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Another oil train derails in Canada

Posting here primarily to document the stresses and constraints associated with North America’s newfound oil and gas wealth (via Wunderground): Canadian National spokesman Louis-Antoine Paquin said 13 cars — four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine loaded with liquified petroleum gas — came off the tracks around 1 a.m.

October 19, 2013 — David Wogan

Tar Sands Pipeline Vetoed, Climate Threat Marches On

Pres. Barack Obama vetoed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline on February 24— not because of climate change, not because of low oil prices and not because of the risks from leaking diluted bitumen from the tar sands.

February 25, 2015 — David Biello
What is the World’s Busiest Airport?

What is the World’s Busiest Airport?

Is it Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, or Dubai International? Both apparently. But it depends on the metric. If you go by number of flights, then O'Hare is the world's busiest airport (881,933 flights in 2014), dethroning Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (868,359) after 10 years at the top - by this way of measuring.

January 29, 2015 — Tali Trigg

U.S. petroleum exports rise while East Coast continues to import

Petroleum product exports are on track for another banner year, with total exports climbing to a 3.7 million barrels per day (bbpd) average for 2014 from just under 3.5 million bbpd in 2013. However, on the East Coast, imports for some fuels increased by almost 50% in the first half of 2014.

September 11, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Fuel/Cost Savings of Improving Fuel Economy from 12->15 mpg = 30->60 mpg

Fuel/Cost Savings of Improving Fuel Economy from 12->15 mpg = 30->60 mpg

Consumer tip-of-the-day: increasing efficiency of fuel economy on a miles-per-gallon scale is not linear, as more miles-per-gallon (mpg) are initially better for your wallet and the planet than you might expect, and eventually trail off with diminishing returns.

July 21, 2014 — Tali Trigg
Photo Friday: California’s Signal Hill Oil Field (1923)

Photo Friday: California’s Signal Hill Oil Field (1923)

This photo was taken of the city of Signal Hill, California in 1923. Located near Los Angeles and Long Beach, Signal Hill was a part of the Long Beach Oil Field and home to one of the nation’s most well known oil wells – The Alamitos No.

December 27, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott

Did Congestion Charging Just Go Viral?

What is congestion charging? Congestion charging or pricing is the practice of setting up cordon tolls around the city on a large-scale to charge entrants for entering during peak hours.

August 22, 2014 — Tali Trigg
Low Oil Prices Could Be Good for Electricity and Renewables

Low Oil Prices Could Be Good for Electricity and Renewables

Since I first wrote about the price of oil last December, the global oil price has fallen to levels not seen in over five years. For many, the recent price decline brings back memories of the 1980s oil price collapse, which followed the 70s oil price spike and drew attention away from renewable energy and [...]

February 12, 2015 — Robert Fares
Renewable Energy Shines in 2014

Renewable Energy Shines in 2014

Looking back at 2014 through the prism of renewable energy, it's hard not to get bombastic. So many records were broken, corners turned, and with costs declining, it's hard not to wonder if 2015 will see renewable energy become nothing more than a fully competitive energy source, capturing more and more market share.

February 5, 2015 — Tali Trigg
A Look At Our (Mostly) Independent Energy Future

A Look At Our (Mostly) Independent Energy Future

In my last post, I described how the past eight US presidents pledged to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. None have succeeded yet… but by the time President Obama leaves office, oil imports will be lower than when he arrived, but as I previously explained, its not all because of his administration.* Now let’s [...]

January 14, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

Can Microbes Clean Up Our Oily Mess? [Video]

With an estimated 70 oil spills every day in the U.S. and tons of plastic garbage littering our oceans, humans could really use some help cleaning up.

December 11, 2013 — Joss Fong

Japan Now Has More EV Chargers Than Gas Stations

For any alternative fuel in transport, the key question is: what about infrastructure? As in, how much does infrastructure cost, what are the environmental effects, and who is actually going to pay for it?

April 26, 2015 — Tali Trigg