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Germany increases electric car charging points 27 percent in 2016

Reuters -- The number of electric car charging points for public use in Germany rose by 27 percent last year, including hundreds more fast-charging units, amid efforts to boost the technology across Europe.

Germany now has 7,407 charging points, electricity industry group BDEW said on Friday. Of those added last year, 292 units were fast charging (direct current) points that can reload an electric car in minutes instead of hours. (go to article)

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Trump EPA Wants to Gut California's Clean Air Rules

Wired -- n its ongoing jihad against federal regulations, the Trump administration has indicated some interest in targeting the ones that attempt to fight climate change. First in its sights: a funky law that gives the state of California the right to make its own rules on automotive emissions. But because of the way laws and business work, the California exemption is one of the most powerful environmental tools in the world.

A quick history lesson: When legislators wrote the 1963 Clean Air Act, they acknowledged that California already had pollution-fighting rules, and that its environmental situation was especially dire. So they gave the state the right to write its own, stricter standards.Trump's team could have the EPA review the standards that govern cars through 2025, standards the agency fi (go to article)

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House Triumph bills boost Pensacola's BP recovery

Pensacola News Journal -- 5:19 p.m. CT March 24, 2017
Legislation under way in Tallahassee could ultimately bolster a range of economic projects in the Pensacola region.

In a resounding show of support from legislators across Florida, state representatives on Thursday (go to article)

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Trump’s Wall Meets Texas’s Biggest National Park

National Review -- When it comes to addressing our nation’s immigration problems it seems, alas, that we’re content to debate in cartoonish terms. It’s one thing to contemplate an all-inclusive border wall in the abstract, as many Americans far from the border do; it’s quite another to actually go where the rubber will hit the road. And for more than 1,000 miles of the U.S.–Mexican border, that road turns out to be a river.

Where will the river portion of the wall go? On the Texan side of the Rio Grande, effectively blocking off river access and views? Down the middle of the river, just to be fair? Right through a hidden gem of a national park, which borders two massive conservation tracts and boasts daunting natural boundaries on either side?

Texas Gov. Abbott has publicly opposed a wall in Big Bend, as (go to article)

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N. Dakota Oil Spill 3 Times Larger Than First Estimated

NBC NEWS -- BISMARCK, N.D. — A December oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota might have been three times larger than first estimated and among the biggest in state history, a state environmental expert said Friday.

About 530,000 gallons of oil is now believed to have spilled from the Belle Fourche Pipeline that was likely ruptured by a slumping hillside about 16 miles northwest of Belfield in Billings County, Health Department environmental scientist Bill Seuss said. The earlier estimate was about 176,000 gallons.

No decision has been made on any fines against Wyoming-based True Cos., which operates the pipeline. The company says it is committed to cleaning up the spill and that the job is about 80 percent done.

"There's no timeline for completion, spokeswoman Wendy Owen said. "We will be ... (go to article)

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Keystone XL Finally Gets Presidential Respect

GasBuddy Blog -- It was eight years in the making but news today that U.S. President Donald Trump and the U.S. State Department have signed and issued a Presidential Permit allowing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline has been well received on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.

The pipeline’s proponent, TransCanada Pipelines (TRP), put eight years into the permit process, which satisfied all rigorous safety and environmental requirements and regulations on both the Canadian and American side, only to be vetoed by former President Obama in advance of his Administration’s signing on to the Paris Climate Accord in November 2015. The decision then, which prompted a formal NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) complaint and U.S. constitutional challenge, has now been formally withdrawn by... (go to article)

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Second Wayne National Forest Lease Sale Tops $5 Million

Energy in Depth -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today conducted a competitive online auction of 1,186 acres of federal minerals in the Wayne National Forest (WNF) that brought a total of $5,196,220.07 — more than doubling what the first WNF mineral auction brought in December.

The December sale of 719 acres in the WNF totaled $1.7 million, meaning the first two sales have brought in over $6.8 million. EID conservatively forecasted today’s sale of acreage from the Marietta Unit — which includes the prolific dry natural gas found in Monroe County — could yield more than $2 million. That forecast proved to be conservative, indeed!
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North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimated

CNBC -- A December oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota might have been three times larger than first estimated and among the biggest in state history, a state environmental expert said Friday.

