API reports record US petroleum production in April: 10.543 million b/d; strongest April demand since 2007

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April saw the US produce a record 10,543,000 barrels per day (MBD) of oil, according to data from the American Petroleum Institute. This was the strongest April monthly demand since 2007. Strong global demand raised international oil prices by more than domestic ones. Domestic WTI crude oil prices averaged $66.25 Meanwhile, international Brent crude oil prices continued to increase by more—8.5 WTI crude oil traded as an average discount of $5.38

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Nothing to See Here - Oil Prices Retreat.from $90.07

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Forbes 12:43pm ET: Oil retreats from today's record highs around 90 usd as traders lock profits Bloomberg Crude Oil Falls From Record on Signs U.S. Supplies Are Adequate Associated Press Oil Futures Retreat From $90 Record CNN Money Oil retreats from $90, but gas keeps climbing. Tags: petroleum Big Oil

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Iran's Oil Woes; An Arab Electric Car?

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Today the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reports "Soaring Energy Use Puts Oil Squeeze on Iran." Iran may start rationing gasoline as soon as next month, and its oil exports could dry up in as little as a decade. The stagnation of Iran's oil industry presents a potential crisis for the country and the global oil market. A report out of tiny Abu Dhabi suggests some of the oil rich may be looking considering alternatives to oil for cars.

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What's Oil Got to Do With It?

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From Saturday's New York Times story " Cheney, on Carrier, Sends Warning to Iran " Vice President Dick Cheney used the deck of an American aircraft carrier just 150 miles off Iran’s coast as the backdrop yesterday to warn that the United States was prepared to use its naval power to keep Tehran from disrupting oil routes. Oil seemed to be on Mr. Cheney’s mind yesterday when he told 3,500 to 4,000 members of the Stennis’s crew that Iran would not be permitted to choke off oil shipments.

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$92.22

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NY Times reports: Oil Prices Continue to Rise $91.86 A little context: oil at its lowest this year? a barrel on January 18, 2007. Tags: oil price per barrel Big Oil per barrel at Friday's close. 50.48

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Freedom from oil in Brazil

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International Herald Tribune reports: Brazil stages raid against debt slavery at Amazon sugar cane-ethanol plantation.

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The Mountain and Mohammed: Halliburton Moves HQ to United Arab Emirates

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The NY Times website reports that Dick Cheney's old stomping grounds, oil services giant Halliburton, is moving their world headquarters out of friendly Texas into even friendlier Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates. Tags: dick cheney united arab emirates halliburton dubai Big Oil

V2G Test Drive

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Xcel Energy announces six-month test drive of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles DENVER - Six plug-in hybrid electric vehicles ( PHEVs ) will be on the road by the end of 2007 as part of a demonstration test of vehicle-to-grid ( V2G ) technology by Xcel Energy.

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The Cash Back Hybrid

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By John Voelcker First Published October 2007 Google , a former CIA director , the Natural Resources Defense Council , a U.S.

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Ford and Edison

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Ford, utility join to promote plug-in vehicles Reuters India Sat Jul 7, 2007 DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co and power utility Southern California Edison will announce an unusual alliance on Monday aimed at clearing the way for a new generation of rechargeable electric cars, the companies said.

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DOE Funds PHEVs

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DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program leads the Department’s efforts to bring PHEVs to market and works with industry to develop advanced transportation technologies that will reduce the nation’s use of imported oil.

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Trying a Different Transmission

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Note: Ross Cunniff is burning the midnight oil over at [link] to try and get his 914 AC done this weekend. Last week Craig at Camp914 offered to lend me another transmission to see if I had vibrational issues. I drove out to Camp914 this morning.

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Excel PHEV Study

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With Smart Grid, Plug-In Hybrid Cars Could Have System Benefits Physorg Feb 28, 2007 Xcel Energy announced the results of a six-month study related to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and how an increase in their popularity may affect Colorado.

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Keeping the Rain Out

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

My friend wisely pointed out to me that ABS plastic decays quickly in directly sunlight, so I'll probably end up spray painting the surface with an oil-base black paint to prevent the plastic from degrading

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Getting the Tachometer and Lights Working

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Next up was tying the READY and FAULT output lines into the green oil light indicator and red generator light indicator. After receiving an updated.css file (ccShell config file) from Azure Dynamics for the DMOC445, I was able to access the EE1SpeedoDiv variable.

