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Tree-living fungus that manufactures diesel could be new source of green energy

A tree-living fungus that manufactures diesel fuel has been discovered in South America.

Experts believe the organism, Gliocladium roseum, could potentially be a completely new source of green energy.

The fungus, which lives inside the Ulmo tree in the Patagonian rainforest, naturally produces hydrocarbon fuel similar to the diesel used in cars and trucks.

Scientists were amazed to find that it was able to convert plant cellulose directly into the biofuel, dubbed ‘myco-diesel’.  More from The Daily Mail

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November 7, 2008 Posted by | economy, Technology, trucking | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Oil Falls Below $70 on Economic Woes, Stronger Dollar

Oil prices tumbled Wednesday afternoon following a global equities selloff, as traders feared oil demand would be strained by the looming economic downturn.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which supplies some 40% of the world’s oil, is expected to substantially cut production later this week in a bid to boost sagging prices. However, bearish economic sentiment, gloomy corporate earnings, and a strengthening dollar are ruling the day.

The benchmark oil contract recently traded lower by $5.25 to $66.93. Oil now trades 54% lower than the record high it reached in mid-July. More from FoxBusiness

October 22, 2008 Posted by | economy | , , , , | Leave a comment

Report Fuel Price Gouging

(ATAW/AR)  The Department of Energy has a webform to report price gouging in light of Hurricane Ike and the damange done off the Texas coast.  If you think a fuel stop is involved in price gouging, report them as soon as possible.  All it takes is one opportunity for unscrupulous station owners to try to profit – “disaster profiteers”, so to speak.

September 14, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , , , | 4 Comments

Mexico confiscates trucks crossing border for cheap diesel

Thinking with their wallets, and avoiding $4.59/gallon fuel prices, truck owners in the States have been sneaking across the Mexican border to fill up with low-cost diesel (in Mexico, the fuel averages just $2.20/gallon). While filling a primary fuel tank isn’t illegal, Mexico prohibits additional fuel tanks (aka auxiliary tanks) to be filled and moved across the border, so many truck owners with long-range tanks are finding themselves breaking Mexican federal law. Truck owners are getting stopped on the Mexican side of the border and their trucks are confiscated while authorities run tests to determine the origin of the fuel. If found in violation, owners face stiff fines. The Mexican Consulate is offering a blanket warning for all truck owners equipped with secondary fuel tanks to not drive those vehicles into Mexico. Not only do those owners risk truck confiscation, but the Mexican fuel is not formulated to U.S. ultra-low-sulfur regulations meaning emissions components will likely be damaged. (As if the trucks breaking the law are fitted with emission components in the first place…)  From Autoblog.com

August 12, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security, trucking | , , | Leave a comment

Truckers Warned of Diesel Fuel Thefts

Vermont State Police are urging truckers to lock their fuel caps to prevent thefts of diesel fuel.

The warning comes after 190 gallons of diesel fuel was stolen over the weekend from two tractor-trailer trucks parked at L & T Auto on Route 2 in St. Johnsbury.

The cost of diesel fuel is approaching $5 a gallon– so that’s over $900 of diesel that was stolen in this case. From WCAX.com

May 27, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , | Leave a comment

Massive Oil Deposit Could Increase US reserves by 10x

America is sitting on top of a super massive 200 billion barrel Oil Field that could potentially make America Energy Independent and until now has largely gone unnoticed. Thanks to new technology the Bakken Formation in North Dakota could boost America’s Oil reserves by an incredible 10 times, giving western economies the trump card against OPEC’s short squeeze on oil supply and making Iranian and Venezuelan threats of disrupted supply irrelevant.

In the next 30 days the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) will release a new report giving an accurate resource assessment of the Bakken Oil Formation that covers North Dakota and portions of South Dakota and Montana. With new horizontal drilling technology it is believed that from 175 to 500 billion barrels of recoverable oil are held in this 200,000 square mile reserve that was initially discovered in 1951. The USGS did an initial study back in 1999 that estimated 400 billion recoverable barrels were present but with prices bottoming out at $10 a barrel back then the report was dismissed because of the higher cost of horizontal drilling techniques that would be needed, estimated at $20-$40 a barrel.  More from NextEnergyNews

The American trucking industry is struggling under diesel fuel prices at over $4.00 per gallon.  Families are struggling to put gas in their cars to go to school, work and church.  Why?  There is no excuse.

