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    Hundreds of thousands of tons of natural gas are leaking into the Baltic Sea after the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipeline– and all fingers are pointing at Vladimir Putin.  The Russian president stands accused of blowing up the underwater gas link between Russia and Germany with two explosions. In this video, Mail Online's Chris Pleasance explains how  it could be a terrifying attempt to intimidate the west or the next stage of Russia's economic warfare on Europe.
    watch nowVIDEO3:0603:06There are many distractions around climate issues, UAE ministerCapital Connection The United Arab Emirates will continue to supply the world with energy for as long as it needs it, its Minister for Climate Change and Environment Mariam Almheiri said in an exclusive interview with CNBC. "As long as the world needs oil and gas, we're going to give it to them," Almheiri told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on the sidelines of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's visit to the United Arab Emirates. Scholz visited the Gulf region over the weekend, focusing on securing new fossil fuel supplies and cutting Germany's reliance on Russian energy imports. On Sunday, the UAE signed an agreement to deliver liquefied natural gas to Germany, with its first shipment due to arrive by the end of the year. LNG isn't a renewable source of energy, but it's considered a cleaner alternative to oil and coal. The UAE is among the world's largest oil producers, producing an average of 3.2 million barrels of petroleum and liquids a day.Investing in renewablesNevertheless, Almheiri stressed the importance of investing in renewables....
    PASSING wind can be a little bit embarrassing - especially if it strikes unexpectedly. But it's completely natural and something everyone does. 1Trapped wind can be uncomfortable - but there are ways that you can relieve itCredit: Getty However, for some people, gas can become trapped, causing discomfort. Trapped wind can be a daily occurrence and you might be prone to suffering with it - especially if you have conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Here we look at why it occurs and how you can beat it. What is trapped wind? Trapped wind feels exactly like it sounds - it's gas that you can't get rid of. Read more health explainers NEED TO KNOW Everything you need to know about where the prostate is and what it doesSHARING YOUR PAIN Can you take paracetamol and ibuprofen together? This can be very painful and can cause sufferers a lot of discomfort. But some gas will still pass, likely more than usual, so it can also be embarrassing. You may feel bloated in your stomach, with a...
    Our existing level of natural gas production would have been sufficient had our government not purposely set fire to our coal industry for a decade and then decided to engage in a thoughtless war with Russia without a contingency plan. In the U.S., coal once composed roughly half of our electricity source just 15 years ago, but has dropped precipitously because of destructive eco policies. Now it only accounts for 21% of our electricity source, so shocks to the system are going to harm American consumers. Yet thanks to the reduced inventories, we are struggling to even supply a smaller percentage of our grid with affordable rates. The price of thermal coal is now at an all-time high of $439 per metric ton. Our electricity generation from coal power plants is down by nearly two-thirds since 2008. Thanks to numerous regulations during the Obama administration, 250 coal plants closed between 2010 and 2017, leaving us with just 240, less than a quarter of China’s inventory. Thus, while our recoverable coal assets are enormous – 60% greater than China’s reserves...
    MOST drivers fill their cars with gas and don’t think about how their fuel pump automatically shuts off. But a fascinating design helps gas pumps achieve this convenient automated response. 2Gas pump mechanics are mechanical and more straightforward than you may imagineCredit: YouTube/Steve Mould A gas pump’s operation is entirely mechanical. When you pull on a gas pump’s handle, a lever opens a valve within the handle allowing fuel to flow into and through a thin tube to your tank. The end of this tube is open, which causes air to move back into the gas pump during a refill, Steve Mould reports. Once your gas tank is filled, the tube starts sucking in gas instead of air. READ MORE ON CAR EXPLAINERSRECALL RECAP What should you do when your car is recalled?WEATHER REPORT What should you do if you’re driving during a thunderstorm and heavy rain? Since fuel is more challenging for this tube to inhale, a chamber within the gas pump feels a wave of negative pressure. This negative pressure is designed to reverse all the pump’s previous movements, causing...
    FRACKING is a technique of extracting natural gas from the ground using hydraulic drills to break up rocks. But just how does the controversial method of sourcing renewable energy work? 3 Fracking sees sand, water and chemicals injected underground at high pressures in order to crack open rock layersCredit: Alamy How does fracking work? Fracking is short for “hydraulic fracturing” and is the process that sees sand, water and chemicals injected underground at high pressures in order to crack open rock layers. This is done to release any oil or gas trapped beneath the earth’s surface. The process can be carried out vertically or, more commonly, by drilling horizontally to the rock layer. This can either create new pathways to release gases or can be used to extend existing channels. The term fracking refers to how the rock is fractured apart by the high pressure mixture. But fracking isn’t a new method of extraction. Companies have been using this technique for decades to extract oil and gas from hard-to-exploit rock formations. Halliburton first used hydraulic fracturing back in 1949 as...