About 530,000 gallons of oil is now believed to have spilled from the Belle Fourche Pipeline that was likely ruptured by a slumping hillside about 16 miles northwest of Belfield in Billings County, Health Department environmental scientist Bill Seuss said. The earlier estimate was about 176,000 gallons. (go to article)

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Venezuela increased fuel exports to allies even as supply crunch loomed

Reuters -- A gasoline shortage in OPEC member Venezuela was exacerbated by an increase in government-sanctioned fuel exports to foreign allies and an exodus of crucial personnel from state-run energy company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL], according to internal PDVSA documents and sources familiar with its operations.

Leftist-run Venezuela sells its citizens the world's cheapest gasoline. Fuel supplies have continued flowing despite a domestic oil industry in turmoil and a deepening economic crisis under President Nicolas Maduro that has left the South American country with scant supplies of many basic necessities. (go to article)

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Trump signs orders reviving pipeline projects, TransCanada says it will reapply for Keystone

FoxNews -- President Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday effectively reviving the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, as a major builder said it will reapply to build one of the projects which had been stalled by the Obama administration under pressure from environmental and other groups.

The president said the projects would be subject to a “renegotiation of the terms.” But he made clear the government was resuming consideration for both pipelines, describing them as a potential boon to construction workers.

“We’re going to put a lot of … steel workers back to work,” Trump said. “We’ll build our own pipelines, we will build our own pipes.”

Builder TransCanada said Tuesday afternoon it was "preparing the application" for the Keystone XL pipeline.

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You’re Busted: Crazy, Strange and Funny U.S. Driving Laws

GasBuddy Blog -- Run out of gas? Drive with mud on your tires? Stop for coffee? You’re not going to believe this but you could get a ticket for these offenses! There are some strange and crazy laws on the books in many town and states in the U.S. Be sure you don’t get busted for these crimes!

Fuzzy Dice Brings the Fuzz

Fuzzy dice, air fresheners, boxing gloves or anything hanging from your rearview mirror that obstructs the view of the driver is a finable offense in New Jersey. So think twice before hanging something big and bulky!

Oh, S*^t! Don’t Curse at Fellow Drivers!

Don’t get carried away when someone cuts your off. Cursing, swearing or using obscene language that another person can hear is a finable offense in Rockville, Maryland!

That Coffee Break Could Cost You

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Trump's auto review may only slow march to better fuel efficiency

Reuters -- When U.S. President Donald Trump announced a review last week of tough Obama-era vehicle emissions and fuel-efficiency standards, he proclaimed that the "assault on the American auto industry is over."

But rules set by the Environmental Protection Agency may take a backseat to consumers demanding vehicles that guzzle less gas and automakers having to meet tougher standards if they want to export cars overseas, according to auto industry analysts.

In the end, U.S. carmakers may just gain a few more years to meet the more stringent targets that former President Barack Obama's administration negotiated with the companies in 2012, analysts said.

If Europe and China continue to toughen their emissions standards, "the U.S. might become an outlier," American Axle President Mike Simonte told... (go to article)

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Gas stations disappearing across Massachusetts

Boston Globe -- Massachusetts drivers had best keep a close watch on their car’s gas gauge these days.

The number of gas stations across the state has plummeted over the past decade, with an even sharper decline in Greater Boston, making a quick fill-up harder to find.

The city’s downtown area, in particular, has become somewhat of a gas station desert, forcing motorists to range farther afield to fill up their tanks.

The number of Massachusetts gas stations dropped 12 percent between 2005 and 2014, according to data tracked by the US Census Bureau. In Greater Boston, the drop was 14 percent. Nationally, the decline was 5 percent.
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TransCanada's Keystone pipeline receives Trump presidential permit

Detroit Free Press -- The company responsible for the Keystone XL oil pipeline said Friday morning that President Trump's administration had signed off on the project, clearing a key hurdle for a polarizing endeavor that has rankled environmentalists and inspired hope for jobs among supporters.

TransCanada Corp. said it had received a Presidential Permit from the U.S. Department of State to build the project. The company said it would consequently withdraw the bankruptcy claim it filed through the North American Free Trade Agreement and end its legal fight over the constitutional nature of former President Obama administration's rejection of the project.

