June 6, 2003 |
Gasoline containing the additive ethanol will be in widespread use across the nation by 2012 under a plan approved Thursday by the Senate. The proposal, incorporated into a broader energy bill, would dramatically change how refiners blend gasoline and how they meet federal clean air requirements. It would require a doubling of ethanol use, to at least 5 billion gallons a year, in what would be a boon to corn farmers.
July 20, 1994 |
Under attack by rival Chevron Corp., Texaco agreed Tuesday to change millions of dollars' worth of advertising for its much-vaunted new gasoline. Following recommendations by an advertising industry arbitration group, Texaco said it will remove wording that suggests that a new gasoline additive is uniquely capable of removing deposits in the engine combustion chamber. Such deposits can cause rough idling, poor acceleration and power loss.
July 29, 1990 |
We are now notified that pumping our own gas causes cancer. Actually, I suspected this all along. When the station hirelings started lurking in their bulletproof cages, refusing to come out to the Tarmac, it was the tip-off that something was wrong. We should have known to beware the pumps. So last week the news came. The gasoline in California is laced with a heavy dose of benzene, more than in any other state.
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September 18, 1989 |
Chemists at the Texaco Research Center in Beacon, N.Y., have developed what they call a "revolutionary" new package of engine additives that can clean up both the car's carburetor or fuel injection system and interior motor parts without increasing the engine's octane requirement. Texaco has recently begun marketing the additive package as part of its System-3 gasoline.
July 3, 2003 |
Hoping to derail proposed federal legislation that would boost the use of ethanol in gasoline, a California congressman and others on Wednesday said the additive helped trigger price increases in the spring and has worsened the state's gasoline supply troubles. "The lessons learned in California may very well be relevant nationwide," said Rep. Doug Ose (R-Sacramento), who presided over a House subcommittee hearing in Diamond Bar to discuss California's move to ethanol-blended gasoline.
October 30, 1997 |
Tosco Corp. is urging the state Air Resources Board to move quickly toward eliminating a smog-reducing gasoline additive because of concerns it could cause widespread contamination of drinking water supplies. The plea by Tosco to stop oil industry usage of methyl tertiary butyl ether, or MTBE, could rock an industry that has invested billions in formulating fuel with the additive to make a federally required "cleaner-burning gasoline."
May 16, 2006 |
Chevron Corp. is exploring investments in ethanol plants to guarantee steady supplies of the gasoline additive for its refineries. Chevron is examining whether larger ethanol distilleries could be built to lower production costs, Donald Paul, the company's chief technology officer, said in a telephone interview Monday. Chevron would be the first major oil company in 26 years to invest in U.S. production of the grain-based additive.
May 18, 2006 |
What do mothballs and toilet bowl deodorant bars have to do with drastically improving gas mileage? Nothing, say prosecutors who are going after a company that claims a small ball made with the chemicals in those products is a "gas pill" that can boost mileage 25% or more. Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott sued BioPerformance Inc. on Wednesday, a day after a San Antonio judge signed a temporary restraining order forcing the Dallas company to cease allegedly deceptive acts and froze its assets.
December 3, 1997 |
In a significant reversal, Chevron Corp. and a leading oil industry group are taking steps to stop using a key additive in gasoline that helps cut smog, oil company executives said Tuesday. Just a few months ago, the oil industry, the California Air Resources Board and even some environmentalists mounted a major lobbying effort against legislation to ban the additive MTBE.
April 10, 2009 |
The increased use of ethanol could cost the government up to $900 million for food stamps and child nutrition programs, a congressional report says. Higher use of the corn-based fuel additive accounted for about 10% to 15% of the rise in food prices from April 2007 to April 2008, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. That translates into higher costs for food programs for the needy.