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How China is keeping a lid on U.S. gas prices

marketwatch -- China is now exporting gasoline.

The world’s most populous nation, with its once-booming economy and voracious appetite for energy, had more refined petroleum products on its hands last month than it needed, so it put them on the global market.
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Honda says to recall 63,200 vehicles globally over Takata air bag defect

Reuters -- Honda Motor Co is recalling about 63,200 vehicles globally due to a defect in driver-side air bags made by Takata Corp, the Japanese automaker said on Thursday.

Honda is recalling certain CR-V, Civic, Brio and Amaze, models from 2012-2015, mostly in China and other Asian countries.
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BP says Whiting refinery still in production after fire

Chicago Tribune -- One worker was taken to a hospital for treatment and was released, the company said.

BP said operations at the 413,500-barrel-per-day refinery "were minimally impacted as a result of the incident and the refinery continues to produce products for customers."

The Whiting refinery is the seventh-largest refinery in the United States and the largest outside of the Gulf Coast.

The plant is the centerpiece of BP's shift over the past two years to emphasize using cheaper, heavy crude oil from Canada's tar sands fields in Alberta.  (go to article)

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Ford three cylinder Fiesta v three cylinder Geo Metro (!)

Detroit News -- Good things come in threes. Three-point basket buzzer beaters. The Three Stooges. Charlie’s Angels.

And Ford’s turbocharged, 1-liter, three-cylinder engine.

Three-holers have been as rare as four-leaf clovers in recent years as their poor power and inherent lack of balance have won them few buyers. The Mitsibishi Mirage and Smart, to name two, have underwhelmed with their buzzy leaf blowers. But with the relentless advance of fuel economy regulations and engine technology, automakers like Ford are re-introducing the three to a new generation of buyers.

The 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE is lightning in a bottle. Make that lightning in a 1-liter bottle. With its surprising power, hybrid-like fuel efficiency, and Fusion-like good looks, this overachiever is sure to become a micro-car icon. Indeed,  (go to article)

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First 2015 Ford Mustangs roll off the production line

Detroit News -- The first of Ford Motor Co.’s 2015 Mustangs roll off the line Thursday at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant.

The Dearborn automaker will mark the milestone with a press event. For the first time in its 50 years in production, Mustangs will be sold globally to more than 120 countries.

“The Mustang is and will continue to be an automotive icon,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, said in a statement. “Expanding its availability globally affords our customers around the world the opportunity to have a true, first-hand Mustang experience — one unlike any other.”

Ford will produce right-hand-drive Mustangs that will be exported to more than 25 countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.

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Train delayed again? Blame the oil boom.

CS Monitor -- If you’re stuck at a railroad crossing or trapped on a delayed Amtrak train, you might blame it on the US oil boom.

US oil production is the highest in decades, and more and more crude is traveling by train. That is slowing shipments of grains, gravel, and even coal, as commodities and a resurgent oil industry compete for a finite amount of US rail. More oil pipelines could help ease the freight bottleneck, but those take time to build and have become controversial topics in the debate over the future of US energy.

In the meantime, firms are taking to the rails to get the country’s newfound oil wealth to market.

Oil just tends to be more valuable than other products,” says Adie Tomer, a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, ...  (go to article)

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Iowa governor blasts EPA on ethanol mandate

USA Today -- EPA delays in setting the Renewable Fuel Standard are contributing to weaker corn prices for farmers and costing manufacturing jobs, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Wednesday.

"Farmers aren't buying equipment and John Deere is laying people off. What EPA has done is not only damage farm income but cost us jobs in farm machinery and manufacturing," Branstad told reporters at the Farm Progress Show near Boone.

In November, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed reducing ethanol produced from corn in 2014 to 13.01 billion gallons from 14.4 billion gallons initially required by Congress. The 2007 Renewable Fuel Standard requires refiners to buy alternative fuels made from corn, soybeans and other products to reduce the country's dependence on foreign energy.

