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Suncor Sends Its First Tanker of Western Canada Heavy Crude to Europe

Reuters via Downstream Today -- Canada's largest oil and gas producer, Suncor Energy, is shipping its first ever tanker of Western Canadian heavy crude from Canada's East Coast to Europe, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal confirmed Reuters shipping data that shows the aframax tanker Minerva Gloria was set to pick up a cargo of crude oil from the port of Sorel-Tracy on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec.

The crude was delivered by rail to a storage facility in Sorel-Tracy that is owned by Kildair Service Ltd.

Barclays analyst Michael Cohen said he did not know of any other instances of a cargo of Western Canadian crude making its way to Europe via rail and tanker from Canada's East Coast.

For years producers in the oil sands in the landlocked province of Alberta in Western Canada have  (go to article)

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Delta: Oil exports would prompt refinery closures

Fuel Fix -- Delta Air Lines’ top fuel executive on Tuesday made an impassioned argument against ending the longstanding ban on exporting crude, saying the proposed trade policy change would fatten oil producers’ bottom lines while hurting domestic refiners and consumers.

Easing the oil export ban without simultaneously lifting domestic shipping restrictions would enable “a refiner in Europe . . . to buy U.S. crude in Rotterdam cheaper than I can buy it in Philadelphia,” said Graeme Burnett, senior vice president of fuel operations for Delta, which owns a Pennsylvania refinery.

Burnett’s prediction, delivered during a panel discussion at the Washington offices of the Arent Fox law firm, hinges on the costs to ship oil, which he said would amount to about $2 per barrel for Gulf Coast crude headed in  (go to article)

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Organic mega flow battery promises breakthrough for renewable energy

Harvard.edu -- A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar far more economical and reliable.  (go to article)

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Robert Kennedy Jr.: We need laws to ‘punish global warming skeptics’

The Washington Times -- Robert F. Kennedy Jr., one of climate change’s loudest activists, said there should be a law that lets authorities punish skeptics and deniers - those who engage in “selling out the public trust,” he said, in an interview with Climate Depot during New York City’s recent People’s Climate March. “I wish there were a law you could punish them with,” he said, in the videotaped interview. “I don’t think there is a law that you can punish these politicians under … [and skeptical politicians are] selling out the public trust.” He accused politicians who failed to act on climate change policy as serving special interests. “Those guys are doing the Koch Brothers bidding and are against all the evidence of the rational mind, saying global warming does not exist,” Mr. Kennedy said, Climate Depot repo  (go to article)

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Carbon map – which countries are responsible for climate change?

The Guardian -- As heads of state from David Cameron to Barack Obama meet in New York for a UN climate summit hosted by Ban Ki-moon, expectations are high for bold commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Use this interactive, in-depth map to find out who the big polluters are internationally, how China’s emissions have grown stratospherically and see who is most vulnerable to global warming’s impacts. Turn your sound up to hear the introduction to the map  (go to article)

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Maruti Suzuki aims to make hybrids affordable, offer technology on cars from Alto to Swift hatchback

Economic Times -- MUMBAI: Maruti Suzuki is working on a low-cost hybrid technology to make its cheap-to-own cars even more frugal.

Maruti is aiming to make hybrids affordable and wants to offer the technology on cars right from the Alto, the cheapest in its product portfolio, to the Swift premium hatchback over the next three to four years, said people with knowledge of the carmaker's plans. In the process, it is taking the 'Kitna Deti Hai' (how many miles does it give) slogan to the next level. These people said Maruti's hybrid solution could deliver 20-30% more fuel economy.  (go to article)

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Mercedes-Benz driverless trucks rolling in 2025?

FOX NEWS -- The company’s commercial division has unveiled its Future Truck 2025, which features autonomous driving technology that it says will allow drivers to take their hands off the wheel to manage other tasks while an autonomous “Highway Pilot” takes control.
Using a collection of radars and cameras based on those already employed on some Mercedes-Benz automobiles, the truck can also tap into proposed vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications systems, while connecting to the internet, and safely drive itself at speeds currently as high as 50 mph.
The prototype’s cabin unveiled this week has been fitted with a removable tablet for doing work on the fly, and a driver’s seat that rotates 45 degrees to let the “operator” stretch out. The wood flooring and leather trim is sligh  (go to article)

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EPA Helping Five State Capitals Develop Green Infrastructure, Improve Climate Resiliency

