ICCT paper finds $123B benefit to Mexico from tighter heavy-duty diesel emission standards

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A new working paper by the the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) concludes that tighter heavy-duty diesel vehicle emissions standards in Mexico (NOM 044 standards) would result in a net benefit to Mexico of US$123 billion (1.6 This paper reports the results of a cost-benefit analysis of changes proposed for Mexico’s heavy-duty diesel vehicle emissions standard, NOM 044, through 2037.

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Mexico proposes new heavy-duty vehicle emission standards aligned with Euro VI and EPA 2010

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Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) has proposed new heavy-duty vehicle emissions standards, aligned with current standards in place in the rest of North America and in the European Union. The current limit values in Mexico are equivalent to Euro IV or EPA 2004 standards. Heavy-duty diesel emissions standards in the US, European Union, and Mexico. —Kate Blumberg, senior fellow and Mexico country program lead at the ICCT.

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First oil from ultra-deepwater Jack/St. Malo project in US Gulf of Mexico

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Malo project in the Lower Tertiary trend, US Gulf of Mexico. Malo fields are among the largest in the Gulf of Mexico. They were discovered in 2004 and 2003, respectively, and production from the first development stage is expected to ramp up over the next several years to a total daily rate of 94,000 barrels of crude oil and 21 million cubic feet of natural gas. Chevron announced that crude oil and natural gas production has begun at the ultra-deepwater Jack/St.

BP Announces Giant Oil Discovery in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico

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BP announced a giant oil discovery at its Tiber Prospect in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Tiber represents BP’s second material discovery in the emerging Lower Tertiary play in the Gulf of Mexico, following our earlier Kaskida discovery.

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BP announces significant resource extension of Mad Dog Field in deepwater Gulf Of Mexico; total hydrocarbons estimated at up to 4B barrels of oil equivalent

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BP announced today the drilling of a successful appraisal well in a previously untested northern segment of the Mad Dog field in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. The well, drilled by BHP Billiton on behalf of the unit operator BP, is located on Gulf of Mexico Green Canyon block 738 approximately 140 miles (225 kilometers) south of Grand Isle, LA., BP is one of the largest producers of oil and gas in the US Gulf of Mexico with net production of more than 250,000 boed.

Satellite study shows drought-stricken Colorado River Basin states depleting their groundwater

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A new satellite study finds more than 75% of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources.

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Green.view New on Economist.com An altered political landscape in South Africa (EIU ViewsWire) Apr 28th 2009 Sri Lankas war is close to an end Apr 27th 2009 Does a new virus from Mexico threaten a global pandemic?

USDA changes corn for ethanol reporting category to reflect fuel vs. animal feed usage

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When USDA first started reporting corn used for ethanol in May 2004, it listed the gross corn bushels as simply “ethanol for fuel,” giving the impression that 100 percent of each bushel is used for fuel ethanol. The Renewable Fuels Association projects that the ethanol industry will produce more than 39 million metric tons of animal feed in 2010-11—nearly equal to the combined amount of corn produced by Mexico and Argentina—the world’s fourth- and fifth-leading corn producers.

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Honda President Ito steps down, Takahiro Hachigo to replace him

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From April 2004 to March 2006, Hachigo was stationed in the US as Senior Vice President of Honda R&D Americas, Inc., During the six years of Ito’s leadership, Honda was able to evolve its global manufacturing structure, notably the establishment of automobile plants in Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, India and China. Honda Motor Co.,

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Global investment in renewable power reached $270.2B in 2014, ~17% up from 2013; biofuel investment fell 8% to 10-year low

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billion) were all in the top 10 of investing countries while more than $1 billion was invested in Indonesia, Chile, Mexico, Kenya and Turkey. Global investment in renewable power and fuels (excluding large hydro-electric projects) was $270.2

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DOE reports show major potential for wave and tidal energy production near US coasts

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The total available wave energy resource along the US continental shelf edge, based on accumulating unit circle wave power densities, is estimated to be 2,640 TWh/yr, broken down as follows: 590 TWh/yr for the West Coast, 240 TWh/yr for the East Coast, 80 TWh/yr for the Gulf of Mexico, 1570 TWh/yr for Alaska, 130 TWh/yr for Hawaii, and 30 TWh/yr for Puerto Rico.

New one-pot method for recharging ammonia borane opens up potential for viable on-board hydrogen storage

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The Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center of Excellence, funded with $30 million, is a collaboration among multiple university and industrial partners across the country, including The University of Alabama, and with the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington. Research for the project at UA, which was named a partner in the entity in 2004, is funded by some $2.2

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Dept. of Interior proposes more stringent regulations for offshore oil and gas well equipment

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Following the Deepwater Horizon incident, industry recognized the need to enhance BOP guidance and concluded that it was necessary to completely rewrite the older API RP 53— Recommended Practices for Blowout Prevention Equipment Systems for Drilling Wells , Third Edition, March 1, 1997 (Reaffirmed September 1, 2004)—and upgrade the document from an RP to a standard.

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EPA Grants California Vehicle GHG Regulations Waiver

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In September 2004 the California Air Resources Board (ARB) passed regulations to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) from new passenger vehicles starting in 2009. Thirteen other states have adopted California’s Clean Car standards: Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

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Audi highlights its range of electrification efforts; Q7 diesel PHEV, A7 fuel cell PHEV, BEV, 48V and more; 750 Wh/l by 2025

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The first technology demonstrator was the compact A2H2 in 2004, which was already equipped with a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEM). Another project is underway in Hobbs (New Mexico, USA).

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