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Poll: 79 percent supports tolling to pay for highways

the Hill -- Seventy-nine percent of U.S. residents would support increasing the use of tolls on the nation's roads to help for new transportation projects, according to a poll Thursday by an infrastructure group.

The survey, which was conducted by HNTB Corp., found 79 percent of U.S. residents "would support the addition of a toll on a non-tolled surface transportation facility if it resulted in a safer, congestion-free and more reliable trip."

The poll found 83 percent of its respondents would also support tolls on highways that are currently free, which has been a source of contentious debate in Washington.
"Inflation, improved fuel economy, changing driving habits and rising construction costs have eaten away at the purchasing power of federal and state gas taxes,” he said. “The national surve  (go to article)

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Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

The Houston Chronicle -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells. After looking at dozens of cases of suspected contamination, the scientists focused on eight hydraulically fractured wells in those states, where they chemically linked the tainted water to the gas wells. They then used chemical analysis to figure out when in the process of gas extraction methane leaked into groundwater. "We found the evidence suggested that fracking was not to blame, that it was actually a well integrity issue," said Ohio State University geochemist Thomas Darrah, lead author of the study. He said those results are g  (go to article)

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Environmental Scientists Make The Environmental Case For Fracking

Science 2.0 -- A strange thing happened during climate change policy debates: Advances in hydraulic fracturing - fracking - put trillions of dollars' worth of previously unreachable oil and natural gas within humanity's grasp, and using it led to reductions in CO2 in the United States. America disavowed nuclear energy due to anti-science beliefs and lobbying by environmental groups and adopted dirty coal in its place. Ironically, environmental groups caused global warming by getting Democrats to ban nuclear energy and America led the world in emissions through most of the 1990s. In the last decade, though, fracking cleaner natural gas caused those emissions to plummet and now emissions from the US energy sector are back at early 1990s levels while emissions from coal are at early 1980s levels. That has b  (go to article)

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Tesla Motors spawns an automotive ecosystem

San Jose Mercury News -- Tesla Motors spawns an automotive ecosystem

FREMONT -- Tesla's decision to build its massive "gigafactory" for battery production in Reno is viewed as a big win for Nevada. But as Tesla races to make an affordable electric car for the masses, the company's California footprint will continue to grow.

The electric automaker is on track to deliver more than 35,000 cars this year and has ambitions to produce 500,000 cars a year by 2020 -- all at its factory in Fremont. The accompanying infusion of jobs and investment is reshaping that once-quiet suburban city and spilling over into the surrounding region.Tesla already has 6,000 employees in the Bay Area: hundreds at its corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, but the vast majority at the Fremont factory. Tesla also employs 100 workers at a n  (go to article)

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Consumer Reports finds Chinese tire brands are no bargain

Consumer Reports via Yahoo -- With prices starting at just $89, less than half the cost of better-known models, tires from China may seem like an irresistible deal. That’s why, for the first time, Consumer Reports included a few Chinese brands in our latest tests: Geostar, Pegasus, and Sunny.

Tires are a global commodity, and many of the major brand names that CR tests are manufactured in China. But those tires are designed and manufactured to quality standards dictated by the original manufacturers. Chinese tire brands don’t have that oversight, nor the marketing foresight to design products well-suited to the specific requirements of the U.S. consumer. While we can’t address specific tire build quality, our all-weather tests show that these tires simply don’t measure-up to most of the well-known brands.  (go to article)

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Oil prices falling, but maybe not for long: Jefferies

Yahoo Finance -- Oil prices have fallen 15% over the past year, and they could slide further before stabilizing. That's good news for U.S. consumers who are paying an average of $3.41 for a gallon of regular gasoline -- the lowest price in six months, according to AAA.

"There's some downside still on prices, but I think we're near the bottom here," says Andrew Lebow, a senior VP for energy derivatives at Jefferies Bache. "Maybe another dollar or two on WTI and maybe another dollar or two on Brent.... We’re near the lows."

Sweet West Texas Intermediate crude is now trading just below $92 a barrel, down from $108 a year ago. Brent crude from the North Sea is trading at $97 a barrel -- near a two-year low, and at the narrowest spread to WTI since July.