    By KATHLEEN RONAYNE | Associated Press SACRAMENTO — A record heat wave put California in a fossil fuel conundrum: The state has had to rely more heavily on natural gas to produce electricity and avoid power outages while Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration moves toward ending the use of oil and gas. The heat wave that started more than a week ago has been hotter and longer than any other, and it has put unprecedented strain on power supplies. That prompted Newsom to plead with people to use less power to avoid rolling blackouts — a practice that involves cutting some people’s power to save energy so the lights can stay on for everyone else. That effort has worked, but meeting the state’s heightened energy demand also required activating generators fueled by natural gas, which is still a major part of the state’s power picture. The governor’s calls for conservation also drew criticism about new state policies governing electric vehicles and other measures that will only increase energy demand. “If you’re an elected official, you need to keep the lights...
    Vladimir Putin's 'energy blackmail' over Europe could lead to 'civil unrest' this winter, the NATO Secretary General has warned. Jens Stoltenberg acknowledged that winter 'will be hard' as 'families and businesses feel the crunch of soaring energy prices and costs of living' in the coming months. Writing in the Financial Times, the boss of the Western security alliance said that it is worth paying the price to support Ukraine. He said: 'Winter is coming and it will be hard. Hard for the Ukrainian people and armed forces who are fighting for their freedom, and hard for those of us who support them.  'Our unity and solidarity will be seriously tested, as families and businesses feel the crunch of soaring energy prices and costs of living caused by Russia's brutal invasion.  'We face a difficult six months, with the threat of energy cuts, disruptions and perhaps even civil unrest. But we must stay the course and stand up to tyranny — for Ukraine's sake and for ours.' Vladimir Putin's 'energy blackmail' over Europe could lead to 'civil unrest' this winter, NATO Secretary...
    An aerial view shows Isar nuclear power plant, which includes the Isar 2 reactor, on August 14, 2022 in Essenbach, Germany. Isar 2 is one of the last three still operating nuclear power plants in Germany and all three were scheduled to shut down by the end of this year. However, due to the disruption in energy imports from Russia, politicians and other actors are debating extending the operational life of the plants. Some are advocating an extension until the middle of 2023, while others are pushing for longer. Approximately 80% of people polled among the general public support some kind of extension.Alexandra Beier | Getty Images News | Getty Images German lawmakers announced on Monday that they are going to burn coal and keep two nuclear power plants available as a last resort to get through the winter. "The major crises — war and climate crises — have a very concrete effect," said Robert Habeck, the federal economics and climate protection minister, in written statements published on Monday. (The statement is issued in German and CNBC used Google to translate...
    Russia said Tuesday that it would not resume natural gas flow to the European Union until sanctions are lifted, all but acknowledging that it is intentionally inflicting an energy crisis on Europe as a means of countering Western economic punishment for its invasion of Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Tuesday that the “problems” pumping gas through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline “came about because of the sanctions Western countries introduced against our country and several companies.” “There are no other reasons that could have caused this pumping problem,” he said. But EU leaders and industry officials said that sanctions are not an obstacle to the flow of gas. “It is important to recall that there is not just one gas pipeline from Russia to Europe,” European Commission energy spokesman Tim McPhie said Monday. “If there was a technical problem which was impeding supplies via Nord Stream 1, there would be a possibility, if there was willingness, to deliver gas to Europe through other pipelines," he said. "That’s something we’re not seeing happening.” ...
    It was the sort of bold, climate-focused initiative that California has developed a reputation for — an effective ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035. But last week’s historic vote by the California Air Resources Board follows a number of sweeping state environmental actions that have met with varying degrees of success. Now, as officials seek to fundamentally change California’s automotive culture — thereby reducing its largest source of planet-warming carbon emissions and air pollution — experts say those past initiatives may shed light on whether California’s nation-leading auto plan can work. Business California bans sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035. Now the real work begins Plenty of challenges lie ahead as California mandates zero-emission cars, including cost and access to charging. Air quality and smog In Los Angeles, the dense smog that once smothered the city is regarded today as folklore. At its worst, between the 1950s and 1980s, the caustic haze was so thick that people could see only as far as a city block. It irritated people’s throats and...
    California air regulators are set to vote Thursday on a historic plan that would effectively require all new cars sold within the state to be zero-emission vehicles by 2035 — a ruling that would put the nation’s most populous state in the forefront of phasing out internal combustion engines and the harmful, planet-warming gasses they emit. If approved, the regulations are expected to significantly reduce vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, as well as smog-forming nitrogen oxides over the next two decades. It could also lead the way in transforming America’s aging fleet of gasoline-powered automobiles. “The climate crisis is solvable if we focus on the big, bold steps necessary to stem the tide of carbon pollution,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. “California now has a groundbreaking, world-leading plan to achieve 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035. It’s ambitious, it’s innovative, it’s the action we must take if we’re serious about leaving this planet better off for future generations.” The proposed rules would establish a credit system for automakers supplying California car dealerships and take effect in 2026. In that...
