Oil Industry

Is there really a Jeep Wrangler in there?

Posted in Best of, Domestic Rides, General, Jeep, Oil Industry, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | March 6th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

Jeep Wrangler Custom

Living in California means that seeing raised pickup trucks and Jeeps on the road is very common. There are loads of off-road trails, dunes and deserts here that would satisfy even the freakiest of off-road fantasies. This modified Jeep Wrangler however (seen in Rabat, Morocco) completely takes the cake as far as the most outlandish custom I’ve seen. Apparently owned by a shaikh of the Arab Emirates, this it has an extended wheelbase, what looks to be 42-inch tires and a grille that came off of a Freightliner semi-truck. Is it cool? No, no it’s not. I do however have to give the guy an A+ for effort though.

Source: Youtube.com

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Earth 2050 – Trailer : Watch This

Posted in auto industry, Best of, Car Tech, Educational, Emissions, Environment, General, News, Oil Industry, Videos by MrAngry | October 11th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

Earth 2050

I’m generally not one to post up about the environment, politics and or government affairs. After watching the trailer for “Earth 2050″ however it seems painfully obvious that if we want to keep enjoying the vehicles we love, that most of us should take notice of what’s happening to our planet. Click through and check it out.

You can also view the full length video (42:39) here.

Source: Youtube.com

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Disaster In Japan: Automakers Halt Production

Posted in auto industry, Environment, News, Newsworthy, Oil Industry by Kurt Ernst | March 14th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

An oil refinery burns in Ichihara. Image: Cranky5

The unimaginable scale of devastation in Japan has brought a temporary halt to production of Japanese automobiles. Mazda has announced a temporary shutdown of their Hiroshima and Hofu plants through the night shift on March 16, with further announcements on production expected on March 17. Honda is suspending production at most of their Japanese facilities through March 20, and an announcements are expected from Nissan and Toyota today. Although the bulk of Japan’s auto industry lies south of the most heavily damaged areas, the massive damage to the country’s infrastructure will impact the delivery of parts to automakers as well as the delivery of completed vehicles to ports. The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has ordered rolling power blackouts to conserve electricity, and it may be some time before we fully understand the extent of the disaster’s impact on the world’s economy. Read More…

Are We Headed For $5.00 Gas?

Posted in News, Newsworthy, Oil Industry, Travel by Kurt Ernst | February 26th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

When I made my car related predictions for the coming year, I said that gas would top $4.00 a gallon by the end of 2011. I also said that it probably wouldn’t slide back below $3.00 per gallon, as we’ve grown accustomed to over the years. Recent political unrest in the Middle East appears to have accelerated the timeline for that gasoline price jump, and energy tracking company DTN is predicting that it’ll rise even higher. In fact, they say we should be prepared to spend as much as $5.00 per gallon by this summer. Read More…

Magic $1.50/gallon Fuel

Posted in Environment, News, Oil Industry, Science by Dustin Driver | February 14th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Announcing that you’ve just invented synthetic fuel that produces zero carbon emissions and costs just $1.50 a gallon is a great way to get oil company commandos to burn down your house. But that’s just what a company in the U.K. has done. Cella Energy, an advanced materials lab, says it can turn hydrogen into a fuel that’ll free the world from grasp of fossil fuels. Read More…

EPA Approves E15 Fuel

Posted in Car Tech, Legal, News, Oil Industry by Kurt Ernst | January 24th, 2011 | 5 Responses |

Buried deep in the bottom of the news last week was the fact that the EPA gave its approval for E15 fuel to be sold alongside current gasoline and gasoline / ethanol blends. If you own a motorcycle, use gas-powered lawn equipment and drive cars older than the 2007 model year, this is potentially bad news. Why the concern? There are several reasons, but the big one is that fuel formulated with 15% ethanol may damage plastic and rubber components used in automotive fuel systems prior to 2007. In motorcycles using plastic fuel tanks, there is already significant evidence that E10 formulations cause the plastic to distort, creating the potential of a fuel leak and associated fire. If you’re the owner of a small gas station or convenience store, the news gets even bleaker. Read More…

Conventional Oil vs. Synthetic Oil: A Brief Explanation

Posted in Car Accessories, Car Care, Oil Industry, Videos by MrAngry | September 2nd, 2010 | 1 Response |

The guys over at Edmunds Inside Line always put out some great stuff. Take this quick video they did on the differences between conventional motor oil vs. synthetic. Sure it’s not that long, but it doesn’t have to be to answer a few simple questions that the general public has been asking for years. Obviously at the end of the day you want to read your cars owners manual for the straight truth as it pertains to your specific vehicle. At least now though you’ll have a better understanding of what makes your car tick.

Source: Insideline.com

June Gasoline Demand Drops To Lowest Level Since 2004

Posted in driving, Newsworthy, Oil Industry, trends by Kurt Ernst | July 30th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

The latest numbers on gasoline consumption are in from the American Petroleum Institute, and to no one’s surprise overall demand is down nearly 1% in the first six months of this year. Demand for the month of June is lower by 0.5%, marking the lowest demand in the month of June since 2004. As Autoblog points out, gas was selling for an average of $2.00 a gallon back then, compared to $2.70 per gallon today. There have been higher spikes in pricing with no corresponding drop in demand, but that was back in the days when the economy was relatively healthy and people had jobs.

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What’s Really In A Barrel Of Oil?

Posted in Environment, General, Oil Industry by Kurt Ernst | May 12th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

A barrel of oil holds 44 gallons of crude, but what is that crude oil turned into? The folks at The Daily Green recently took a look at what happens to those 44 gallons of crude, as illustrated by the above chart. It’s pretty clear that a barrel of oil gives us 18.56 gallons of gasoline, 10.31 gallons of diesel and 4.07 gallons of jet fuel, but what about the “Other Products” category? What does seven gallons of crude oil from every barrel go into making?

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Louisiana Coast Threatened By Oil From Sunken Rig

Posted in Environment, General, Newsworthy, Oil Industry by Kurt Ernst | April 30th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Photo: NASA

Coast Guard officials are reporting that oil from the sunken Deepwater Horizon may have reached the coast of Louisiana. A massive coordinated effort to contain the spill is underway, including teams from the U.S Navy and civilian contractors. Containment booms have been placed at strategic points along the Louisiana coast, and teams are working to skim as much of the oil as possible. A separate effort is underway to contain and ignite some of the spilled oil, preventing it from reaching shore.

Attempts to block the flow of oil since the rig sank eight days ago have failed, and the rig continues to leak an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil per day. To put this in perspective, the Exxon Valdez leaked approximately 250,000 barrels when it ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, in March of 1989. BP, the company that leased the Deepwater Horizon, is cooperating with Federal authorities in attempting to find a solution and plug the leaking well. Key to this is activating the rig’s blowout preventer, and six deep water submersibles are currently engaged in activity to fix the the blowout preventer valve.