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President Carter calls for carbon tax at Aspen renewable energy conference

Fox -- President Jimmy Carter called a tax on carbon emissions “the only reasonable approach” to combating climate change during an appearance here Tuesday, but lamented that even piecemeal actions are unlikely to get through a divided Congress.

Carter, 89, who received a lifetime achievement award on the final day of the American Renewable Energy Day summit, spoke during a luncheon attended by a number of conservationists as well as Ted Turner, T. Boone Pickens and Tom Steyer, the California billionaire pledging to devote his personal finances to political candidates willing to take action on climate change.

The 39th president, who created the Dept. of Energy and advocated for conservation before scientists began to understand the impact of human activity on climate...  (go to article)

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GM Finally Is Embracing Diesel Market With New Plans, Projections

Forbes -- General Motors GM -0.4% finally has drunk the Kool-Aid when it comes to clean-diesel power. It plans on adding an array of new diesel passenger models to its Chevrolet Cruze diesel, and executives have embraced even the optimistic projections of diesel advocates when it comes to forecasting the expansion of the market.

The company’s endorsement of the future of diesel power is likely to add significant momentum to the technology. Diesel-car registrations were up by 30 percent through last year since 2010.

Steve Kiefer, GM’s vice president of global powertrain, told the industry’s Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich., that diesels in cars and light trucks could grow to 10 percent of the U.S. market by 2020.  (go to article)

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Soup it up: New car cleaners shine, with elbow grease

Detroit News -- Do you cringe when someone tries to sell you the latest and greatest car care product?

“Never need to polish your car again!” an advertisement proclaims. “Detailer in a can,” promises another.

But then you happen to be in the room during a seminar at the recent Concours d’Elegance of America at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth and you hear Timothy McNair, owner of Grand Prix Concours Preparation, talk about the hours he and his Pennsylvania-based team spend getting every surface, every detail just so before a car is presented to the judging panel and classic car-show spectators.

And yet, it is without hesitation that I share a couple of new car care products with you, because they have been developed and produced by Griot’s Garage, a company based in Tacoma, Wash., with a proven record  (go to article)

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Michigan's Land proposes cutting 75 percent of federal gas tax

Detroit News -- Washington— Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land proposed Tuesday slashing federal gas taxes by 78 percent to four cents a gallon and letting states like Michigan decide whether to replace the revenue for highway and bridge construction.

Land, a former two-time secretary of state who oversaw the licensing of Michigan’s drivers, proposed gradually cutting the federal gas tax from 18.4 cents to 4 cents a gallon over an unspecified period of years. The move would effectively end most federal rules for U.S. highway travel and, her campaign argues, let states divert money from mass transit and other road-related projects that don’t make sense.

Michigan’s pothole-marked roads and bridges have been the focus of debate as the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder have sparred over  (go to article)

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Boston is Home of the Nation's Worst Drivers, Says Allstate Report

GasBuddy Blog -- Image From ..boston.comNew York may have its aggressive, horn-honking drivers but it is a bastion of tranquility and safety compared to Boston, home to the worst drivers of any U.S. big city, according to an annual insurance industry study just released by Allstate.  "A Boston driver, on average, will get into a collision every 4.4 years," Kari Mather, a spokeswoman for Allstate Corp, said earlier this week. The company's latest report, titled "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report," is based on client collision damage data in 2011 and 2012.  It found Boston ranked dead last among cities with more than 1 million residents in their metropolitan area. Next was Washington. Is anyone surprised? ...  (go to article)

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WTI Crude Declines as Stockpiles Expand at Cushing; Brent Steady

Bloomberg News -- West Texas Intermediate fell for the first time in three days as crude stockpiles increased at the biggest U.S. oil-storage hub. Brent was steady in London.

