Re-engineering the internal combustion engine to higher MPGs at a lower cost with fewer emissions

For all the advances with hybrid and pure electric vehicles and the attention they are grabbing, personal, commercial and government vehicles around the world will be using enormous volumes of gasoline and diesel fuel for decades to come. Investors and innovators know there is a lot of money to be made improving the efficiency of […]

Fugitive methane emissions: the achilles’ heal of the natural gas push?

Buoyed by low prices, environmental benefits and thousands of newly created jobs, the push to produce more natural gas in the U.S. is reaching its stride thanks largely to horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. But do we understand the implications, some of which might negate the environmental gains? The answer to many objective analysts is: […]

‘Energy Security Trust’ concept provides glimmer of bipartisan cooperation-but check the details

To hear Republican Lisa Murkowski, the ranking Republican¬† on the U.S. Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, agree with President Barack Obama on a major plank of blueprint initially outlined by a forward-thinking coalition of business and military leaders — the Energy Security Leadership Council — could lead one to think maybe a rock peeled […]

Energy and climate portion of President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address

To save you time searching for the energy and climate portion of Obama’s February 12, 2013 State of the Union address, which occurred not quite half way through the speech, here it is, courtesy of ABC News: “After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future. We produce […]

U.S. carbon tax talk on the rebound: enough for both parties to dislike . . . and pass?

It might only apply to industry emissions and nary a Republican would dare admit to seriously considering it, but talk of a possible carbon tax is making the rounds in political Washington and elsewhere. Think about it. A carbon tax does not lack for support among mainstream energy and fiscal policy experts; it has drawn […]

FAST FIX: U.S. budget office finds producing more domestic oil won’t minimize pain at pump; using less will

From what relatively little attention a report by the U.S. Congressional Budget Office on energy security received last month, one conclusion jumps out at us here at The Energy Fix. We’ve pasted it in below, along with the most relevant infographic. “Policies that promoted greater production of oil in the United States would probably not […]

Renewable energy: advocates need to raise their ‘game’ to match fossil energy interests

With the absence of an energy discussion in this year’s presidential race, one might think the U.S. faces few, if any, substantive energy problems, or opportunities for that matter. Most energy experts agree that is not the case. Yet what constitutes a problem or an opportunity, is subject to interpretation. Rising gasoline prices, heightening unrest […]

America, with Canada’s help, could be within 15 years of energy self-sufficiency — for liquid fuels

“Energy self-sufficiency” is not the same thing as the politically popular and wholly unrealistic notion of “energy independence”. But it might be doable by 2026 for the United States. So says the President and CEO of the the ‘Big Oil’ lobby, the American Petroleum Institute (API).¬† During his annual energy policy speech December 4, API […]

What to make of Chevy Volt’s ignitable battery pack? Consumer confidence hangs in the balance

Just as more brands of hybrid and electric vehicles are gaining real momentum in the U.S., questions raised by the Chevy Volt’s ignitable batter pack pose serious challenges to General Motors and perhaps the entire auto sector. What to make of it? After several test crashes damaged the Volt’s battery pack, coolant leaked in each […]

Honda boosting its push in the U.S. consumer clean transportation sweepstakes with its 2012 ‘Civic Natural Gas’

Straight from its manufacturing and assembly plant southwest of Indianapolis, Indiana in the U.S., Honda is stocking dealers with a 2012 version of its Civic fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). It officially goes on sale Tuesday, Oct. 18 in some or all of the 36 states listed below, representing a major expansion of Honda’s […]