Not Logged In Log In   Sign Up   Points Leaders
Follow Us    9:10 PM

Recent Gas News/GasBuddy Blog

14
votes
pump to homepage help
Sarasota event celebrates electric cars

The Washington Times -- SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Dozens of electric car owners and enthusiasts marked National Drive Electric Week with a celebration in Sarasota. The Bradenton Herald reports that about 50 electric-car owners gathered Saturday at the Mote Marina Laboratory and Aquarium. The cars ranged from Tesla’s to Cadillacs and Chevrolet Volts. Chris Isaak organized the event. Isaak is an environmental engineer and author of the book, “The Electric Car Revolution.” Isaak said he did the first oil change in his electric car at 50,000 miles and that electric are require less maintenance the traditional, gas-powered vehicles. The event was sponsored in part by Florida Power & Light.  (go to article)

Submitted 48 minutes ago By:
6 Comments
Not Newsworthy
13
votes
pump to homepage help
Privacy groups take 2nd hit on license plate data

The Washington Times -- LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge’s initial ruling against a tech entrepreneur seeking access to records kept secret in government databases detailing the comings and goings of millions of cars in the San Diego area via license plate scans was the second legal setback within a month for privacy advocates. The tentative decision issued Thursday upheld the right of authorities to block the public from viewing information collected on their vehicles from vast networks that rely on cameras mounted on stoplights and police cars. The rapidly expanding systems and their growing databases have been the subject of a larger debate pitting privacy rights against public safety concerns in a new frontier over high-tech surveillance. A Los Angeles judge ruled in August that city police and sheriff’s  (go to article)

Submitted 53 minutes ago By:
5 Comments
Not Newsworthy
13
votes
pump to homepage help
Can engines survive stop-start? The danger of accelerated engine where with stop/start tech!

autocar -- “A normal car without automatic stop-start can be expected to go through up to 50,000 stop-start events during its lifetime,” says Gerhard Arnold, who is responsible for bearing design at Federal Mogul.

“But with automatic stop-start being activated every time the car comes to a standstill, the figure rises dramatically, perhaps to as many as 500,000 stop start cycles over the engine’s life.”  (go to article)

Submitted 1 hour ago By:
17 Comments
Not Newsworthy
15
votes
pump to homepage help
At Climate March in New York, a Clarion Call for Action

NY Times -- "I’m here because I really feel that every major social movement in this country has come when people get together,” said Carol Sutton of Norwalk, Conn., the president of a teachers’ union. “It begins in the streets.”

Continue reading the main story
RELATED COVERAGE

De Blasio Orders a Greener City, Setting Goals for Energy Efficiency of BuildingsSEPT. 20, 2014
President Christopher J. Loeak of the Marshall Islands outside his home after tidal flooding.Push for New Pact on Climate Change Is Plagued by Old Divide of WealthSEPT. 20, 2014
Climates marches were held across the globe on Sunday, from Paris to Papua New Guinea, and with world leaders gathering at the United Nations on Tuesday for a climate summit meeting, marchers said the timing was right for the populist message in support of  (go to article)

Submitted 3 hours ago By:
epf
24 Comments
Not Newsworthy
15
votes
pump to homepage help
Scientists Report Global Rise in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

NY Times -- Global emissions of greenhouse gases jumped 2.3 percent in 2013 to record levels, scientists reported Sunday, in the latest indication that the world remains far off track in its efforts to control global warming.

The emissions growth last year was a bit slower than the average growth rate of 2.5 percent over the past decade, and much of the dip was caused by an economic slowdown in China, which is the world’s single largest source of emissions. It may take an additional year or two to know if China has turned a corner toward slower emissions growth, or if the runaway pace of recent years will resume.  (go to article)

Submitted 3 hours ago By:
epf
19 Comments
Not Newsworthy
18
votes
pump to homepage help
Reconstructed I-96 to open for Monday rush hour

Detroit Free Press -- The 7-mile stretch of I-96 closed nearly six months for reconstruction is expected to reopen for Monday morning's rush hour commute, ending months of headaches for drivers and area businesses affected by the closure.

The announcement was made by Gov. Rick Snyder, who came to town for a pedestrian preview commemorating the near completion of the reconstructed stretch. MDOT spokeswoman Diane Cross said workers will put finishing touches on the road — including checking lights, bridges and road surfaces — before it opens.