Futures dropped as much as 0.4 percent in New York. Supplies at Cushing, Oklahoma, the delivery point for WTI contracts, expanded by 508,000 barrels to 20.7 million last week, the Energy Information Administration reported yesterday. That’s the highest level since July. Libya may boost production to 1 million barrels a day by the end of the September, according to state-run National Oil Corp.

“It looks like we’ve removed almost all of the risk premium associated with geopolitical problems, and we’re now returning to a more normal examination of supply and demand,” Michael McCarthy, a chief strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney, said by  (go to article)

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Are the world’s cars on the cusp of going solar?

CNBC -- Within a decade, declining prices of solar systems and batteries combined with the rise of electric vehicles may start sending internal combustion engines to the junk yard, analysts say.

"By 2020, shrinking battery and solar cost will make EVs (electric vehicles) in the mass segments the cheaper alternative over a car life cycle in most European markets," UBS analysts said in a note last week.

It expects Europe, particularly Germany, Italy and Spain, to lead the shift due to their high fuel and retail electricity costs, with a "conservative" estimate for around 10 percent of Europe's new car registrations to be electric vehicles by 2025.  (go to article)

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Whiting Refinery fire

WSBT Web site and TV News -- Fire at the refinery at Whiting, Indiana. Not many details at this time
http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/report-explosion-at-nw-ind-bp-refinery/27765434

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U.S. oil surge restrains prices despite heightened global turmoil

The Globe and Mail -- The controversial practice of “fracking” helped keep North American fuel prices from soaring this summer even as supply disruptions in the Middle East and North Africa hit a 23-year high.

The surge in United States oil production – made possible through horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing – has more than offset unplanned supply outages in embattled Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) member nations, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Wednesday.

Those types of geopolitical crises have typically sent global oil prices sharply higher. Instead crude prices have fallen since early July, hitting 14-month lows last week.

In a note Wednesday the EIA noted American liquids production climbed by four-million barrels a day between January, 2011,...  (go to article)

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Bypassing Keystone: Canadian Firm Uses Loophole to Ship Oil Sands to U.S.

The Wall Street cheat sheet -- Instead of waiting to obtain a “presidential permit” to ship oil sands from Canada to the United States, one Canadian firm has found a workaround, and environmental groups aren’t happy about it.

Pipeline operations giant Enbridge has figured out how to avoid having to go through the regulatory process with the U.S. State Department for approval of an oil sands pipeline.

According to EnergyWire, the company plans to build several interconnections on either side of the border between Manitoba and Minnesota. The interconnections will allow the company to transfer heavy oil from its Alberta Clipper pipeline to another pipeline known as “Line 3.” It will then be transferred back to the Alberta Clipper line once it is safely across the border  (go to article)

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Garcia: Block Venezuela’s sale of Citgo

The Washington Times -- U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia and Venezuelan opposition leaders in Miami called on the Obama administration Wednesday to block Venezuela’s sale of U.S.-based Citgo Petroleum Corp.

Garcia said the sale of Venezuela’s oil refining and distribution network in the U.S. would hurt national interests, noting a number of American corporations are owed large amounts of money by the Venezuelan government and that the country has few significant remaining assets in the U.S.

“The last thing we want them to do is delink themselves from the United States and then not pay their debtors,” Garcia said.

He said Citgo’s value is also “severely diminished” when no longer tied to Venezuelan oil reserves hurting both nations’ assets in the long term.“We believe allowing this government to monetize this part of...  (go to article)

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Beating Our Enemies By Energy Independence

Forbes -- The largest obstacle remains the existing infrastructure. It simply cannot support the current level output in terms of transporting, distributing and storing more oil and natural gas, and as such, it must be upgraded.  (go to article)

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Fracking Taxes Help States Now, But What About The Future?