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Brent hits 26-month low on weak Chinese data, U.S. crude rises

Reuters -- Brent crude oil futures fell in choppy trading on Monday on weak Chinese economic data that pushed the expiring October Brent contract to a two-year low, while U.S. crude rose after bouncing off a technical support level near to a 16-month low reached last week.

Oil prices fell early on data showing China's factory output grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August, while growth in other key sectors also cooled, raising fears the world's second-largest economy may be at risk of a sharp slowdown.

"The Chinese data was sufficiently negative to create real worry again about the outlook for demand there and globally," said John Kilduff, a partner at Again Capital LLC in New York.

News of Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak's meeting on Tuesday with OPEC officials in Vienna,  (go to article)

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GM Prepares to Launch 'Super Cruise' Technology with a 2017 Cadillac Model

GasBuddy Blog -- Image From ..cnbc.comGeneral Motors is preparing to introduce a Cadillac model in two years that can travel on the highway without the driver holding the steering wheel or putting a foot on a pedal.The 2017 Cadillac model will feature “Super Cruise” technology that takes control of steering, acceleration and braking at highway speeds of 70 miles per hour or in stop-and-go congested traffic, Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said in a speech at the Intelligent Transport System World Congress in Detroit. Specifics on the exact model remain under wraps.Barra said GM will become the first automaker to equip a model with so-called vehicle-to-vehicle technology that enables the car to communicate with other autos with similar abilities to warn of traffic hazards and improve road safety....  (go to article)

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World's first car made by 3-D printer unveiled in Chicago

Yahoo News -- What's being billed as the world's first car made by a 3-D printer was unveiled in Chicago last week.The Strati, a two-seater "neighborhood" electric car with a range of 120 miles and a maximum speed of 40 mph, was assembled live in front of attendees at the International Manufacturing Technology Show.

According to Local Motors, the Phoenix, Arizona-based company behind the Strati, it took just 44 hours to build.

“We expect in the next couple of months to be below 24 hours and then eventually get it below 10 hours,” Local Motors CEO John Rogers told Scientific American. “This is in a matter of months. Today, the best Detroit or Germany can do is 10 hours on a [production] line, after hundreds of years of progress.”

Local Motors' mission "is to manufacture faster, but also more dem  (go to article)

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China creates its first no-cellphone sidewalk lane

Associated Press -- Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, seemingly offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

But the property manager says it's intended to be ironic — to remind people that it's dangerous to tweet while walking the street.

"There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here," said Nong Cheng, the marketing official with Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city's entertainment zone.
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In Vermont, a milestone in green-energy efforts

The Washington Post -- BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass.

With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city’s edge.

When it did, Burlington joined the Washington Electric Co-operative, which has about 11,000 customers across central and northern Vermont, which reached 100 percent earlier this year.  (go to article)

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U.S. Oil Futures Rebound on Weaker Dollar; Brent Steady

Bloomberg -- West Texas Intermediate rebounded after the dollar slid from a 14-month high, increasing the appeal of oil as an investment. Brent erased losses after falling to a two-year low.

Futures rose as much as 0.4 percent in New York after the Bloomberg dollar index, which tracks the greenback against 10 major counterparts, fell from the highest level since July 2013.

“The dollar deserves to come off a little bit with its recent strength,” said Tariq Zahir, a New York-based commodity fund manager at Tyche Capital Advisors. “On the lack of any bullish news, oil will continue to trade sideways.”

WTI for October delivery climbed 36 cents to $92.63 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 10:49 a.m. Volume was 27 percent higher than the 100-day average.  (go to article)

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Regulator Slow to Respond to Deadly Vehicle Defects

The New York Times -- General Motors published an article in February on its Chevrolet website trumpeting an achievement certain to help sell a lot of cars. Its 2014 Chevys had earned more five-star overall safety ratings in a new car assessment program than had any other brand. The next day, G.M. began recalling millions of its cars for a deadly ignition defect, and by August, six of the eight five-star Chevrolet models had been recalled for a variety of safety issues, including defects in air bags, brakes and steering. Five had been recalled multiple times. It was an embarrassing turn — but not just for the embattled automaker. The stellar rankings had been awarded by the federal regulatory agency that is mandated by Congress to ensure the safety of automobiles. The agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety  (go to article)

