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Californians Move Their Green From The Plate To The Gas Tank With Algae Fuel

Californians are known to love eating all kinds of crunchy healthy things like seaweed and algae smoothies made with 100% organic bioprocessed yada yada, but now they’re even putting the green stuff into their gas tanks. It’s all part of a month-long test to see whether a new fuel made from 20% algae and 80% petroleum could work out, and subsequently pose a real threat to Big Oil. [More]

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New Jersey Drivers Relieved To Fill Up On Gas Until They Realize It’s Mixed With Diesel Fuel

If you’ve been following the news at all in the last week, you know that gas has been a coveted product on the East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Storm survivors have been dependent on it to power their generators and drivers have been lining up for hours to fill their vehicles. One New Jersey gas station was happy to serve fuel-hungry customers, but made the unfortunate mistake of serving up gasoline mixed with diesel fuel. Total buzzkill. [More]

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Even If You Really Need Gas You Shouldn’t Fill Up 30 Regular Buckets To Take Home

Desperate times call for desperate measures. But there are certain things that need to be done correctly, even in the light of a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy. While drivers on the East Coast have been stuck with long lines at the pump to fuel up cars and get gas for generators, police say one man went about gassing up the entirely wrong way. [More]

EPA Announces New Fuel Efficiency Standards American Automakers Must Institute By 2025

EPA Announces New Fuel Efficiency Standards American Automakers Must Institute By 2025

While many American automakers are already shifting toward more fuel-efficient vehicles to please consumers aiming to save at the gas pump, the White House has made an official move in that direction. A new rule announced by the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today says the U.S.’ fleet of vehicles must average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. [More]

Probe: BP Cost-Cutting Led To Spill

Probe: BP Cost-Cutting Led To Spill

BP’s infamous oil spill last year in the Gulf of Mexico might have been prevented had the company not offered incentives to workers to cut costs rather than improve safety. A 16-months-in-the-making government report concluded that there were five instances in which BP either cut costs, decreased drilling time or increased risks. [More]

Man Arrested While Siphoning 250 Gallons From Gas Station

Man Arrested While Siphoning 250 Gallons From Gas Station

Sometimes gas siphoning thieves are found when they accidentally get gas in their mouths when trying to initiate the transfer from a gas tank to their canisters. This one was caught after the gas station owner got suspicious about the minivan sitting on his lot. When police arrived, they opened the doors to find a generator-powered vacuum slurping up 250 gallons of diesel from the station’s tanks into the plastic drums inside the retrofitted van. [More]

Which Cities Spend The Most On Gas Each Month?

Which Cities Spend The Most On Gas Each Month?

It’s always easier to just look at neat infographics to get information, and such is this case with a spiffy new pic of just that sort showing where consumers spend the most per month on gas. [More]

Oil Prices Drop 4.5% As 60M Barrels Are Unexpectedly Released

Oil Prices Drop 4.5% As 60M Barrels Are Unexpectedly Released

Expect some much-needed relief at the pump! The US and its industrial allies unexpectedly announced that they’re releasing 60 million barrels of crude oil from reserves over the next 30 days. The move came after a recent OPEC meeting failed to result in increased production. Oil prices immediately kicked down 4.5% on the news. Time to fill up the ‘ol SUV and do some donuts before the market realizes it overreacted and prices go back up! [More]

Columnist: Hertz Charged More To Refill Gas Tank Than To Rent Car For 2 Days

Columnist: Hertz Charged More To Refill Gas Tank Than To Rent Car For 2 Days

News that car rental companies are charging more than $9 per gallon for failure to fill up the gas tank upon return caught a Sports Illustrated columnist by surprise. [More]

Gas Prices Drive People To Buy Homes Closer To Work

Gas Prices Drive People To Buy Homes Closer To Work

A survey by Coldwell Banker of its realtors finds that gas prices are figuring big in the calculations made by new home buyers of where to live. 75% said the spike gas prices is influencing decisions made by their clients, pushing them to choose homes closer to where they work. [More]

Calculator Tells You How Much You Can Save By Biking To Work

Calculator Tells You How Much You Can Save By Biking To Work

Riding a bike isn’t an option for every commuter, but for those within a reasonable range, high gas prices and the approaching summer mean there’s no better time than now to consider pounding the bike pedals rather than the gas pedal. [More]

Analysts: Gas Prices Should Drop In June

Analysts: Gas Prices Should Drop In June

By next month, $4 gas may be in our rear-view mirrors. Falling oil commodities prices will translate to less pain at the pump if analysts’ predictions come true. [More]

Auto Manufacturers Slim Down Cars To Increase Fuel Economy

Auto Manufacturers Slim Down Cars To Increase Fuel Economy

As a reaction to rising gas prices, new cars are becoming lighter and more fuel-efficient. Auto manufacturers are scrounging for ways to cut the weight of vehicles, shifting to lighter materials and ditching some parts altogether. [More]

Save On Mid-Grade Gas By Mixing Regular And Premium

Save On Mid-Grade Gas By Mixing Regular And Premium

If you put mid-grade gas in your car, it’s actually cheaper to pump in a mixture of premium and regular to get the same octane level. But how much of each do you use to get the right blend? As will some day be with all things in life, there’s an app for that. [More]

Rising Gas Prices May Lead To Fuel Surcharge Increases On Shipments

Rising Gas Prices May Lead To Fuel Surcharge Increases On Shipments

Surging gas prices affect not only those with gas guzzlers, but potentially just about every product you buy. Rising shipping costs will likely be passed on to consumers, who will have less money to cover the costs because of other ways expensive gas is sucking them dry. [More]

Pump Price Keeps Rising Even Though You Stopped Filling Up

Pump Price Keeps Rising Even Though You Stopped Filling Up

Seems like gas prices want to rise so bad, they’re even doing at the pumps themselves. Kirkster captured on video a fuel pump where the gallons and cost on the meter kept rising even after he stopped filling up his car. As if $4 gasoline wasn’t bad enough! [More]

Don't Fall For These Gas Saving Myths

Don't Fall For These Gas Saving Myths

The economic hardship brought on by gas price increases is a spawning ground for silly, ineffective conventional wisdom on how to cut down on fuel use. It’s important to distinguish between genuine gas-saving maneuvers and moronic wastes of time and effort. [More]

Want Cheap Gas? Try Costco

Want Cheap Gas? Try Costco

For a good price on gas, try your favorite purveyor of bulk-sized butter barrels. WSJ reports that Costco tries to sell gas at or below the lowest price in the neighborhood. [More]