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    Traffic moves across the Brooklyn Bridge, August 2, 2018 in New York City. On Thursday, the Trump administration announced a proposal to weaken fuel-efficiency requirements for the nation's cars and trucks. The rollback is likely to spark legal challenges from California and other states.Drew Angerer | Getty Images News | Getty Images New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced she is ordering state regulators to make changes necessary to require all new passenger cars, pickup trucks and SUVs sold in the state to be zero emissions by 2035. The move comes about a month after California voted to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles starting in 2035, setting a precedent for other blue states. It's also a critical step for New York to take to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gases 85% by 2050. Specifically, Hochul is expediting regulatory requirements necessary to implement legislation she signed in September 2021 that formally set the goal for all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York State to be zero-emissions by 2035. "New York is a national climate leader...
    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.
    by Debra Heine   Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee have obtained bombshell documents proving that Joe Biden was deeply involved in the family business of selling American natural gas to the Chinese–while he was planning to run for President. According to multiple whistleblowers, the Biden family made promises to those who worked with them in 2017 and onward that they would “reap the rewards in a future Biden administration.” These explosive revelations “pose national security concerns,” Oversight Republicans proclaimed Tuesday night. The Biden clan enriched itself by selling the natural resources to a Chinese firm closely affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)—just a few years before the cost of gas in the United States hit record highs, the Oversight Republicans stated. In a letter to United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the ranking Republican on the Oversight Committee, alleged that according to whistleblowers, Joe Biden was heavily involved in this treachery. “This comes to light at a time when the cost of natural gas is at a 14-year high and Americans struggle to...
    NASA and its partners released a new image Monday morning of the inner region of the famous Orion Nebula, located 1,350 light-years away, taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. Though the celestial structure is by no means a stranger to astronomers, Webb’s powerful cameras show the nebula in unprecedented beauty and detail. The new image is really a composite of several photos taken using different filters. Combined, we get a glimpse of the nebula’s various components, including its youngest stars and caverns of dense gas. The most visible feature is the Orion Bar, a wall of gas and dust that stretches from left to right and contains a bright star called θ2 Orionis A.
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 9 petitions you should sign this week, including Help Protect Sharks in Florida, Tell States to Ban Gas-Powered Cars, Urge Chinese Authorities to Help Save the Dugong, and More! We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless. 1. Help Protect Sharks in Florida ...
    New York stores are set to launch a crackdown and enforce a year-old state law that bans anyone under 21 from purchasing whipped cream cannisters. It comes amid concerns that teenagers and young adults are increasingly getting high by inhaling the nitrous oxide, known as ‘laughing gas’, that is used in the cans. Any store who sells a whipped cream cannister to someone under 21 will find themselves being handed a $250 fine for the first offence. Subsequent violations can mean fines of up to $500 for each contravention of the state-wide law according to the Albany Times Union. ‘Laughing gas’ or ‘hippy crack’ can be inhaled by discharging nitrous gas cartridges, known as 'whippets'. Inhaling the gas can cause low blood pressure, fainting, heart attack and sudden death. According to that Alcohol and Drug Foundation the potential long term effects can lead to memory loss and psychosis. The New York bill was sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Joseph Addabo when it came into effect last year. Any store who sells a whipped cream cannister to someone under 21 will...
    California has officially become the first in the world enforce a ban on the sale of new gasoline cars by 2035, following a public hearing on Thursday that ended with California Air Resources Board voting to approve the policy. Automakers will now be required to reduce the number of gas guzzlers they sell in order to reach the first quota of the plan, which requires 35 percent of new cars, SUVs and small pickups sold in California to be zero-emission vehicles. The quota, however, increases every two years, with 51 percent in 2028, 68 percent by 2030 and then 100 percent of all new vehicles sold should be battery-powered five years later. Under the new law, California Air Resources Board will impose a civil penalty for cars sold in violation of the targets.  However, the ban does not stop residents from driving their current gas cars or buying and selling them used.  The California Air Resources Board voted to approve the ban on the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035 Governor Gavin Newsom first announced the ban in 2020...
    A charging port on a 2022 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid vehicle during AutoMobility LA ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 18, 2021.Bing Guan | Bloomberg | Getty Images California, the country's most populous state and the center of U.S. car culture, is banning the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles starting in 2035, marking a historic step in the state's battle against climate change. The rule, issued by the California Air Resources Board on Thursday, will force automakers to speed up production of cleaner vehicles beginning in 2026 until sales of only zero-emission cars, pickup trucks and SUVs are allowed in the state. The unanimous vote comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom set a target in 2020 to accelerate the shift away from internal combustion engines. The transportation sector represents the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in California, which has suffered from record-breaking wildfires, droughts and air pollution made worse by climate change. The decision will have sweeping impacts beyond California and will pave the way for other states to adopt the requirement. At least 15...