EPA -- WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it will provide technical assistance to help five capital cities develop green infrastructure that will contribute to greener, more vibrant neighborhoods and increase resiliency from the impacts of our changing climate. EPA selected the following cities for this year’s Greening America’s Capitals program through a national competition: Austin, Texas; Carson City, Nev.; Columbus, Ohio; Pierre, S.D.; and Richmond, Va. “EPA is excited about the opportunity to work with five new capital cities as they pursue their vision of a more sustainable future through the Greening America’s Capitals program,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Their projects will lay the groundwork for a greener, healthier environment th  (go to article)

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Calgary teen wins Google Science Fair award for research into oilsands cleanup

Canadian Press -- A Calgary teen has won a $25,000 scholarship from Google for her science project about speeding up the detoxification of oilsands tailings ponds

Hayley Todesco's project beat all the other submissions from 17- and 18-year-old students around the world at the Google Science Fair

It's Todesco's second big award win this month

On Sept. 3, she received the 2014 Stockholm Junior Water Prize for her oilsands research, which came with a $15,000 award and $5,000 for her school

This is the second year in a row that a Canadian won a top prize at the Google Science Fair
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Leonardo DiCaprio urges UN to solve climate crisis

CBC News -- Hollywood actor used his star power at the UN Tue calling for action on the issue of climate change

In his 1st speech as a UN messenger of peace, the celebrity environmental activist urged dignitaries and world leaders change to "make history" or "be vilified by it?"

"Now must be our moment for action. We need to end the free ride that industrial polluters have been given in the name of a free market economy. They do not deserve our tax dollars, they deserve our scrutiny

The 39-yr-old Wolf of Wall Street star has made a name for himself as a climate change activist

The actor toured AB's oilsands this summer while to doing research for an environmental documentary

He launched his own environmental charity back in 1998. It raised more than $25M for environmental protection at its 1st ga  (go to article)

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Motorists return to U.S. roads, driving more miles, using less gas

Reuters -- U.S. motorists drove more miles this summer than at any time since the 2008 financial crisis, according to government data, but the cause and implications of the roadway revival may be different than in years past.

The slow recovery in total miles driven may have more to do with a resurgence in vehicle sales due to zero- or low-interest loans than a long-term return to increased driving. But some experts suggested the data may be misleading, with trends like increased telecommuting and an aging population spending less time behind the wheel.
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Tar sands oil Albany-bound?

Albany Times Union -- A Houston-based oil company with a terminal at the Port of Albany is poised to open its rebuilt rail terminal in New Jersey — connected to Albany via rail — to shipments of Canadian tar sands oil.

This spring, the head of Buckeye Partners told investors that its rebuilt Perth Amboy terminal would be ready for incoming rail shipments of tar sands oil by the third quarter of this year. That schedule was confirmed during a company presentation at an industry conference in August.

To get to New Jersey, trains carrying the oil from the Canadian province of Alberta would have to use rail lines that pass through New York and either go past the Port of Albany or to CSX's Selkirk rail yard to the south and then continue down CSX lines along the western shore of the Hudson River to New Jersey.

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Gasoline Rally in Gulf Threatens to Slow Pump Price Drop

Bloomberg -- Gasoline in the Gulf Coast spot market surged to the highest level in almost two years, boosted by refinery breakdowns hitting just as plants in the region start seasonal maintenance.
Conventional, 85-octane gasoline blendstock, or CBOB, jumped for a sixth day, widening its premium versus futures traded on the NYMEX by 2.75 cents to 4.75 cents/gallon...That’s the fuel’s highest level since Oct. 9, 2012.

The rally in the Gulf threatens to shrink deliveries north to markets in Chicago, the U.S. mid-continent and New York Harbor and halt two weeks’ worth of price declines at the pumps. Gulf Coast refiners including Total are said to be performing seasonal repairs that will cut available crude-unit capacity by the most for this time of year since at least 2011.

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Michigan to see largest deployment of car/road tech

GasBuddy Blog -- Michigan is about to see the USA’s largest deployment of connected vehicle and highway technologies. The Michigan Department of Transportation is partnering with General Motors, Ford Motor Co, and a University of Michigan consortium to deploy vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technology-enabled corridors on more than 120 miles of roadway in Detroit and surrounding suburbs, including stretches of I-696 and I-94. Several of the state’s leading car manufacturers are in the early stages of planning a production rollout of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technologies, while MDOT is working to initially deploy connected vehicle technology on a 50 mile long stretch of I-96/I-696 in the Detroit area....  (go to article)

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Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 21

Reuters -- (Reuters) - The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors Co (GM.N) vehicles rose by two last week to 21, according to a report Monday from a lawyer overseeing a program to compensate victims of accidents caused by the recalled part.

