Fuel Fix

The Chevron Genesis in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Steffy: U.S. oil production gains are like water pumps on the Titanic

I filled up yesterday for $3.88 a gallon, which was 4 cents more than what I paid four days earlier. Consumers are painfully aware that gasoline prices have been on the rise for the past few months, and while such increases had been predicted since last fall, no one’s happy that the predictions proved correct.  More »
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No clear winner in contest between energy and environment

In a face-off between protecting the environment and producing energy, it’s a draw, according to a new nationwide Gallup poll.  More »
President Barack Obama speaks at the TransCanada Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla. in 2012.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Obama to drivers: I feel your pain

President Barack Obama wants drivers nationwide to know that he feels their pain at the pump — or, at least, that he used to. After all, says the commander-in-chief, it wasn’t that long ago that he was filling up his car and shuttling his daughters to school.  More »
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Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb. (AP photo)

Rep. Lee Terry: The Nebraska man with the Keystone XL plan

Perhaps nobody in the U.S. House of Representatives has been more outspoken in his support of the Keystone XL pipeline than Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb. In an interview with Fuel Fix, Terry took time to discuss his ongoing plans for legislation to approve the pipeline, as well as his thoughts on Obama’s defense of the decision to reject the permit.  More »
A front-end crash test of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. (AP Photo/Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

GM to replace chargers after overheating complaints

General Motors plans to replace more than 9,500 Chevrolet Volt chargers after complaints about overheating, according to a Yahoo story.  More »
Osama Idrees, left, Chevron's lead project engineer for the alternative energy system at the Santa Rita Jail, works with Matt Muniz, energy program director for Alameda County, in one of four converted shipping containers housing 2,200 battery cells. Photo: Paul Chinn / ONLINE_YES

Chevron works with Calif. jail on ‘microgrid’

Packed with security systems and 3,000 inmates, Santa Rita Jail in California can’t afford to lose power in a blackout.  More »
Alejander Ruiz, of AT&T, fills up his vehicle with Clean Energy Fuel at 7721 Washington in Houston. (Thomas B. Shea/Houston Chronicle)

Natural gas fueling stations considered for Texas interstates

Valero Energy Corp. and natural gas developer Chesapeake Energy Corp. are talking about joining forces to add natural gas fueling stations along major Texas interstates, and they’re hoping to get state grants to help.  More »
Drilling for oil in the brush-covered plains of south Texas is cheaper and less risky than exploration offshore Brazil. (Photo: J.G. Domke/Bloomberg)

Texas tops finds from Brazil to Bakken as best prospect

Energy companies in search of oil riches rivaling the biggest finds from Brazil to Angola are flocking to Texas shale, where new wells have triggered a 230- fold increase in crude output in three years.  More »
President Barack Obama (AP file)

Obama vows more U.S. oil production

President Barack Obama, defending his energy policy from Republican criticism, vowed his administration will support domestic oil production while saying that won’t be enough to bring gasoline prices down.  More »
Jess Burrow, left, and James Patterson, look over the damage caused outside the home of Joe and Mary Reneau when their chimney was toppled by Saturday's earthquake, in Sparks, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Quake risk from fracking seen cut with disclosures

U.S. energy companies should report information on waste water from hydraulic fracturing to help officials reduce the risk of earthquakes, the head of the U.S. Geological Survey said.  More »
This photo taken and released by Rio de Janeiro's government, shows an aerial view of a boat crossing an area of an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro state's environment secretary, Carlos Minc, says Brazil is expected to fine Chevron nearly $28 million for the ongoing offshore oil spill and will also ask Chevron to pay for damages caused by the Atlantic spill. Minc said Monday he considers the fine way too lenient, but it's the maximum allowed under current Brazilian law. (AP Photo/Rio de Janeiro's government,Rogerio Santana)

Chevron’s Brazil license risks being revoked on oil spill

Brazil’s petroleum regulator is considering revoking Chevron Corp.’s (CVX) exploration contract after finding the U.S. oil producer could have avoided a 3,000-barrel spill off Rio de Janeiro’s coast.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Audit: Gas lines tied to fracking lack oversight

Government auditors say federal officials know nothing about thousands of miles of pipelines that carry natural gas released through the drilling method known as fracking, and need to step up oversight to make sure they are running safely.  More »
Tugboats pull the crippled tanker Exxon Valdez towards Naked Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska, seen in this April 5, 1989, file photo after the ship was pulled from Bligh Reef. Best Oasis', an Indian company that dismantles old ships, official Gaurav Mehta says his company recently bought the Exxon Valdez, but he declined to say from whom or at what price. He said Friday March 23, 2012 that the vessel is most likely headed for the scrap yard. (AP Photo/Rob Stapleton, File)

Exxon Valdez sold, likely destined for scrap heap

The notorious Exxon Valdez tanker, responsible for one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history two decades ago, has been bought by an Indian company almost certainly to be scrapped for its steel and spare parts.  More »
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

GOP’s claims about Obama puzzle environmentalists

Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama blocked construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline as a gift to environmentalists. Newt Gingrich calls Obama “President Algae” for supporting research on biofuels. And Rick Santorum says Obama’s environmental views constitute a “phony theology” that prioritizes the earth over people.  More »
A Chevrolet Volt undergoes a quality inspection on the production line at a General Motors assembly plant in Michigan on Nov. 30, 2010. (AP file photo/Paul Sancya)

Electric cars risk losing green sheen in Japan

Electric car owners who prided themselves on being green now find themselves in a bind as Japan’s government maneuvers to restart dozens of nuclear power plants idled after last year’s meltdowns.  More »