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May 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Struggling with record diesel prices, the trucking industry's main trade group introduced a plan Thursday to reduce fuel consumption and emissions over the next decade mainly by having its members slow down. The American Trucking Assns., whose members include FedEx Corp., UPS Inc. and Con-way Inc., says adherence to a handful of new proposals could cut fuel consumption by 86 billion gallons and carbon dioxide emissions by 900 million tons for all vehicles over the next 10 years.
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AUTOS
April 11, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Experts are saying American drivers, including Californians, can expect some of the lowest summer gasoline prices they have seen in three years. Some are predicting a steady decline in California gasoline prices to as low as $3.84 a gallon by August. This year, the Energy Department is expecting a national summertime average of about $3.63 for a gallon of regular gasoline. That would be the lowest in three years, down six cents from $3.69 a gallon a year ago and off 8 cents from the $3.71 average in 2011.
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BUSINESS
March 9, 2003
"Diesels Fueling Renewed Interest" (Feb. 16) failed to mention the increasing availability of biodiesel fuel made from fresh or recycled vegetable oil. Although previously scarce and expensive, biodiesel is becoming more available at land-based and marine fueling stations. The price has come down from more than twice the price of petroleum diesel to, at some locations, only a few cents more per gallon. As this trend continues, biodiesel should shortly be on a par with or cheaper than petroleum.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
It's the kind of news that Americans waiting for holiday spending bills to arrive don't want to hear: “Even with increasing energy production in the U.S., declining fuel consumption, and improving fuel efficiency, Americans may still face rising gasoline prices in 2013. " The quote comes from Gregg Laskoski, one of the senior petroleum analysts at GasBuddy.com. That's the fuel price spotting service used by several million smartphone users to report the highest and lowest gasoline and diesel prices they encounter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS
The car of the future that Cal State Northridge engineering students are helping design doesn't look on the outside too much different from the car of the present. The 1996 Chevrolet Lumina shell sits in a garage with all its internal parts taken out, while the students wait to install a motorcycle engine and other specially designed parts to make the car lighter, reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1986
Chief Gates is the first and only bearer of truth that I have heard in recent times. His quotes about Los Angeles traffic conditions are accurate. His remarks about the Caltrans system of highways and streets are painfully true. Traffic signals all through Los Angeles (including all the small communities that make up this city) seem to be deliberately timed to make traffic stop and go at all times. Other large cities solved this problem years ago by timing lights so that traffic runs without stopping for many blocks at a time, but not Los Angeles.
NEWS
September 2, 2004
Susan Carpenter says, "Ask motorcyclists why they ride, and you'll get the same answers from every one of them: It's the adrenaline rush, the freedom, the in-the-moment thrill" ("On the Streets of L.A., You Are What You Ride," Aug. 26). Well, that's not my answer, but nobody asked me. I started riding a motorcycle in Los Angeles for ease of parking and 60 mpg fuel efficiency in the city (better than a hybrid on a highway). The culture of motorcycles is interesting, but it's not everything.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2012 | By Nancy Rivera Brooks
California drivers are keeping their feet on the brakes, with gasoline demand falling for eight months in a row. Gasoline consumption in California totaled 1.23 billion gallons in October, down 1.8% from the 1.26 gallons used the previous October, according to a report released Tuesday by California State Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton. The last time gas use increased was in January 2011, when consumption rose 2.7%. Consumption was flat in February. “High gas prices appear to be directly affecting fuel consumption in California,” Horton said.
NEWS
August 27, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
In an announcement welcomed by U.S. auto manufacturers Friday, the Transportation Department proposed lowering gasoline mileage standards for 1989-90 model cars. Transportation Secretary James H. Burnley IV scheduled a hearing on the proposal for Sept. 14. Under the suggested new standards, fuel consumption of all cars built by a U.S. manufacturer would be required to average between 26.5 and 27.5 miles per gallon. This would be as much as a mile per gallon below the 27.5-m.p.g.
NEWS
December 18, 1986 | LEE DYE, Times Science Writer
Dangerous storms have forced the Voyager into so many evasive maneuvers that, for a time Wednesday, it was nip-and-tuck whether Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager would have enough fuel left to complete their nonstop global journey, according to the designer of the experimental airplane. But late in the day, after the latest calculations were taken, Voyager spokesman Larry Cansler said there was no longer much concern about fuel.