Rush Limbaugh explains it best:

RUSH:  May I have your attention please, folks, on the business of alternative fuels?  Look at me.  Look-k-k at me.  The United States is not a zero-sum game. Meaning when somebody gets hired, it does not mean somebody gets fired.  Meaning when somebody earns an additional five dollars, somebody has lost an additional five dollars.  It doesn’t mean that it’s either oil or else.  The whole concept of the United States, the capitalist system, is the free market — and the free market is fueled by freedom!  Freedom leads to ingenuity, invention, entrepreneurism, and what is the pursuit?  The pursuit is profit.  The profit derives from success.  Now, there’s some charlatans in our free market.  The people in carbon offset businesses are sharks.  They are pure frauds!  They are convincing people to pay them X-amount of dollars for whatever, to plant trees, to soak up the additional carbon footprint of what is “allowed.”  Allowed by who?  Who says that there is a maximum carbon footprint?  There is no such law, there is no such standard, because we have freedom!  

If you want to have a 30,000-squarefoot house and a big-ass swimming pool and a bunch of outdoor lights and you can afford it and you pay for it, and there are people that provide it. End of story.  You are not guilty!  You are not guilty.  No, you are not.  Just because somebody else doesn’t have a 30,000-square-feet house, doesn’t have a big-ass swimming pool and outdoor lights, doesn’t mean they’re innocent and you are guilty.  As this relates to alternative fuels, oil is the most plentiful energy source we have. It’s the most efficient.  But while oil is being used, and while it is being exploited, the United States taxpayer, ladies and gentlemen, already spends billions of dollars on alternative energy research — and you can bet that the private sector is investing in it, too, and do you know why?  Because we are a growing country and everybody needs energy!  We’re not going to stay the United States if we start reducing energy usage. Conservation is not the answer.  So because it free market’s percolating and gurgling and burbling out there, somewhere in this mix will come the magical alternative fuel source. It may not be for a hundred years, it may not be for 50, but it will happen, and it will happen all by itself…if we stay free.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH:  Oil is not the enemy.  We can peacefully co-exist with oil while looking for the miracle alternative fuel source that everybody wants, but we’re going to have to do that while using oil.  Oil is not the enemy, folks.  It’s our buddy.

RTaylor

March 29, 2008 Posted by | economy, trucking | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Off Road Diesel – Not the Answer to High Fuel Prices

 Illegal diesel users get slapped with fines

NAPLES, Fl – Everyone’s trying to save money when it comes to filling up, but what some are doing in Collier County is getting them in trouble with the law.

To cut corners, some truck drivers are buying cheap gas that’s meant to be used off road, then turning around and using the gas illegally to drive on the roads.

“It’s about four of five a gallon, a hundred-gallon tanks, so about $400 to fill up a tank right now,” Gino Aull said.

He’s a truck driver for J. C. Drainfield, where if you do the math, $400, times five trucks, they pay about $2,000 per day for gas.  More from WINKNews

Drivers are doing everything they can to relieve some of the pressure of the insane fuel prices.  What is the difference between “off road diesel” and over the road diesel?  OTR diesel has a 50 cent per gallon highway use tax built into the price.  Off road diesel is the same fuel only dyed red to show the fuel is meant to be used in farm or other off road equipment.  If not caught, the driver saves a substantial amoung of money, however, the fines will quickly off set any savings if the driver is caught.

It’s getting harder and harder each passing day as talk of strikes and shutdowns continue to fly around the internet.  What is a driver to do?  It is unfair that railroads can use this off road diesel to haul freight without paying the tax OTR truckers do.  We CAN put the off road fuel in our reefer tanks, but NOT in our fuel tanks. 

Unfair, yes.  Legal, no.  Use red dyed fuel in your fuel tanks at your own risk.  Whether you are a local log truck driver or a long haul driver running from California to North Carolina – ask your self if it’s worth it.  Even “topping off” your tank with 50 gallons of the off road fuel will contaminate the rest of the fuel for months.  You cannot get rid of it and the DOT won’t care when they test your fuel and find red dye if you bought it last night or last week.  You’re in a heap of trouble, boy………….  The word is out and the revenuers are testing from coast to coast at weight stations and back roads and writing tickets….

RTaylor

Note to the writer for WINKNews -none of us are having a difficult time paying the GAS bill for our trucks.  Uh.. they run on diesel…..

March 22, 2008 Posted by | economy, trucking | , , , | 5 Comments

Crude Oil Rises to Record $111 in New York on Weak U.S. Dollar

March 13 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil rose to a record $111 a barrel in New York as the sinking value of the dollar attracted investors to commodity markets.

The dollar dropped below 100 yen earlier today for the first time since 1995 and declined to a record low against the euro. Investors looking for higher returns have flocked to commodities. Oil surged 90 percent over the past year as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropped 4.4 percent.  More from Bloomberg

With diesel prices at over $4 in some states, this doesn’t look good…..

RTaylor

March 14, 2008 Posted by | economy, trucking | , | Leave a comment