"It's very exciting," Cross said Sunday. "It's been a long, busy summer of hard work — and patience of residents. We appreciate that very much."

MDOT took a different approach with the project from the start, seeking input from residents, drivers and area business owners  (go to article)

Submitted 5 hours ago By:
14 Comments
Not Newsworthy
19
votes
pump to homepage help
Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon offer 27 mpg highway

Detroit News -- General Motors Co. said Sunday that its new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups powered by its 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engines have segment topping highway fuel economy.

The Detroit automaker said Environmental Protection Agency ratings for its two-wheel drive trucks powered by the four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission will get 20 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway and get a combined rating of 22 mpg.

Four-wheel drive trucks with the four-cylinder engine in the midsize trucks will get 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway and a combined 21 mpg, GM said.

Two-wheel drive Colorados and Canyons powered with a six-speed manual transmission will get 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined, the automaker said.

The midsize segment, which has shrunk signif  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
36 Comments
Not Newsworthy
13
votes
pump to homepage help
Russian Sanctions Force Exxon to Pull Out of Arctic Project

24/7 Wall St. -- Last Friday, Exxon Mobil Corp. issued a terse statement that the company has received a license from the U.S. government that allows the company to continue working in Russia while it shuts down its first project under a deal signed more than three years ago. Russia’s energy industry had avoided sanctions placed on the country by the U.S. and Europe as a result of the Russian incursion into Ukraine.

 (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
13 Comments
Not Newsworthy
23
votes
pump to homepage help
The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy

The Washington Post -- In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, and advised AT&T to pull out. McKinsey was wrong, of course. There were more than 100 million cellular phones in use 2000; there are billions now. Costs have fallen so far that even the poor — all over world — can afford a cellular phone.

The experts are saying the same about solar energy now. They note that after decades of development, solar power hardly supplies 1 percent of the world’s energy needs.  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
21 Comments
Not Newsworthy
19
votes
pump to homepage help
China drives world carbon emissions to record high

Reuters -- World CO2 emissions will hit a record high this year, driven by China’s growth and keeping the world far off track from the deep cuts needed to limit climate change, a study said on Sun

More than half of proven fossil fuel reserves may have to stay in the ground if governments are serious about a promise made in 2010 to limit a rise in average temperatures to 2 C above pre-industrial times, the Global Carbon Project report said

Emissions from burning fossil fuels and cement production will climb by 2.5% to a new record 37.0B T in 2014

Emissions by China alone have soared to eclipse those of the U.S. and the EU combined

The report puts 2014 world carbon emissions 65% above 90' level. The 2C goal was slipping out of reach. Temperatures have already risen by 0.85 C since the Industrial Re  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
21 Comments
Not Newsworthy
18
votes
pump to homepage help
The ultimate response to road raging lunatics

http://driving.ca/auto-news/news/motor-mouth-the-ultimate-response-to-road-raging-lunatics -- The brainiacs at MIT conclude that the health vitals, skin conductance and face movements of a commuter in morning traffic are similar to a person hurtling towards the earth at 130+ mph. Commuting is indeed an exercise in frustration

At least 8 of 10 Canadians have admitted to exhibiting road rage according to a poll — who hasn’t suffered the wrath of middle finger

The correct response is to simply ignore the situation, hopefully defusing the confrontation, but it always leaves both you skulking away still fuming

The ultimate response to any incident of road rage which still leaves you feeling morally superior is to simply… Apologize

The more sincere said apology, the greater your triumph

I roll down my window and then say…
“I’m sorry,” with all the sincerity I can muster
 (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
16 Comments
Not Newsworthy
17
votes
pump to homepage help
Shale gas extraction issues go beyond fracking

Power Source -- Ask oil and gas industry advocates, environmentalists and regulators about the biggest issues facing shale gas development, and none are likely to cite the possibility of fracking fluids traveling up thousands of feet of rock into groundwater aquifers as their top concern.

There’s surface spills, transportation accidents, leaks in holding tanks and impoundments — all of these have much more potential to pollute groundwater.