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AAPG ICE: ExxonMobil outlines international approach to unconventional development

Oil&Gas Journal -- Global energy demand is expected to increase 35% to 2040, translating to 120 billion boe/year, or nearly 350 million boe/d, stated Rocky Becker, vice-president, Europe-Caspian-Russia at ExxonMobil Exploration Co. As part of a panel speaking at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) International Conference and Exhibition on Sept. 15, Becker outlined the contributing factors to US success in unconventional resource development and how these might be applied in international prospects to help meet increasing demand levels. “We know how difficult it is finding a 350-million-bbl discovery; imagine finding one of those a day,” he told conference attendees. Meanwhile, the global economy is expected to grow 2.8%/year through 2040, with China leading the trend with an expected gro  (go to article)

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Islamic State Bombs Iraq Oil Refinery as U.S. Hardens Stance

Bloomberg News -- Islamic State militants set fire to an oil storage tank at Iraq’s largest refinery as the U.S. prepares to escalate the campaign against the extremist group.
Militants fired mortar rounds at the Baiji refinery, 130 miles north of Baghdad, causing a crude storage tank to catch fire and emit a plume of smoke visible from miles away, the police said in a statement read over the phone by an officer.  (go to article)

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U.S. to export condensate for third month to Europe, South Korea

Reuters -- Exports of ultra light oil, or condensate, from the United States are set to continue for a third month, with two cargoes due to load in September for shipment to Europe and South Korea, two sources said on Monday.

The exports will take the total number of shipments of the lightly processed crude oil to five since the softening of a 40-year export ban.

Mitsubishi Corp has sold a cargo of condensate to load in the middle of this month to Koch Supply & Trading which will likely head to Rotterdam, the people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Another cargo to load later in September was sold by Mitsui & Co to South Korea's top refiner SK Energy, they said.

U.S. oil producers are keen to export a growing surplus of light oil from shale resources that has depressed domestic prices w  (go to article)

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N.D. oil output jumps even as flaring rule changes loom

Reuters -- North Dakota's daily oil production jumped 5 percent in July to an all-time high, though the number was lower than expected as producers worked to meet aggressive flaring-reduction targets, state regulators said on Friday.

The production numbers, which have been steadily rising for years, highlight the massive investments Hess Corp, Whiting Petroleum Corp and other companies are making to develop the state's oil-rich Bakken and Three Forks shale formations and others.

Despite the positive production data, shares of top North Dakota oil producers fell with the broader market.

The investments have brought thousands of new workers to North Dakota, as well as billions in infrastructure and real estate investment, making the state the fastest-growing economy in the United States.

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At least 19 deaths tied to flawed GM cars

CNN -- Ken Feinberg, the attorney overseeing a compensation fund for victims of GM cars, has so far linked 19 deaths to a serious flaw with the automaker's ignition switches.

That's more than the 13 deaths General Motors (GM) has said were tied to the problem, which went unreported for a decade, years after company engineers discovered it.

Overall, Feinberg has received 125 claims for deaths and 320 for injuries in the five weeks he has been up and running. Of those, he has found 31 eligible for compensation. Most of the remainder are still under review.  (go to article)

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Oil outlook

Forbes -- We project that by 2035 the US will be energy self-sufficient while maintaining its position as the world’s top liquids and natural gas producer  (go to article)

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Oil sands players shrug off falling prices, eye narrowing differentials

Financial Post -- If there are worries about falling oil prices, Canadian companies aren’t showing it

Companies seemed more concerned about pipeline shortages and acquiring ‘social licences’ than the weakening price of a barrel of crude

“Commodity price remains the largest risk overall, but we are generally mostly bullish on the price of oil given the growth and demand outside of N Am

While the industry is mindful of a disruption caused by a price collapse, companies are comforted by lower differentials between Canadian and U.S. crude “even as we enter the traditional low demand of heavy oil of the months of Dec, Jan and Feb

“Lower differentials and a weak Canadian dollar are offsetting price declines in WTI

However, global developments may be conspiring against Canadian crude

Teh IEA warned that oil  (go to article)

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Brent Crude Falls to Two-Year Low as China Output Slows

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Brent crude declined to its lowest intraday level in more than two years as China’s industrial output expanded at the weakest pace since the global financial crisis. West Texas Intermediate also fell.