    Hope on bills AT last one energy giant is prepared to do the right thing, small beer though it looks. Centrica’s grants of £250 to £750 for customers least able to pay their monstrous new gas bills are welcome. 3Centrica’s grants of £250 to £750 for customers least able to pay their monstrous new gas bills are welcomeCredit: Getty But they still won’t make much of a dent. No surprise there when the firm is donating only ten per cent of the profits from its British Gas arm. That’s a negligible fraction of Centrica’s soaring total: £1.34billion in just six months this year. It can do so much more. But at least it is doing something. More than can be said of Shell and BP, making scandalously vast war profits since Putin strangled the oil supply. Those who still oppose the windfall tax in these truly exceptional circumstances should think again. Most read in NewsUNDER FIRE Cop who 'bungled' Gabby Petito traffic stop & left her vulnerable is PROMOTEDTEARFUL PM Finland PM in tears as she...
    A year and a half ago, my conscience got to me, so I went shopping for an electric car. I’d written about why Los Angeles now has more humidity and mosquitoes, why Joshua trees are dying, why juvenile great white sharks are migrating north to Monterey Bay, why there’s less coastal fog and slower growth in redwood forests, and why trophy grapes like cabernet sauvignon are living on borrowed time. Climate change is the culprit, and vehicle emissions are a major cause. My old Prius was no gas-guzzler, but it was beaten up and I was ready for some new wheels. I had issues, though, with the electric vehicles I considered. They were too expensive. There weren’t enough charging stations, other than for Teslas, to make long-distance travel convenient. Battery technology was still evolving, and mining for materials created an environmental hazard. So instead of going all electric, I decided to wait for better options and take a half-step toward cleaner energy in the interim. I leased a plug-in hybrid. My Kia Niro goes 24 miles on electric power, then switches to gas and gets about...
    A year and a half ago, my conscience got to me, so I went shopping for an electric car. I’d written about why Los Angeles now has more humidity and mosquitoes, why Joshua trees are dying, why juvenile great white sharks are migrating north to Monterey Bay, why there’s less coastal fog and slower growth in redwood forests, and why trophy grapes like cabernet sauvignon are living on borrowed time. Climate change is the culprit, and vehicle emissions are a major cause. My old Prius was no gas-guzzler, but it was beaten up and I was ready for some new wheels. I had issues, though, with the electric vehicles I considered. They were too expensive. There weren’t enough charging stations, other than for Teslas, to make long-distance travel convenient. Battery technology was still evolving, and mining for materials created an environmental hazard. Business What car buyers should know about the coming tax credits for EVs For California consumers thinking about going electric, the Inflation Reduction Act could tilt the math in favor of nabbing that new Model 3 or...
    Carmel, California (CNN Business)Bugatti has unveiled what the French automaker hopes will be the world's fastest convertible. The 1,600-horsepower, $5 million W16 Mistral is, essentially, an open-topped version of the Bugatti Chiron supercar, though there are major design differences.It is also Bugatti's last gasoline-only car. Future models will be hybrid.Only 99 Mistrals will be made and all of them were already sold before the car was even unveiled to the public on Friday in Carmel, California, according to Bugatti."There can only be one goal in mind: to become the fastest roadster in the world once more," the company said in its announcement.Bugatti has not said what the expected top speed of the Mistral might be. The last time Bugatti could claim to have the fastest convertible in the world was in 2013 when a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse cabriolet went 254 miles an hour on Volkswagen's test track in Germany.Read MoreThe current top speed record for convertibles is claimed by the Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster made by Hennessey Performance Engineering of Texas. That $3 million, 1,800-horsepower car reached a...
    European governments are scrambling to fill underground storage with gas supplies to provide households with enough fuel to keep homes warm during winter.Picture Alliance | Picture Alliance | Getty Images Germany's natural gas storage facilities surpassed a fill level of more than 75% this month, two weeks ahead of schedule, as Europe's largest economy scrambles to prepare for the coming winter. The latest data compiled by industry group Gas Infrastructure Europe shows Germany's gas storage facilities at slightly over 77% full. Chancellor Olaf Scholz's government initially planned for gas storage levels to reach 75% by Sept. 1. The next federally mandated targets are 85% by Oct. 1 and 95% by Nov. 1. European governments are racing to fill underground storage facilities with natural gas supplies in order to have enough fuel to keep homes warm during the coming months. Russia has drastically reduced natural gas supplies to Europe in recent weeks, with flows via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany currently operating at just 20% of agreed upon volume. Moscow blames faulty and delayed equipment. Germany, however, considers the...
    Douglas Kent began gardening as a teenager. At first, it was only a hobby, but after experiencing California’s 1986-1992 drought firsthand, he began rethinking his interactions with the environment and committed himself to green landscaping, gardening, and activism. “Gardeners are a big-hearted bunch,” Kent, who is now a landscape contractor and lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona, told The Daily Beast. “So many people pour their hearts into their gardens, thinking that it’s actually really good for the environment, and in many cases, it isn’t.” He puts it another way, “Sometimes, not everything green is good.” Kent’s not alone in sounding the alarm on America’s yards and gardens. Department of Transportation statistics show that American lawn-care equipment consumes just under 3 billion gallons of gas per year, and much of that is pure waste. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that homeowners spill about 17 million gallons of gas per year just refueling their lawn mowers.