    California's air regulators are set to vote on a policy Thursday that would ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and although this an effort to fight climate change, the plan means consumers will have to spend around $20,000 more to purchase a new electric vehicle - an amount that could be out of reach for more than half of the state's residents who are in the middle to low income brackets. The average price for a new electric vehicle in the US recently rose to $66,000, a more than 13 percent increase year over year, compared to the $43,338 for one that runs on petroleum. According to Kelley Blue Book, the cost of EVs is 'well above industry average and more aligned with luxury prices versus mainstream prices.' Along with costs, the state is still lacking in charging stations - it has 73,000 and will need 1.2 million by 2030, according to a report from the California Energy Commission (CEC). Scroll down for video  California is set to vote on a policy that would start a plan...
    Minneapolis (CNN Business)Another key measure of inflation set a fresh 40-year high in June, a month marked by record-high gas prices.The Personal Consumption Expenditures price index, which measures the change in the prices of goods and services purchased by consumers, rose by 6.8% in June as compared to the same period last year, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That surpasses the previous 40-year high of 6.6% in March of this year and falls just shy of the 6.9% year-over-year rate notched in January 1982, when inflation was decelerating from one of its highest levels in US history.Prior to June, the PCE index held steady at 6.3% for both May and April. However, June saw gas prices hit record levels, sending another key inflation measure -- the Consumer Price Index -- to a nearly 41-year high. Energy prices have since abated.This story is developing and will be updated.
    Russia is losing the economic war with the West and its economy is in catastrophic and irrevocable decline even as it cuts off the gas supply to Europe, a new report  has claimed.  As panic spreads across Europe over the prospect of gas rationing and spiralling energy prices, it is in fact Russia which is on the ropes, with business in retreat and sanctions catastrophically crippling their economy. And while Putin causes panic in European governments by throttling gas supplies, the strategy is unsustainable for the dictator as he burns through reserves and his budget goes into deficit.   This is the verdict from a Yale-authored report that has looked beyond the Kremlin's cherry-picked economic figures to access private Russian language and other unconventional data sources. The report looked at high frequency consumer data, cross-channel checks, releases from Russia’s international trade partners, and data mining of complex shipping data, to produce an economic analysis measuring the state of Putin's economy and what the future might have in store for it. Vladimir Putin is losing the economic war with the West and his...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Spendthrift A’s won’t move to Vegas The A’s will never move to Las Vegas. In professional baseball, an existing baseball market can be taken over by another “higher level” franchise. But with the marketplace being taken over, both the local team owner and the league must be compensated. To date, MLB said it would waive the relocation fee to the league if the A’s were to move to Vegas. But what about the team owner’s compensation? The current Vegas team owner built a new stadium for $150 million that opened in 2019. The team has a 20-year, $80 million sponsorship deal. The ballpark is part of a master-planned community. And the team is owned by the Howard Hughes Corp. Yes, that Howard Hughes. So what do you think the odds are that the thrifty A’s are going to buy their way through all that? I say none. Long story short, Oakland or bust! Rene Boisvert Oakland Doonesbury hits mark with comic on guns Replying Bob...
    Climate change activists with a group calling itself Tyre Extinguishers are celebrating their first 'action' in New York City - deflating the tires of 40 SUVs on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The movement, which originated in the United Kingdom, seeks to dissuade people from owning SUVs in urban areas, and switch instead to more environmentally-friendly vehicles. The SUVs they vandalized had leaflets let on the windshield, which stated: 'Attention: Your gas guzzler kills'. On Twitter, they boasted about their actions. 'BIG NEWS: TYRE EXTINGUISHERS STRIKE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEW YORK CITY!' they tweeted on Tuesday.  The group Tyre Extinguishers posted a photo on social media of one of their followers deflating the tires of an SUV The group's followers print out and leave these leaflets on the windscreen They said: '40 SUVs disarmed in the Upper East Side, the first of many.  'We have an American English leaflet ('tire' rather than 'tyre') on our website so USA folks, you can join in!' Police are investigating, but no arrests have been made. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1...