The authorization was widely expected after Trump repeatedly pledged during his campaign to expedite the project.

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Oil recovery trouble spot: Laid-off workers and hiring managers not on the same page

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Oil and gas professionals and the managers who hire them have very different expectations about how a recovery in the hard-hit industry will play out, according to a new survey.

Workers and hiring managers remain far apart on key issues, from anticipated salary levels to the incentives that will coax engineers back to the oil patch, according to the first Global Energy Talent Index produced by recruitment firm Airswift and Energy Jobline, an online job board.

This gulf in expectations comes amid a widely anticipated labor shortage as a prolonged downturn has exacerbated problems with the industry's demographics, which skew older. The slump has pushed many of the industry's aging workers into retirement and soured engineering students on the oil and gas industry (go to article)

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OPEC, Allies Meet as Oil Market Warns Them: Job's Not Done

Bloomberg -- OPEC and allies reviewing the impact of their oil cuts this weekend face a market with an unambiguous message: their work is far from done.

As producers meet in Kuwait to gauge how well they’ve implemented output cuts agreed on last year, talks will be overshadowed by the question of whether the persisting glut requires the curbs to be extended beyond the summer. With U.S. crude stockpiles swelling to record levels and prices sinking below $50 a barrel, OPEC and its partners have little choice but to keep going, according to all 13 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

“They’ll probably think they need to grin and bear it longer,” said Ed Morse, head of commodities research at Citigroup Inc. in New York. “The glue that bound them together to begin with, which was higher prices, is the glue tha (go to article)

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Oil Set for Weekly Drop on U.S. Supply Before OPEC Meet on Cuts

Bloomberg -- Oil headed for a third weekly drop this month, weighed down by record U.S. crude supplies while investors await a meeting between OPEC and its allies that may signal whether output curbs will be extended.

Futures rose 0.4 percent in New York, trimming the weekly loss to 1.8 percent. U.S. crude output continued to expand along with inventories last week, data from the government showed on Wednesday. While OPEC won’t formally decide until May whether to prolong a production-cut deal aimed at easing a global glut, officials will meet this weekend in Kuwait to discuss its progress. (go to article)

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All drill, no frack: U.S. shale leaves thousands of wells unfinished

Reuters -- U.S. shale producers are drilling at the highest rate in 18 months but have left a record number of wells unfinished in the largest oilfield in the country – a sign that output may not rise as swiftly as drilling activity would indicate.

Rising U.S. shale output has rattled OPEC's most influential exporter Saudi Arabia and pushed oil prices to a near four-month low on Wednesday. U.S. production gains are frustrating Saudi-led attempts by the world's top oil exporters to cut supply, drain record-high inventories and lift prices.

Investors watch data on the number of rigs deployed in North American oil and gas fields as a leading indicator for output. But the rising rig count and frenetic drilling activity in the Permian Basin in West Texas is not all about pumping oil.

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OPEC Cuts Pad Wallets of North American Heavy Oil Producers

Bloomberg - Markets -- Canadian oil-sands crude prices outpace lighter grades.
‘We are seeing a real hunger for heavy crude’. MEG’s McCaffrey

OPEC’s supply cuts are providing a windfall for producers of heavy crude from Western Canada and the Gulf of Mexico.

Prices for Western Canadian Select and Mars grades have strengthened relative to benchmark West Texas Intermediate since OPEC began implementing its reductions this year. These gains have held even after WTI sank below $50 a barrel earlier this month amid rising U.S. output.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and other large producers agreed to reduce output from January to rebalance an oversupplied global market, but individual members were left to decide how to implement their pledges. Saudi Arabia and its neighbors reduced export (go to article)

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INSIGHT-As Trump targets energy rules, oil companies downplay their impact

Reuters - Business Insider -- BOSTON, March 23 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s White House has said his plans to slash environmental regulations will trigger a new energy boom and help the United States drill its way to independence from foreign oil.

But the top U.S. oil and gas companies have been telling their shareholders that regulations have little impact on their business, according to a Reuters review of U.S. securities filings from the top producers.