Forbes -- As bad as the federal budget picture looked during the Great Recession, the fiscal climate in the states was worse. The federal government used stimulus spending to prevent many states from having to make sharp cuts in services because of steep declines in sales, income, and corporate tax revenues. However, the state fiscal picture is looking much better.  (go to article)

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US green energy share hits record levels as solar power doubles

Business Green -- Renewables made up 14.3 per cent of US electricity generation in the first half of 2014, spurred by solar power more than doubling its output year on year.

The US Energy Information Administration's most recent Electric Power Monthly publication shows hydropower output was just outpaced by other renewables, as the sectors accounted for seven and 7.3 per cent of electricity generation, respectively.

Overall, total electricity from all renewables increased by 2.73 per cent year on year, despite small declines in geothermal power and hydropower, beating the 2.59 per cent net growth across all energy sources, the EIA figures show.  (go to article)

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Fuel tanks pulled out of downtown Fresno property so restaurant can go in

The Fresno Bee -- A downtown property got one step closer to redevelopment Wednesday with the removal of giant underground fuel tanks.

The property at 603 Broadway St., at the corner of Ventura Street, has been a service station for decades, and is currently the American & Foreign auto repair shop. But owner George Guzelian hopes to develop the property as something else, including possibly a fast-food restaurant.

The tanks -- three 3,000- to 4,000-gallon gasoline or diesel tanks and a 280-gallon oil tank -- were pulled out with excavators, paid for by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiative to clean up sites with abandoned gas tanks.  (go to article)

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Are CVTs The Fuel-Efficient Transmission Of The Future?

GreenCarReports -- If you've driven a Toyota, Lexus or Honda hybrid, or any recent Nissan automatic, you'll be familiar with continuously-variable transmissions (CVT).

You'll be familiar with the smoothness, the quiet running at low speeds, and the way the revs soar when you ask for a bit more power. But with CVT becoming more popular, is public perception of noisy, slow CVT cars slowly changing?

For customers used to regular torque-converter automatics with distinct steps in power and torque delivery, CVTs can feel unnatural and even annoying. Planting your foot to the carpet sends the engine revs upwards for the most power, but also the most noise. In a vehicle with a small engine, it can feel like a lot of work for very little progress.  (go to article)

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DuPont works to improve fuel efficiency

DelawareOnline -- In the race to create more fuel-efficient vehicles, DuPont took aim at reducing the weight of an unlikely spot on a truck – the oil pan.

DuPont’s work with Scania, a Swedish truck manufacturer, has been an important part of its work to create lighter vehicles, an effort going on at DuPont facilities in Wilmington and a large research facility in Switzerland, the company reported.

DuPont released a survey about two weeks ago showing, among other things, that automobile and parts manufacturers want to see more innovations to help them meet stricter fuel efficiency standards in the years ahead, the company reported.

In an interview last week, Jeff Sternberg, DuPont’s Wilmington-based automotive technology director, explained the work going on at DuPont to get there.

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China's Direct Losses In The Australian Iron Ore Industry Hit $10 billion

Forbes -- Not many investors can afford to commit more capital after posting losses approaching $10 billion, with the added indignity of a local partner hurling insults, but that’s been China’s recent experience of the Australian iron ore industry. The money has been spent on two ventures based on turning a low-grade form of iron ore into a high-grade feed for use in steel-making blast furnaces. The insults have been dished out by Clive Palmer, a larger-than-life mining project promoter and member of the Australian Parliament. Billions Over Budget And Years Overdue. It was Palmer who enticed the Citic Pacific group to invest in the Sino Iron project, a development budgeted to cost around $3 billion and scheduled to be in full production about four years ago. At last count the cost of the Sino Iron p  (go to article)

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EPA's Clean Power Plan: Texas' Last Stand Or Last Hope?