Since Aug. 1, 675 claims for serious injuries or deaths said to have been caused by the switch had been received by the program, which is being overseen by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg. As of Friday, 21 death claims had been deemed eligible, as well as 16 claims for serious physical injuries, according to statistics provided by Feinberg’s office.

The program will continue to receive applications until Dec. 31 on behalf of individuals injured or killed in accidents they say were caused by the switch, which led to the recall of 2.6 milli  (go to article)

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Study: Enormous Gains to Be Had From Sustainable Urban Transport

Triple Pundit -- Carbon dioxide emissions from urban transportation could be reduced by 40 percent by 2050 – eliminating an estimated 1,700 megatons of CO2 emissions per year – by expanding public transportation, cycling and walking in cities, according a report from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and the University of California, Davis. There’s much more to be gained, however.
At a time when public services are being cut, expanding public transportation, cycling and walking in cities could save over $100 trillion in cumulative public and private spending. In addition, an estimated 1.4 million early deaths per year could be avoided by 2050 “if governments require the strongest vehicle pollution controls and ultra-low sulfur fuels,” according to a related analysis by ICCT.  (go to article)

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Fuel-cell cars to hit market in '15

Chicago Tribune -- TOKYO — Fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs), which use hydrogen and have zero emissions, will soon be on the market. Toyota Motor Corp. is scheduled to release the "ultimate eco-friendly cars" by the end of this fiscal year, which ends on March 31.

The government plans to allocate more funds to assist in promoting wider use of FCVs in fiscal 2015, but many hurdles remain. It remains to be seen whether 2015 will signal the start of an era for FCVs, as they have other benefits, including the ability to provide a week's worth of electricity for ordinary households in the event of emergencies.

On Aug. 19, Fukuoka FCV Club, an association comprising the Fukuoka prefectural government and local companies, held an inaugural ceremony in Fukuoka attended by roughly 400 people. The club aims to promote FCVs  (go to article)

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Natural Gas Pipeline Could Be Coming to 8 Counties in North Carolina

TWC News -- LUMBERTON, N.C. -- North Carolina could host a 550 mile interstate pipeline carrying natural gas from the Marcellus shale.

One property owner, Julian Bain, says he’s worried about the land he worked hard to earn. The proposed natural gas line would run through his property, a space he hoped his children would one day build on.

"If it goes like it shows on the map right now, it will pretty much destroy the 20 acres for them building houses on and stuff later," said Bain.

It’s concerns like Bain's which prompted Dominion Energy to hold Monday’s information meeting. Organizers say it's a chance for the public to look at the route and make some changes.  (go to article)

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It's official! Summer of 2014 was hottest on record

L.A. Times -- If the summer of 2014 felt unusually warm to you, you were right -- at least on a global level.

From June through August of 2014, the average temperature of our planet was 62.78 degrees Fahrenheit -- 1.28 degrees higher than the 20th century average, according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

That makes it the warmest summer since record keeping began in 1880.  (go to article)

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5 European countries produce nearly all of their electricity with no-carbon sources

Haynesville.com -- A no-carbon source of power generates energy while releasing virtually no carbon dioxide emissions. These sources include geothermal, hydroelectric, nuclear, solar (both utility scale and distributed solar), tidal and wind generation. Biomass plants are also considered no-carbon sources of energy. While biomass power plants emit carbon dioxide during operation, the full life cycle of biomass fuels is often considered to be carbon neutral for the purposes of meeting the greenhouse gas emission goals of countries implementing the power source.  (go to article)

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WTI Rises as U.S. and Arab Allies Strike Islamic State

Bloomberg -- West Texas Intermediate crude advanced after the U.S. and its Arab allies launched a series of airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Syria.

The November contract climbed as much as 1 percent. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain “participated in or supported” strikes against 14 Islamic State targets near their stronghold of Raqqa and along the Iraqi border, the Pentagon said in an e-mailed statement today.

