September 2008


Drill, Baby, Drill?

Senate to Consider Authorizing New Offshore Drilling

The House just passed an energy measure that would ease offshore drilling regulations. The legislation would allow drilling as close as 50 miles from the coastline if neighboring states agree and 100 miles out regardless of a state's position.

The bill would also require utilities to produce 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and would lift a ban on developing fuel from Rocky Mountain shale.

The Senate is scheduled to take up debate on this issue next week. We urge our readers to Drive Change and let their Senators know that they support an energy plan that focuses more on renewable energy and less on offshore drilling and subsidies for polluting industries.

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Save the Trestles on Monday, Sep. 22nd

Southern Californian Watershed Threatened by a Proposed Toll Road (That's Supported by AAA)

The Transportation Corridor Agency of Southern California is seeking to build an extension to an existing toll road. The proposed toll road highway would run directly through San Mateo Creek, not only threatening the world class surf break at Trestles, but also obliterating Southern California's last remaining pristine coastal watershed and substantially degrading habitat that is critical for the survival of at least seven endangered species, including the Southern Steelhead trout.

You can learn more at the Surfrider website.

Headlines from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions

With Washington shut down, the professional reporters at Driving Change have been moonlighting covering the conventions. Here are some of the more memorable headlines:

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Michelle Obama Says She's Just Like Us!
Boy, You've Got To Do Better Than That

Wednesday, August 27th
Hillary Tells Supporters: "Don't Look Back. Keep Going!"
To What? 2012?

Thursday, August 28th
Biden Gives Up Delaware Senate Seat to Move Back to Pennsylvania
"I Missed My Hometown of Scranton So Much, Win or Lose, It's Worth It"
Denies It's Like Cheney Moving Back to Wyoming in 2000
"Heck, I'm Giving Up a Senate Seat. Isn't That Smarte...Whoa, Wait a Second..."
Complete Story

EPA Announces Plan for Habitat Protection in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

A "Caribou Rehabilitation Zone" is Planned in Oil-Rich Area

ExxonMobil to Create Nonprofit "Caribou Foundation" to Aid in Area's Rehabilitation

The EPA is partnering with the Department of Energy and ExxonMobil to save the caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska. The announcement was made at a press conference today, attended by EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson, and ExxonMobil CEO Rex W. Tillerson.

"We're especially pleased to have ExxonMobil, a for-profit company, onboard for this project," enthused Johnson. "They've agreed to invest millions in this caribou-saving project. Their generosity is just amazing." Complete Story

More 'Washington Watch' in 'Kicking Asphalt'

- Pelosi Wants to "Save The Earth" Hmm...How About Wanting to "Save Our Economy and Defend Our Country and the Environment"?
- Energy Crisis Raises Questions: Do Conservatives Believe In America?


Fun With Biodiesel

by Skyler Mills
BWC Member and All Around Cool Guy

What is biodiesel?

Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel additive or substitute that runs in unmodified diesel engines, including those of cars, trucks, construction equipment, boats, generators, and oil home heating units. It's made from renewable sources such as soy or canola oil and can also be made from recycled fryer oil (yes, from your local restaurant) or any other vegetable oil or animal tallow.

Biodiesel is not straight vegetable oil (SVO) or waste vegetable oil (WVO), but is often made from it. In a process called transesterification, the feedstock is thinned down to remove the sticky glycerin and other impurities. This process produces biodiesel and glycerin. When purified, the glycerin can be used in several industries. Complete Story

Additional Ways to Get Where You're Going:

Scientists are working to make gasoline from triglyceride feedstock! Gosh, we've just been using our triglyceride feedstock as a thickener for sauces and gravies.

Scientists warn: If you're going to fight global warming with a white roof , make sure you accessorize with a white belt.

Scientific American notes that
offshore drilling will not make the US oil independent. Drilling also won't lower prices at the pump, protect caribou from "all that dangerous nature", nor make your children eat their broccoli.

We may be sunk: Old-growth forests important carbon sinks, says study.

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Revealed: 2011 Chevy Volt Plug-In Electric

Kicking Tires Blog

Today, we get our first official look at GM's upcoming plug-in electric hybrid, the Chevy Volt. The four-door hatchback looks remarkably different from the sleek concept vehicle that debuted at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. GM says the production Volt needed to be more aerodynamic to achieve the efficiency the company was aiming for.
Complete Story

The Road to a Bailout They Don't Deserve

by Steven Pearlstein
Washington Post

It's desperation time for the Big Three automakers. They are awash in gas-guzzling vehicles nobody wants to buy, bleeding red ink and running out of cash. Complete Story

More 'Do You Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is?' in 'Kicking Asphalt':
- Obama Ups Ante on PHEVs in Candidates' Plug-In Race
- GM Teams With Dozens Of Utilities on Plug-In Cars


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