Yet blaming — or exonerating — fracking for this method of groundwater pollution seems to lead reports of new shale studies, even if those studies say little about actual fracking.  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
8 Comments
Not Newsworthy
20
votes
pump to homepage help
Motorcyclist tosses trash back on litterers’ laps

The Houston Chronicle -- A motorcyclist is taking her community’s litter problem into her own hands by dumping the trash back on the litterer’s lap. In a YouTube video called “Elusive girl on a motorcycle against debris,” the girl spots drivers as they drop litter out their windows. She then picks up the trash, pulls up beside the vehicle, and tosses it in the driver’s lap. In one instance, she tapes the plastic bottle to the car’s side mirror.

The video doesn’t catch more than a few moments of the surprised drivers’ reactions.

Posted on Monday, the video now has 7.3 million views. The video does not say where it was shot, but the original title is in Russian.  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
22 Comments
Not Newsworthy
17
votes
pump to homepage help
Thousands fill NYC streets for climate march

The Houston Chronicle -- NEW YORK (AP) — Demonstrators are making their way through Manhattan's streets as part of a series of global marches over climate change. Thousands filled the streets Sunday near Columbus Circle and Broadway, including actors Mark Ruffalo and Evangeline Lilly. Other cities held similar marches. In London, organizers said 40,000 took part including actress Emma Thompson and musician Peter Gabriel. A march in Melbourne, Australia drew 10,000 people. The Manhattan march comes two days before the United Nations Climate Summit. More than 120 world leaders will convene Tuesday for the meeting aimed at galvanizing political will for a new global climate treaty by the end of 2015. The march also coincides with New York's annual climate week, which will include a string of events this week, some fe  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
19 Comments
Not Newsworthy
20
votes
pump to homepage help
Ford offers 'surveillance mode' to cops

USA TODAY -- Ford has found a way to tweak a couple of high-tech features to create a capability that helps protect police officers.

It's "surveillance mode" that's used on the police version of the Ford Taurus, known as the Police Interceptor. It employs the car's rear-view camera and proximity radar to warn police officers if they are being approached from the rear.
 (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
26 Comments
Not Newsworthy
20
votes
pump to homepage help
Oklahoma City oil producer unveils new formation

AP -- OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma City-based energy company has unveiled a new formation in south-central Oklahoma that the company's CEO said will elevate the state as an oil producer.

Continental Resources Inc. said western Oklahoma's Springer Shale deposit is in the heart of the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province, Continental's last big discovery, The Oklahoman reported (http://bit.ly/1qk32sd).

CEO Harold Hamm said the Springer and other new Oklahoma oil deposits have the state on track to surpass California and Alaska and become the nation's third-largest oil producer, behind Texas and North Dakota.

"That's something I don't think people even thought about a few years ago," Hamm said.
Continental completed its first Springer well early last year. It produced more than 2,000 barrels  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
23 Comments
Not Newsworthy
29
votes
pump to homepage help
Solar-cell efficiency improved with new polymer devices

Science Daily -- New light has been shed on solar power generation using devices made with polymers. Researchers identified a new polymer -- a type of large molecule that forms plastics and other familiar materials -- which improved the efficiency of solar cells. The group also determined the method by which the polymer improved the cells' efficiency. The polymer allowed electrical charges to move more easily throughout the cell, boosting the production of electricity -- a mechanism never before demonstrated in such devices.
 (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
35 Comments
Not Newsworthy
32
votes
pump to homepage help
G.M. Recalls Impalas and Cadillacs

NY Times -- G.M. recalls Impalas and Cadillacs over parking brake defect that can cause brake pads to be partly engaged and lead to overheating and fire.  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
74 Comments
Not Newsworthy
23
votes
pump to homepage help
Lamborghini’s 5 Best Concept Cars

Yahoo! Autos -- Lamborghini recently teased the silhouette of a new vehicle making its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. With this new concept comes the befuddling headline, “Once perfection is achieved, you can just double it.”

Concept or production car, we don’t know— and the message has done nothing but raise more questions than answers. So as we wait for Lamborghini’s next big moment in Paris, lets take a look at the company’s five greatest one-off concepts.

350GTV
400GT Monza
Zagato Raptor
Pregunta
Egoista  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
24 Comments
Not Newsworthy
26
votes
pump to homepage help
Cadillac lauching new flagship from Detroit in 2015

Yahoo! Autos -- Between the gunfight among German luxury brands for every last buyer, General Motors recall fiasco and Cadillac's demand for higher prices and smaller discounts on its new models, sales have fallen even as the rest of the industry has grown. And the star of its one breakthrough ad has sold fewer than 1,000 copies to date.