Forbes -- August has been an eventful month here in Texas. And, no, I’m not referring to news about Governor Rick Perry, rather some of his appointees. The Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Railroad Commissioners (RRC) Barry Smitherman and Christy Craddick, and State Representative Jason Isaac held a joint session to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Clean Power Plan (CPP).
The CPP will limit – for the first time ever – carbon emissions for existing power plants. Texas, the number one polluter in the country, needs to cut 195 billion pounds of carbon in the next 18 years, according to a Texas Tribune analysis. However, EPA suggests Texas could easily meet its goal through a combination of actions: making coal plants more e
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WTI Trades Near Four-Day High as U.S. Crude Stockpiles Decline

bloomberg.com -- West Texas Intermediate traded near the highest price in four days after crude and gasoline supplies dropped in the U.S., the world’s biggest oil consumer.

Futures were little changed in New York after rising 2 cents yesterday. Crude stockpiles shrank by 2.1 million barrels to 360.5 million last week, according to the Energy Information Administration. Libya may increase output to 1 million barrels a day by the end of the September, National Oil Corp. said.

WTI for October delivery was at $93.72 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, down 16 cents, at 8:35 a.m. Sydney time. The contract closed at $93.88 yesterday, the highest since Aug. 21. The volume of all futures traded was about 87 percent below the 100-day average. Prices have decreased 4.8 percent this  (go to article)

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The most hated car company in America

Yahoo! Autos -- If you own a Mercedes, your relationship with your car may be something akin to love (admit it, you’ve gazed longingly at that finely engineered machine). But if you own an Acura or a Dodge, you might feel a little, er, less adoring towards your auto, according to new data.

A survey released Tuesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index revealed that customers’ satisfaction with both domestic and foreign automakers hit a five-year low this year, falling 1.2% from last year to a score of 82 out of 100. What’s more, satisfaction with 80% of the 21 car brands measured fell as compared to last year (Acura 7267, -0.11% saw the deepest decline at -7%, Cadillac GM, -0.40% the second-steepest decline at -6%).  (go to article)

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Hundreds of methane plumes erupting along East Coast

Believe It Or Not FoxNews -- In an unexpected discovery, hundreds of gas plumes bubbling up from the seafloor were spotted during a sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast.

Even though ocean explorers have yet to test the gas, the bubbles are almost certainly methane, researchers report Aug. 24 in the journal Nature Geoscience.

"We don't know of any explanation that fits as well as methane," said lead study author Adam Skarke, a geologist at Mississippi State University in Mississippi State.

Surprising seeps

Between North Carolina's Cape Hatteras and Massachusetts' Georges Bank, 570 methane seeps cluster in about eight regions, according to sonar and video gathered by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration ship Okeanos Explorer between 2011 and 2013. The vast majority of the seeps dot  (go to article)

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Alaskans Uphold Tax System for Oil Companies

New York Times -- A hard-fought ballot referendum that would have overturned Alaska’s system of taxing oil industry profits, put to voters last week but until now considered too close to call, has failed by a narrow margin, with absentee ballots counted this week nailing down the outcome.

The referendum, Ballot Measure 1, drew millions of dollars in contributions from oil companies and raised political passions across the state. Former Gov. Sarah Palin, a Republican who has rarely commented on Alaskan political issues since resigning in 2009, even waded in with a ferocious and, to some voters, surprising attack on the oil tax policies of her successor, Gov. Sean Parnell.

Mr. Parnell pushed his tax overhaul through the state’s Republican-controlled legislature last year, replacing a system called Alaska’s  (go to article)

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Gasoline futures fall before Labor Day

Fuel Fix.com -- Gasoline fell Wednesday after a government report showed U.S. output rose before the Labor Day holiday that marks the end of the country’s peak-demand driving season. West Texas Intermediate crude settled little changed.

Gasoline production rose 4 percent to 9.51 million barrels a day last week, the Energy Information Administration said.

Inventories slipped 960,000 barrels to 212.3 million, less than the median 1.6 million projected by 10 analysts in a Bloomberg survey. WTI retreated from its highs after the EIA data showed crude supplies dropped a fourth week at Cushing, Oklahoma, the contract’s delivery point.

