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Valero Energy Hunkers Down in Challenging Sour Crude Refining Market

BNet Energy, 28 July 2009

Valero Energy may slow production and keep its Aruba refinery plant closed as it prepares to weather a storm of continued weakened global demand, narrowing diesel and jet fuel margins and lower sour crude discounts. The U.S. oil refiner’s second-quarter earnings fell to a loss of $254 million, or 48 cents

Hydrogen Funding Reversal Provides a Cautionary Tale

BNet Energy, 30 July 2009

Those wishing for immediate government support of all forms of green energy technology are forewarned: Once a technology is government-supported, it may be nearly impossible to get rid of, even if it proves not to be a great option. That’s the case with hydrogen, for which Department of Energy secretary Steven Chu has just tried, and failed to cut back funding.

McKinsey: Energy Efficiency Is the Answer

BNet Energy, 29 July 2009

The consultant firm McKinsey & Co. issued a new report that tells us a lot about what we already know: energy efficiency is the cheapest way to cut greenhouse gas emissions; and a web of barriers — yup, that includes you, me and your neighbor with the le

Global Warming to Get Worse Sooner Than Expected?

AlterNet, 28 July 2009

A new study predicts that global warming will increase far faster over the next five years than previous predictions due to increased solar activity and the El Nino southern hemisphere oscillation cycle.

Getting Up to Speed

New York Times, 10 June 2009

This is a story not about Amtrak but about trains, and the problem with any story about trains in America is that you often find yourself thinking about Amtrak, and you often find yourself thinking about how nice it would b

Higher U.S. speed limit linked to 12,500 more deaths

Yahoo! News, 28 July 2009

Higher speed limits led to about 12,500 more deaths on US roads between 1995 and 2005, a new study in the American Journal of Public Health shows.

Should Thursday Be the New Friday? The Environmental and Economic Pluses of the 4-Day Workweek

Scientific American, 24 July 2009

As government agencies and corporations scramble to cut expenses, one idea gaining widespread attention involves cutting something most employees wouldn't mind losing: work on Fridays.

Legislative Council Estimates- Road Freight: 18 June

Hon Alison Xamon referred to the comment “managing heavy vehicle freight movement to major industrial and intermodal sites,” and to the related note on page 409 that “The amount of freight to be transported is expected to increase at about 3.5 per cent per annum, resulting in a doubling of freight over the next 20 years,” and asked: What are the G

Legislative Council Estimates- Roe Hwy: 18 June

 Hon Lynn MacLaren asked: What is the State funding component? When will the Commonwealth funding component be determined? As this highway has yet to earn environmental approval, on what road design did the government base its costing of $166M over the four years of the budget estimates and forward estimates?

High-speed Javelin train beats the clock in first timed trial for London Olympics

The Guardian, 27 July 2009

London 2012 organisers that, if nothing else, they could make the trains run on time. The first timed run of the Javelin train that will ferry 25,000 visitors an hour from St Pancras to the new Olympic Park slid into its destination 15 seconds within its claimed journey time of seven minutes.