In annual reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 13 of the 15 biggest U.S. oil and gas producers said that compliance with current regulations is not impacting their operations or their financial condition.

The other two made no comment about whether their businesses were materially affected by regulation, but reported spending on complianc (go to article)

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This state is about to get nation's toughest DUI law

MSN -- Utah is moving toward adopting the nation’s strictest drunken-driving law under a measure to be signed by Gov. Gary Herbert.

The legislation lowers the standard from the current 0.08 blood-alcohol content level — used nationwide — to 0.05 BAC. The drop means someone could be considered legally too drunk to drive after as little as a single strong drink, depending on their weight and tolerance.

“We’re not asking for Prohibition,” Herbert said during a Thursday press conference. “We’re hoping people take this as a cautionary note.”

The proposal has divided the tourist-dependent state, and Herbert said he’ll call a special legislative session later this summer to hash out additional details, including the exact implementation date. Some critics have urged Utah to... (go to article)

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In a Miami twist, a taxi driver beats and robs his passenger of $800

MiamiHerald -- Miami-Dade police are searching for a taxi driver who allegedly mugged a tourist.

It occurred around 3:30 a.m. Sunday after Anthony Will, a tourist from Denver, left a club near downtown Miami.

Police say Will flagged down a Yellow Taxi Cab and knew only his apartment complex destination was near Zoo Miami. He asked the driver to head for the Zoo Miami area. As they got close, Will saw the apartment complex he wanted and asked the driver to drop him off across the street.

Will got out and prepared to pay the $70 fare. He told police that while he got his cash together, the driver got angry for some reason, jumped out and attacked him...

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GOOGLE MAPS NOW LETS YOU TRACK EXACTLY WHERE YOUR FRIENDS ARE

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Everyone has at least one friend who's constantly running late, whipping out the blatantly false excuse that they're "just down the block" or "running a few late" when in fact they're still getting dressed. Now, thanks to Google Maps' latest feature, you'll actually be able to see exactly how close your friends are, and precisely how long it'll take them to meet you wherever you are. (go to article)

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Oil edges up as Saudis cut supplies to U.S., but global glut remains

Reuters -- Oil prices edged up on Friday, supported by a fall in Saudi exports to the United States, but overall markets remained under pressure on the back of a world market awash with fuel.

Prices for front-month Brent crude futures LCOc1, the international benchmark for oil, were at $50.63 per barrel at 0343 GMT, up 7 cents from their last close.

In the United States, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were up 12 cents at $47.82 a barrel.

Traders said the lift in prices came as a report that Saudi Arabia's crude exports to the United States in March would fall by around 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) from February, in line with OPEC's agreement to reduce supply.

"We have turned bullish ... over a three-month time horizon ... on the premise of strong stock draws in Q2 2017 and... (go to article)

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Google Street View can now map invisible gas leaks in your city

PBS NewsHour -- We encounter natural gas every day. For many Americans, it lights oven fires to make breakfast in the morning and to provide heat at night. But this reliance comes with an invisible network of pipes under our feet, and those pipes come with invisible leaks in residential areas. These leaks, in addition to creating dangerous pockets of flammable gas, also release large amounts of methane, a major contributor to the greenhouse gas effect.

Current methods of locating gas leaks take a lot of time and resources, but scientists may have devised a better way of pinpointing these trouble zones: Google Maps.

Ecologists at Colorado State University outfitted Google’s fleet of Street View cars with special methane detectors. As the cars snapped pictures of cities, they also collected street by... (go to article)

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Keystone Foes Prepare to Fight as Trump Readies Pipeline Permit

Bloomberg -- Trump is about to make good on his promise to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline -- but the fight is far from over.

Instead, it shifts to courtrooms, a Nebraska agency and congressional town hall meetings, where environmental activists and landowners have plotted ways to keep blocking the pipeline TransCanada Corp. has been trying to build for more than eight years. Just winning Nebraska regulators’ approval for Keystone XL’s route through the state could take TransCanada another six months.

"The oil market has shifted and will always be shifting, and it’s really not adequate to rely on old analysis to approve this pipeline," said David Turnbull, campaigns director with Oil Change International.