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Recharge IT

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today announced the RechargeIT initiative that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil dependence by accelerating the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. G oogle proved it is serious about Plug Ins with its new Recharge IT initiative. Here is part of the story.

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The Wall Street Journals

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Fialka Wall Street Journal March 26, 2007 AUSTIN, Texas -- Of all the plans cooked up by cities to combat pollution and global warming, the one hatched here is among the most ambitious -- and, some say, one of the more quixotic. A few months back, a reporter from the WSJ came to our offices.

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$97.07

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Domestic oil inventory to fall. Oil platforms evacuated. Severe weather shuts Mexican ports, disrupts oil supply to US. Tags: petroleum oil price per barrel As the price per barrel goes beyond $97, one story in the NY Times reports : •Bombing in Afghanistan kills 64. Attack on pipeline in Yemen. Severe weather forecast for North Sea. Dollar weak.

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We are Green for 12V Electrical!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

After attaching all the wires and chassis ground in the front luggage rack, the green oil light comes on (and the annoying seat-belt buzzer) when I insert the key and turn it to the "on" position. Whew! I spent the evening debugging the small sparking issue I ran into yesterday.

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Victory! Death to the old Transmission Seal!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Even after lubricating the seal and the surrounding hole with oil, I still had to use the throwout tube and a large hammer just to get it in. With the front seal back in place, I added the rear gaskets, wetted them with transmission oil and installed the intermediate plate with gear shafts.

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Those darned gaskets!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Above is a picture of the main transmission seal that prevents transmission oil from spewing out into the flywheel area. This would most likely explain the transmission oil leaks and the oil and dirt that covered the top of the transmission.

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Just Cleaning Up

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The transmission off to the right has a fresh load of oil in it and I look forward to seeing if I have any major leaks over the next few days. I spent the past two evenings getting the rest of life together. Tonight I just did some simple cleanup.

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Starting the Wiring

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The green/red-stripe wire turns on the oil-pressure light in the cabin. With the motor/transmission bolted into the chassis and all the mechanical shafts/cables attached, I'm starting the wiring.

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Days 3 and 4

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I also drained all the engine oil and transmission fluid. I spent yesterday (Saturday) disconnecting all the cables from under the car in preparation to drop the engine. The shift linkage was especially hard because it moved around so much.

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Spaghetti Wiring

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The green/red wire drives the oil pressure light and will be tied to chassis ground on a bolt, so we use a closed terminal. Today was a day for really getting my brain wrapped around the initial wiring.

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$200,000 Google.org Grant to CalCars

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Ethanol and hydrogen promoters have their deep pocketed supporters (grain combines and the oil & gas industries) and receive the lion's share of the alt fuel attention. Google.org is stepping up to the plate for electricity in cars.

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They Don't Just Steal at the Pump

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PBS' Now profiles government auditor Bobby Maxwell's attempt to get oil companies drilling on government land to pay royalties due. The corruption in the oil business isn't only in Iraq. Tags: Big Oil pbs now bobby maxwell See the video here.

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API: US petroleum demand last month highest for October since 2007; 19.9 mbpd

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These were the highest October deliveries since 2007. US crude oil production in October remained strong and above 9.0 Domestic crude oil production increased 7.0% Compared with the prior month and the prior year to date, crude oil production decreased 1.1% The month-ago declines in crude oil production likely reflected the impact of Hurricane Nate. Crude oil imports decreased 3.6% Compared with September, crude oil imports were 2.1%

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A Jewish Electric Car?

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No oil of its own should be reason enough. Tags: renault petroleum israel davos electric cars Big Oil hillel fendele toyota A report from IsraelNationalNews.com out of Davos reports on talks to build electric cars in Israel. At the just-ended World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Shimon Peres held informal talks about building an electric-car factory in Israel with representatives of Toyota and Renault. It's about time.

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$98.62

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oil supplies fell last week for the third straight period. 2, crude oil inventories fell by 800,000 barrels to 311.9 One 11am EST AP report in the NY Times •U.S. Stockpiles of gasoline also dropped, the government reported Wednesday. Demand for gasoline over the past four weeks was 0.8 percent higher than a year earlier. •.prices prices had climbed as high as $98.62 in electronic trading. •At At the pump, gas prices rose nearly 2 cents overnight. For the week ending Nov.