    RHODE ISLAND Governor, Dan McKee, has announced that his state is reinstalling its DRIVEEV rebate on July 7th. DriveEV is a program that makes electric cars more affordable for Rhode Island locals. 2Electric cars charging at a gas stationCredit: Getty The program will begin with an initial $1.25m of funding that’s expected to benefit around 500 Rhode Island drivers in their EV (electric vehicle) purchases, The Providence Journal reports. Rhode Islanders purchasing a new EV after July 7th will receive a $2,500 rebate, while used buyers get a $1500 rebate. These rebates are significant given that drivers’ biggest EV qualms are the higher average upfront cost of cars compared to gas-powered vehicles. A lower upfront price for EVs may inspire Rhode Island’s locals to switch from an internal combustion engine (ICE.) Most read in MoneyTAXING TIMES More than 21million Americans waiting on tax returns - when you'll get yoursDIRECT DEPOSIT Millions to get direct payments of up to $1,050 to help fight inflationCOOL DOWN Americans can get energy credit - but you only have TWO days left to applyCOFFEE BREAK I'm a savings expert...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new Sacramento County proposal looks to turn the Department of Health parking lot into a Stay Safe Site for homeless people. If the proposal is approved, the lot will house 40 tiny homes, bathrooms, and a gathering space. READ MORE: Trial By FireThis comes just days after county leaders approved a similar site on Power Inn Road. READ MORE: Lockeford Chosen By Amazon As One Of 1st Cities Where Prime Air Drone Delivery Will Be OfferedSacramento County Homeless Services Coordinator Emily Halcon had this to say about how the site will help the community. “People can have an individual place to be sheltered with a locking door and a sense of privacy. But more importantly, all of the services needed to exit homelessness are provided on-site. And we’re purposely reaching out to people living unsheltered in this community today to provide some relief to the surrounding community as well.” MORE NEWS: Fired Rancho Cordova Gas Station Manager Speaks After Selling Gas For 69 Cents Per GallonThe Board of Supervisors will vote on the plan next month.
    Memorial Day travel and rising oil costs have caused the price of gas in New Jersey to rise to record levels with no relief in sight for motorists. On Wednesday, June 8, the cost of gas per gallon rose to an average of $5.03 statewide, the highest recorded price since AAA began tracking such figures, according to the organization. The price is up one cent overnight, 26 cents from a week ago, and 58 cents from a month ago as the demand for fuel has risen while tensions overseas have limited the available supply.  On June 8, 2021, motorists were paying an average of $3.06 per gallon in New Jersey. “People are still fueling up, despite these high prices,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said. “At some point, drivers may change their daily driving habits or lifestyle due to these high prices, but we are not there yet.”  In New Jersey the average price per gallon of gas for motorists, by county, according to AAA on June 8: Somerset: $5.12; Essex: $5.09; Cape May: $5.08;  Mercer: $5.06; Morris: $5.06; Union:...
    Memorial Day travel and rising oil costs have caused the price of gas in Pennsylvania to rise to record levels with no relief in sight for motorists. On Wednesday, June 8, the cost of gas per gallon rose to an average of $5.03 statewide, the highest recorded price since AAA began tracking such figures, according to the organization. The price is up four cents overnight, 26 cents from a week ago, and 53 cents from a month ago as the demand for fuel has risen while tensions overseas have limited the available supply.  On June 8, 2021, motorists were paying an average of $3.18 per gallon in Pennsylvania. “People are still fueling up, despite these high prices,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said. “At some point, drivers may change their daily driving habits or lifestyle due to these high prices, but we are not there yet.”  In Southeast Pennsylvania the average price per gallon of gas for motorists, by county, according to AAA on June 8: Delaware: $5.12; Philadelphia: $5.12 Bucks: $5.09;  Montgomery: $5.09; Chester: $5.07; Northampton: $5.04 Lehigh: $5.03;...
    Memorial Day travel and rising oil costs have caused the price of gas in Maryland to rise to record levels with no relief in sight for motorists. On Tuesday, June 7, the cost of gas per gallon rose to an average of $4.94 statewide, the highest recorded price since AAA began tracking such figures, according to the organization. The price is up nine cents overnight, 35 cents from a week ago, and 56 cents from a month ago as the demand for fuel has risen while tensions overseas have limited the available supply.  On June 7, 2021, motorists were paying an average of $3.02 per gallon. “People are still fueling up, despite these high prices,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said. “At some point, drivers may change their daily driving habits or lifestyle due to these high prices, but we are not there yet.”  In Maryland the average price per gallon of gas for motorists, by county, according to AAA on June 7: Montgomery: $5.01; Dorchester: $4.98; Howard: $4.98; Baltimore City: $4.97; Cecil: $4.96; Kent: $4.96; Anne Arundel: $4.95;...
    Lucky drivers pulling up to a packed Chevron gas station south of Atlanta last Saturday finally saw a little relief at the pump, in the form of a $25 gas voucher straight from the goddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece. The catch: They had to sit through a pitch for her political candidate of choice—college football hero, Olympic bobsledder, Russian roulette aficionado, and now aspiring Republican senator Herschel Walker. But the goddaughter—Trump-pardoned felon, QAnon booster, and reality TV tell-all author Angela Stanton-King—wasn’t out there on her own. And they weren’t her vouchers. She was the face of a promotion from a pro-Walker super PAC called “34N22,” which claimed to be giving away $4,000 worth of fuel in the name of unseating his opponent, Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), the pastor who currently leads the congregation at King Jr.’s old church. It was an unusual scene. A video Stanton-King streamed on her YouTube channel shows that some motorists seemed confused and tentative about participating, but soon came around when presented with the free fuel. But with summer gas prices...