That earlier analysis was built around assumptions about prices and the availability of ra (go to article)

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Trump wants to kill the popular Energy Star program because it combats climate change

WaPo -- Of the 38 EPA programs that the Trump administration has proposed cutting, at least one is quite surprising: the popular — and voluntary — Energy Star program. It’s not a mandatory regulation, nor a “job killer.”

Energy Star sets energy efficiency standards for appliances, electronics, and houses and buildings. But it’s not exactly a regulation. Businesses decide on their own whether to design products that comply with these standards. Energy Star has lowered consumers’ electricity bills by $430 billion.

Instead of compelling business to adopt energy efficiency standards, it seeks to encourage them by promising recognition and consumer support. More broadly, voluntary programs seek to persuade firms to adopt pro-environment policies that go beyond regulatory requirements. In return, busi (go to article)

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Gasoline floats outside Europe as traders bet on profit spike

Reuters -- Cargoes of floating gasoline are building off the shores of Europe as margins hold near their lowest level seasonally since 2009, traders and market sources told Reuters.Margins for the motor fuel are expected to move sharply higher in the next few weeks as consumers and traders turn to summer-quality fuel.

"It pays to wait," one source told Reuters.

Summer is almost always the hottest season for gasoline as consumers in the United States, whose cars guzzle roughly one in every 10 barrels of oil consumed per day, hit the road for holidays.

This year, the gap between profits now and those expected when summer demand starts is even starker as an excess of winter fuel kept prices in check.

Exports to the United States from Europe were limited as the U.S. East Coast import hub was so overs (go to article)

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Cheaper Used Cars Bad Sign for Automakers and Dealers

Fox News -- The nation’s largest car dealers have skidded this week after Ally Financial (ALLY) rekindled forecasts for weakening used-car and lease prices.
While good for car shoppers, a decline in used-car prices is a bad sign for dealerships, which typically see better returns on used vehicles versus new ones. Limited supplies have driven up prices in recent years, but analysts have warned that used vehicles would increase in number as leased vehicles are returned to dealer lots.
Since 2015, consumers looking for lower monthly payments have leased new vehicles at a record pace. Many of those cars, trucks and SUVs that were leased at the start of the recent U.S. sales boom are now reaching the end of their terms. (go to article)

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Oil drops to lowest since Nov as U.S. inventories swell

Reuters -- Oil prices slipped on Wednesday to their lowest since late November, with Brent testing the $50 per barrel support, after data showed record high U.S. crude inventories rising faster than expected, raising doubts over the viability of OPEC-led output cuts. (go to article)

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State Department reportedly plans to approve Keystone permit

Reuters - U.S.A. -- The U.S. State Department will approve by Monday the permit needed to proceed with construction of the Canada-to-United States Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project blocked by former President Barack Obama, according to Politico.

he approval of the permit would mark the beginning of process that could be lengthy and complicated by approvals needed by state regulators and legal challenges.

But President Donald Trump, a Republican, supports Keystone and days after he took office in January ordered its construction. That could mean that project, first proposed in 2008, will eventually be completed.

The State Department's undersecretary for political affairs, Tom Shannon, will approve the cross-border permit for TransCanada Corp's pipeline on or before Monday, the report said.

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BMW expects higher profits and more electric cars

AP -- German automaker BMW is forecasting increased sales and profits this year as it begins the rollout of some 40 new models and aims to sell 100,000 electric-powered cars.

The company said Tuesday it expects "a slight increase" from last year, when it had 94.2 billion euros ($101.7 billion) in revenues and net profit of 6.9 billion euros. It sold 62,000 electrics.

Munich-based BMW AG has invested heavily in electric vehicles even though they remain less than 1 percent of the global market, saying they're the key to future sales. The company predicts electric vehicles will be 15-25 percent of the market by 2025.

CEO Harald Krueger said at the company's annual news conference that that "our goal is sustainable mobility. There's no turning back." (go to article)

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Trump says he told aide to threaten Keystone XL pipeline company over arbitration case

WaPo -- Trump ordered one of his top economic advisers to threaten a pipeline company that he would “terminate” a project if they didn’t drop what he described as a “$14 billion” lawsuit against the US, the president told a crowd on Tuesday night.

