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2016 Presidential Candidate Energy Policies

Ken Bone, with his glasses and now-iconic red sweater, came through as the true star of the Presidential debate last night. But how did the candidates respond to his question on energy policy? Their answers are transcribed below.

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National Average Pushes Higher as Oil Spikes

Gasoline prices continued their rise in the last week as OPEC signals it is ready to cut crude oil production. The national average rose 3.3 cents per gallon to $2.259/gallon according to price-tracker addition to crude oil prices rising, some areas of the country dealt with additional problems- including refinery outages in the Great Lakes and Hurricane Matthew in the Southeast. Average gas prices spiked 11 cents in Indiana, 10 cents in Michigan, 9 cents in Missouri, 8 cents in West Virginia, 7 cents in Ohio and 6 cents in Florida versus last week.Just ten states saw average prices decline, led by Georgia falling 2 cents, as supply increased after last month's Colonial Pipeline shut down. Following were Utah and Wyoming, down 2 cents, Kentucky, down 2 cents, and Idaho, down a penny....

Canada prepares to force a carbon tax on all

Prime Minister Trudeau launches a carbon taxWith revelations that Canada's new national carbon tax wont be net neutral, i.e. taxes wont go back to consumers, Provincial governments are not all falling in line with the federal government's plan to foist a carbon tax upon them especially where none exist impose a higher tax than the ones they have in place.Earlier this week Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced in advance of Canada's official ratification of the Paris Accord on Climate Change, that regardless of objections or less onerous carbon or cap and trade regimes, a nationwide floor price on emissions of greenhouse gases. The next four years will see an annually adjusted levy of $10 per tonne for 2018, rising to $50 by 2022. That means that for instance, Canadians will see gas prices rise from 2.5 cents litre  to 12.6 cents a litre, or 9.5 cents a gallon to 47.7 cents a gallon by January 1st 2022....

Feds catching up to states with self-driving vehicle & testing regs

Image From . / Foo ConnerFor some time we've seen technological advances in multiple areas where laws needed for safe testing and implementation simply did not exist.  Think drones.  Cyber-security.  Self-driving vehicles. But now, new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Transportation include a 15-point Safety Assessment governing the “safe design, development, testing and deployment of automated vehicles,” the agency says. The policy outlined by Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also tries to clarify federal and state government responsibilities for regulating automated vehicles, with a goal of creating a national framework. It’s a step aimed at replacing a hodgepodge of rules now set by individual states....

Top Picks: The 10 Best Apple Orchards

It’s the heart of fall, so why not take in an apple orchard or two? And these days, it’s not just about the apples—many have expanded to theme-park like levels, with hay rides, shrub mazes and even petting zoos (!), along with delicious cider donuts, fresh ice cream and more. So grab our guide to the top-pick orchards across America, and get ready for the perfect fall adventure....

Recalls ordered for Ford Focus and Transit Connect

Image From .Ford has issued two recalls affecting more than 75,000 vehicles, most of which are registered in the U.S.  The Focus recall impacts 2013-17 Ford Focus hatchback and Ford Focus RS.

This recall stems from a software glitch that allows hatchbacks to unlock and unlatch with one press of the inside latch release. Federal law requires that such doors unlock and unlatch separately, via two distinct actions.

Unfortunately, the unlocking/unlatching can happen even when a vehicle is in motion, which could allow cargo, pets, or anything else to fall out. According to the Car Connection the good news is, it only occurs when cars are traveling at 4 mph or slower. At this time, Ford says that it knows of no accidents or injuries linked to the issue.


GasBuddy Activates Gasoline Availability Tracker as Hurricane Matthew Takes Aim for Southeast

GasBuddy has today activated its Gasoline Availability Tracker for drivers in the path of Hurricane Matthew, which may lead to difficulty finding gasoline or stations with power. The Gasoline Availability Tracker can be accessed via web: or by clicking here.Motorists can also search and report gas availability and power outages at stations via the latest version of the re-designed GasBuddy app available on iOS and Android.

