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January 29, 1985
An article in The Times (Jan. 14) reported that the Los Angeles fire stations are closing their pole openings because of "health hazards due to diesel fumes rising from below." Doesn't this say what many of us have been saying for years--that we must do away with diesel trucks and cars? I have driven behind trucks, seen and smelled the stink, and felt the discomfort. To me, it seems simple--gradually work it out over a few years. At the California border the truck loads could be disengaged from the diesel-powered fronts and attached to a cab with a motor that is not diesel-powered.
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AUTOS
April 4, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
Diesel-powered cars save on fuel, but many of them won't save you any money. That's because they cost thousands more to buy in the first place, compared with similar gas-powered models. And many automakers usually offer diesel engines only in combination with a pricey set of standard features. So it can take years - if ever - to make up for those upfront costs through savings at the pump. That's what makes the latest addition to Volkswagen's growing diesel fleet, the Jetta TDI Value Edition, so intriguing.
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AUTOS
April 4, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
Diesel-powered cars save on fuel, but many of them won't save you any money. That's because they cost thousands more to buy in the first place, compared with similar gas-powered models. And many automakers usually offer diesel engines only in combination with a pricey set of standard features. So it can take years - if ever - to make up for those upfront costs through savings at the pump. That's what makes the latest addition to Volkswagen's growing diesel fleet, the Jetta TDI Value Edition, so intriguing.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACARAMENTO - Californians, who already pay some of the highest gasoline prices in the nation, could soon be asked to pay more. Pump prices are likely to climb more than 12 cents per gallon starting Jan. 1, both the oil industry and environmental experts agree. That's when the state's complex cap-and-trade system for pollution credits expands to cover vehicle fuels and their emissions. As a result, gasoline producers would need to buy pollution credits, and they are expected to pass the cost along at the pump.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2009 | DAN NEIL
If you think all hybrid cars are like the Toyota Prius -- mirthless, ugly hair shirts of green conscience -- BMW would like you to meet its Vision: A stealth submarine of a car, lower than a boxing foul, all folded geometry and LED tracer lights. The signature BMW grille glows blue like a reactor cooling pond. The transparent doors open like dragonfly wings. The all-wheel-drive Vision sport coupe is the Usain Bolt of hybrid cars: 0-60 mph in under 4.8 seconds, top speed of 155 mph, 356 horsepower, and handling and braking comparable to the company's brain-melting M3 coupe.
AUTOS
January 9, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Diesel fans waiting on Mazda's long-promised 6 sedan with such an engine under the hood are going to have to have a little more patience, the automaker has announced. Mazda confirmed Thursday that it was delaying for the second time the release of the mid-size 6 sedan with a SkyActiv-D diesel engine into the U.S. market. The car is to be Mazda's play at efficiency in a segment where most brands use a hybrid to serve the eco-conscious buyer. The diesel 6 was originally scheduled to hit the road in fall 2013, but an initial delay pushed that to spring 2014.
BUSINESS
September 1, 2009 | DAN NEIL
Imagine trying to market a product that most Americans regard as old and obsolete, that is remembered -- if at all -- as low-class and low-tech, noisy and noisome, and whose most notable advocates are truck drivers with prominent trouser cleavage. CB radio? An excellent guess, but no. Diesel, the oilier cousin of gasoline, dominates the European auto market, where fuel prices hover around $7 a gallon. Diesel is about 25% to 40% more fuel-efficient than gasoline, with commensurate per-mile reductions in carbon.
NEWS
May 4, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration moved to control the injection of millions of gallons of diesel deep underground during hydraulic fracturing, the controversial oil and gas development technique that avoided oversight by the Environmental Protection Agency because of a loophole created under President George W. Bush. Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, hydraulic fracturing got an exemption from EPA regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act because of what many have called the Halliburton Loophole.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Retail gasoline and diesel prices continued to rise in California and across much of the nation over the last week. Analysts are concerned that rising energy costs would be bad for the economy because more expensive gasoline affects how much Americans have left over to spend on other products, and higher diesel prices could boost the price of other items that are produced or transported using diesel. In California, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline climbed 1.8 cents to $4.376, an increase of 42.2 cents a gallon since the same time last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2010
Jane Smiley, the California author of a dozen wildly different books, tackles half a century of events in the life of Margaret Early, a plain girl who gets married off to an eccentric scientist, in "Private Life." The pair move to San Francisco, where they suffer a series of internal and external disasters, but the knowledge that Margaret has married a madman is what keeps the pages turning. The Washington Post has called "Private Life" a "quantum leap" for this already accomplished writer, who will sign her latest work.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday moved to exert more control over the injection of diesel fuel deep underground to extract oil and natural gas, its first foray into addressing the potential contamination of water from the controversial technique. The Environmental Protection Agency has little authority to regulate fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which involves pumping water laced with chemicals into shale formations to unlock trapped oil and gas. But the agency has been allowed since 2005 to regulate the use of diesel in fracking.