Trump, in a speech at a fundraiser in Washington, said the directive was given to NEC Director Gary Cohn, a former president of Goldman Sachs, though he didn’t specify which company was being told to drop their lawsuit. Trump said the company did drop the lawsuit, adding “Isn’t that easier?”

“Being president gives you great power,” Trump said. He has personally threatened several companies since winning the election, telling Boeing and Lockheed Martin for example that he might block their contracts, but this is the first time he has ordered an adviser (go to article)

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Walmart to start selling cars in April through CarSaver partnership

M Live -- Wal-Mart Store Inc. will dip its toes into car sales starting in April in a partnership with CarSaver, AutoNation and potential dealerships.

The Automotive News reports CarSaver will launch its program in Walmart stores in Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma City and Phoenix on April 1. If the program goes well, the goal is to have it in stores nationwide within two years.

Walmart is the country's largest retailer and AutoNation is its largest new-vehicle retailer.

CarSaver will allow its users to shop, finance and insure vehicles through its website, touch-screen kiosks or with on-site staff members.

The program can connect users with dealerships within 15 minutes of the store they're in, in which it aims to cut out some of the pressure from shopping for a new ride.

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Are vehicles the mobile sensor beds of the future?

ReadWrite -- Imagine a car that selected a playlist based on driving conditions. Or that knew an icy patch was up ahead because the car that drove past that point an hour ago sensed wet road conditions and the temperature has just dropped to the point that it will freeze. These are just the tip of the iceberg on some of the things machine learning will bring to vehicles on the road.
A change that will probably happen in the near future is related to weather data, patterns, and forecasts. Each vehicle could be constantly collecting temperature, pressure, and potentially even wind speed and uploading all that data to a centralized system. With millions of vehicles on the road, you have a geographic data set that is extremely granular allowing strong predictions on how the weather will change over time. W (go to article)

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Cost of U.S. car fuel standards could be 40 percent lower: report

Reuters -- The cost to implement tough fuel-efficiency standards for cars imposed by the Obama administration for the first half of the next decade could be up to 40 percent lower than previously estimated using existing conventional technologies, according to a report from a nonprofit group released on Wednesday.

If accurate, the report could present a challenge to automakers which have lobbied strongly against the implementation of the standards largely on the grounds of excessive cost.

Technologies like turbo-chargers, advanced transmissions and use of lighter weight materials - such as aluminum instead of steel - could reduce compliance costs by 34 percent to 40 percent per vehicle from 2022 through 2025, according to the report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) ... (go to article)

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Californians Snub Free EVs, Carmakers Say in Pushback on Mandate

Bloomberg -- The proportion of Californians making electric cars their new set of wheels has stayed flat for years even though incentives make some models basically free to lease, a trade group told state regulators that may toughen up already-stringent rules.

With state rebates, federal tax credits and manufacturer discounts, the effective monthly payments in California for zero-emission vehicles including the Nissan Motor Co. Leaf and Ford Motor Co. Focus Electric can add up to zero -- or less -- a month, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said in written comments to the California Air Resources Board, which meets Thursday.

“Yet the ZEV market share has remained at the 3 to 3.5 percent level,” the alliance said in its 80-page submission, asking the agency known as CARB to ease up on plans ... (go to article)

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Shell reluctant to part with California refinery amid asset sale

Reuters -- Royal Dutch Shell is in talks with several potential buyers for its refinery outside of San Francisco, but the Anglo-Dutch oil giant is reluctant to part with its last asset in California, three people familiar with the process say.

Bidders for Shell's Martinez refinery, located 30 northeast of San Francisco, include PBF Energy and NTR Partners III.

Still, sources familiar with the issue say the company wants to sell for a higher price, with one saying the plant could be valued at about $900 million.

While state-specific emissions regulations and fuel standards make it more expensive to operate a refinery in California, the plant still drew interest because of its location and ability to process local crude.

The potential sale would include a pipeline that brings crude produced in Cali (go to article)

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Schneiderman Continues Media Strategy in Court Hearing with Meaningless “Bombshell” Claim

Energy in Depth -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office attempted once again to manufacture an email controversy, proclaiming in a letter that Exxon had refused “to comply in good faith with OAG’s investigative subpoena dated November 4, 2015,” and characterizing it as a “bombshell” in a court hearing held today.