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EPA Says No: Dems Get Rolled Again

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To get a bill the president would sign, out dropped any challenge to big oil's obscene profits, a national renewable electricity standard, overwhelmingly popular wind and solar tax credits, and plug-in hybrid credits that might truly jumpstart an alternative automotive future. They could have done a bill, with solar and wind and RPS and plug-in credits and taxes on oil companies to pay for and seen it vetoed. It took less than 12 hours. The Democrats got rolled again.

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Andy Grove Advocates Disruption

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s dependence on foreign oil. In the Wall Street Journal Online, The Informed Reader , Andy Grove, onetime CEO of Intel, discusses corporate "cross-boundary disruption," such as Apple moving into the music business. As a suggestion, Mr. Grove says General Electric Co. could benefit from a cross-boundary disruption by building an electric car. Neither auto makers nor energy companies seem willing to exploit new energy sources or reduce the U.S.’s

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Everybody Happy: Bush to Sign Do-little Energy Bill

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The reality, however, is no removal of tax breaks for Big Oil; no 15% renewables standard for utilities; no plug-in hybrid incentives. The opening line of the Detroit News story says all you need to know: The House approved a stripped-down energy bill Tuesday and sent it to President George Bush, who is expected to sign the legislation. The headline is a 35mpg CAFE standard for cars produced 13 years from now. Big whoop.

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Fahrvegnügen and fuhgedaboutit: V-Dub Disses Hybrids, Hydrogen & CO2 Concern

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Both will survive because we need to extract both the heavy and the light fuels to achieve the maximum efficiency from our oil. Edmunds Inside Line 's Alistair Weaver interviewed Wolfgang Hatz, the head of powertrain for the entire Volkswagen Group. The title of their piece, Mr Engine Fuels the Future , probably tells you all you need to know. Quotations from the interview below; first, my somewhat snarky synopsis.

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IEEE: Will CARB Take Part in Plug-in Car Revival?

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Oil companies shut out of electric markets are exploring biofuels and hydrogen as potential markets they could control. The IEEE Spectrum Magazine for November 07 touts on its cover "Battery or Fuel-Cell Cars? A California Cabal Will Decide." Interesting choice of headlines. Surely a strong argument can be made that something approaching a cabal turned a practical electric-cars-on-the-road mandate into a research and development program for hydrogen fuel cells vehicles.

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Bush Uses Alternative Fuels

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Bush in 2007. Certainly not part and parcel of a serious exploration of the potential of grid electricity as an alternative to oil. As reported in today's NY Times story about the event, “If the goal is to reduce oil imports and improve the environment, the opportunity is first of all in ethanol, biodiesel,” [GM's] Mr. Wagoner told reporters after the meeting.

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Is GM Playing Games with the Volt?

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Sierra Club, UCS and NRDC should have been indicted along with CARB and Big Oil in the film Who Killed the Electric Car? As I've blogged previously , I want to believe as much as the next guy that the Volt - GM's announced plug-in hybrid - is real. I believe enviros have spent way too much time pushing for higher CAFE standards and ignored alternative methods of getting clean cars on the road.

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Coal Into Cars: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

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It is touted as part of a move toward independence from foreign oil. The Ugly Coal sucks, there's really no two ways about it. Extracting it is ruinous of the landscape and burning it has disastrous environmental consequences. It should be perhaps our last fuel of choice regardless of how it's used. But not all use of coal is alike. The Good About half our electricity comes from coal, and that will change, at best, slowly as we move to renewables.

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Senators: It's the Electrons

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We are facing a global energy crunch, and the fact that our transportation sector is around 97 percent dependent on oil is just plain dangerous,” Hatch said, “We have to act now and we have to be creative. More options for powering America’s vehicles will save consumers money, help get us off foreign oil, and make our country more secure.” “One Three Senators, Republican Orrin Hatch and Democrats Maria Cantwell and Barack Obama are showing signs of getting it.

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Arnold Flexing for Flex-Fuels; Fouls Air & Guzzles More Gasoline

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Because environmental organizations have dropped the ball for so long on the actual costs and benefits of the various "green" transportation alternatives, policy makers and the public at large are at the whim of the advertising power of big auto and big oil. As I read in the San Jose Mercury News about California's flex-fuel fleet fiasco.

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