Futures slid as much as 0.9 percent in London. Factory production in China, the world’s second-biggest oil consumer, rose 6.9 percent from a year earlier in August, the National Bureau of Statistics said Sept. 13, compared with 9 percent in July and a median estimate of 8.8 percent in a Bloomberg News survey. Crude output in Libya increased to 870,000 barrels a day, according to state-run National Oil Corp
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Fracking in Scotland Is One Solution to Higher Gas Costs

Bloomberg News -- With natural gas prices in Europe more than double costs in the U.S., Ineos has a novel solution: start fracking

The world’s 4th-biggest petrochemical manufacturer bought a license to look for fuel around its refinery in Grangemouth, Scotland. That complements a deal by Ineos to import gas from the U.S., a step followed by other chemical companies in Europe

Shale exploration has helped boost supply and depress prices in the U.S. In Europe, the U.K. and Poland have embraced fracking

Scotland may hold 80T cuft of shale gas. The Scottish government proposes “a cautious and considered approach” to unconventional resources, as opposed to the U.K. government’s plans to allow drilling below people’s homes and land

The EU faces the risk of industry drain due to lower energy prices in the U.S.  (go to article)

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Cars and trucks we can't have...but definitely want

Fox News -- Would u like any of these vehicle's?  (go to article)

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California man arrested after firing on ice cream truck, police

Reuters -- A southern California man was arrested following a nine-hour standoff with police after he opened fire on an ice cream truck and later shot at officers, police said on Monday.

Terry McKinney, 59, was arrested late on Sunday following the hours-long standoff, said San Bernardino Police Lieutenant Rich Lawhead. No one was injured, he said.
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National average resumes decline after short break

GasBuddy Blog -- After a brief pause that led the national average to rise slightly, prices have resumed their decline across all of the nation. In the last week, not a single state saw its average rise, a marked difference versus what occurred during the last week of August. The national average stood at $3.38/gal this morning, down 5.4c/gal from last week's $3.436/gallon.
States that saw the largest decline: Indiana, down 14.5c/gal, Michigan, down 13.8c/gal, Ohio, down 12.2c/gal, Missouri, down 10.3c/gal, and Kentucky, down 7.3c/gal. On the bottom, states that saw the smallest declines were  Vermont, down just 0.003c/gal, Montana, down 0.007c/gal, Pennsylvania, down 1c/gal, Hawaii, down 1.1c/gal, and Idaho, down 1.2c/gal....  (go to article)

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Your new commuter car?

CBS -- Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon.

Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it’s also less than half the cost.  (go to article)

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Can Tablets Change the Automotive Game?

iQ -- As amazing and technologically advanced as some in-car infotainment systems are, there’s one crucial problem with them: shelf life. By the time an infotainment system makes its way into a modern automobile, it’s outdated within a year. So what’s an automaker to do?

Incorporating tablets into modern day cars could completely change the automotive game by reducing infotainment development costs for automakers and reducing the weight and complexity of vehicles, potentially improving fuel economy.  (go to article)

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Oil Prices Fall as Chinese Production Slows Down

RIA Novosti -- MOSCOW, September 15 (RIA Novosti) - Oil prices are in decline in electronic trading as China's industrial output is expanding at its weakest pace since the global financial crisis in 2008.

"The major news is the data out of China," Ric Spooner, a chief strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney, told Bloomberg in an interview. "It means potentially another area of moderation in overall oil demand. We're in a situation where the demand, supply scenario is fairly weak, and the market is stripping out a lot of the geopolitical risk premium."  (go to article)

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When Does Uber Become Cheaper Than Owning A Car?

TechCrunch -- While we aren’t quite there yet, we’re certainly much closer to living in a world where it might be the same price or even cheaper to rely on a mobile app to get from place to place than to drive everywhere.  (go to article)

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Uncertainty Ahead for Department of Transportation Funding

Plantizen -- When President Obama requested on September 11 that Congress "authorize $500 million to train and equip pro-Western Syrian rebels battling Islamic State, often referred to as ISIS or ISIL," according to The Wall Street Journal, he complicated an already cloudy annual appropriation process for funding Department of Transportation (DOT) programs in fiscal year 2015.