But Cadillac has kept at it. First, it hired Johan de Nysschen away from Infiniti; the former Audi U.S. chief had been spearheading a plan to make Nissan's luxury brand a global player. Today, it revealed a long-rumored next step, confirming it would build a new, unnamed Cadillac at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant that would serve as the top of the Cadillac line — and put it squarely against the kingpin sedans from Mercedes, BMW and Audi.  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
38 Comments
Not Newsworthy
22
votes
pump to homepage help
Brent stanches slide, WTI slides as oversupply fears hang over market

Reuters -- U.S. crude oil fell on Friday, on track for its fourth daily decline on continued concerns about ample supply at a time of weak global economic data and fragile demand.

Analysts and traders also cited some liquidation of long positions ahead of Monday's expiration of the front-month light-crude contract.
 (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
27 Comments
Not Newsworthy
35
votes
pump to homepage help
These sobering stats show how deadly distracted driving can be

Driving -- We all know that texting and driving is dangerous, yet some continue to risk their lives and those of others with this and other distractions behind the wheel.

Statistics show distracted driving is the second-leading cause of car crash fatalities in this province, behind impaired driving. On average, 88 people are killed each year in B.C. due to driver distractions, about 30 of them right here in the Lower Mainland.
 (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
31 Comments
Not Newsworthy
22
votes
pump to homepage help
Oil companies eye crude price drop but keep drilling

Reuters -- A 13 percent slide in crude oil prices since June has eroded some of the allure of drilling U.S. shale resources and raised investor concerns, but companies are pushing ahead as prices are still above the breakeven levels that might prompt a slowdown.

U.S. light sweet crude traded in New York has dropped to around $93 per barrel from $107 in late June as supplies pumped from oily rocks in Texas and North Dakota grow and a strong U.S. dollar makes imports more attractive.

On Thursday, shares of Bakken operator Continental Resources Inc stumbled as much as 8 percent after the company raised its capital budget for this year by $500 million to $4.55 billion and said some well completion techniques would be costlier. The company also replaced a key executive.

But oil's price drop has ...  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
36 Comments
Not Newsworthy
28
votes
pump to homepage help
Falling used-car prices roil the auto market

USA Today -- Used-car prices are sliding, a boon to penny-pinchers, but troubling for new-car sales.

The auto industry sales recovery in recent years means millions of used cars, many coming off lease, are starting to flood the market. The result is a decline in used-car prices that zoomed sky-high after the recession. And the decline is leading to talk that new-car auto sales growth may be peaking.

"We're going to see a tremendous increase in used-car supply over the next couple of years," says Larry Dominique, an executive vice president of auto-pricing site TrueCar.

That used-car cascade could dampen new-car sales in three ways:

•Less valuable trade-ins. Car shoppers may find their trade-ins are worth less than they expected when they go to buy new vehicles. That means they'll have to ...  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
49 Comments
Not Newsworthy
31
votes
pump to homepage help
De Blasio Orders a Greener City, Setting Goals for Energy Efficiency of Buildings

NY Times -- In a sweeping effort to reduce its environmental impact, New York City is planning to overhaul the energy-efficiency standards of all its public buildings and to pressure private landlords to make similar improvements.

The initiative is part of a pledge, to be announced before the start of the United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday, to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels. The United Nations has pointed to that rate of decrease as a desired target for developed countries to mitigate the effects of climate change.

New York would become the largest city in the world to make the commitment, according to the city’s leaders.  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
epf
42 Comments
Not Newsworthy
36
votes
pump to homepage help
More E15 and E85 outlets coming to the South

GasBuddy Blog -- Motorists in the South will be getting more options for ethanol fuels over the next few months, as ethanol distributor Protec Fuels increases availability of E85 and seeks to bring newcomer E15 to select areas.Boca Raton, FL based Protec Fuel already supplies E100 and E85 fuels to retailers, fleets, and distributors through its channels in the Southeast and South. It's bringing the new options to pumps via partnerships with retailers in these markets, building 28 ethanol fuel blending locations that will have E15 and E85....  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
PD
1261 Comments
Not Newsworthy
49
votes
pump to homepage help
Inventor Rethinks How Car Cup Holders Should Work — This Is the Result

TheBlaze -- For as long as cup holders have been in cars, their design has largely gone unchanged. For the most part, cup holders are a low base with higher sides, typically in a center console, that keeps the vessel containing a drink in one place.