  • To show only stations that have gas, users can filter the amenity to "has fuel."
  • To report stations without fuel, users can edit the stations amenities to toggle off "has fuel."
  • To report stations without power, users can edit the stations amenities to toggle off “has power.”
The Tracker is immediately available for motorists in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Should other states be affected by significant power outages or fuel supply issues, GasBuddy stands ready to expand the tracker to include those areas. Consumers and gas stations in the affected area are urged to update their local gas station information so that those looking for gasoline can find it. ...

EIA shows crude inventories back under 500 million barrels

The Energy Information Administration released its weekly report today on the status of petroleum inventories in the United States.Here are some highlights:CRUDE INVENTORIES:Crude oil inventories decreased by 3.0 million barrels (MMbbl) to a total of 499.7 MMbbl. At 499.7 MMbbl, inventories are 38.7 MMbbl above last year (8.4%) and are well above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year. Inventories at major delivery point Cushing, OK rose 0.6 MMbbl to a total of 62.7 million barrels.GASOLINE INVENTORIES:Gasoline inventories increased by 0.2 million barrels to a total of 227.4 MMbbl. At 227.4 MMbbl, inventories are up 3.5 MMbbl, 1.6% higher than a year ago and are well above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year. Here's how individual regions and their gasoline inventory fared last week: East Coast (+3.5 MMbbl); Midwest (-1.5 MMbbl); Gulf Coast (-1.1 MMbbl); Rockies (+0.0 MMbbl); and West Coast (-0.8 MMbbl). It is important to note which regions saw increases/decreases as this information likely drives prices up (in the case of falling inventories), or down (in the case of rising inventories).DISTILLATE (diesel, heating oil) INVENTORIES:Distillate inventories decreased by 2.4 MMbbl to a total of 160.7 MMbbl. At 160.7 MMbbl, inventories are up 11.6 MMbbl, or 7.8% vs. a year ago....


Fuel plays an important part in most of our lives; it allows us to go places we need to go and places we want to go. From road trips with families, to adventures for the perfect photo, to rescuing pups, check out our GasBuddy staff “Why I Fuel” stories and photos below. Now we want you to share your “Why I Fuel” stories and photos with us! Tag us and use the hashtag: “#WhyIFuel” and you could be featured on our social media channels....

What to do at an intersection when the power goes out

It’s a potentially dangerous situation: The power goes out, traffic signals go dark and drivers are left bewildered at intersections.

This scenario confuses even experienced people who have been driving for decades. Even lifelong Floridians, who should be familiar with power outage scenarios, can be flustered.

Do you stop? Keep driving? What if the signals are off completely — or what if they’re flashing?

Here are a few things to remember — thanks to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles driver license handbook and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — if you find yourself in this position.

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What to do if the traffic signal is off

Treat the intersection as a four-way stop. If you arrive at the same time as another car — or even two other cars — the car farthest to the right goes first.

If four cars approach at the same time, the car that comes to a complete stop first is the first to go, then the car to the right, and so on in a counterclockwise rotation.

This may not always work. In that case, right-of-way goes first to a car traveling straight, then a car turning right, then a car turning left.

>>Photos: Hurricane Matthew

What to do if the traffic signal is flashing

If your signal is flashing yellow, you may proceed through the intersection without stopping. But do so carefully. Keep in mind that other motorists may be confused. Be prepared to stop if necessary.

If your signal is flashing red, you must bring your car to a complete stop before traveling through the intersection.

>>Hurricane Matthew: Live updates

Key tips to keep in mind

NHTSA offers these tips to help you remember who has the right of way:

• First to stop = first to go: The first car to the intersection is the first to travel through.

• Farthest right goes first.

• Traffic going straight goes first.

• When in doubt, bail out: If you are unsure of who should go first, let other traffic move through first until you feel it’s safe to travel through.

Sources: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration; Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles driver license handbook

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