    Construction of a new gas pipeline connecting Africa to Europe moved significantly closer on Wednesday after Nigeria gave the green light to its state oil company NNPC to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Western regional organization African ECOWAS. The deal comes as Europe’s African gas supply is gaining importance as the Ukraine crisis casts doubt on Russia’s energy exports. Algeria has already agreed to increase its supply to Italy. Nigeria and Morocco signed a joint venture in 2016 to build gas pipelines to 15 West African countries via Spain and Europe via Morocco, said the country’s junior minister, Timipre Silva. Submitting application for approval. Read also | CGEM sets its sights on exports “We are still in the preliminary engineering design phase,” Silva said, after which the cost and funding for the pipeline will be determined. He did not say when construction would begin or end. Nigeria and Morocco last year said the pipeline would be 5,660 km long and would be built in phases over 25 years. They have begun feasibility studies for the construction...
    US gas prices have hit a new high of $4.71, just a day after hitting the record as seven states top off at $5 a gallon as inflation soars.  The national average jumped four cents overnight, leaving drivers in even more despair as gas prices continue to skyrocket emptying their wallets. For the first time in history, the average price has exceeded $4.00 in all 50 states - by a longshot. At the White House on Wednesday, President Joe Biden said, 'There's a lot going on right now but the idea we're going to be able to click a switch, bring down the cost of gasoline, is not likely in the near term. Nor is it with regard to food.'  The west coast has been hit the hardest with the biggest sticker shocks in California and Nevada, which continue to lead the nation with the highest gas costs.  California is the only state with an average over $6, with some heavily populated areas, like Los Angeles, seeing up to $8 at the pump. Nevada averages $5.36, while Hawaii, Washington, and...
    Sky-high inflation and record gas prices rank as the top concerns for American voters in four battleground states, a new poll suggested on Monday. A 25-percent plurality of people surveyed said it was their top issue with less than six months to go until November's midterm elections.  In a better sign for Democrats, the second-highest ranked issue is the Supreme Court's looming decision on whether to overturn federal abortion protections granted in Roe v. Wade, according to the poll's data obtained by the Washington Examiner. Fourteen percent said their most important issue was climate change while 12 percent chose the job market. The poll was commissioned by former Vice President Mike Pence's political group, Advancing American Freedom, and weighs the opinions of 100 voters from each of the following: Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes Des Moines; eastern Kansas’s 3rd Congressional District and its Kansas City suburbs; Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District which includes St. Paul; and northeastern Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District including the city of Scranton.  A quarter of those voters blame President Joe Biden for inflation and rising gas prices,...
    VIDEO2:5602:56Average gas prices could hit $5 per gallon, says RBC's Helima CroftSquawk Box As the summer driving season nears, gasoline prices show no signs of slowing down. The national average for unleaded gas hit a new high of $4.59 per gallon Thursday, according to AAA. For the first time ever, the average price was $4 per gallon or above in all 50 states this week, AAA data shows. Last year at this time, the price was $3.04 per gallon. Soaring prices for crude oil are largely to blame, the automotive group said. "The high cost of oil, the key ingredient in gasoline, is driving these high pump prices for consumers," Andrew Gross, a spokesperson for AAA, said in a statement.  Heading into the summer driving season, which kicks off on Memorial Day weekend, higher prices may prompt travelers to take fewer trips and go shorter distances. "Against a backdrop of gas prices that have continued to set new records ahead of Memorial Day, Americans have been resilient in their desire to hit the road, but we're certainly seeing increased hesitancy due to rising prices at...
    Take a walk through U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers‘ tweets and you’ll find complaint after complaint about the price of gas. Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers, Republican of Washington, is the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee but opposes legislation to stop oil and gas companies from price gouging consumers. Rep. McMorris Rodgers on Monday claimed that making it illegal for oil companies to price gouge is “socialism,” something that’s done in places like “Soviet Russia,” not in America. "The promise of America is free enterprise, not socialism, not government price controls,” she claimed, as she complained about the price of gas, which just hit a new record high. Instead of unleashing American energy production, increasing supply, and lowering prices, Democrats are rushing through a bill to impose socialist price controls on gasoline.\n\nThe result will be long gas lines like in the 1970\u2019s.pic.twitter.com/4BWnIGYTvJ — CathyMcMorrisRodgers (@CathyMcMorrisRodgers) 1652741100 Here is the Republican from Washington just one week ago saying it’s time to “get these prices under control.” President Biden is setting all the wrong records. A gallon of gas in...
    An Alabama sheriff claims prison staff were unaware of the two-year 'special relationship' between a jail guard and the confessed murderer until she sprung from prison last week. Vicky White, 56, and Casey White, 38, who are not related, shared a 'special relationship' dating back to 2020 when the prisoner was first brought to Lauderdale County for his arraignment. Although Casey was in custody at a state prison ahead of his arraignment and was transferred back to facility immediately after, the pair maintained a relationship, Sheriff Rick Singleton confirmed to DailyMail.com Wednesday. Vicky visited Casey while he was at the Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC) without the knowledge of Lauderdale County officials. 'I'm sure DOC didn't know where she worked or that she was a corrections officer,' the sheriff added, noting the pair managed to keep their romance very discreet. The details of their secret relationship emerged just hours after officials released new video of the couple's escape. The footage shows the squad car they were traveling in pass a gas station as Vicky drove Casey to a mental health evaluation appointment, which did not exist. The pair...