AUTOS
February 7, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
The Volkswagen Jetta has solidified its position as the cheapest U.S. diesel car with a new “value edition” that cuts more than $2,300 from the base price. The bargain TDI goes out the door for $22,115, including destination, for a base model with a manual transmission. The DSG dual-clutch automated manual adds $1,100 to the price. The Jetta was already the least expensive of the diesels, which are still slowly gaining traction in the U.S. market. Automakers including Volkswagen often combine more expensive diesel engines with upscale trim packages, raising the price of entry substantially over comparable gasoline-powered models.
AUTOS
February 6, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Score another victory for BMW's diesel fans. When the Bavarian automaker brings a refreshed 2015 X3 crossover to dealers in the coming months, the vehicle will come with an optional diesel engine, the company announced Wednesday. The X3 is the middle child of BMW's SUV lineup, slotting above the tidy X1 and below the large X5. Competitors include the Mercedes ML, Lexus RX, Audi Q5, and Acura MDX and RDX. PHOTOS: 2015 BMW X3 The latest addition to the X3 lineup brings diesel to the table for the first time in the U.S. It joins the all-wheel-drive turbocharged four- and six-cylinder models that will be largely unchanged.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Vin Diesel is a Katy Perry and Beyoncé fan. There's the video evidence to prove it. And -- pardon the pun -- it's "Riddick"-ulous. The "Fast & Furious 6" star posted a nearly seven-and-a-half minute video on his Facebook page Tuesday in what we can only surmise is a treat for fans. A treat in which the singer grooves and sings along to Perry's "Dark Horse" and Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love. " He gave it the simple caption, "You know I love music... " The barrel-chested actor welcomes his legion of followers to his alone time with his computer, bopping along to the pop hits in a white undershirt and camouflage shorts, you know, showing off his impressive guns and likely causing a few hard-core fans to go weak in the knees.
AUTOS
January 9, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Diesel fans waiting on Mazda's long-promised 6 sedan with such an engine under the hood are going to have to have a little more patience, the automaker has announced. Mazda confirmed Thursday that it was delaying for the second time the release of the mid-size 6 sedan with a SkyActiv-D diesel engine into the U.S. market. The car is to be Mazda's play at efficiency in a segment where most brands use a hybrid to serve the eco-conscious buyer. The diesel 6 was originally scheduled to hit the road in fall 2013, but an initial delay pushed that to spring 2014.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Shan Li
Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens thinks his long bet on natural gas is finally paying off. The legendary oilman has long declared it his mission to wean America off its addiction to foreign oil. He co-founded an Orange County company that builds natural gas stations around the country and sank billions into wind turbines. Pickens' gambles have not always paid off. He lost an estimated $150 million of his personal fortune in wind farming, and admits that he was a couple of decades early into natural gas. But he thinks the time has come for natural gas to shake up the energy industry.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2012 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
The pain at the pump can be felt in China too. The government on Tuesday raised retail prices for gasoline and diesel fuel for the second time in less than six weeks in an attempt to keep pace with soaring crude oil prices. Chinese motorists are now paying $4.43 a gallon for 90-octane fuel — nearly equal to the $4.45-a-gallon average for mid-grade fuel in California, according to AAA. In contrast with the U.S., retail pump prices in China are set by central authorities, in part to maintain social stability.
AUTOS
March 15, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
BMW announced Friday it will bring a trio of vehicles to the New York Auto Show later this month, including a new diesel 3-Series sedan. The 328d will be making its U.S. premiere at the show, several months before it rolls into dealerships in late summer. The car, which is sold in Europe as the 320d, has a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine that makes 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. BMW said it will do zero-60 mph in about 7.2 seconds. The automaker expects the car to "well exceed 40 mpg" in highway driving; official EPA estimates are several months away.
AUTOS
December 26, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Volkswagen Group of America will easily clear sales of 100,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. this year, marking a milestone for both the German carmaker and the auto industry. Although diesel engines date back to the dawn of the automotive age, it's a technology that American consumers have never taken to. Credit their memory of an older generation of smelly, smoky and hesitant diesel cars. But by building a generation of fuel-efficient, clean and quiet turbo diesels with lots of zip, and making a diesel an engine option in almost every vehicle VW and its luxury Audi brand sell here, the German company has become a pioneer for the technology.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Diesel Books in Malibu is for sale for an unusual reason: Its owners have decided they've got one too many bookstores. Co-owners John Evans and Alison Reid started Diesel , their bookselling mini-empire, in Oakland. Malibu came second, nine years ago; then the Brentwood Country Mart. Earlier this year, they opened a shop in Larkspur in Marin County. Evans believes the Malibu location could do better in sales with a dedicated local owner. As it is, he and Reid are commuting between Northern and Southern California, and haven't been spending much time in the Malibu shop.
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