In other words, "DOT appropriations run out in 19 days," according to Adam Snyder of Politico's Morning Transportation of September 12.  (go to article)

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In mining country, ‘war on coal’ hard to see

bostonglobe.com -- The desolate stretch of Highway 133 crests a Rocky Mountain pass and settles into a valley where some of the world’s most valuable coal is located — and the landowner is the US taxpayer.

If there is a “war on coal” by President Obama, as his critics say, then this might be a place to wage it. Obama has, after all, approved regulations designed to cut global-warming carbon emissions by nearly one-third, and he is preparing to attend a Sept. 23 United Nations climate summit at which he will renew his call for world action to fight climate change.

But here in the Rockies and across much of the West, Obama may be the coal industry’s critical, if unlikely, ally. The administration has rejected calls to place a moratorium on leasing public land to mining firms — even though such leases accoun
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More women haggling over car price

By Michael Strong of The Detroit Bureau -- Survey shows women enjoy process more than men.

The stereotype of a woman being unwilling to haggle with a dealership salesperson thus relying on her husband or some other man to handle the negotiations is going by the wayside.

The comfort level of women when it comes to rolling up their sleeves and getting the best deal on a new car is rising, according to a recent survey by Swapalease.com. In fact, women are more likely than men to duke it out: 33.3% of women said "it makes it a fun process" compared with just 25.1% of men.  (go to article)

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At least 150 major companies prep for carbon prices

USA TODAY -- At least 150 major companies worldwide - including ExxonMobil, Google, Microsoft and 26 others in the United States - are already making business plans that assume they will be taxed on their carbon pollution, a report today says.

The U.S. has yet to impose a price on heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, but other nations are starting to do so as a way to address global warming so U.S.-based companies are factoring an eventual one into their plans, says the international non-profit CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project. The report is the group's first one to look at corporate carbon pricing on a global scale.

"We're seeing companies taking steps they're not required to, and they're doing this to be competitive in a carbon-constrained world," says Zoe Antitch,...  (go to article)

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CNG pump: Small start to what may be a huge new business

Philly.Com -- Nearly four years after VNG.co set out to build a nationwide fueling network for compressed natural gas, the Bala Cynwyd company last week launched its first outlet: a single pump at a BP Station next to a Roosevelt Expressway on-ramp.

That Gov. Corbett would come to East Falls to inaugurate one fuel pump might indicate that VNG.co L.L.C. has bigger ambitions than building a few natural gas vehicle fueling stations.

VNG's founders two entrepreneurs with heavyweight business pedigrees say they have methodically created the foundation for an entirely new commercial sector that is just getting ready to take off.

VNG's business model is to build fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling outlets within existing retail gasoline stations eliminating the need for fleet owners to maintain..  (go to article)

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The Energy Trap, & How The World & The UAE Can Avoid It

Clean Technica -- Since the middle of 18th century, mankind has been using fossil fuel energy as a bank account, from which we collectively withdraw every year using a peculiar sort of ATM.

It's peculiar because we need to deposit a small amount in order to get the amount we want in return – the ratio of the amount we withdraw to the amount we deposit is energy return on energy invested (EROEI).

Fundamentally, we invest energy to be able to get more energy. Fossil fuels used to be plentiful and easy to get at; that gave them a high EROEI. Enjoying this bonanza, our collective withdrawals increased exponentially.

But that ATM draws from a limited account; fossil fuels are finite.

Today we are hitting the limit of the energy ATM. We can’t withdraw more energy without depositing a lot more than we once did  (go to article)

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Toyota's New Transit Idea Is Like a Bikeshare for Tiny Electric Cars

Gizmodo -- Small, weird-looking smartcars are nothing new; there are plenty of them on the road, especially in cities where space is at a premium. But Toyota has launched something that makes great use of its zippy 3-wheeled i-Road vehicles: a new car-sharing service that integrates with a city's existing transit system.