    James Carville, the notorious and legendary Democratic political operative, infamously once said, 'It's the economy, stupid.' He coined the term in 1992 while he was advising President Bill Clinton during his successful run for the White House. Carville was trying to get through to Clinton's campaign staff. He wanted his team to communicate to the public that Clinton was focused on the issues that were most important to them – their bank accounts. Suggesting that your own staff is 'stupid' is one thing. Suggesting that the American people are 'stupid' is another -- and that seems to be President Joe Biden's approach. 'I'm doing everything within my power by executive orders to bring down the price and address the Putin price hike,' Biden told an audience in Iowa on Tuesday. 'Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide half a world away.' The White House slogan may as well be 'It's Putin's fault, stupid.' And he's talking to you and me. Well the American...
    Mr. Puzder is a former CEO of CKE Restaurants, chairman of 2ndVote Value Investments, Inc., and a senior fellow at the America First Policy Institute.  If one listened to President Joe Biden's speech on Thursday, they may come away with the idea that there are two villains behind the severe economic pain that Americans are experiencing. According to Biden, it is the fault of Vladimir Putin and American oil companies that gas prices are at record highs. 'I know how much it hurts…' the president said. '[Some U.S. oil companies] don't want to increase supply because Putin's price hike means higher profits.' His point is: Blame them. Not me. He sounds like a broken record. But put aside for a moment the president's disturbing rhetorical lumping together of a murderous tyrant and US executives – the bottom line is that what the president said is terribly misleading. Runaway inflation – much more than just gas prices alone – is depleting the savings of hard-working Americans. And we can now say that Biden's massive government spending – not war in Ukraine or...
    President Joe Biden and radical Green New Deal leftists “want Americans to suffer at the gas pumps,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. “There’s no doubt about it that Joe Biden is directly responsible for our currently high gas prices and they’re not going to get better,” Banks told Breitbart News. The national gas price average stood at $4.225 on Thursday, although it exceeds $6.00 in some areas of California. “They’re only going to get worse,” he said, pointing to the most recent Biden budget which includes at least $43 billion in new taxes “directly targeting energy companies,” which means “all of us are going to pay even more in gas prices than what we do already.” Banks’s remarks came on the heels of this week’s RSC memo, which details how Biden is keeping his promise to “end fossil fuel.” His constituents, Banks said, are upset by the price of gas, taking a hit every time the fill up their tank. However, the congressman said they understand...
    Polling conducted for the campaign arm of the House Republicans found that 75 per cent of battleground voters believed that Democrats were 'out of touch' and 'condescending.'   Additionally, 67 per cent said Democratic spending in Congress was 'out of control.'  The new National Republican Congressional Committee poll surveyed voters from 77 swing Congressional districts, which President Joe Biden won, on average, by 5.5 points.  Now, Republicans lead in the generic ballot in these districts by 4 points - and have seen a 7-point improvement since February 2021, the NRCC said.   At the same time, Biden's numbers continue to crumble.  'The NRCC’s latest battleground survey confirms that Joe Biden and Democrats face an increasingly challenging political environment,' an NRCC memo said. 'Battleground voters continue to hold Democrats responsible for the negative impact that record-high inflation, soaring crime, and the crisis along our southern border are having on their lives.'  The new National Republican Congressional Committee poll surveyed voters from 77 swing Congressional districts that President Joe Biden (pictured) won by an average of 5.5. points, but now Republicans are winning by...
    La Banque Postale is one of the few financial institutions that excludes "financial services dedicated to upstream and midstream oil and gas projects, and exclusion of oil-fired and gas-fired power plants" and plans to phase out services for fossil fuels entirely by 2030. The NGO Reclaim Finance, alongside groups like the Sierra Club 350.org Japan, CEED, and Friends of the Earth Finland released a database tracking some of the world’s biggest financial institutions’ policies toward the oil and gas sector. Dubbed the Oil & Gas Policy Tracker, the tool allows users to search through 150 institutions—60 banks, 60 investors, and 30 insurers—based on a host of factors, including where those institutions are based and what commitments they’ve signed onto. Users can also sort those results by scores calculated based on their restrictions toward fracking, ultra-deepwater drilling, and more. The tracker does not take into account emissions but rather factors in institutional commitments to no longer support upstream activities such as exploration, development, and production, midstream activities like pipelines and liquified natural gas terminals, and downstream activities like refining, and oil- and gas-fired...
