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Economist touts natural gas at Utah energy summit

The natural-gas industry and people who promote gas as a cleaner fuel alternative need to “manage” environmental concerns about fracking, a key economist said at the fourth annual Governor’s Utah Energy Development Summit. Dan North, chief economist for the credit-insurance company Euler Hermes North America, said Wednesday that despite the abundance and cheapness of natural gas compared with […]

4 Non Blondes, The King and I and alternative fuels

“Twenty-five years [lots more years for me] and my life is still Trying to get up that great big hill of hope For a destination” Combine the lyrics from 4 Non Blondes with the personal frustration suggested by the “it’s a puzzlement” comment from the King of Siam in “The King and I,” expressed when […]

Canada, oh Canada, will your tar-sands oil help or hurt US fuel objectives?

I just finished a recent Forbes article by Jude Clemente, “Canada is North America’s Great Oil Security Blanket.” Gosh, it’s good to know that Canada can supply 10 million barrels a day for the next 675 years. Just think of the biblical proportions of Canada’s reserves. Methuselah lived only 969 years! I feel safer already. I […]

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How should we transport oil, by pipeline or rail?

The Obama administration on Friday issued new rules intended to make oil-by-rail safer. But environmental groups rejected the reforms, saying a methodical program to remove aging train cars from service all but guarantees further catastrophic accidents. The Department of Transportation’s new rules would phase out the DOT-111 rail cars, still in use since the 1960s, […]