May 22, 2001
To me, the Arctic refuge represents everything spectacular and everything endangered about America's natural heritage: a million years of ecological serenity . . . an irreplaceable sanctuary for polar bears, white wolves and 130,000 caribou.. . .For 20,000 years - literally hundreds of generations - the native Gwich'in people have inhabited this sacred place, following the caribou herd and leaving the awe-inspiring landscape just as they found it. . . . It is a sad day indeed when our President and congressional leaders would sacrifice America's largest wildlife refuge for the sake of a possible six-month supply of national energy.
April 12, 1989 |
That's what I like," said Slats Grobnik, with a snort and a snicker. "I like a guy who doesn't make any snap decisions. " Who are you talking about? "Who else? Our new leader, the commander in chief, the great horseshoe player, President Bush. " What has brought on your sudden admiration? "Well, I just heard he said the big oil leak in Alaska is the oil company's fault, but he's going to send in troops to help clean it up anyway. " I think that is a decision we can all agree on. "Right, and what I like is he just didn't rush in there with any whatchacallits.
October 1, 1996 |
An underground plume of petroleum - for months a concern in South Philadelphia - reaches under part of the Passyunk Homes public housing project, recent tests have found. But as a nearby refinery and military base signed on for a cleanup, environmental officials said the oil 20 feet under the ground appeared to pose no immediate health threat to the project's 2,300 residents. A thick cover of earth blocks the escape of vapors, the Department of Environmental Protection said yesterday.
November 13, 1988 |
Researchers for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have found that sponging a dog in a solution of 1 1/2 ounces of human bath oil called Avon's Skin So Soft to a gallon of water will cut flea infestation by more than 40 percent. The scientists put a counted number of fleas on each dog, sponged the dogs with the "woodland fragrance," and counted the parasites the next day. Voila! Many of the fleas had fled. The researchers for the association, which represents 14,000 veterinarians practicing small-animal medicine in this country, say that the fleas have a keen sense of smell, and the scientists speculate that the fleas leave because they don't like the product's aroma.
July 28, 2012 |
The thieves had pulled a white van up to the back of the snazzy Chestnut Street restaurant Buddakan. Were they stealing cash, or the giant golden Buddha? A stash of the popular "dip sum" doughnuts? Nope. They were after the used cooking oil. With biodiesel production increasing and prices for feedstocks - including used cooking oil - soaring, a waste product that restaurants once paid to get rid of is now a commodity targeted by thieves. Greenworks Holdings, a group of companies that collect used cooking oil and convert it into biofuel, serves about 13,000 restaurants, mostly in the northeastern states.
April 21, 1988 |
Mobil Oil Corp. said yesterday its planned capital improvements of $75 million at its Paulsboro refinery will include a cogeneration plant capable of satisfying the refinery's power needs. Mark Cohen, a Mobil spokesman, said the new cogeneration plant, in addition to a new facility for blending and packaging lubrication oil, demonstrates Mobil's commitment to the Paulsboro refinery. Mobil, like other firms with refineries in the Northeast, has responded to foreign competition by streamlining its own facilities.
February 6, 2006
President Bush said in his State of the Union address that America is addicted to oil. We take you now to a meeting at an undisclosed location, where participants are struggling with a 12-step program: Dr. Bob: Welcome, everyone. Do we have any new members tonight? George: Yes. Howdy. My name is George. And my country is addicted to oil. Group (in unison): Hi, George. Dr. Bob: Welcome to our anonymous group, George. Our program for recovery consists of 12 steps. The first step is to admit we are powerless over oil. Are you ready to admit you're powerless?
October 23, 1986 |
The crews were out along Boathouse Row and the fish were biting along the Schuylkill. Little remained by late yesterday of a 3 1/2-mile-long oil slick on the river but scattered gooey pools, the targets of cleanup booms near city water intakes. The Belmont intake off West River Drive was to remain shut down overnight but the Water Department said none of the heavy industrial-grade heating oil got into the water supply. "We've got plenty of water," said department spokeswoman Joan Fredette.
April 8, 1986 |
The price of oil has fallen from $29 a barrel in November 1985 to $13 in March 1986, a drop of over 50 percent in four months. We are now in the midst of a worldwide oil glut. But how is this possible? After all, in the 1970s we were told that oil is a nonrenewable resource that was on the verge of depletion. Oil could only become more scarce. A glut was not only unthinkable but also logically impossible. But the "impossible" has occurred. How? The doomsday predictions were based on a "worst case" scenario.
May 6, 2011 |
BELMAR, N.J. - The drill-vs.-spill debate is heating up again. Environmental groups in New Jersey are trying to rally opposition against three bills in Congress that would expand offshore oil and gas drilling. But the pain of $4-a-gallon gasoline is renewing pressure from supporters of drilling to do more to add to the nation's energy supplies. A bill that would reopen offshore drilling in Virginia and the Gulf of Mexico passed the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday with mostly Republican support, 266-149, with 17 abstentions.