    A 36-year-old San Lorenzo man was in Alameda County jail on suspicion of multiple charges after fleeing a traffic stop and leading law enforcement in a chase Wednesday until his sport-utility vehicle “ran out of gas,” authorities said. In a statement Thursday, police said officers patrolling near Hesperian Boulevard and Olive Street shortly before 10:15 p.m. saw a dark-colored SUV make a traffic violation. When officers turned on their patrol vehicle’s alert system to stop the SUV, it did not yield and led a pursuit along Interstate 238 and west along Interstate 580 lanes. Around 10:45 p.m., the pursuit ended after the SUV’s fuel tank emptied out, the driver stayed in the car and complied with commands to get out. Officers’ search of the SUV yielded two pounds of marijuana, while other officers found a loaded firearm the driver had discarded along the highway during the pursuit, police said. The driver was arrested on suspicion of being a person not allowed to carry a firearm, possession of marijuana for sale and evading police without regard for safety. Related Articles ...
    A customer pumps gas at an Exxon gas station on July 29, 2022 in Houston, Texas.Brandon Bell | Getty Images Gas prices are below $4 for the first time since March, but the market remains precarious and experts said it's too early to know if the move lower will hold. The national average for a gallon of gas has fallen for the last 58 straight sessions, according to AAA, and is now $3.99 per gallon. The fall from June, when prices topped out above $5, has been fast.   Here's what could happen next.Why are prices falling?Prices at the pump have declined for a number of reasons. In the commodity market there's a common saying that "the cure for high prices is high prices." And that's proved true. In other words, high prices brigs down demand, which brings down prices. Some driving is necessary — to get to work, for example — but with prices at record levels, consumers might decide not to take a road trip, or to carpool with friends rather than driving solo. We've seen this show up...
    Southern California drivers are getting more relief at the gas pump, with the average cost of a gallon of regular gas in Los Angeles County slipping below $5.50. Gas prices have fallen from recent record highs nationwide because oil prices and gasoline demand have declined and gasoline supplies have increased, analysts said. But oil and gasoline prices are volatile creatures, and market watchers are mixed about when gas prices might drop below $5 a gallon in the state. A gallon of regular gasoline cost $5.48 on average Monday in L.A. County, down nearly a dollar since peaking June 14 at $6.46, according to the American Automobile Assn. That’s the lowest price since March 7. L.A. County’s average price put it at the No. 10 spot among 31 California markets tracked by AAA. The San Luis Obispo area was the most expensive at $5.80 a gallon; El Centro was the cheapest at $5.15 a gallon. California’s prices remain the highest in the nation, with a statewide average at $5.45, well above the national average of $4.06, AAA data show. GasBuddy.com...
    (CNN)Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom said on Saturday it had stopped supplying gas to Latvia, accusing the Baltic country of "violating conditions for gas withdrawal," without giving any further details. The announcement is the latest escalation in the energy dispute between Russia and the European Union. Gazprom had already cut off annual gas supplies to customers in at least six European countries, namely Poland, Bulgaria, Finland, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, because they failed to make payments in rubles. Moscow has been demanding payments in rubles in retaliation to sanctions imposed on Moscow by Western countries over its war on Ukraine. The sanctions have frozen big chunks of Russia's foreign reserves and cut its financial institutions from the international banking system. By insisting on ruble payments, Moscow is essentially forcing Europe to buy its currency.The announcement from Gazprom came just a day after Latvian energy firm Latvijas Gaze announced it was purchasing gas from neighboring Russia, adding it was not buying from Gazprom and that it was paying in euros. Read MoreEarlier this month, the Latvian parliament voted in favor...
    Germany could be forced to scrap Oktoberfest celebrations and its famous Christmas markets as officials desperately search for ways to save energy after Russia began throttling gas supplies to Europe.  Hanover yesterday became the first major city on the continent to announce it will turn off all hot water in public buildings to conserve energy, while Berlin has begun dimming streetlights and Augsburg has turned off public water fountains. But as winter approaches the crisis will almost certainly deepen, forcing leaders to make stark choices about what to cut to stop people freezing in their homes. Rosi Steinberger, a member of Bavaria’s regional parliament, admitted to the New York Times that Oktoberfest celebrations could face the chop. The idea of scrapping Christmas Markets is also being floated. Non-essential industries such as Bavaria's famous breweries could also be asked to shut down to keep the lights on.  Meanwhile Germans have been warned they will have to pay a 'gas surcharge' on top of their already-soaring bills for at least the next 18 months and which could cost the average household up to £1,000-per-year. Oktoberfest...