“The primary reason for the move in gasoline is that Labor Day is coming up on Monday,” Tim Evans, an energy analyst at Citi Futures in New York, said by phone. “Today’s number  (go to article)

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Toyota's most rugged Land Cruiser is back in Japan

Fox News -- Toyota Motor Corp. is bringing back the Land Cruiser 70 in Japan, catering to nostalgic demand for the rugged off-roader that's favored for challenging terrains and as an aid agency vehicle in disaster zones.  (go to article)

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Oil loses steam as US stockpile tumble gives way to demand fears

Reuters -- Crude oil ended virtually flat on Wednesday, after a report showed declining U.S. gasoline demand in the world's top oil consumer and a build at the key Cushing, Oklahoma storage hub.  (go to article)

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Gasoline Drops as U.S. Demand Seen Slipping; WTI Steady

Bloomberg -- Gasoline fell after a government report showed U.S. output rose before the Labor Day holiday that marks the end of the country’s peak-demand driving season. West Texas Intermediate crude settled little changed.  (go to article)

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Labor Day Gas Prices Fall to Lowest Level Since 2010

Fox Business -- Here’s another reason to look forward to the holiday weekend: low gas prices.

Drivers will see the cheapest prices at the pump this Labor Day since 2010, thanks to a slowdown in demand, a quiet Hurricane season and lack of geopolitical tensions in oil-producing regions, according to GasBuddy.com.

AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report shows the national average for a gallon of unleaded regular gas is currently $3.43, compared to $3.54 the same time a year ago. The most expensive Labor Day gasoline average occurred in 2012 when prices averaged more than $3.83 a gallon.  (go to article)

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ABC Heralds $3.43-a-gallon Gas, Forget Prices Spiked Under Obama

Media Research Center -- The news media think that because gas prices have fallen to an average of $3.43-a-gallon there is room to rejoice, even as the record streak of gas prices above $3-a-gallon continues. By Labor Day that record will stand at 1,349 days.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” praised the “nice surprise” of lower gas prices in time for Labor Day weekend.

Host George Stephanopoulos said, “Everyone’s trying to squeeze some fun out of these last weeks of summer and when you fill up the car this Labor Day weekend you’ll get a nice surprise at the pump.”
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Ready for a Canada Road Trip?

GasBuddy Blog -- Image From ..bonjourquebec.comJustin Mastine-Frost, a well-respected travel journalist based in Vancouver, recently put together a list of his top 9 road trips to take in Canada… With the end of summer almost upon us, we think you’ll find the perfect reason to pack and go! Here is his comprehensive East-to-West guide to the great Canadian road trips. Now, in theory, you could daisy-chain each of these segments together and turn it into an all-encompassing “see all of Canada in one fell swoop” mega-adventure, but we wouldn’t hold it against you if you just stuck with the more manageable junkets... Of course, you’ll want to be smart and save on gas.  Start your travel plans here: http://www.gasbuddy.com/Trip_Calculator.aspx ...  (go to article)

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Global warming already dangerous, risks being irreversible, says new UN global warming report

US News and World Report -- Global warming is here, human-caused and can already be considered dangerous, a draft of a new international science report says, warning that it is increasingly likely that climate change could be irreversible. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft of its synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel Prize-winning group. There is little in the report, that wasn’t in the other more-detailed versions, but the language is more stark and the report attempts to paint a bigger picture of the problem caused by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas.  (go to article)

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GM to Move Cadillac SRX Production to Tenn.

ABC News -- General Motors is moving production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to a factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

The company also announced Wednesday that it will add production of some small gasoline engines to the Spring Hill complex.

The additions will bring more jobs to Spring Hill, but a spokesman wouldn't give specifics on how many would be added to the sprawling former Saturn facility about 40 miles south of Nashville.

All GM said in a statement is that the SRX and a yet-to-be identified second midsize vehicle would "create or retain" about 1,800 jobs, while a $185 million investment in the Spring Hill engine factory would keep 390 jobs.