    by Laurel Duggan   The Republican National Committee (RNC) launched a voter registration initiative at gas stations across the country, drawing attention to rising gas prices under President Joe Biden’s leadership. “We are registering voters across the country who are tired of Biden’s Gas Hike!” the RNC said Monday on Twitter. “Coming to a gas station near you!” The effort began with a Saturday event in Arizona, according to The Hill. “Arizonans are frustrated with paying the record-high gas prices we’ve seen recently, this is an issue that affects almost every single Arizonan,” said the communications director for Arizona’s RNC, Ben Petersen, according to The Hill. “Want lower gas prices? Vote Republican!” the RNC wrote in another Monday tweet. The average nationwide price for a gallon of gasoline reached an all-time high at just over $4.10 in early March, according to energy analytics firm GasBuddy. Uber and Lyft even began adding surcharges for high gas prices on March 14. The White House blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for soaring gas prices, but Republicans have focused on Biden’s energy policies, such as revoking the Keystone XL Pipeline’s federal permit, as the root cause of rising prices. –...
    Another new poll has a worriesome set of numbers for President Joe Biden with a majority of Americans saying the country is on the track. When asked if things in the U.S. are headed in the right direction or if they've gotten off track, 32% said right direction and 68% said wrong track in the Morning Consult poll out Monday.  The number is a troubling sign for Democrats as they head into November's midterm election looking to keep control of the House and the Senate.  Poll after poll have shown Americans are frustrated with high prices for food, gas and rent and are blaming the administration. Gas was, on average, $4.325 on Monday, according to AAA.  Biden, in remarks to the National League of Cities on Monday, blamed the coronavirus pandemic and Vladimir Putin's invasion of the Ukraine for the high inflation. 'Let's be absolutely clear about why prices are high now are high for two reasons. One was COVID - the way the global economy works,' he said. 'Now a second big reason for inflation is Vladimir Putin,' he noted....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — For the first time in 14 years, Florida’s average price for gasoline is above $4 a gallon. Florida gas prices raced higher last week, reaching a new record-high average price of $4.38 per gallon on Friday. This smashed Florida’s previous record-high of $4.08 per gallon, which was set in July 2008. Fuel prices rose rapidly after Russia invaded Ukraine. Throughout the past two weeks, the U.S. price of oil surged a total of $32 per barrel (35%), reaching a daily high of $123.70 per barrel. In turn, that raised the price of other commodities like gasoline. READ MORE: Hollywood School On Code Red Lockdown, Students Sent Home, After Nearby ShootingThroughout the past two weeks, the state average rose a total of 90 cents per gallon. The cost to fill an average 15-gallon tank of gas is now around $65. That’s $23 more than what drivers paid this time last year. After 7-consecutive trading days of strong gains, the price of oil finally suffered significant losses Wednesday, when the U.S. price of crude dropped $15 per barrel (12%). By week’s end, the U.S. price for oil...
    Gas prices continue to shatter records across the U.S. as the average in California reached $5.57 a gallon Wednesday — the state’s highest recorded average price for regular unleaded fuel. The national average reached $4.25, with motorists shelling out nearly a dollar more a gallon than they did a month ago, according to AAA. National prices spiked past the $4 per gallon mark Saturday and on Tuesday, it surpassed the record high of $4.103, a record set in 2008. Gas prices have surged due to sanctions on Russian commodities during the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. President Joe Biden announced Tuesday a ban on Russian oil imports as the invasion continues to drive prices up. California drivers, in particular, have been feeling pain at the pump. “California typically has the highest prices in the nation, mostly because of its high gas taxes and the high cost of doing business,” said GasBuddy spokesperson Nicole Peterson. “We have seen incredible amounts of traffic to the GasBuddy app and website over the last few days, as consumers are shocked by prices and are...
    “Data Dump” puts the economic statistics in the news into a historical perspective. Buzz: Local gasoline prices broke another dollar barrier this week — and a decade-old record high — with the swiftest price surge since early 2015. Backdrop: Seeing gas station displays flashing $5-plus prices may add financial anxiety in this toasty inflationary age, but as stunning as this week’s jump has been, it’s also remarkable how long gas prices were less than $4. Data: My trusty spreadsheet reviewed stats compiled from weekly surveys by the U.S. Energy Information Administration of Los Angeles-area gas prices. Topline Russia, a major oil producer, and its invasion of Ukraine collided with a rapidly recovering world economy, creating a wild week for pump prices that put one federal gas price  benchmark for Southern California above the $5 mark for the first time. According to the EIA survey, the average gallon of all gasoline blends on March 7 was $5.20 — topping the old peak of $4.74 set October 8, 2012. The details Here are eight trends to ponder when thinking about where...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For the seventh straight week, gas prices across the country are higher than the week before, especially in New York which saw the biggest jump.The national average for a gallon of gas is $3.47, up almost one dollar from this time last year."They're outrageous," Michael Mangi, of Blue Point, said of the prices at the pump.According to AAA, in New York the average cost per gallon is $3.68, in New Jersey it's $3.59 and in Connecticut it's $3.62.Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said gas prices right now are the highest they've been since the summer of 2014.ALSO READ | Sex offender, foster mother charged with prostituting young girlsEMBED More News Videos Two of the eight victims that were forced into prostitution were children in the foster system put in his wife's care. Eyewitness News reporter Michelle Charlesworth has the details. De Haan explained that gas prices typically increase this time of year as we head into spring, but he said that the tension at the Russian-Ukrainian border is exacerbating the trend.De Haan...