“There is some nervousness in the market about the airstrikes,” said John Kilduff, a partner at Again Capital LLC, a New York-based hedge fund that focuses on energy. “The theater of war is right at the heart of Persian Gulf oil production. The Chinese manufacturing number is also slightly positive.”  (go to article)

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Ford schools dealers on high-tech 2015 Mustang

autonews.com -- Bradford Wernle
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LOS ANGELES -- Put the 2015 Ford Mustang on the couch, and you discover a car with a three-way split personality.

The 5.0 L GT with its rumbling V-8 engine cranking out 435 hp and 400 pounds-feet of torque appeals to die-hard Mustang traditionalists. Many of those loyalists, who have been waiting since planning began for the sixth-generation Mustang in '09, have placed their orders.

The 3.7-liter base V-6 appeals to those who want a package starting at $24,425 including shipping.

Where the 2015 Mustang really gets interesting is the 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder version, which starts at $25,995 including shipping. With an automatic transmission, the EcoBoost version gets an EPA estimated 21 mpg city/32 highway/25 combined.

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Sir Richard Branson's road map for efficient trucks

CNBC -- In a career filled with big ambitions that include finding new ways to send people into space, Sir Richard Branson's latest quest to make the trucking industry more fuel efficient may appear to some as rather mundane.

But what it lacks in sex appeal it more than makes up for in its potential impact on the economy and environment.
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Audi Self-Driving Car Gets First Permit In California

AP / AOL Autos -- A row of Google self-driving cars are shown outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
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2015 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon Four-Cylinder Gas Mileage: 21 Or 22 MPG Combined

Green Car Reports -- General Motors has released gas-mileage ratings for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks equipped with the base four-cylinder gasoline engine.

Trucks equipped with the 2.5-liter engine and six-speed automatic transmission will return an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined (20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway).

With four-wheel drive, the Colorado and Canyon lose one mpg in the combined and city categories, and two mpg in the highway category.
GM will also offer a six-speed manual transmission in basic Work Truck models. Only available with rear-wheel drive, it achieves the same combined and city ratings as the six-speed automatic, but loses one mpg in the highway category.

Producing 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder's fuel-econom  (go to article)

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Oil tumbles anew, Brent hammered below $97 amid supply fears

CNBC -- Expiring front-month U.S. October crude oil futures extended losses to more than $1 on Monday, as ample supply and concerns about sluggish demand for petroleum from Europe and China put pressure on prices.

Brent crude fared no better, dropping for the third session in four, as demand and supply fears outweighed expectations of a cut in oil output from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Comments from OPEC's secretary general last week that the group could cut output next year buoyed Brent, but investors' attention turned back to the gloomy economic outlook in Europe and China, which has curbed oil demand.

A cut in Libya's oil output had limited impact on prices. November Brent crude was trading nearly $2 lower to under $97 a barrel, after posting its first weekl  (go to article)

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Delphi agrees to acquire on-glass connection products supplier

autonews.com -- Dustin Walsh
Crain's Detroit Business

DETROIT -- Delphi Automotive said it agreed to acquire Antaya Technologies Corp., a Rhode Island company that supplies wire harnesses and other technologies that connect with automotive glass.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.

Antaya supplies connections to automotive glass for technologies such as heater windows, remote keyless entry, antennas, etc. It’s the largest manufacturer of these products in North America, Delphi said in a statement today.

Antaya employs 200 at five locations, including Monterrey, Mexico; Rossdorf, Germany; and Shanghai and Zhuhai, China.

“Antaya is an excellent strategic fit with Delphi, as it adds an important new connector . . .  (go to article)

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West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes

Los Angeles Times -- Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.

The analysis challenges assumptions that the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has been a significant driver of the increase in temperatures observed over many decades in the ocean and along the coastline from Alaska to California.

Changes in ocean circulation as a result of weaker winds were the main cause of about 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming in the northeast Pacific Ocean and nearby coastal land between 1900 and 2012, according to the analysis of ocean and air temperatures over that time. The study, conducted by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmosph  (go to article)

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Why the Price of Filling Up Has Been Going Down

US News & World Report -- Go figure.

Fighters with the Islamic State group have seized oil fields, huge swathes of territory and major cities in Iraq and Syria, threatening oil supplies. Russian separatists have launched a war against Ukraine, apparently with the backing of the Kremlin, which has spurred the U.S. and European Union to impose sanctions on Russia, the world's second-largest oil exporter in 2012.

And yet, average gas and diesel prices at the pump have fallen to their lowest levels in September in four years.