    A Brazilian man was seriously injured and his was treated for minor wounds after their car exploded at a gas station while they were refueling it.  Surveillance video from the Rio de Janeiro station on Tuesday morning shows Mário Magalhães, 67, opening his car's trunk before the vehicle suddenly blows up.  The impact of the car blast sent Magalhães flying through the air and crashing to the ground. His wife, Andreia Magalhães, who was standing next to the front passenger door, managed to avoid the brunt of the explosion. A man stands next to Mário Magalhães after he was sent crashing to the ground by the powerful impact of his car's explosion while he was refueling it at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Tuesday morning Workers at the gas station have told local media outlets that the car explosion was reportedly caused by the rust in the gas cylinder A security camera captures the moment a car exploded while it was being filled with gas at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Tuesday RELATED ARTICLES...
    By SUSIE BLANN KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia’s top diplomat said Moscow’s overarching goal in Ukraine is to free its people from its “unacceptable regime,” expressing the Kremlin’s war aims in some of the bluntest terms yet as its forces pummel the country with artillery barrages and airstrikes. The remark from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov comes amid Ukraine’s efforts to resume grain exports from its Black Sea ports —something that would help ease global food shortages — under a new deal tested by a Russian strike on Odesa over the weekend. “We are determined to help the people of eastern Ukraine to liberate themselves from the burden of this absolutely unacceptable regime,” Lavrov said at an Arab League summit in Cairo late Sunday, referring to Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy’s government. Apparently suggesting that Moscow’s war aims extend beyond Ukraine’s industrial Donbas region in the east, Lavrov said: “We will certainly help the Ukrainian people to get rid of the regime, which is absolutely anti-people and anti-historical.” Lavrov’s comments followed his warning last week that Russia plans to retain control...
    BERLIN (AP) — Russia says it will reduce natural gas through Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany by another half, to 20% of capacity. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Prices at the gas pump have dropped five weeks in a row and that trend may continue, but for how long? Barring any unexpected economic disruptions, Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said at least another two to three weeks. De Haan said the decline is due to oil prices plummeting and concerns around a possible recession, which would slow down consumption. “At the same time, gasoline supply has increased four out of the last five weeks,” said De Haan, adding that negative economic data would keep prices falling. More Local News More Consumer News Where to find cheap gas in DC He said a strong economy could lead to a spike in prices. In D.C., some gas stations have recently priced a gallon of gasoline close to $6. Now, prices could near $4 a gallon. “That’s something that we could see in the weeks ahead if everything goes well,” added De Haan, who pointed out a possible 35-cent to 44-cent drop in the coming weeks. Across the U.S., there are now at least 35...
    Giménez emphasized the point by retweeting the video of Buttigieg's comments from his official social media account. "The Biden Administration's all-out assault on American energy serves one purpose: it is a deliberate attempt to force electric vehicles onto Americans by hurting you and your paychecks," he tweeted. "Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told me himself in today's T&I hearing." Buttigieg was was also grilled on the implication he made that people could buy an electric car in order to avoid high gas prices. Many on the left praised Buttigieg for a veiled insult he made against former President Donald Trump during the hearing when one Republican asked him about Biden's mental competence in the Oval Office. Here's the video of the exchange: \u201cPete Buttigieg is grilled by Rep. Gimenez over the costs associated with buying an electric vehicle:\n\n"The more pain we are all experiencing from the high price of gas, the more benefit there is for those who can access electric vehicles."\u201d — The Post Millennial (@The Post Millennial) 1658253024
    In this article UN01-DE .IMOEX Russia's energy giant Gazprom has said it cannot fulfil its gas contracts with Europe.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesLONDON — Russia's energy giant is threatening to send less gas to Europe — but Germany, one of its main importers, has rejected the idea. Majority state-owned Gazprom said Monday that due to unforeseeable circumstances it is not in a position to comply with gas contracts with Europe. Germany's energy firm Uniper confirmed to CNBC that Gazprom had claimed "force majeure" on its supplies. Force majeure, a legal term, occurs when unforeseeable circumstances prevent one party from fulfilling its contractual duties, in theory absolving them from penalties. "It is true that we have received a letter from Gazprom Export in which the company claims force majeure retroactively for past and current shortfalls in gas deliveries. We consider this as unjustified and have formally rejected the force majeure claim," Lucas Wintgens, spokesperson for Uniper, told CNBC's Annette Weisbach. RWE, another German energy company, confirmed to CNBC that it had also received a force majeure notice from Gazprom....
    A mother has made a miraculous escape over her fallen chimney after a huge gas explosion levelled her home. Tamara McLean couldn't smell the propane leak in her house because she had Covid. She was on the last day of her quarantine. The Maine mom and special needs teacher, 45, said she could hear her hair sizzling and felt her face and body were burnt to a crisp. McLean accidentally set off the leak while loading clothes into a dryer. Tamara, 45, is pictured during her recovery with a giant teddy at Portland Medical Center, ME Ms McLean returned to her Embden, Maine home only to find that it was entirely destroyed Little did she know, a leak was filling the house with propane. Moments after she hit the dryer button, her home exploded.  Happier times: tattooed mom Tamara is pictured before the terrible home gas blast Tamara said: 'I had Covid so I could not smell, could not taste, and it was my last day of quarantine so I was heading out with my friends. 'I hit the dryer button...
