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Keystone's 'dilbit' problem

Published: 
Sat, 12/15/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Chemicals

"Dilbit" — drop the word in casual conversation and listeners might think you're talking about the comic strip engineer who can't get a date. But dilbit actually stands for "diluted bitumen," a heretofore obscure oil industry term that may soon be trending on your search engine as controversy deepens over the Keystone XL pipeline, a project to carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to refineries in Texas that has become the nation's most contentious battle between conservative fossil fuel backers and liberal environmentalists.

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How to cut American oil use in half in 20 years

Published: 
Tue, 12/11/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

The Union of Concerned Scientists has figured out how Americans can cut their oil consumption in half within 20 years.

Sound impossible?

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U.S. to Be World’s Top Oil Producer in 5 Years, Report Says

Published: 
Mon, 11/12/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

The United States will overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s leading oil producer by about 2017 and will become a net oil exporter by 2030, the International Energy Agency said Monday.

That increased oil production, combined with new American policies to improve energy efficiency, means that the United States will become “all but self-sufficient” in meeting its energy needs in about two decades — a “dramatic reversal of the trend” in most developed countries, a new report released by the agency says.

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California’s biggest climate hawk comes under fire

Published: 
Wed, 10/24/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

There may be no state legislative race this year more freighted with significance for clean energy than the contest in California’s 27th state Senate district.

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John Hoffman, a Force in Energy Efficiency, Dies at 62

Published: 
Tue, 10/16/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

John Hoffman, who helped shape an international treaty in the 1980s to protect the ozone layer and later developed the Energy Star program, a widely recognized government stamp of approval for energy-efficient products, died on Sept. 24 in Washington. He was 62.