But it’s the liquid inside that’s often the problem. As the vehicle stops, goes uphill or over a speed bump, the liquid will follow, which even with the most innovative of lids can result in a mess.

This common issue is probably why the video of new cup holder invention started going viral on Reddit. The video shows cups without lids sitting in a holder between two seats as driver puts them to the test. The holder called the Maksimatic follows each move of the car, making sure the liquid remains in the cup despite its lidless state.(VIDEO)  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
1084 Comments
Not Newsworthy
35
votes
pump to homepage help
Alaska signs deal for natural gas plant

NewsMiner -- FAIRBANKS — The state agency overseeing the Interior Energy Project announced continued progress on Friday on a project to truck North Slope natural gas to the Fairbanks area for home heating and electricity generation.
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and project development firm MWH inked an agreement outlining the construction, ownership and operation of the North Slope liquified natural gas plant that’s central to the whole project.
According to a press release announcing the agreement, the state agency will own the plant while an MWH subsidiary, Northern Lights Energy, will build, operate and maintain it. Northern Lights will also sell the LNG produced by the plant to Fairbanks-area buyers. The agreement also allows the development of a financing structure for th  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
41 Comments
Not Newsworthy
33
votes
pump to homepage help
Oil firm to hike gas price, slash diesel and kerosene prices Monday

GMA -- At least one oil firm is raising prices of gasoline but lowering prices of diesel and kerosene effective 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Flying V is rolling back kerosene and diesel prices by 20 centavos per liter starting Monday, radio dzBB reported early Sunday.

But the report also said Flying V will increase prices of gasoline by 20 centavos per liter as well.

Other oil companies have yet to announce price changes for their products for this week.  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
40 Comments
Not Newsworthy
57
votes
pump to homepage help
U.S. crude falls for third day on dollar strength

Bloomburg -- Gasoline futures rose 2 percent to $2.6114 a gallon on the Nymex, the biggest daily increase since Sept. 3. Prices are up 3.7 percent this week. Ultra low sulfur diesel climbed 0.2 percent to $2.7166. The fuel fell 0.9 percent this week.

West Texas Intermediate crude fell Friday for a third day on rising U.S. inventories as a stronger dollar weighed on commodity prices. Brent futures rose on supply risks.

Stockpiles increased last week for the first time since Aug. 8, according to the Energy Information Administration. The dollar gained as the Federal Reserve moves closer to raising interest rates.

Brent widened its premium to WTI on signs of lower OPEC output. Gasoline futures jumped on surging Gulf Coast spot prices.

“Oil continues to come under pressure from the idea that we have am  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
1305 Comments
Not Newsworthy
46
votes
pump to homepage help
Audi first with Cali autonomous driving permit

Autonet -- California has issued Audi the state's first autonomous driving permit, allowing the automaker to test self-driving vehicles on public roads. This coincides with a broad range of new regulations taking effect regarding the testing of automated driving in California.

Autonomous technology is the new frontier in the automotive world as carmakers get ready for what they believe is the next big change set to sweep the industry. Cruise control is no longer the only way to let your car do the driving.  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
148 Comments
Not Newsworthy
49
votes
pump to homepage help
Spectra, Northeast Utilities partner on $3 billion project to bring more natural gas to New England

BDN -- PORTLAND, Maine — The Houston-based Spectra Energy announced Tuesday that Northeast Utilities, New England’s largest electric utility, plans to be a co-investor in a $3 billion effort to expand two major natural gas pipelines in the region, one of which runs through Maine.

Spectra’s pipeline expansion proposal was made public to a regional group coordinating energy policy in June, but the investment partnership with Northeast Utilities is new.

“I think it certainly signals the potential for a partnership that would really bring not only the resources but the experience to address New England’s natural gas capacity problems,” said Patrick Woodcock, director of Maine’s Governor’s Energy Office.

