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  • Amazing News On The Nat Gas Transportation Front [View article]
    @earljr1 - each ecomagination MicroLNG plant has a 250,000 gallons/day capacity and can be expanded to 1,000,000 gallons/day as demand dictates. you should read the entire press release for all the details. it is the first link in the article, but i will put it here too:

    http://bit.ly/QH5GgL

    the big deal is that GE is in the ball game now, not only with the MicroLNG plants, but notice they are doing the financing too. that means they are in it for the long-term and are confident there is a nice ROI in the nat gas transportation revolution.
    Nov 14 03:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazing News On The Nat Gas Transportation Front [View article]
    well, they introduced the nat gas/electric camry concept vehicle 4 (!) years ago - it's basically a prius that runs on natural gas instead of gasoline:

    http://bit.ly/GWXP3E

    so i asked around within toyota to see why they weren't being made available in the U.S. the answer i got from one marketing person was that the car wouldn't be made available in the U.S. until the U.S. government supported the effort. the inference was that the U.S. was *against* the car being marketed in the U.S. i mean, after all, it's all about the electric car right? (NOT). and this dovetails with my experience: special interests are so in control of our government that something like this nat gas/electric hybrid vehicle is, seemingly, actively being withheld from the american people by our own gov. it is obviously a superior automotive solution to anything on the market today, including the prius (since it runs on gasoline). can you imagine a vehicle like this begin bundled, by the dealer, with the home nat gas refueling appliance? sign me up!!
    Nov 14 10:42 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazing News On The Nat Gas Transportation Front [View article]
    yes, LNG for long haul trucking is great, but me, i can't wait to get a garage refueling device and a toyota natural gas/electric hybrid sitting next to it!
    Nov 14 08:55 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Halcon Resources - Bigger, Oilier, And Still Cheaper Than You Think [View article]
    nice article steve but it would have been helpful if you had added a stock price chart to the article and given a price estimate based on all your analysis.
    Nov 14 08:16 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China Vs. U.S.: Who Is Leading The Natural Gas Transportation Race? [View article]
    well, the price of natural gas is going to go up in the long run, no doubt about it. but, the good thing is that the top-10 producers only producer 30% of total U.S. nat gas production. that is, nat gas production is dominated by small and mid-sized companies and thus is much less prone to market control by a hand-full of companies. but even if gas rises to the same energy equivalent price of gasoline, it's still a win-win because the money spent on refueling vehicles with natural gas by americans will stay in america because it was domestically produced. the mutliplier effect of this wealth staying inside the country cannot be underestimated.
    Nov 11 09:14 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China Vs. U.S.: Who Is Leading The Natural Gas Transportation Race? [View article]
    i don't understand your skepticism about the "proven effectiveness and economic viability of NG as a transportation fuel." just talk to the truckers who save $1.50/gallon. read the Chinese energy report. read the statements of the governor's coalition to embrace natural gas transportation. but most importantly: the $1.50 discount for natural gas is not the biggest economic benefit: the biggest gain is that the entire cost of every gas gallon equivalent of natural gas stays INSIDE the country. the multiplier effect of reducing america's dependence on foreign oil will be *huge*. we send $35 billion/month out of the country for foreign oil. just imagine what kind of stimulus package and job growth it would mean if we kept even half of that here. every month. year after year. decade after decade. then, imagine if we can cut defense expenditures and stop fighting oil wars. then, imagine if you can breath air that has less toxic particulates in it. your skepticism should turn into strong and vocal support.
    Nov 11 09:11 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China Vs. U.S.: Who Is Leading The Natural Gas Transportation Race? [View article]
    futurist - but the big rig trucking industry IS making the transition to natural gas. the savings over diesel are compelling - over $1.50/gallon. in addition to long haul trucking, many refuse, taxi, and government fleets are making the transition. you can get a good idea of what's going on by reading CLNE's press releases:

    http://bit.ly/VQb3LV
    Nov 10 07:56 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fall Of The Electric Car... And The Rise Of The NGV [View article]
    @steve bass: exactly!! if the U.S. quit subsiding coal and oil, natural gas would scream to the forefront. and, right-on with your ROI comment. thanks for your support, i love to see people that just "get it"!!
    Nov 9 10:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fall Of The Electric Car... And The Rise Of The NGV [View article]
    @bwmaki: wrong again, 70% of america's oil consumption is used by the transportation sector. why do you pose as an energy policy expert when you cannot even get the very basic facts correct?
    Nov 9 10:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fall Of The Electric Car... And The Rise Of The NGV [View article]
    "small increase in CO2"?? have you done some calculations on the matter? i have, and "small" is not the word that comes to mind. try "massive" or "gargantuan".
    Nov 9 09:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China Vs. U.S.: Who Is Leading The Natural Gas Transportation Race? [View article]
    utah took the EPA to court over this issue and now utah does its own thing with NGVs. the mormons want to survive. that is why i was shocked romney didn't come out and strongly support nat gas transportation. had he done so, he'd be our new president.
    Nov 9 05:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China Vs. U.S.: Who Is Leading The Natural Gas Transportation Race? [View article]
    yup, that is one big reason. the EPA, as robert kennedy jr. said, should be renamed the "environmental destruction agency". look how they hinder NGVs and match that with how they have looked away and let coal destroy our country. but this gets back to what i was saying about how industry controls congress. why do you think these EPA regulations were put in place? because those special interests opposed to nat gas transportation *demanded* them for their campaign contributions. EPA has been a huge roadblock to affordable NGVs. it makes me sick how the EPA works to keep NGVs that emit 0 (that's right *zero*) toxic particulates (that causes smog) and 30% less CO2 off the market. it's pathetic and criminal.
    Nov 9 05:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China Vs. U.S.: Who Is Leading The Natural Gas Transportation Race? [View article]
    it is the critical factor *now*. as far as the environment goes, you take your pick - fracking for nat gas or coal. we know what coal will and has done: we have toxic heavy metals in our bodies because of coal. we have huge CO2 emissions, and we have heavy metal toxic fly-ash "ponds" all over the country seeping into our ground water and, as in the TVA disaster at kingston, TN - directly into our fresh water rivers. so, i'll take the nat gas anyday.
    Nov 9 05:29 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China Vs. U.S.: Who Is Leading The Natural Gas Transportation Race? [View article]
    eventually, west coast canadian gas will most likely compete with alaskan gas (conventional).
    Nov 9 05:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China Vs. U.S.: Who Is Leading The Natural Gas Transportation Race? [View article]
    obama is going to get it done with an energy secretary (chu) who is agnostic about natural gas? obama is going to get it done while never mentioning nat gas transportation in the debates but tripping over himself supporting the myth and oxymoron of "clean coal"? obama is going to get it down while allowing the "Nat Gas Act" to languish in congress? i dunno...i have serious doubts. i was *very* disappointed with obama concerning this issue. he should fire chu. that would be an excellent first step!!
    Nov 9 03:10 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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