In response to BP's catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama immediately placed a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling efforts, a move which affected 33 deep-water drilling projects. While many people initially applauded Obama's decision, public sentiment in the U.S. has now changed. The numbers from a recent Bloomberg National Poll paint a vivid picture of American desires to continue extracting the black gold from under the sea bed despite the accident that t
The exact amount of oil that is still spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's broken tap is a number under some dispute, but the mess could be increasing at a rate of a million gallons a day. Or, as the WaPo put it, "roughly one Valdez spill every week." So, how much gasoline has been wasted by all that oil escaping into the ocean? One way to measure it is the way Green Car Reports did: by asking how many Toyota Prius hybrids would you need to sell to offset the loss? Their answer: almost a m
Fuel efficiency has been a hot topic as of late, both for consumers looking to ease their financial and environmental burdens and for automakers hoping to meet the latest round of government-mandated mileage requirements. A few months ago in late March – importantly, that means the survey was conducted before the major disaster and oil spill in the Gulf – the Consumer Federation of America found that most U.S. citizens support a major shift towards increased fuel mileage standards.
British consumer research firm YouGov BrandIndex polls 5,000 adults every weekday to allocate a so-called buzz rating to some of the most important consumer brands in the world. The buzz rating of a brand can fluctuate wildly if, for example, a new product or service is announced. Let loose a piece of really good news and your buzz rating can hit 100 points. But negative news about a brand can send the buzz factor plummeting to minus 100 points. Sounds like TMZ-style ratings for corporations to
T. Boone Pickens may not know exactly what's up with V-Vehicles, a company that he's invested in that wants to make high-mileage vehicles, but he does claim to know some things. During his opening keynote speech at the AFVI Expo in Las Vegas, for example, the long-time oilman and big natural gas promoter said that he thinks God put tremendous amounts of the fossil fuel under the United States for us to use. Specifically, he said:
Fuel spills are never a good thing, no matter which way you look at them. Ask the company which lost the fuel and they will tell you how much money they lost. Ask the whales... wait a second. We can't ask the whales. So, we just have to rely on what the scientists tell us. Fortunately for these killer whales in Canada, the 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in their natural habitat doesn't seem to be hurting them. Of course, they would probably prefer that the fuel was not co-inhabiting their
I ran across this article on Treehugger today, and thought I'd share it with you. It seems that a Japanese whaling ship is currently adrift and on fire near the South Pole. According to New Zealand, there is a danger to some 250,000 pairs of breeding penguins and other local wildlife. The captain of the ship has stayed aboard, along with 30 members of the original crew. The crew states that the fire is underneath the deck, above the engine room. They have "contained" the fire to this area of the
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