Marylee Hanley, a spokeswoman with Spectra, said the pipeline project, dubbed its Northeast Acc  (go to article)

Submitted Today By:
1190 Comments
Not Newsworthy
28
votes
pump to homepage help
No leniency for Emma Czornobaj, says wife and mother of victims

CBC News -- Pauline Volikakis says she wants Emma Czornobaj to face a sentence that reflects the gravity of her decision to stop in the passing lane of a highway to help ducks trying to cross the road

That decision back in the summer of 2010 cost the lives of Volikakis’s husband André Roy, 50, and 16-yr-old daughter Jessie, whose motorcycle slammed into the back of Czornobaj’s parked car at high speed

Volikakis, who was following her husband and daughter on her own motorcycle at the time of the crash, made her case against leniency at Czornobaj’s sentence hearing on Fri

“Hey, wake up, people, you are saying that this person’s negligent driving that caused the deaths of 2 people — my husband and my daughter — is to be treated as an action that should be overlooked?

Volikakis was referring to effort  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
20 Comments
Not Newsworthy
31
votes
pump to homepage help
Labor Shortage Alert: How the Desperate Trucking Industry Can Find Workers

The Motley Fool -- A recent survey by National Retail Systems, or NRS, a privately owned third-party logistics company, reveals interesting insights into truck drivers' job preferences, including answers to key questions like what attracts them to a job and what compels them to leave one. The results could come in handy for American trucking companies that have been spending sleepless nights trying to figure out the best ways to recruit and retain drivers even as the industry battles a severe workforce shortage. It turns out that drivers don't really care about a company's reputation as long as they get a hefty paycheck, and that a sign-on bonus fails to do what it's meant to do: attract drivers.  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
40 Comments
Not Newsworthy
21
votes
pump to homepage help
Significant Water Recycling Achieved in Eagle Ford

RigZone -- Officials with Dow Water & Process Solutions and Omni Water Solutions Inc., an Austin-based water treatment technology company, expect the number of barrels of water treated at an Eagle Ford project to pass the one million barrel mark by the end of 2014. The partnership of technology between the two companies has allowed for the treatment of over 725,000 barrels per day (bpd) of water at an oil and gas project in Karnes County, Texas since the project began in June 2013. The project operator was having issues with boron, which occurs naturally in produced water in the play, and was interfering with the performance of the customer’s fracking and gel systems. “They needed a way to get the boron levels down,” said Warren Sumner, chief executive officer of Omni, in an interview with Rigzone.  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
20 Comments
Not Newsworthy
28
votes
pump to homepage help
Missing driver says he woke up in field of donkeys in Roswell, N.M.

The Richmond Times Dispatch -- ROSWELL, N.M. — A driver who went missing after a one-car rollover in New Mexico says he later woke up in a field of donkeys. KOAT-TV reported New Mexico State Police say the driver called 911 seven hours after investigators failed to find any victims from the crash in Roswell late Friday. The driver, whose name has not been released, told 911 dispatchers that he was lost and found himself surrounded by the animals. Authorities say the man claims he and a passenger were drinking the night before but didn't remember what happened next. Police say the driver suffered injuries to a shoulder and his hands and the passenger suffered back injuries. The driver was issued multiple citations, but the charges haven't been released.  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
65 Comments
Not Newsworthy
33
votes
pump to homepage help
BNSF official: Keystone pipeline won’t dent crude by rail

The State -- One of the top executives at the nation’s leading hauler of crude oil in trains said Friday that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline wouldn’t take away any of his company’s business.

Matt Rose, the executive chairman of BNSF Railway, told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo that the controversial pipeline project would move primarily heavy crude oil from western Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

“Pipelines are not going to be able to handle the entire amount of that,” Rose said.

Rose’s railroad actually does business with pipeline companies such as Enbridge and Kinder Morgan. These companies build and operate many of the loading and unloading terminals for crude oil trains.

Rose said his railroad moves 800,000 of the 1 million barrels a day moving by rail in the U.S., and that t  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
18 Comments
Not Newsworthy
33
votes
pump to homepage help
Where drivers pay the most -- and least -- for car insurance

Yahoo! Autos -- Just as with real estate values, a driver’s car insurance rates can vary greatly according to location. What is already a major long-term auto ownership cost can become a true burden if a driver is living in a zip code insurance company actuaries deem as carrying a greater risk of accident, theft or vandalism, or is rated for higher premiums based on a range of circumstances.