"Initially, when you saw violence in the Middle East, the reaction was, 'Oh, my goodness, this is going to threaten markets, this is going to threaten supply,'" says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at GasBuddy and founder of the Oil Price Information Service. "That’s not happening now."  (go to article)

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Obama offers climate change help to other nations

Associated Press -- President Barack Obama is pledging new U.S. help for other nations struggling to address global warming, as heads of state from around the world converge for a major summit on climate change.

Obama will use his speech at a U.N. summit Tuesday to announce plans to sign an executive order requiring the U.S. government to take climate change into account when it spends money overseas to help poorer countries, the White House said. The U.S. will also offer vulnerable communities abroad new tools to address the effects of climate change through science and technology.
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Mitsubishi Hybrid Pickup Rebranded As A Ram?

Gas 2 -- Last Friday, Mitsubishi and Fiat-Chrysler signed a non-binding agreement to develop and build a midsize pickup based on the L200 platform, reports Carscoops. With Mitsubishi bringing hybrids to its heartier models, could FCA’s Ram brand benefit from a midsized hybrid pickup to combat competition in America?

That wasn’t laid out in detail in Fiat-Chrysler’s five-year plan, which was released back in May, but the product plan did mention a new compact truck for the European and Latin American markets. Chrysler and Mitsubishi have had a relationship dating back decades now, which included a previous effort to develop a competitive compact pickup in the last-generation Dodge Dakota/Mitsubishi Raider. The fact that neither model is still around says all that needs to be said about these forget  (go to article)

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Natural factors, not humans, behind West Coast warming

Seattle Times -- The rise in temperatures along the West Coast over the past century is almost entirely due to natural forces  (go to article)

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Mercedes-Benz driverless trucks rolling in 2025?

fox -- Sit back, relax and keep on truckin’?  (go to article)

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Mercedes-Benz reveals Future Truck 2025, the Optimus Prime of self-driving semis

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U.S. trucking firms have long complained that they have more jobs than drivers — about 30,000 more, according to the most recent figures from the American Trucking Association. And who can blame someone for choosing another profession, what with the weeks on the road away from family and the stress of just-in-time delivery schedules for the chance to earn an average of $50,000 a year.

Today, Mercedes-Benz revealed the full details of how it sees the trucks  (go to article)

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2 Investigators: China Floods U.S. With Near-Perfect Fake Driver’s Licenses

WBBM-TV/chicago.cbslocal.com -- Fake driver’s licenses are flooding our market and could pose a real threat.

2 Investigator Dave Savini reports these bogus licenses are being produced overseas and sold online.

State and federal officials say they want to shut down the sales of them.

Bogus licenses are seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in big numbers, says Chief Customs Officer Brian Bell.

“We have hundreds of boxes of these,” he says. “They are all containing counterfeit driver’s licenses.”

They are incredible fakes. Smuggled into this country by high-tech forgery rings that have mastered the details so well, they could lead to critical security threats. Each license costs about $150.  (go to article)

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More Fiery Oil Train, Pipeline Accidents Unless Government Acts: Report

NBC News -- If the U.S. doesn’t quickly address the safe transportation of oil and gas, Americans could pay the price with more fiery train and pipeline accidents, according to a report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office.

“Without timely action to address safety risks posed by increased transport of oil and gas by pipeline and rail, additional accidents that could have been prevented or mitigated may endanger the public and call into question the readiness of transportation networks in the new oil and gas environment,” found the report.

The GAO report focused on the safety of moving crude oil by train and the growing network of “gathering lines,” largely unregulated natural gas pipelines. Both have been subjects of recent investigations by NBC News.  (go to article)

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U.S. to See Wide Range of Alternative Fuels Kick-Offs in Fourth Quarter, an Industrial Info News Ale

marketwatch -- SUGAR LAND, TX, Sep 23, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- U.S. alternative fuels projects -- comprising gasoline from coal, ethanol from sugar beets, and biofuel from algae -- are among those that are scheduled to kick off in the fourth quarter. Industrial Info is tracking 26 U.S. alternative fuels projects, worth $11.1 billion, that are listed for starts during the last quarter of 2014.  (go to article)

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Low Oil Prices: Sign of a Debt Bubble Collapse, Leading to the End of Oil Supply

OurFiniteWorld.com -- I would argue that falling commodity prices are bad news. It likely means that the debt bubble which has been holding up the world economy for a very long–since World War II, at least–is failing to expand sufficiently. If the debt bubble collapses, we will be in huge difficulty.