    SECAUSUS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — More people are feeling the economic squeeze. The Labor Department says inflation has soared to its highest rate in more than four decades. Consumer prices jumped 7.5% last month, compared to a year before — the steepest one-year increase since 1982. Supply shortages, low interest rates, federal aid and high consumer spending are all contributors. READ MORE: Investigation Continues After SUV Crashes Into Queens Car Wash, Killing 10-Year-Old Davina Afokoba, Injuring 2 OthersAs CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported Thursday, gas prices have been seriously effected. Gas prices typically drop in the first few months of the year as people stay inside and avoid the cold, but experts say this year is different due to the weather and geopolitical tensions. The prediction for drivers is it’s only going to get worse. “You can feel it. I just got gas, it was probably $15 more right now to fill a tank,” Chris Tafaro said. Tafaro, who used to work as a crude oil trader, has been watching closely as the average price of a gallon of gas hit $3.47...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council approves a measure to ban new oil and gas wells and phase out existing ones. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko has branded Germany's latest offer of 5,000 helmets to Ukraine a 'joke' in the latest swipe at Olaf Scholz's lack of support for the threatened country. The former boxer said he was left 'speechless' by Germany over their refusal to give substantial military aid and drop their support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline while Russian troops continue to amass on Ukraine's border.  He told Bild: 'The behaviour of the German government leaves me speechless.  'The defence ministry apparently hasn't realised that we are confronted with perfectly equipped Russian forces that can start another invasion of Ukraine at any time 'What kind of support will Germany send next. Pillows?' Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko has branded Germany's latest offer of 5,000 helmets to Ukraine a 'joke' A Strela-10 anti-aircraft missile system of the Ukrainian Armed Forces fires during anti-aircraft military drills today Germany says it has long refused to export arms to conflict zones and is declining Ukraine's appeals for weaponry Earlier this week, Klitschko accused Germany of 'betraying' his country for their 'failure to provide assistance...
    Incredible new images of Orion's fireplace, the Flame Nebula, have been shared by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), revealing a 'spectacular firework display.' It was taken with the ESO-operated Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX), located on the cold Chajnantor Plateau in Chile's Atacama Desert. The flame nebula sits within the constellation of Orion, about 1,500 light years from the Earth, with a cluster of newly formed stars sitting at its centre.  The new image, released to celebrate the start of the New Year, was part of the APEX Large CO Heterodyne Orion Legacy Survey (ALCOHOLS), which looked at the radio waves emitted by carbon monoxide (CO) in the Orion clouds. Dubbed Orion's Fireplace, the nebula is a cloud of dust and gas, as well as nursery for new stars that emit high-energy radiation, causing the surrounding gas to glow.  Incredible new images of Orion's fireplace, the Flame Nebula, have been shared by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), revealing a 'spectacular firework display' It was taken with the ESO-operated Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX), located on the cold Chajnantor Plateau in Chile's Atacama...
    CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets in the capital of Khartoum and other cities once again on Thursday to protest the October military coup, while security forces fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. Activists have posted live videos on the social media showing protesters waving the Sudanese flag in several cities and chanting: “Power to the people!” and “The military belongs in the barracks!” Social media also swarmed with images showing tear gas clouding rallies in the capital, and protesters hurling stones and throwing back empty gas canisters at security forces. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The Sudanese Professionals Association, which has spearheaded many rallies since the Oct. 25 coup, called earlier on protesters to march to the presidential palace, the seat of the ruling military government in Khartoum. Since the Oct. 25 coup, at least 60 people have been killed and hundreds have been wounded in clashes with security forces as they sought to thwart protests. Thursday’s protests come less than a week after Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok...
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices have dipped again in New Jersey and around the nation, but analysts are warning that rising crude oil prices could halt the trend. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $3.41, down a penny from last week. Drivers were paying an average of $2.32 a gallon a year ago at this time. READ MORE: New Jersey Attorney General's Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting In VinelandThe national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.31, down two cents from last week. Drivers were paying $2.20 a gallon on average a year ago at this time. READ MORE: Philadelphia Police: Man Shot Twice, Killed In KingsessingAnalysts say gas prices tend to dip at this time of year due to to shorter days and lower demand, and that trend got an assist from a recent drop in oil prices due to fears over the omicron variant. But analysts say the variant’s impact on pricing appears to be fading, and it remains to be seen...