For 2014, the major U.S. metropolitan area in which residents tend to suffer the highest car insurance rates is Detroit, MI, where policyholders tend to pay 165 percent higher premiums than the national average. While none approach the stiff toll Detroiters face, other budget-busting burgs include New York City (36 percent above average), Miami (+34 percent) and Los Angeles (+25 percent).  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
38 Comments
Not Newsworthy
27
votes
pump to homepage help
Why Transit Agencies Should Woo “Bohemian Boomers” and “Metro Moms”

Streetsblog USA -- A new national survey released today by TransitCenter seeks to understand not just the who, but also the why, of Americans’ increasing transit use. The survey found that Americans’ feelings towards transit and cities vary considerably by age, personal values, and whether transit provides a feasible travel option in their neighborhoods. Factors that don’t have much of an effect on transit use include having children at home, education level, having very high incomes, and the region of the country people inhabit.  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
9 Comments
Not Newsworthy
29
votes
pump to homepage help
Finland’s Capital Plans on Making Private-Car Ownership Obsolete in 10 Years

Time Magazine -- Are you paying attention, rest of world?

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
Hacker Leaks Nude Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence
VMAs 2014: Nicki Manaj's Wardrobe Malfunction
The Sleepiest City In The World Is …
by Taboola
Finland’s capital, Helsinki, plans on revamping its entire transportation system by linking together several modes of shared transportation to potentially render private cars obsolete by 2025.

It might sound like a far-fetched project, but Sonja Heikkilä, a transportation engineer whose master thesis inspired the new model, says that young adults nowadays are more concerned about affordable and convenient commutes. “A car is no longer a status symbol for young people,” Heikkilä told the Helsinki Times.  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
21 Comments
Not Newsworthy
25
votes
pump to homepage help
License plate scanner networks capture movements of all

GOPUSA.COM -- The license plate scanning systems have multiplied across the U.S. over the last decade, funded largely by Homeland Security grants, and judges recently have upheld authorities' rights to keep details from hundreds of millions of scans a secret from the public.  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
42 Comments
Not Newsworthy
29
votes
pump to homepage help
Oil Clogging U.S. Railways Seen Limiting Exports of Grain

Bloomberg -- Shipping companies probably will miss out on exports from the record U.S. grain harvest because the shale-oil boom is clogging up rail lines to ports.

While the U.S. will reap the most crops ever, fourth-quarter export cargoes will be 15 percent lower than last year, according to RS Platou Markets AS, a Norwegian bank specialized in shipping.

The U.S. shale-oil boom means energy shipments are dominating rail networks at the expense of grains. The Association of American Railroads says crude moved by rail almost doubled last year. The bottlenecks may persist because the Energy Department is predicting the most oil output in 45 years in 2015.

The rail delays in the U.S. could lead to ships awaiting cargo and congestion at terminals, something that normally boosts freight rates. Exporters  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
21 Comments
Not Newsworthy
24
votes
pump to homepage help
5 Most Expensive Cities for Car Insurance

Wall Street Cheat Sheet -- Owning a car is expensive. In addition to your vehicle payment, you have gasoline to pay for, maintenance, and of course, auto insurance. Car insurance is one of those bills — kind of like an old school long distance phone bill — where some people have a huge bill and others pay very little depending on location, habits, and usage. How much do you pay for auto insurance? The average U.S. consumer pays just under $800 per year, which equates to around $67 per month, according to data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

InsuranceQuotes.com conducted a study where it compared auto insurance premiums across the twenty-five largest metropolitan areas in the county (you can view the study here). The results indicate that Detroit is by far the most expensive city for  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
27 Comments
Not Newsworthy
27
votes
pump to homepage help
Are Gas Prices Headed Higher?

http://finance.yahoo.com/tumblr/blog-are-gas-prices-headed-higher-110059203.html -- Gas prices have been heading lower over the last several months and are down 19% since the June high. This has been great news for drivers and especially those families taking road trips during the summer. However, it appears we may start paying more at the pump as prices begin to bottom out.  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
71 Comments
Not Newsworthy
35
votes
pump to homepage help
Why Gas Pumps Spread Disease More than Anything Else

Yahoo Autos -- “So, here’s something that you probably didn’t know. Gas pumps – the very lifeblood of our bold rides – are the most likely place to get cold and flu germs.”

“A whopping 71 percent of gas pumps were found to have high levels of the germs considered to have a high chance of making you sick, according to a major study. This is an automotive site – not Bill Nye the Science Guy – so we’ll spare you all of the chemical info, but basically in the germ busting world ATP is to be dreaded in high doses.”