Meanwhile, here’s the real bombshell: the Daily Caller has just reported that legal discoveries show Lem Srolovic, the Assistant Attorney General in Schneiderman’s office, used a personal Gmail address to converse with activist organizations in 2012. This news comes just after Schneiderman’s office tried to make a big deal about an alternate email for former Exxon president and CEO Rex Tillerson (which was a company-issued account, not a Gmail address, by the way) that was used to s (go to article)

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Citgo brought second-ever cargo of Ghanaian crude into US Gulf Coast

Platts -- Citgo imported nearly 500,000 barrels of Ghanaian crude into the US Gulf Coast earlier this month, only the second time crude from that West African country has made it to the region, according to US government data and market sources Wednesday.

"Bill of lading data shows importer is Citgo," a US crude analyst said Wednesday, citing data from US customs. "Tesoro is historically the TEN buyer though in the US -- all goes to PADD 5. So, they probably resold."

Citgo operates the 157,000 b/d Corpus Christi refinery, which the company says is "built to refine heavy, sour crude oils supplied by PDVSA."

TEN is a 33 API, 0.43% sulfur crude.

The Citgo import this month is only the second time Ghanaian crude has made it to the US Gulf Coast. In April 2013, ExxonMobil imported 494,000 barrels of (go to article)

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U.S. drillers add oil rigs for 9th week in a row -Baker Hughes

Reuters -- March 17 U.S. drillers added oil rigs for a
ninth week in a row, extending a recovery that is expected to
boost shale production by the most in six-months in April.
Drillers added 14 oil rigs in the week to March 17, bringing
the total count up to 631, the most since September 2015, energy
services firm Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday.
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Libyan Production Restored To 700,000 BPD As LNA Retakes Control

OilPrice.com -- Libyan oil production rose to a 700,000-barrel-per-day production rate on Wednesday, after a series of clashes between militant groups in the Oil Crescent caused tensions in the country’s biggest ports.

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) made the announcement regarding the recovery in a statement to the press. Output had previously declined by roughly 35,000 barrels due to the ports’ instability – which now appears to be restored.

"We are working very hard to reach 800,000 barrels by the end of April 2017, and, God willing, we will reach 1.1 million barrels next August," NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said in the release. (go to article)

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ICE To Start Offering First-Ever U.S. LNG Futures Contracts

OilPrice.com -- As the U.S. has been increasingly growing its LNG exports in recent months, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) said on Wednesday that it would start trading the first-ever U.S. LNG futures contract that will be cash settled against the Platts LNG Gulf Coast Marker (GCM) price assessment.

The U.S. LNG contract trade will be launched in May, according to Reuters.

S&P Global Platts sees the U.S. as playing a key role in the global LNG and natural gas markets, thanks to the shale revolution that has significantly increased American LNG exports. (go to article)

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“Decoding The Consumer” With Data At The 2017 Convenience Retailing University

GasBuddy Blog -- By Erik Johnson, Senior Director of Retail at GasBuddy–

In late February, I had the pleasure of traveling to Glendale, Arizona, to present a workshop and connect face-to-face with colleagues at the 2017 Convenience Retailing University. The theme of this year’s event was “Decoding the Consumer,” and its focus was on helping retailers navigate today’s challenges and capitalize on opportunities in a customer-driven market.

Data seems to be on every retailer’s mind these days—whether they’re trying to figure out how to gather it, analyze it, implement recommendations based on it, or maybe even ignore it and hope it goes away. But data isn’t a fad, and it isn’t going anywhere.

On the second day of the conference I presented a breakout session, “Big Gulp, Meet Big Data,” highlighting... (go to article)

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Meet Gasbuddy’s New Analyst For Convenience Store Trends

GasBuddy Blog -- Convenience stores are about more than fueling our cars and trucks.

Whether it’s healthful snacks, coffee and breakfast, or even high-quality foodservice, convenience stores fuel our bodies too. They’ve become a go-to destination and a vital part of our communities—evolving, changing, and expanding to add the services and features that we demand.

That’s what I’m here to talk about.