The complex now employs just over 2,300 workers ...  (go to article)

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The Fastest (And Slowest) States For Auto Repair

Yahoo! Autos -- Having your car repaired after an accident is never fun, but some of the pain can be alleviated by an efficient garage offering speedy service. Believe it or not, such places do exist, and new data from Enterprise shows where to find them.

Enterprise's data comes from its Automated Rental Management System. That's a software solution designed by Enterprise to facilitate communication between garages, customers, insurance companies, and Enterprise, "[e]nabling shops to send electronic rental reservations, vehicle status updates and automated text or email customer notifications".  (go to article)

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Driverless cars: 15 things you need to know

Washington Post -- Will a car with no hands on the wheel be safer?
Yes, experts say. Driver error causes the overwhelming majority of crashes — 93 percent of them, according to one federal report — and there are more than 5 million crashes each year. Just getting intoxicated drivers from behind the wheel could reduce fatalities by 39 percent.

Does that mean there will be zero crashes?
Nobody dares make that claim, and for good reason: Too many things can go wrong on the roadway. But there could be a dramatic reduction.

Who are the winners and losers if these things come to rule the road?
The quick take is greater mobility for the blind, the elderly, people with disabilities and those too young to drive. Professions that figure to suffer: cab drivers, truck drivers and bus drivers. If crash rates plum  (go to article)

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Volvo reveals all-new XC90 SUV

Yahoo! Autos -- It's been four years since anyone could write a sentence that began "This is the new Volvo...," but: This is the new Volvo XC90 — a luxury SUV that launches an $11 billion reinvention plan for the Swedish automaker. And after seeing it from all angles at the launch in Stockholm, it looks like Volvo may have a chance to become relevant again.

The XC90 was last updated 12 years ago, or two lifetimes in the world of contemporary automobiles. But Volvo is somewhat deserving of a reprieve—the Swedish manufacturer was orphaned by Ford during the carpocalypse of 2008 and then picked up by the China's Geely in 2010, causing a lag in product development. It’s not that shocking that the marque’s flagship XC90 crossover has been on the market for just about the entirety of the 21st century.  (go to article)

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Transco opens season on 1 Bcf/d Marcellus-Jersey natural gas line in Northeast US

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Williams' Transco Interstate natural gas pipeline began an open season Tuesday for capacity on Diamond East, an expansion project of Transco's existing Pennsylvania pipeline designed to move 1 Bcf/d from its Leidy line in Lycoming County to near Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey.

Tulsa-based Williams said the expansion is designed to serve local distribution companies and power plants in New York, Pennsylvania and New York and should cost between $500 million and $800 million. The project is scheduled to go into service in mid-2018, Williams said.

Williams plans to expand service, which will be Diamond East, by adding roughly 50 miles of pipeline looping and compression at existing stations.

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Dakota Gold Transfer to build crude terminal in Bakken Shale play

Platts -- Dakota Gold Transfer announced plans Tuesday to build a crude transload facility in Mountrail, North Dakota, the most recent infrastructure project in the ever-growing Bakken Shale play.

The terminal, expected to come online in the second half of 2015, will have an initial storage capacity of 300,000 barrels, but will be expanded to 600,000 barrels, the company said. The facility will be able to handle crude shipments via rail and pipe.

Crude-by-rail throughput capacity will be 70,000 b/d, served by Canadian Pacific Railway.

"The terminal's design includes two loop tracks with storage for one to two additional trains on the private rail spur, a covered loading barn, a 14-arm system capable of loading a unit train in approximately 14 hours, 15 truck unloading bays and three 103,000-barre  (go to article)

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Suzuki recalls sedans in U.S. as spider webs block gas vents

Reuters -- Spiders drawn to gasoline vapors and weaving webs that block a hose to vent those vapors have caused Suzuki Motor of America to recall about 19,000 Kizashi mid-size sedans from model years 2010 to 2013, U.S. regulators said on Wednesday.