    Families across America are cutting back on everything from summer holidays to restaurant treats and trips to the hair salon as they battle the highest inflation rates seen in 40 years and punishing prices at gas pumps and grocery store checkouts. DailyMail.com spoke with householders across the country to find out how they were managing with inflation at 9.1 percent — and the rising cost of cereals, meat, transport and gasoline prices even higher still. A family-of-five in Maryland has canceled pizza parlor outings, a New Jersey couple miss their monthly filet mignon treat and an Idaho family-of-four are planning to rear chickens and are leaving their SUV idling in the driveway. Meanwhile, a California couple vacationed with relatives on the East Coast this year rather than splash out on another trip to Spain. Some blamed the administration of President Joe Biden for runaway inflation. Others pointed to the ebbing coronavirus pandemic, supply chain snarl-ups and fighting in Ukraine scrambling the global economy. With another interest rate hike looming, more than three quarters of Americans are expecting the economic crunch...
    CINNAMINSON, N.J. -- A South Jersey community is on edge after police say an imposter posing as and energy company employee violated the trust of a 93-year-old man and scammed him in his own home."The elderly gentlemen let him go inside the house and down in his basement," said Cinnaminson, New Jersey Township Police Chief Richard Calabrese.Chief Calabrese said a man in plain clothes, claiming to work for PSE&G, the local energy company, told the Cinnaminson homeowner he was there to inspect a gas leak.Once inside, they said the suspect told the victim to wait downstairs while he went upstairs to check on something."After the guy left, he went and checked around and noticed his drawers were ransacked and some items were missing," said Chief Calabrese.Investigators said he stole jewelry and money, but most importantly, he took this community's sense of security."We were petrified after it happened, being in the house. I mean we're old and look like a good target," said a neighbor who didn't want to be identified."It's just kinda sad that people take advantage of things," said...
    (CNN) — Although prices at the pump serve as one of the most prominent symbols of rampant inflation, economists are more worried about the spillover effects of price spikes for another major source of fuel: diesel. Diesel plays an outsized role in consumer prices because it and its chemical cousins, jet fuel and maritime fuel oil, move nearly everything that is grown, processed or manufactured around the globe. READ MORE: 12 Structures Burned Shasta County Peter Fire; At Least 3 Were Homes“Diesel is what powers trucking. It is what powers our global economy,” said Joseph Sykora, equity analyst at Aptus Capital Advisors. “It can’t be ignored in terms of how it’s a feed-through into what things cost.” America consumed about 128 million gallons of diesel a day in 2021, according to the US Energy Information Administration, but production — especially refining capacity — hasn’t kept up with the post-Covid surge in demand and scarce supply has sent prices soaring. According to the June Consumer Price Index released Wednesday, the category of energy that includes diesel rose by 75.8% year-over-year, an even greater increase than the 59.9% rise...
    During a trial in West Virginia earlier this year, witnesses tell The Daily Beast, a state court judge whipped out his handgun, waved it in the air, and left it on the bench with the barrel pointing directly at the corporate lawyers who had irritated him. Circuit Judge David W. Hummel Jr., who oversees cases in the tiny city of New Martinsville, repeatedly told The Daily Beast it never happened. When reached by phone in March, he initially professed shock at the allegations. On subsequent phone calls, however, his story kept changing as he claimed to recall more details about the incident. “I did not have my 1911 at any point during that trial,” he said then, referring to a common type of semi-automatic pistol. “It was secreted in a drawer on the bench. I never showed my 1911 at the trial whatsoever—at any point during that trial.” That judge is now under investigation by the state’s judiciary for violating the profession’s code of conduct, according to three witnesses now sharing information with law enforcement and official communications about the...
    Who will think of the gas station owners? How will they feed their children if you're not paying outrageously inflated prices? Who will right this injustice? Gas and diesel prices soared worldwide after Russian strongman Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine upended world energy markets, but it wasn't Putin or abstract mumblings about "market forces" that Republican politicians and media outlets would blame for the cost of filling up American gas tanks. It was President Joe Biden's fault, went the talking point. Because, uh, reasons. This is "what Joe Biden wants," conservatives shrieked. It's to get you all in electric cars! It's to crash the economy for, uh, environmental reasons! It's because a gallon of gas once looked at him funny in a Delaware bar and he's held a grudge ever since! Gas prices have been dipping again as of late, however, and if you thought that might result in the same conservatives applauding the new lower prices, you haven't been around here long. On the contrary, Fox News talking heads are now deeply concerned over what lower gas prices are...
