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A billion dollars per day

The United States spends almost one billion dollars every day on imported crude oil and petroleum products. I disabled the Energy Use widget shortly after the New Year — after seeing 10 digit values on the 2nd day I figured I had an arithmetic error of some kind in the code. I couldn’t imagine that read more »

Oil industry shill Henry Perea to resign

Happy Giving Tuesday, you all. California Assemblyman Henry Perea (D-Fresno) has long made it clear that he wants his Central Valley constituents to give their health and well-being in exchange for healthy profits for Perea’s oil industry sponsors. Happily, Perea announced his resignation today, effective a full year before he terms out of his seat read more »

About that $2 Billion for Cash for Clunkers

Last week, the US House of Representatives approved an additional $2 billion for the Cash for Clunkers program, in which consumers can receive a rebate up to $4,500 when they trade their old(er) car in for a brand new car. The U.S. Senate must still approve the bill. Over the past decade, Amtrak has had read more »

SF Bay Area, Monterey Bay Region approve transportation self-help taxes

Voters in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties approved sales tax increases to provide local funding for transportation, while Contra Costa County voters rejected their county’s proposed tax to fund transportation improvements.

A new paradigm in transportation planning?

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) plans for future BART currently include an extension to the Santa Clara Caltrain Station. Is this an appropriate use of transportation dollars?

40 years after the OPEC embargo

Oil was once so plentiful it came out of the ground like artesian wells, like the bubbling crude made famous by Jed Clampett fame and the dangerous gushers from fields in Texas, California and Oklahoma. The heyday of easy oil began to fade when U.S. oil production peaked in 1970. Big oil could collect petroleum read more »