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10,000 gallons of oil spill on Los Angeles streets

Published: 
Thu, 05/15/2014 (All day)
Category: 
Chemicals

Crews sopped up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst.

A geyser of crude spewed 20 feet high over approximately half a mile at about 12:15 a.m. and was knee-high in some parts of an industrial area north of Atwater Village before the oil line was remotely shut off, said Fire Capt. Jaime Moore.

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For Electric Car Batteries, The Race for a Rapid Charge

Published: 
Sat, 09/08/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Transportation

If stopping for gas took five or six hours, would you rethink that road trip? How about an hour? When it comes to electric vehicles, topping up the “tank” does indeed take a long time, one of the primary barriers to more widespread adoption of EVs. So it is no surprise that there is an aggressive push to improve batteries and charging infrastructure, with a goal of making a stop for a recharge no different than a stop for gas.

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Bloomberg Backs ‘Responsible’ Extraction of Gas and Pays to Help Set Up Rules

Published: 
Sun, 08/26/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

After giving away a chunk of his personal fortune to the cause of eliminating coal-fired power plants, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is opening his checkbook in support of “responsible” extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing.

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Five things to know about Mitt Romney’s energy plan

Published: 
Fri, 08/24/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

On Thursday in New Mexico, Mitt Romney is unveiling his latest energy plan. It’s easy enough to summarize: He wants North America to achieve energy independence by 2020. “North America is the fastest-growing oil and gas producing region in the world,” the plan notes. And Romney wants it to grow even faster.

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Big agriculture pumps $10 million into anti-GMO-labeling campaign

Published: 
Wed, 08/15/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Shopping & Food

Major bio-tech companies and manufacturers of household food products, including Campbell Soup, General Mills and Coca-Cola, have pumped almost $10 million into the campaign to defeat Proposition 37, the November statewide ballot initiative to require labels for genetically engineered crops and processed food products.