    (CNN)White House officials on Tuesday acknowledged June's Consumer Price Index report is expected to show elevated inflation but argue the figures included in the report don't reflect a recent drop in energy prices and are therefore "out of date."National Economic Council director Brian Deese and Council of Economic Advisers chair Cecilia Rouse on Tuesday said in a memo shared with CNN that "market expectations are that headline CPI will be elevated in June" as Americans continue to grapple with high energy and food prices. But they argued the June CPI data would "largely not reflect the substantial declines in gas prices we've seen since the middle of June."The officials echoed White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who said on Monday the June report would be "backwards-looking" and "out of date." "Gas and food prices continue to be heavily impacted by the war in Ukraine. And there are a few important points to keep in mind when we get this backwards-looking data. First, June CPI data is already out of date because energy prices have come down substantially this month and...
    New York (CNN Business)As America shifts towards electric cars, plug-in hybrids are often forgotten. Their potential benefits are lost on many consumers who are either attracted to the high-tech allure of fully electric cars or afraid of the complication of needing to plug in a car.Some people are fully ready to commit to zero-emission driving and willing to put up with the occasional hassle of having to find chargers for long distance drives. For them, fully electric cars are a great choice. Others want to burn less gas but don't want to deal with plugging in to charge. Regular hybrids that charge through braking and from the vehicle's own engine are great for them.Plug-in hybrids are for those who want the benefits — for themselves and for the environment — of fuel-free driving but don't want to deal with the hassle of having to find public chargers when they're away from home. They can just rely on America's tried and trusted network of gas stations. Still, though, they can cut fuel consumption by half or more.They are are a blend...
    A NEW grocery membership program could save you money on grocery delivery and gas. The popular grocery store chain Kroger is offering these perks with Kroger Boost - if you pay the membership fee. 1Kroger has launched a new program that could save you money on grocery delivery and gas pricesCredit: Getty Anyone who has a tight grip on their wallet during this period of inflation has probably analyzed what they're spending on groceries. Some stores like Kroger are offering new options that can make the shopping experience far more convenient if grocery shopping feels exceptionally painful as of late. If you're short on time and gas money, you might be interested in looking at their new membership program Kroger Boost. With Kroger Boost, you will be eligible for free grocery delivery as long as you meet the $35 order minimum. You can also get two "fuel points," for every dollar you spend on groceries and general merchandise. Every 100 fuel points equals 10cents off per gallon of fuel. All this is well and good, but is the price worth...
    It’s not great, but a decrease beats another jump in prices. After reaching another all time high on June 15 of $4.499, the average price of a gallon of gas in Georgia has gradually dropped to $4.184 today. A price that puts the peach state in the top 10 least expensive markets. Today’s average is 13 cents lower than one week ago and 28 cents lower than one month ago. The national average as of today is $4.678, 13 cents lower than last week and 33 cents lower than June. Last year at this time, Georgians were paying $2.935 and nationally the price was $3.144. Georgia’s diesel prices have also seen a fall after hitting an all time high of $5.550, also on June 15. The average today is $5.325, a week ago $5.426, and a month ago $5.539. The average nationally today is $5.642, a 12 cent decrease from June. Last year at this time, diesel drivers in Georgia were paying $3.103. On July 1, Governor Kemp signed two...
    It’s not great, but a decrease beats another jump in prices. After reaching another all time high on June 15 of $4.499, the average price of a gallon of gas in Georgia has gradually dropped to $4.184 today. A price that puts the peach state in the top 10 least expensive markets. Today’s average is 13 cents lower than one week ago and 28 cents lower than one month ago. The national average as of today is $4.678, 13 cents lower than last week and 33 cents lower than June. Last year at this time, Georgians were paying $2.935 and nationally the price was $3.144. Georgia’s diesel prices have also seen a fall after hitting an all time high of $5.550, also on June 15. The average today is $5.325, a week ago $5.426, and a month ago $5.539. The average nationally today is $5.642, a 12 cent decrease from June. Last year at this time, diesel drivers in Georgia were paying $3.103. On July 1, Governor Kemp signed two...
    London (CNN Business)Since the West hit Russia with bruising sanctions following its invasion of Ukraine, a frightening question has loomed: What if Russia turns off natural gas to Europe?It's a nightmare scenario that would plunge the region's economy into a deep recession. That possibility is the subject of fresh hand-wringing as maintenance of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline from Russia to Germany begins on Monday. Officials have expressed concerns about whether gas flows will restart once the repair period concludes in 10 days."While this used to be a routine procedure that hardly attracted any attention, it is feared this time that Russia will not resume gas shipments afterwards," analysts at Commerzbank said in a note to clients. The euro and the dollar are a penny away from parity for the first time in 20 yearsFlows via the pipeline had already been reduced. Last month, Germany — Europe's biggest economy — declared a "gas crisis" after Gazprom, Russia's state gas company, slashed exports through Nord Stream 1 by 60%.Read MoreGazprom blamed the move on the West's decision to withhold vital turbines...