The concept is basically a sort of bikeshare/Zipcar hybrid, meant to supplement existing public transit systems. You can reserve a nearby car ahead of time if you want by using an app on your phone, but you don't have to take it back where you originally found it at the end of your trip. The kiosks also act as charging stations for the vehicles to make sure they stay juiced up.
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Head of new Maine railroad company says he’s building transportation system to last

BDN -- BANGOR, Maine — The man behind the controls of the company that took over for the defunct Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway says he plans to turn a profit by 2015.

That’s not an easy feat, according to John Giles, CEO of Central Maine and Quebec Railway, considering Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway was profitable in just three of its 12 years in operation.

“We’re trying to grab this company right now and pull it up by the bootstraps,” said Giles, a 45-year veteran of the rail industry, who came out of retirement to head up the effort to save hundreds of miles of tracks from St. Jean, Quebec, near Montreal, to Searsport.

Giles spoke to a crowd of more than 120 area business leaders, government officials and transportation industry experts at an Action Committee of 50 breakfast gat  (go to article)

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Protecting America's power grid: Calls for action

CNBC -- Electronic attacks on banks, retailers and oil companies have amplified calls to fortify the U.S.'s aging electric grid, which some believe is more vulnerable than ever to terrorism  (go to article)

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Green Monsters: The Electric Bike Wars

Forbes -- The roar of a Harley-Davidson engine is as distinctive as the popping of a champagne cork. But what if you could have all the power and beauty of a hog with a silent engine that doesn’t devour gas? That’s the question Harley asked earlier this year when it unveiled Project LiveWire, its futuristic prototype for an electric motorcycle.

Harley-Davidson is hardly alone in the e-bike wars, where several companies are seeking to become the Tesla of motorcycles. And not just because it’s good for the environment.

Last year the major motorcycle brands–including BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha–sold 561,000 bikes nationwide, up from 557,000 in 2012 but down a staggering 53% from the 1.2 million sold in 2006. This year motorcycle sales remained relat  (go to article)

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Push To Impose Extra Fees On Solar Customers Draws Outrage In Wisconsin

Think Progress -- A recent move by Wisconsin utility We Energies to not only raise electricity rates on all consumers but also to add an additional charge on those who produce their own energy and sell it back to the grid has sparked outrage within the state and beyond. The plan would raise the “fixed charge” on all customers’ electric bills from $9 to $16 a month, as well as reduce net metering — a policy that enables customers with solar panels or other forms of distributed generation to sell their excess electricity back to the grid — and add a new charge on these electricity-generating customers.  (go to article)

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Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily

Associated Press -- Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.

The extremist group's resources exceed that "of any other terrorist group in history," said a U.S. intelligence official who, like others interviewed, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified assessments. Such riches are one reason that American officials are so concerned about the group even while acknowledging they have no evidence it is plotting attacks against the United States.  (go to article)

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1 Surprising State Turning to Fracking to Create Jobs

The Motley Fool -- When we think of fracking in America, North Carolina is far from the first state that comes to mind. However, after Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation this year to terminate the state's 2012 moratorium on fracking as well as its decade-old ban on the process, North Carolina is now gearing up to start fracking its first natural gas wells next year. It's a move that could create a whole new sector of employment in the state.  (go to article)

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Oil patch driving is ‘whole different world’

Bismarck Tribune -- “It’s challenging around these parts of the woods. You have to be real cautious because of other people’s driving skills. People pull out in front of you and don’t realize how heavy a load you’ve got. You can’t stop on a dime,” Harris said.

In a region where dirt and gravel roads have sprung up to keep step with the demand of oil and gas development, finding locations like drilling sites and pipeline terminals can be challenging, too.

Harris said his territory ranges from the Canadian border, west to Montana and east to Minot, Bismarck and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. And when there’s dense fog or snow and ice on the road, driving can be treacherous, he said.  (go to article)

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Oklahoma oil hub getting bigger with new pipelines

Fuel Fix -- CUSHING, Okla.— New pipeline projects are expanding the size of an Oklahoma crude oil hub that is already one of the most important oil storage facilities in the world. One new pipeline is in operation at the hub in Cushing, another is almost complete and a new project was announced earlier this month when Tulsa-based NGL Energy Partners revealed plans for the Grand Mesa Pipeline, a joint venture with Rimrock Midstream LLC, the Tulsa World reported Saturday. Grand Mesa, which will be open to oil producer commitments starting next week, will be a 550-mile system from Colorado to Cushing. Once completed, the pipeline could move more than 130,000 barrels per day from production. "The pipeline not only supports the continued growth and production in the area, but does so in a cost-effective an  (go to article)

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Could new technology devastate auto industry?