“That’s what you’re finding at the pump. Forget about wearing those plastic gloves to keep the smell off your hands. Put them on to keep the germs out of your lungs.”
 (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
62 Comments
Not Newsworthy
23
votes
pump to homepage help
Could 2015 be the Year State Gas Tax Goes up to Help Roads?

KCRG -- CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- Iowa hasn’t increased the state gasoline tax since 1989. But will state lawmakers add a little more per gallon next year to start fixing roads?

Supporters of a gas tax hike warn the state has fallen behind by about $215-million dollars annual to meet the needs of crumbling Iowa roads and bridges. Each extra penny in the state gasoline tax would bring in $20-million dollars. So supporters insist a ten cent a gallon hike is needed to bridge the gap.

Iowa currently collects $0.19 to $0.21 per gallon for the ethanol blends or regular fuel. A bill to increase the tax in stages died in the last session as did an effort to couple a five cent gas tax with a new excise tax on gasoline.  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
45 Comments
Not Newsworthy
25
votes
pump to homepage help
GM recalling 3,200 natural gas vans for fire risks

Detroit News -- Washington — – General Motors Co. will recall about 3,200 vans powered with compressed natural gas that could leak and catch fire — the Detroit automaker's second recall for leaking natural gas since last year.
The new recall covers 3,196 2011-14 Chevrolet Express CNG and GMC Savana CNG vehicles in the U.S. and 13 in Canada.
"Some of these vehicles may have a CNG high pressure regulator that leaks natural gas into the atmosphere. This could cause an explosion or a fire if an ignition source is present," GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "If a leak is suspected, the customer should not start the engine or drive the vehicle. The customer should immediately have the vehicle towed, inspected and repaired."  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
44 Comments
Not Newsworthy
32
votes
pump to homepage help
Risk Of Cyber Threats Increase As Cars Add Active Controls

AoL Autos -- New technologies like park assist, adaptive cruise control and collision prevention are some of the first to hold an active role in driving. But because these features are specifically designed to, at times, exert control over a vehicle, it may be easier for hackers to write codes that carry nefarious intent, a first-of-its-kind study recently found.
 (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
36 Comments
Not Newsworthy
26
votes
pump to homepage help
Congress Skewers NHTSA's Investigative Competence

AoL Auto -- There is no evidence, at least publicly, that anything has changed at the agency," the report said. "No one has been held accountable and no substantial changes have been made. NHTSA and its employees admit they made mistakes but the lack of urgency in identifying and resolving those shortcomings raises questions about the agency's commitment to learning from this recall."
 (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
32 Comments
Not Newsworthy
31
votes
pump to homepage help
Woman motorist who caused deadly collision by stopping for ducks to be sentenced in December

Postmedia News -- A Superior Court judge is expected to decide later this year whether Emma Czornobaj should serve time behind bars for causing a fatal collision when she stopped her car on a highway in an attempt to rescue a group of ducklings

Defence lawyer said what his client did “was stupid” but involved no ill will whatsoever. She stopped in the left-hand line of the highway, got out and tried to rescue 7 ducklings that were on a very narrow left-hand shoulder

A SQ expert estimated Mr. Roy’s motorcycle was travelling 75-85mph when he hit the brakes and was still moving at a speed of at least 65mph when it struck the car

On Jun 20, a jury found Czornobaj guilty of 2 counts each of criminal negligence causing death, which carries a maximum life

Prosecutor asked a 9 month prison term and 240h commun  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
56 Comments
Not Newsworthy
32
votes
pump to homepage help
Commodities Suffer As Oil And Gas Takes Rail Priority

OilPrice.com -- The rapid pace of energy exploration, for both natural gas and oil, in North Dakota is creating a crisis for upper Midwest farmers. Grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for everything from breakfast cereals to corn and soybeans.

Grain and other agricultural shipments are more perishable than oil, yet they are largely taking a back seat to it as shipments of fuel have overwhelmed an aging railroad infrastructure in a part of the country that’s still largely rural and struggling to keep up with housing and infrastructure for a massive influx of shale oil- and natural gas-drilling workers drawn to the Dakotas to take part in the boom.

North Dakota has a 2.8 percent unemployment...  (go to article)

Submitted Yesterday By:
41 Comments
Not Newsworthy