    BERLIN (AP) – A major gas pipeline from Russia to Germany was shutting down for annual maintenance on Monday amid German concern that Russia may not resume the flow of gas as scheduled. The Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Germany’s main source of Russian gas, is scheduled to be out of action until July 21 for routine work that the operator says includes “testing of mechanical elements and automation systems.” The operator said the gas flow was reduced progressively starting at 6 a.m., German news agency dpa reported. German officials are suspicious about Russia’s intentions, particularly after Russia’s Gazprom last month reduced the gas flow through Nord Stream 1 by 60%. Gazprom cited technical problems involving a gas turbine powering a compressor station that partner Siemens Energy sent to Canada for maintenance and couldn’t be returned because of sanctions imposed over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Trump Vindicated: Germany Braces for Chaotic Conditions Ahead of Feared Loss of Russian Gas https://t.co/CV9t5KSp6t — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) July 3, 2022 Canada said over the weekend that it would allow the part to be delivered...
    President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka has announced he will resign Wednesday, per the parliamentary speaker. Rajapaksa's resignation was met with fireworks displays in the country's capital of Colombo after protesters stormed the presidential residence and also set fire to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's home Saturday. Neither Rajapaksa nor Wickremesinghe was at home during the time of the attacks. "The decision to step down on 13 July was taken to ensure a peaceful handover of power," Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said. "I therefore request the public to respect the law and maintain peace." SRI LANKAN PM RANIL WICKREMESINGHE AGREES TO QUIT AMID BIGGEST POLITICAL TURMOIL Wickremesinghe announced earlier Saturday that he also planned to resign, but only when all the parties had agreed to a new government. Rajapaksa also shared his hope that this resignation would allow a smooth transition for an all-party government in a statement. Since the organized protest began on Friday, 39 people, including two officers, have been hospitalized for their injuries. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER...
    Workers are seen at the construction site of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, near the town of Kingisepp, Leningrad region, Russia, June 5, 2019.Anton Vaganov | Reuters As a business executive friend of mine texted me Wednesday, "Europe feels like it's starting to panic." He's right. The concerns about energy supplies are accelerating into a full-blown crisis, with huge humanitarian and global economic implications. Vladimir Putin's disgusting war and the resulting western sanctions on Russia are obviously playing a big role right now, but the macro risk — Europe's reliance on Putin and the cheap gas Russia provides — was already years in the making before the war. It's probably one reason Putin became emboldened. If energy costs remain this high, the entire German industrial economy seems at risk of slowdowns or shutdowns in certain segments. The near-term risk is particularly high if Putin cuts off Nord Stream flows for longer than 10 days — and this is what's scheduled to happen on Monday, as maintenance activities get underway. The pipeline is the European Union's biggest piece of gas...
    A Florida man has had his hand blown off in a July 4 weekend fireworks accident and was taken to hospital without the severed appendage.  The reveler lit the pyrotechnic shortly after 1am on Saturday in a gas station in Lauderdale Lakes area, Broward County Sheriff's Office said. Officers rushed to the scene in the 4400 block of North State Road 7 after the accident where they found blood covering the parking lot. Blood is spattered over a gas station parking lot after a man's hand was blown off by a firework in Florida The reveler lit the pyrotechnic (pictured) shortly after 1am on Saturday in a gas station in Lauderdale Lakes area But when they arrived, they discovered the man had already been taken to hospital in a private vehicle, without his missing hand. Paramedics then had to transport the separated hand separately to the hospital in the hope of reuniting it with its owner. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Shocking moment spectator, 58, is gored by raging bull after... Governor Newsom pardons ex-prostitute...
    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari claimed on Thursday that his country was ready to fill a natural gas supply gap in Europe recently left by Russia amid its war with Ukraine, the Nigerian online newspaper Daily Trust reported. “President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria is ready to fill the natural gas gaps in Europe predicated by the current Russian-Ukrainian war,” the Daily Trust reported on June 30. Buhari made the remarks during a speech on Thursday concerning “areas of cooperation between Nigeria and Portugal” at the Presidential Palace in Lisbon, Portugal, according to the Nigerian news outlet Channels TV. The Nigerian leader is visiting Lisbon this week at the invitation of Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. “On oil and gas, President Buhari said with the current Russian-Ukraine war, increased cooperation in oil and gas between the two countries [Nigeria and Portugal] has become vital to avoid crisis in the demand and supply chain, even as Nigeria is already a major supplier of gas to Portugal,” Channels TV reported. Nigeria supplies 70 percent of Portugal’s energy imports, according to Nigerian National Petroleum Company CEO Mele...
    On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Senior Adviser to President Joe Biden Gene Sperling stated that the Biden administration’s plan to allow some more drilling on federal land is “not at all” an admission that previous blocking of drilling leases was a mistake. Host Martha MacCallum asked, [relevant remarks begin around 3:40] “The oil industry has made it clear that they feel like the administration has basically condemned their industry and doesn’t want them to grow, wants them to shrink over time. … I could put up a whole litany of soundbites that back that up. But I think it’s interesting because now the administration is saying that they’re going to make new leases available to drill on federal land, which is something that the president ran against. He said that he wouldn’t do that. He stopped them. So, — and I know that there’s mixed reaction to this decision about whether or not it’s being done in a way that will actually make a difference in lowering gas prices, but is that an admission that...