Many people have the impression that falling oil prices mean that the cost of production is falling, and thus that the feared “peak oil” is far in the distance. This is not the correct interpretation, especially when many types of commodities are decreasing in price at the same time. When prices are set in a world market, the big issue is affordability. Even if food, oil and coal are close to necessities, consumers can’t pay more than they can afford.  (go to article)

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Spare Tires in New Cars: What You Need To Know

Edmunds.com -- They hide in the dark corners of our trunks. We don't give them a second thought until we need them. And when we do, they come out to save the day. A spare tire is an unsung hero, able to get us back on the road in a matter of minutes. But what if you reached into the trunk and found no spare tire in your new car? What if, in its place, you found a shoebox-size device with a power plug?
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Faulty brake pads, risk of fire prompts GM recall: Cadillac and Impala

GasBuddy Blog -- One step forward, two steps back. General Motors is now recalling more than 220,000 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala vehicles whose brake pads can stay partially engaged when not braking, which could ignite fires.GM has already recalled several vehicles this year, including seven models, 15 million vehicles worldwide, for ignition switch issues and a massive recall of more than 700,000 vehicles linked to two crashes. ...  (go to article)

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Elon Musk Recharges His Bank Account: Tesla's agreement with Nevada to build a battery factory

By Gregg Easterbrook | ESPN.com -- Tesla's agreement with Nevada to build a battery factory is expected to create about 6,000 jobs in exchange for $1.25 billion in tax favors. That's about $208,000 per job. More jobs are always good. But typical Nevada residents with a median household income of $54,000 per year will be taxed to create very expensive jobs for others. Volkswagen is expanding its manufacturing in Tennessee, which is good. But the state has agreed to about $300 million in subsidies for the expansion, which will create about 2,000 jobs -- that's $150,000 per new job, much of the money coming from Tennessee residents who can only dream of autoworkers' wages. The median household income in Tennessee is $44,140, about a third of the tax subsidies per new Volkswagen job. The Tesla handout was approved by the Democr  (go to article)

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Utica Shale Boom: Shell's Latest Gas Discoveries In Northeast Pennsylvania Could Spur Drilling Boom

?m.gallucci@ibtimes.com -- NYSE:RDS.A) this week announced prolific results at two of its discovery wells in Tioga County, an area as yet untapped by most oil companies.

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The Utica Shale underlies major parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and New York. So far, operators have mostly focused on Utica’s gas reserves in western Pennsylvania or southeast Ohio, the latter now one of the fastest-growing natural gas production areas in the United States, according to federal energy statistics.

In the northeastern part of the Keystone State, most of the gas drilling has targeted the Marcellus Shale, the formation that lies on top of the deeper Utica Shale. Shell is among the first companies to bet on the Utica play in this area, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted.

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Despite Its Immense Power, the Challenger Hellcat Can Get Over 20 MPG

Wall St. Cheat Sheet -- The specs are in, and it turns out that the new Challenger Hellcat — that 707 horsepower beast that is the world’s new fastest muscle car — is much more economical than expected.

That’s right, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat earns an EPA highway fuel-economy rating of 22 miles per gallon on the highway, and 13 miles per gallon in the city. That’s 16 miles per gallon combined — a notable achievement, considering the amount of power the car generates. That figure relates to the Hellcat outfitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission. For cars equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, the figure drops to 21 miles per gallon combined.

This gives the Hellcat yet one more thing to add to its list of accomplishments, despite the fact that the car itself is still brand new to...  (go to article)

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New crude game erodes luster of most Citgo refineries

Financial Post -- The fast-changing nature of crude oil flows in the Americas means only one of three Citgo refineries in the United States will generate keen interest among buyers as Venezuela’s cash-strapped state-run PDVSA looks to sell its U.S. unit, and it may fetch less money than hoped, experts say.

Citgo’s plant near Chicago is a highly profitable cash cow because it runs cheap heavy crude from the burgeoning fields of Canada; Citgo’s two plants on the U.S. Gulf Coast, however, are locked into long-term supply contracts that force them to run expensive Venezuelan crudes, officials have said.