Air flow blocked in the cars' evaporative emissions system can cause negative pressure in the fuel tank, which can lead to cracks which could cause leaks that increase risk of a fire, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  (go to article)

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Delaware’s Sen. Carper visits bridges to make case for long-term transport funding bill

The Trucher -- Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., is planning to visit a trio of bridges in his state on Thursday to make the case for Congress to approve a long-term transportation funding bill when lawmakers return to Washington in September.

In one of their final acts in July before they left for their traditional August recess, lawmakers approved a temporary $10.8 billion transportation bill that was intended to carry infrastructure funding through next spring.
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Forget Keystone, Enbridge has figured out an easier way to ship crude to the U.S.

Financial Post -- Enbridge Inc. said it found a way to ship more Alberta oil to the U.S. that doesn’t require a review similar to the one faced by Keystone XL: switching crude from one pipeline to another before it crosses the border.  (go to article)

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EIA: Oil, gasoline inventories decline

GasBuddy Blog -- The Energy Information Administration released its weekly report on the status of petroleum inventories in the United States today. 
Here are some highlights:

CRUDE INVENTORIES:
Crude oil inventories decreased by 2.1 million barrels to a total of 360.5 million barrels. At 360.5 million barrels, inventories are 1.6 million barrels above last year (0.4%) and are above the upper half of the average range for this time of year.

GASOLINE INVENTORIES:
Gasoline inventories decreased by 1.0 million barrels to 212.3 million barrels. At 212.3 million barrels, inventories are down 5.5 million barrels, or 2.5% lower than one year ago. Here's how individual regions and their gasoline inventory fared last week: East Coast (-1.0mb); Midwest (-1.0mb); Gulf Coast (+0.9mb); Rockies (+0.2mb); and West Coast (+0.0mb). It is important to note which regions saw increases/decreases as this information likely drives prices up (in the case of f  (go to article)

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The 10 most oil-rich states

USA Today -- The U.S. energy industry is booming. As new technologies make oil easier and more affordable to extract, the United States is poised to become the world's leading oil producer as soon as 2015, according to a 2013 study by the International Energy Agency. At the same time, proven oil reserves — the estimated quantities of oil that can be extracted under existing conditions — have also risen. In 2012, the U.S. had more than 30.5 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, up 15% from the year before.  (go to article)

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BMW, Cadillac bring electric car battle to Tesla's backyard

Newsday -- BMW scored a coup this month when former Apple Inc. executive Tony Fadell became one of the first U.S. owners of the new $136,000 i8 plug-in sports car.
Fadell, who worked with Steve Jobs to develop the iPod and later co-founded smart-thermostat maker Nest Labs Inc., lends some much needed cred to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG in Silicon Valley, where Tesla Motors Inc.’s Model S is the preferred luxury vehicle for many tech elites.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak often tweets about his visits to Tesla charging stations while Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin grabbed headlines when his staff turned his Model S pink for an April’s Fools prank last year. The Model S was the best-selling vehicle in 2013 in the wealthy Bay Area towns of Atherton and Los Altos Hills, according to Edmunds.com, whic  (go to article)

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Western Washington tribe brings protest against planned coal export terminal to Spokane

The Spokesman Review -- Members of a Western Washington tribe stopped Tuesday near the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, part of a “totem pole journey” to protest plans to build a coal export terminal north of Bellingham.

The proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal would be located at Cherry Point. According to the project’s website, it would be the largest shipping and warehouse facility on the West Coast, sending dry bulk commodities such as coal, grain and potash to Asian markets.

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart and congressional candidate Joe Pakootas both spoke out against coal exports at the event, which included Native American songs and a 19-foot totem pole.

Stuckart said the companies and politicians advocating for more coal export terminals are “addicted to fossil fuels.”  (go to article)

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