirtiest of U.S. coal plants, …