    The New York City Council on Wednesday voted to ban natural gas lines in new buildings as a way to combat so-called climate change. Outgoing Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign a bill into a law that will ban new gas stoves, boilers, and heaters. “We’re making it clear that the next generation of buildings will be electric buildings,” Ben Furnas, de Blasio’s director of climate and sustainability, told Yahoo News. “We’re sending a message to the world that if you can do it here, you can do it anywhere.” “This is a very big deal,” Furnas said. “The places that have done this already don’t have four seasons, and they don’t build as big.” Yahoo News praised the development and promoted “environmental justice:” While the initial effect on greenhouse gas emissions will be modest, it will grow over time. Burning fossil fuels for heat and hot water accounts for 40 percent of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. A study by the think tank RMI found that by 2040,...
    Now you have something to stare at when your relatives are squabbling during Thanksgiving: NASA just released a slew of amazing new photos of the solar system’s most distant planets, shot by the Hubble Space Telescope earlier this fall. The new images of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are part of a “grand tour” that Hubble embarks on annually to document how the outer planets are changing year after year. Although it’s more than 30 years old, Hubble is still one of the best instruments humans have to gawk at the other inhabitants of the solar system and clue us into what’s going on with the neighbors more than half-a-billion miles away. In the September 4 photo of Jupiter, for instance, Hubble scientists noted that there appear to be several new storms showing up just above the planet’s equator. Its thick red band lingers, despite predictions from just a few years ago it would disappear by now.
    Prices are up. That’s absolutely true. Inflation has increased since the beginning of 2021 at a rate unmatched since 2009. But that’s what happens every time a Democratic president drags the economy back out of the ditch where a Republican administration left it. It’s not, as the media seems to be insisting, a sign of the apocalypse. Two weeks ago, CNN ran a segment that was supposedly about how families are “constrained by inflation” and that this is putting “a burden” on their lives. In the segment, CNN’s Brianna Keilar throws over to reporter Evan McMorris-Santoro with an expression of deep concern about how inflation is affecting how families “feed their kids.” McMorris-Santoro, handily standing in front of a gas station sign, moves directly into how gas is “up by more than a dollar since last year” without noting that the prices in 2020 were heavily depressed by the pandemic.  He then goes on to interview his typical American family in Texas—who have nine kids and buy 12 gallons of milk each week.  Most of the criticism about the story has focused on that astounding...
    The Hubble Space Telescope is still not fully operational, but NASA and the European Space Agency continue to release new images taken by the space telescope, including never-before-seen images of the solar system's gas giants. The new images of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune show drastic changes to the planet's atmospheres, which stretch from 500 million miles to 3 billion miles away from the sun. The Hubble looks at the changing swirling atmosphere of Jupiter, along with seasonal storms on Saturn and Uranus. Scroll down for video  The Hubble Telescope released new images of the solar system's gas giants. They show drastic changes to the atmospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune There is also a dark spot on Neptune that appears and disappears. 'As the solar system's weatherman, Hubble's ultra-sharp monitoring of these magnificent giants keeps giving astronomers insights into an ever-changing kaleidoscope of weather on other worlds,' NASA wrote in a statement. The images were taken as part of the Outer Planets Atmospheres Legacy program (OPAL) and were snapped in September and October.  The September 4 photo shows the...
    A memo circulated by Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks claims that “radical and insane policies” in the Build Back Better Act “will break our economy.” Banks distributed the memo, obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller, to the Republican Study Committee “to break down the so-called ‘green’ parts of this bill and analyze how they’ll impact working families,” he wrote. The social spending package, which has a top-line cost of $1.75 trillion, could add as much as $4.9 trillion to the national debt, according to an estimate from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not yet provided an official score for the entire bill. Within the Build Back Better package, Banks claims that “half a trillion in funding and policies amount to ‘Phase One of the Green New Deal.'” The memo cites recently-unearthed comments from nominee for Comptroller of the Currency Saule Omarova as evidence for the Biden administration’s desire to eliminate fossil fuel energy sources. She claimed that people should want coal, oil, and gas companies “to go bankrupt if we want to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/CNN) — Sticker shock at San Francisco Bay Area gas pumps was beginning to reach panic levels early Monday as prices surged to more than $4.85 a gallon, setting a new record for the state for a second day in a row. Prices were pushing $5 in some areas, including in Humboldt County, where the average price was $4.97 Monday. READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: How Are Global Shortages Affecting Local Consumers?Doug Shupe, a spokesperson for AAA, said that although Californians are used to paying more for gas, the price has been much higher lately. “Drivers are paying $1.50 more per gallon than a year ago,” Shupe said. “It means the person who has the typical midsize sedan with a 14 gallon size fuel tank, they’re paying $21 more to fill up that tank today than last year.” Rep. Karen Bass, appearing Sunday on CNN’s Jake Tapper “State of the Union,” said something needs to be done to hold down the prices. “The median price is $4. And in many places, it’s $5,” Bass said. “I know...
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