“Lemont is kind of the gem in the portfolio,” said a refining consultant who asked not to be identified. According to his valuation, Lemont could be sold at a price four times higher than Citgo’s other...  (go to article)

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Emera reopening talks about new Bangor substation planned for behind Cascade Park, Hydro-ele

Bangor Daily News -- BANGOR, Maine — Emera Maine is ramping up its efforts to build a new substation behind Cascade Park to feed an increasing appetite for electricity in the area, much of which will come from the expansion of nearby Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Emera representatives will meet with members of the city’s Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday evening to discuss their plans for the new substation. The meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on the third floor of Bangor City Hall.

The project started taking shape in 2011, when then-Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. proposed a new substation along the southern boundary of Saxl Park, part of the state-owned Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center complex. At the time, EMMC was planning its $247 million, seven-story expansion, and needed the electricity to run it.

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Michigan AG goes after propane gas price-gougers

WZZM -- LANSING (DETROIT FREE PRESS) – More than 600 Michigan propane customers are getting reimbursed for overpaying this past winter — and some will get an extra 50 percent, thanks to a deal state Attorney General Bill Schuette's Office made with Kansas-based Ferrellgas.

The state also filed a lawsuit Thursday against Pennsylvania-based AmeriGas — the largest residential supplier in Michigan and the U.S. — alleging price gouging, denial of pricing established in advance contracts and failure to honor prices quoted for phone orders last winter.  (go to article)

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A new frontier for Nissan Leaf

AUTONET -- A Nissan Leaf pickup truck is the brainchild of a group of engineers from the Nissan Technical Center in Stanfield, Arizona.

It all started as a team building exercise and I gather that the thought of building something without reservation was all that needed to be said for this group to go “all-in” on this project. The good news is the team actually was in need of a small truck for hauling purposes, so there was some usefulness to the project.

What came out of it was a small pickup truck named Sparky that was born from a marriage between a Nissan Leaf, a Frontier, and a few scraps from a Titan. A trio made in heaven!

Most of the work came from Nissan employees Roland Schellenberg and Arnold Moulinet. They drew out some sketches, gathered supplies, and went to work on creating this e  (go to article)

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Delta plane dumps fuel in skies near Atlanta during emergency landing

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A Delta Airlines plane carrying 316 people was forced to dump thousands of gallons of fuel in the sky over Paulding County, GA on Sunday afternoon. Officials say the jet was headed from Atlanta's international airport to Narita, Japan.

Airline officials say one of the engine lights on the control panel indicated something was wrong.

The pilot decided it was close enough to turn the plane back around and land. As part of the emergency landing, the pilot released thousands of gallons of jet fuel and turned one engine off. The plane safely returned to the airport. No one was injured.  (go to article)

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Gasoline Prices Fall to Lowest Since February

Transport Topics -- Gasoline prices at U.S. pumps, already at a seven-month low, may extend their decline amid falling crude costs that are spurring oil refineries to increase production of the road fuel, according to Lundberg Survey Inc.

The average price of regular gasoline slid 8.9 cents in the two weeks ended Sept. 19 to $3.374 a gallon, the lowest since Feb. 7, according to the survey, which is based on information obtained at about 2,500 filling stations. Prices are 14.66 cents lower than a year ago and may drop by a few more cents, the Camarillo, California-based researcher ...  (go to article)

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N.D. residents not entitled to oil money

Bismarck Tribune -- FARGO — While Alaska residents will get nearly $1,900 each this year from a state oil wealth trust fund, it could lead North Dakotans to wonder why their state doesn’t do the same.

The answer is simple. In North Dakota, it would be unconstitutional, said John Walstad, legal division director for the state’s Legislative Council.

“We get that question from time to time: ‘How come I don’t get a check?’” Walstad said. “Well, because our constitution says ‘no’ at this point. It could be changed, but right now it says ‘no.’”

Each Alaska resident will receive a $1,884 check this year, money that comes from earnings of Alaska’s Permanent Fund.

This year’s payment is more than twice the $900 paid to each Alaska resident last year.

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Rockefellers to sell oil assets as part of $50B global warming fight

CBC News -- The Rockefellers, who made their vast fortune on oil, will on Mon join and other philanthropies and high-wealth individuals in a pledge to sell and get out of a total of $50B worth of fossil fuel assets

"We are quite convinced that if he were alive today, as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy

Since Jan 2014, commitments by campuses, churches, cities, states, hospitals, pension funds, and others in the U.S. and abroad doubled, from 74 to 180

Some institutions have been reluctant. The U of CA voted last week to maintain its investments in fossil fuels, frustrating a student-led effort to divest its portfolio in oil, natural gas and coal

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