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Oil & Petroleum Fuels

June 12, 2014
In 2011, the EPA and NHTSA adopted the first-ever fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and engines built for the 2014 to 2018 model years. Those standards, although not demanding enough to...
October 17, 2013
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Middle East Oil Embargo. On this day 40 years ago, Middle East oil ministers recommended an embargo against nations supporting Israel in the Yom Kippur war and mandated a cut in oil exports. The embargo...
September 25, 2013
Heavy-duty vehicles consume 2.9 million barrels per day of petroleum fuels in the United States today. In 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency adopted standards to reduce the fuel...
June 19, 2012
A variety of recent articles have trumpeted how U.S. oil and gas production is up.  For example, Daniel Yergin, in a New York Times op ed, notes that U.S. oil production has increased 1.6 million barrels per day since 1998 and that a further...
November 17, 2011
Federal agencies have formally proposed standards that would raise average car and light truck fuel economy to nearly 50 miles per gallon by 2025, up from the current average new auto fuel economy of about 28 miles per gallon. The National Highway...
September 22, 2011
The uncertain economy and fluctuating gasoline prices have made consumers more discerning about their vehicle purchases. At the same time, the federal government is taking steps to ensure that future generations of vehicles will use less petroleum...
August 9, 2011
Today the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency adopted the first fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for heavy trucks and buses in the U.S., covering vehicles from super-duty pickups to tractor-trailers...
May 4, 2011
In an earlier blog post I noted that June was likely to be a critical month for possible federal energy legislation. It now looks like June will be consumed with work on the long-term federal budget and raising the federal debt ceiling, crowding...
April 15, 2011
Growing uneasiness about U.S. oil dependence means interest is high once again in energy legislation and petroleum legislation in particular. Upward fuel price trends of recent months, reflecting both turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa,...
March 24, 2011
It doesn’t take a Ouija board to know that activity on federal energy legislation has been less than dynamic recently. With Congress currently focused on funding the 2011 Fiscal Year (already now half over) and then increasing the federal...