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  • Green, Not So Green

    The AP spent 11 months examining the hidden environmental costs of the nation’s green-energy boom: undisclosed eagle deaths at wind farms; untracked loss of conservation lands and native prairies created by the ethanol mandate; and the government’s unadvertised support of more oil drilling with money to clean up coal-fired power plants. All energy has costs, and in the case of fossil fuels those costs have been well documented. But when it comes to green energy, the administration, the industry, and environmentalists don’t want to talk about. The AP series shows how the Obama administration has at times looked the other way and in other cases made environmental concessions for so-called green energy to make headway in its fight against global warming.
  • Ethanol Project

    The "Ethanol Project” reviewed the ethanol industry in Brazil, the United States, Colombia and Peru. It revealed a new generation of business executives who lead an industry dependent on subsidies, lobbying and very favorable loans awarded by multilateral organizations. The story showed how the ethanol industry has begun to experience some tough adjustments, and how the environmentalists that once endorsed the industry are asking how sustainable the industry really is and what contribution, if any, it is making to the environment.
  • Are you getting greased at Heartland Jiffy Lubes?

    Heartland Automotive Jiffy Lubes were found to be selling two oils to customers for different prices. Yet when tested, the I-Team found that the oils had the same properties. ConocoPhillips, the supplier of the more expensive oil, said that Jiffy Lube had known this for sometime. In a later investigation the I-Team found that Heartland Jiffy Lubes sold washer fluid contained no methanol to prevent freezing, despite calling it their “winter blend.” It had simply been died blue by order of the Heartland.
  • The Ethanol Myth

    Although the Bush administration has been stressing the push for ethanol to replace gasoline, economically it isn't ideal. After numerous tests, Consumer Reports found that a person will get 27 percent lower fuel economy by using E85 as an alternative to gasoline. Drivers will pay more on a per-mile basis, and the fuel-flex vehicles are typically large vehicles, like SUVs, so drivers will have to pay more at the pump regardless of their fuel type.
  • Priming the Pump: How Cash, Caucuses Combined to Protect A Fuel on the Hill

    The Journal reports on controversy surrounding a 20-year-old tax subsidy for ethanol, a gasoline additive typically made from corn. The subsidy benefits producers and brings gasoline prices down, but has been scoured by environmentalists. The story reveals how political considerations and presidential ambitions have added flare to the debate on the subsidy.
  • Poisoned on the Job

    CBC News reports "a story about transit workers in the small Alberta city of Medicine Hat who say they are sick because they were exposed to dangerous levels of methanol during a federally funded test project of the alternative fuel. Methyl alcohol is highly toxic, but the workers were told it was 'environmentally friendly.' A report from an internal investigation confirmed the workers were exposed to excessive levels of the chemical for years as they worked in clothes soaked with the fuel and breathed formaldehyde fumes produced by incomplete combustion. Today, the workers say they suffer from chemical sensitivities because of their exposure. Alberta's Workers' Compensation Board has rejected their claims...."
  • Gasoline

    WTVH-TV (Syracuse) finds that using ARCO gasoline, which contains methanol, can damage your car, 1983.
  • ARCO/Methanol in Gas

    WCAU-TV (Philadelphia) reports the methanol many small oil companies and ARCO are using in their gasoline can seriously damage cars, 1983.