## We’re in Deep...Soot

##### 29 June 2004

Associated Press. U.S. counties that are home to nearly 100 million people appear to flunk federal air standards because of microscopic soot from diesel-burning trucks, power plants and other sources, the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. [The soot referred to is called PM2.5 -- particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers... Read more →

## Lexus Plans 3x Euro Sales, Leads with Diesels and Hybrid

##### 29 June 2004

Financial Times. Lexus is planning to triple its sales in Europe over the next six years. Takis Athanasopoulos, chief operating officer of Toyota Motor Europe, said the brands first diesel engines and a hybrid petrol-electric off-roader would help boost sales to more than 60,000 by 2010 and bring the brand... Read more →

## Tackling Diesel Startup and Emissions With Electronic Control

##### 29 June 2004

Beru AG, a leader in diesel cold-start technology, has rolled out a new Instant Startup System (ISS) plus a smart pressure sensor glow plug (PSG) that can play a critical role in minimizing diesel emissions at startup and during all phases of operation. (The image at right is a cross-section... Read more →

## Temperature Up, Rice Yield Down

##### 29 June 2004

Research reported in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) found a direct correlation between rising temperatures and a decrease in rice crop yield. Here we report that annual mean maximum and minimum temperatures have increased by 0.35°C and 1.13°C, respectively, for the period... Read more →

## Oil Majors Differ on Same Reserve

##### 29 June 2004

Reuters. The oil and gas reserves controversy sparked by Royal Dutch/Shells shock January downgrade took a new turn on Tuesday as two of Shells partners in a Norwegian gas field differed over reserves bookings. In its filing, Britains BP reaffirmed its bookings for the Ormen Lange gas field, Norways biggest... Read more →

## GM Yeast for Commercial Ethanol Production

##### 28 June 2004

Iogen Corporation (earlier post) has has obtained the first (and non-exclusive license) from the Purdue Research Foundation for a genetically modified yeast that can produce ethanol from agricultural waste. Purdues genetically altered yeast allows about 40 percent more ethanol to be made from sugars derived from agricultural residues, such as... Read more →

## Oil Sands To the Fore?

##### 28 June 2004

Both Wired and the Economist are running current pieces on oil sands production in Canada. Oil sands are a source of unconventional oil -- oil produced by means other than drilling a well and pumping up the crude. Oil sands are a mixture of sand, clay, water and deposits of... Read more →

## Unexpected Peaking in a Natural Gas Field

##### 27 June 2004

The Daily Star, Bangladesh. The Sangu gas field reserve is depleting so fast that Petrobangla fears it will be exhausted completely by 2010. The gas field that heralded a new era of foreign investment in oil and gas sector and started operation back in 1998 is supposed to supply 200... Read more →

## New Chinese Oil Import JV

##### 27 June 2004

China Daily. China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec Group) and China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC), the nation's second and third largest oil companies, have set up a joint venture to import crude oil. The joint venture makes CNOOC the fifth largest crude oil importer in China. At present, most of Chinas... Read more →

## Hyundai Getz Hybrids in China in 2005

##### 27 June 2004

Xinhuanet. Hyundai has announced that it will introduce to China a hybrid version of its popular Getz minicar starting in 2005. Hyundai has already delivered 50 such hybrids to the South Korean government. Read more →

## Kia’s First Diesel Passenger Car

##### 27 June 2004

Carpages. Kia is introducing its first diesel passenger car -- a version of the Cerato for the European market. The 1.5-liter version of the common rail diesel engine is to yield a combined 58 mpg. Read more →

## The Sulfur Specter

##### 27 June 2004

The New York Times describes the potential for a prevalence of higher-sulfur fuels in China and developing countries, and the accompanying results. High levels of sulfur contamination occur naturally in some crude oil, especially from the Mideast and Russia. This sour oil is ordinarily harder to sell and fetches a... Read more →

## Flipped Before It’s Built?

##### 26 June 2004

Mid-Hudson News. The Masada OxyNol trash to ethanol plant may be in play before it is even built. A one-page outline of the Middletown operation by Ewing Bemiss [an investment banker] discusses acquisition considerations including that it is a turnkey site. The document lists as a transaction, Masada Oxynol, LLC,... Read more →

## A Raw TV Campaign

##### 25 June 2004

Thinking about the EPA ads (below) and reading Aarons comment reminded me of this. Guardian Unlimited (UK). Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy in the UK, discusses the importance of educating people on the importance and benefits of green energy. Its crucial for the government to reach out and communicate... Read more →

## Waivers on Reformulated Gas

##### 25 June 2004

ExxonMobil is reverting to selling conventional gasoline -- as opposed to reformulated gasoline with a 10% ethanol content -- in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The companys move follows the June 18th stay issued by the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal against an EPA mandate that would have forced the area... Read more →

## Biodiesel Locomotives in India

##### 25 June 2004

The Telegraph. Indian Railways is planning to use biofuel (extracted from jatropha plants) in 78 of its 7,200 locomotives. The proposed move envisages 78 bio-diesel locomotives comprising goods trains and some passenger trains running on the Kharagpur section. The exact distance and the routes of the trains are yet to... Read more →

## Shell Boss on Climate Change

##### 18 June 2004

Lord Oxburgh, the interim non-executive chairman of The Shell Transport and Trading Company, told the Guardian that carbon sequestration is urgently necessary to address CO2-driven climate change. Sequestration is difficult, but if we dont have sequestration then I see very little hope for the world, said Lord Oxburgh. No one... Read more →

## Kyoto Host Sees Emissions Rise

##### 18 June 2004

Japan Times. Seven years after hosting the Kyoto Protocol conference and pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions 6 percent by 2012, Japan finds itself in the embarrassing position of having increased levels of emissions and being uncertain over what to do about it. The government reported last month that greenhouse... Read more →

## Another Biodiesel IPO

##### 16 June 2004

UK-based D1 Oils, a competitor with Biofuels Corporation (earlier post) is also planning an IPO this summer. There will be increasing such activity in the biofuels space -- and that is just what we need. Read more →

## Classic NIMBY

##### 16 June 2004

The Common Denominator. Classic Not In My BackYard (NIMBY) situation. The nations first attempt to wed refueling of hydrogen-powered vehicles with a regular gas station is being met with increasing political opposition in the Northeast Washington neighborhood where the station is nearing completion. A group of about 50 residents who... Read more →