My name is Frank Beard, and I’m the new Analyst/Evangelist for Convenience Store and Retail Trends here at GasBuddy. Not only am I excited to be a part of this talented team, but I look forward to shining the spotlight on... (go to article)

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Big Oil Replaces Rigs With Wind Turbines

Bloomberg -- Big oil is starting to challenge the biggest utilities in the race to erect wind turbines at sea.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Statoil ASA and Eni SpA are moving into multi-billion-dollar offshore wind farms in the North Sea and beyond. They’re starting to score victories against leading power suppliers including Dong Energy A/S and Vattenfall AB in competitive auctions for power purchase contracts, which have developed a specialty in anchoring massive turbines on the seabed. (go to article)

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One in 4 vehicles on US roads has unfixed safety recall

M Live -- One in four vehicles on roads in the United States is operating with an unfixed safety recall, according to a recent Carfax study.

There are more than 63 million active vehicles with safety recalls, which is a 34 percent increase from 2016's numbers...

To search active recalls, use the NHTSA's website to search your 17-character VIN at this link. VIN numbers are typically located under the driver's side windshield, or along the inside of the doors behind the seat or under the steering wheel. To sign up for NHTSA safety alerts for a specific vehicle, sign up at this link.

One notable recall from 2016 was the ongoing Takata airbag recalls, which includes 19 automakers, 22 brands and more than 42 million vehicles. Almost 70 million air bag inflators are or will be under recall by 2019, i (go to article)

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Do the math: Older used cars in short supply

Detroit News -- The Great Recession’s ghost is suddenly appearing at used car lots across the United States.

The situation amounts to a collision between timing and math: When the auto industry imploded in 2009, the number of vehicles it produced fell sharply, with the decline lasting more than two years. Fast forward to 2017 and there are fewer cars from those recession model years available to budget-minded buyers in the used car market.

“There’s a big-time shortage because of that lack of new car sales,” that began in 2009, said Ivan Drury, senior analyst for automotive consulting firm Edmunds.

Meanwhile, explosive growth in the leasing of new cars has sent even more upheaval into the market, as a flood of 1-, 2- and 3-year-old cars come back off lease and end up on dealership lots.

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Major oil companies open their wallets in Gulf of Mexico bidding

Reuters -- Royal Dutch Shell plc, Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil Corp signaled the oil industry's return to the Gulf of Mexico's deep waters with high bids in a government auction up 76 percent over a year ago.

The auction of offshore oil and gas parcels received nearly $275 million in high bids, compared with $156.4 million a year ago. The year-ago auction drew the fourth lowest total bids for leases in the central Gulf.

The oil industry had moved away from deep water projects as oil prices fell and regulatory scrutiny increased following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in April 2010, the largest accidental marine oil spill.

The five-month-long spill, which spewed some 210 million U.S. gallons (780,000 m3) into the Gulf, caused extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats, as well as to the area (go to article)

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Oil Gains as U.S. Fuel Drop Spurs Speculation Crude Glut to Ease

Bloomberg -- Oil rebounded on speculation record U.S. crude stockpiles that have dragged prices below $50 and undermined OPEC’s output cuts may finally be set to shrink.

Futures for May delivery added as much as 0.8 percent in New York after falling 0.4 percent Wednesday. Speculation that refiners will increase oil purchases and reduce U.S. crude supplies grew after data Wednesday showed gasoline stockpiles slid a fifth week to the lowest since January and distillates dropped a sixth week to the least since December. (go to article)

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Exxon Mobil to decide soon on $10B Texas petrochemical plant

Fuel Fix -- Exxon Mobil Corp. said it will decide as soon as May whether to move forward with a planned $10 billion petrochemical complex north of Corpus Christi now that it has the desired tax breaks approved.

The Gregory-Portland School Board approved the requested tax abatement late Tuesday evening, just one day after the San Patricio County Commissioners also approved the property tax breaks totaling $460 million. The votes were delayed a couple of months because of community opposition, especially from Portland residents who fear their bedroom community transforming into a new industrial corridor.

“In the weeks and months ahead, we will continue to listen to the community. We will continue to learn from those with whom we have the privilege to dialogue with – regardless of whether or not they s (go to article)

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