AUTOS
December 6, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Stroll over to Nissan's booth at the Los Angeles Auto Show and you'll see the usual collection of cars, trucks and SUVs, not unlike other automakers' displays around the convention center. And then you'll see Nissan's DeltaWing, a black rocket made from carbon composite. The long, narrow body on the open-top experimental race car measures just 2 and a half feet wide from the nose, over the front wheels, to the driver's elbows. From there, the car widens dramatically -- another 4.3 feet -- to cover the rear wheels.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
For the third time this year, several of the nation's major airlines hiked air fares last week, with United and Continental airlines initiating a $4 to $10 increase in round-trip ticket prices. Virgin America , Delta Air Lines, US Airways and American Airlines have matched the increase, but JetBlue Airways and the nation's largest domestic passenger carrier, Southwest Airlines, have yet to follow. A fourth increase, initiated in January by Delta, was rescinded when several major airlines refused to match the increase.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2012 | By Nancy Rivera Brooks
California drivers are keeping their feet on the brakes, with gasoline demand falling for eight months in a row. Gasoline consumption in California totaled 1.23 billion gallons in October, down 1.8% from the 1.26 gallons used the previous October, according to a report released Tuesday by California State Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton. The last time gas use increased was in January 2011, when consumption rose 2.7%. Consumption was flat in February. “High gas prices appear to be directly affecting fuel consumption in California,” Horton said.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Gasoline prices rose in most of the U.S. during the last week and are higher than they were a year earlier, according to a federal survey released Tuesday. But the fuel bite out of the collective American wallet may not be any worse than it was a year earlier because consumption is down. The U.S. average price of self-serve regular gasoline Monday was $3.391 a gallon, up nearly a penny from a week earlier and 28.7 cents higher than a year earlier, the Energy Department said in a report delayed a day by the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
The Ford Mustang is ubiquitous. More than 9 million have been manufactured over the last 47 years, driven by generations of owners, including my mechanic's son, my neighbor's daughter, even my very own mother. But none are quite like the 2011 version, which got a radical and somewhat unusual update for a muscle car. It simultaneously ramps up the performance and the fuel economy. Like any redo worth the R&D money, the aluminum 5.0-liter V-8 is all new and outfitted with twin independent variable camshaft timing, allowing the car to offer a triptych of benefits.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2009 | Ronald D. White
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are so busy that they move more cargo than the next five largest U.S. ports combined. They're so efficient that they process more international trade in one month than most North American harbors handle in an entire year. Now the friendly rivals are leading the way into unexpected waters: attracting, testing and funding cutting-edge technology to reduce emissions and fuel consumption at the ports. Even as their revenues declined and their budgets shrank in the worst global recession in more than 60 years, the twin ports have become accidental venture capitalists of sorts in the world of green technology.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
For the third time this year, several of the nation's major airlines hiked air fares last week, with United and Continental airlines initiating a $4 to $10 increase in round-trip ticket prices. Virgin America , Delta Air Lines, US Airways and American Airlines have matched the increase, but JetBlue Airways and the nation's largest domestic passenger carrier, Southwest Airlines, have yet to follow. A fourth increase, initiated in January by Delta, was rescinded when several major airlines refused to match the increase.
NEWS
May 7, 1996 | BETTIJANE LEVINE and DENNIS ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Myrna Lightstone isn't taking this gas price hike sitting down. In fact, sitting in the sofa-like leather seats of her champagne-colored Cadillac is her least favorite thing to do since prices for super unleaded soared to $1.70 at the local Mobil station. The Encino-based Realtor wants to start a "gas rebellion" in which everyone stays home and drives nowhere for at least one protest day. Short of that, she's changing her daily routine.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Dick Messer is paying a pretty good price these days to fuel his drive from Riverside to work: the equivalent of about $1.35 a gallon. But Messer, who has collected, restored and raced gasoline-powered cars for more than 50 years, isn't commuting on gasoline anymore to his job running the Petersen Automotive Museum in the mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles. Messer still owns such classic rides as a 1963 Lincoln Continental, a 1953 Cadillac Fleetwood and a Saleen Mustang.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2008 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
Acting with unusual speed and bipartisanship, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved funding for a $25-billion loan program to help the auto industry build more fuel-efficient vehicles. The aid package enjoyed support from both parties because of its election-year importance to battleground states such as Michigan and Ohio, where many cars are manufactured.
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