Detroit News -- Communications technology has shaken the book business to its foundations, not to mention newspapers, and automobile manufacturers might be the next industry ripe for attack.

When the global automotive industry gathers in Paris next month for the biennial car show, you will hear the usual soothing claims about how healthy the industry now is, and how it’s poised for long-term healthy growth. The trouble is there are some sinister issues festering away behind the scenes which might ambush a complacent industry. There’s the question of future power-trains, with the agenda set by governments convinced that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from cars endanger the planet, and insist fuel use must be curbed.  (go to article)

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Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind

The New York Times -- HELIGOLAND, Germany — Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea. They are wind turbines, standing as far as 60 miles from the mainland, stretching as high as 60-story buildings and costing up to $30 million apiece. On some of these giant machines, a single blade roughly equals the wingspan of the largest airliner in the sky, the Airbus A380. By year’s end, scores of new turbines will be sending low-emission electricity to German cities hundreds of miles to the south. It will be another milestone in Germany’s costly attempt to remake its electricity system, an ambitious project that has already produced striking results: Germans will soon be getting 3  (go to article)

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Controversial natural gas rule changes came after B.C., oil lobby met

Canadian Press -- In Jan, CAPP made a presentation in BC's Environment Ministry, outlining changes they wanted to environmental review rules for NG projects

Those changes became law on Apr 14, but they didn't stay that way for long

An outcry from First Nations organizations forced an about-face from Environment Minister Mary Polak, who rescinded the revisions 2 days after they were passed by order-in-council

Internal government documents show 25 to 45 new NG plants will be needed to meet the government's hopes for LNG and that the industry wanted regulatory changes expedited so they could make investment decisions

The regulatory review carried out on the instructions of Premier Christy Clark continues, but the ministry says no further changes will go ahead without public review and input  (go to article)

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Gazprom forces Poland to halt reverse gas supplies to Ukraine

RBTH -- Russian gas monopoly Gazprom has refused to boost deliveries of gas to Polish consumers after Poland’s state oil and gas firm requested an increase in supplies due to cooler weather. As a result, Poland has been obliged to halt reverse supplies of gas to Ukraine.
Gazprom did not satisfy a request by the Polish Oil & Gas Company (PGNiG) for an increase in gas supplies, according to the Polish company's official statement. Poland did not receive approximately 20 percent of the requested amount.  (go to article)

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Mazda 6 Diesel Reportedly Still a Year Away From U.S. Launch

Car Scoops -- The Mazda 6 on sale for the last couple of years is a stellar midsize sedan, but it was supposed to have been bolstered by a repeatedly delayed diesel engine for the U.S. Apparently it isn't dead, just still late.

A source at The Truth About Cars claims Mazda has had to fit the SkyActiv Diesel for the 6 with an after-treatment emissions system in order to comply with federal standards, something Mazda had not originally planned on doing.

This comes after the diesel engine, which was expected to launch in fall 2013, was first pushed back to April 2014, and then "indefinitely" at the beginning of 2014.  (go to article)

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Ford recalls older Escape, Mariner SUVs; coolant pump can fail and cause stalling

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DETROIT - Ford is recalling about 74,000 older-model gas-electric hybrid SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a stalling problem.

The recall covers Ford Escapes from the 2005 through 2008 model years and Mercury Mariners from 2006 through 2008.

The company says the coolant pump for the hybrid system could fail, causing electronics to overheat. That can shut down the engine, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford says in documents filed with government safety regulators that it has no reports of crashes or injuries from the problem.

Ford is expected to start the recall on Oct. 27. Dealers will replace the coolant pump for free.
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Manual transmissions getting rarer in the US

Fox News -- The percentage (10%) of manuals vehicle's, offered in the US has dropped considerably since the 80's.  (go to article)

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