August 16, 2012
Re "Cracking down on diesel," Opinion, Aug. 14 Carl Pope makes a good case for retrofitting trucks with diesel filters, which costs about $10,000 a truck, to reduce deadly air pollution. But the benefit is to the public. Why should the truck owner bear the burden while getting no direct benefit? I suggest that the retrofit be subsidized by taxpayers because they receive the benefit. Among the advantages of this approach is that the retrofits will be done sooner and the savings from costly enforcement programs can be used to actually get the job done.
February 18, 1990
Jim Hutchison's story, "In the Wake of the Lady Rose," Jan. 28, was interesting to an ex-Northwester, but I must take exception to "state of the art in 1937, the Lady Rose boasted one of the world's first marine diesel engines." Fiat was building marine diesels in 1909 and they were used in World War I U-boats. R. BOTTUM Van Nuys
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1989
Three hundred gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a flood control channel in Anaheim on Thursday, flowing through four cities before it was contained near the ocean, authorities said. The spill occurred at about 9:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of South Allec Street when a 18-wheel truck backing out of a driveway sheared off a valve connecting two 150-gallon diesel tanks. The fuel spilled onto the street and then into an underground flood control drain, where it was inaccessible to authorities trying to contain it, according to Capt.
October 4, 2009 |
The gig : Chief executive of Sapphire Energy Inc., a San Diego biofuels company that develops algae-based fuel that has been used experimentally to power airplanes and, recently, a car that was driven across the country. The serial entrepreneur has had a hand in starting several companies in industries including medical engineering and biotechnology. Sapphire hopes to produce 1 million gallons of algae diesel and jet fuel each year in the next two years, and up to a massive 1 billion gallons of fuel a year by 2025.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1986
You are to be commended for your strong editorial (April 29), "Staying a Step Ahead," on behalf of cleaner operating RTD buses. Dirty diesels are an obvious source of air pollution that is especially offensive to the rest of the motoring public. In an effort to begin corrective action, last year I carried, and the governor signed, Senate Bill 152, which will include diesel inspections to the "smog-check" program currently applicable to smaller vehicle engines in areas of the state with poor air quality.
May 9, 1989
Deal for Fruehauf Reached: Toronto-based Varity Corp. announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Detroit-based Fruehauf Corp. in a merger valued at more than $500 million. Varity has no plans to restructure the automotive and truck component company or lay off any workers, Varity spokesman J. R. Nowling said. Under the merger agreement, Fruehauf will receive $66 million cash, $430 million principal amount in notes guaranteed by Varity and about 55.5 million new Varity common shares.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989
Thirty new methanol-powered buses will be added to the RTD fleet in Los Angeles this summer, doubling the number of such vehicles in use in the nation, transit officials said Monday. "RTD is proud to be a leader in the field of testing alternative fuels as a viable way of improving air quality," said Southern California Rapid Transit District Board President Gordana Swanson. The first of the new $164,000, 40-foot coaches was unveiled Monday, along with an identifying logo--a white cross within a circle to denote good health.
August 28, 2013 |
With the impending Labor Day weekend about to put the final nail in summer's coffin, automakers around the globe are turning their attention to auto shows. This year's season unofficially kicks off Sept. 10, when Germany's Frankfurt Auto Show will open its doors to the automotive press. One of the largest auto shows in the world, the Frankfurt event is held every two years. Dozens of world debuts are expected from automakers; many of these will then make their way to Los Angeles in November for their North American debuts at our own Los Angeles Auto Show.
June 10, 2008 |
Gas stations in Madrid and Spain's northeastern Catalonia region began running dry amid an indefinite strike by truckers over soaring fuel costs. Drivers were paying the equivalent of about $7.32 per gallon of diesel. Antonio Onieva, president of Madrid's station owners organization, told reporters that 15% of the capital's outlets had run out of fuel. Manuel Amado, president of Catalonia's owners federation, said 40% of Catalonia's 1,714 stations had sold out. Truckers also blocked a number of roads.