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Wednesday, 3 May 2006
Big Gas-guzzling SUVs Cede Place to high-mileage, Fuel-efficient Hybrid Cars
Topic: Cars/Hybrids/E85

Big Gas-guzzling SUVs Cede Place to high-mileage, Fuel-efficient Hybrid Cars

At a time when oil prices are surging above $73 a barrel, consumers are feeling the pain at gas stations. Each time we drop by to fill up, we think about the money that is leaving our pockets and going to the rich coffers of Big Oil. There are talks of refunding us $100.00 to offset our costs as senators are paying attention to our pain. For those of us who depend on our vehicles to make a living, we feel that we are being taxed way beyond. Most people are making money over the scarcity of oil. Exxon Mobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips are reporting huge profits. Hedge funds managers and speculators are rolling in money on Wall Street. What is in it for us, fuel consumers?

All we can do is to start buying fuel-efficient cars. So far, many people are trading in their SUVs, Chevrolets, Fords, Yukons for the more fuel-efficient Toyota Prius and Honda Hybrids. If they can not afford the hybrids, they will settle for Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and other smaller cars made by Kia, Huyndai, Chevrolet, Mazda and other companies. According to the Power Information Network, a division of J.D. Power and Associates, consumers, drivers are making changes to their habits and driving lifestyles. More than any other car companies, Toyota stands to make lots of money from the sales of its Toyota Prius. So does Honda with Honda Civic and the other fuel-efficient vehicles it has on the market. Nothing could make car buyers change from yesteryear's image-making SUVs to this year's small-is-good attitude. We are drivers who are also paying attention to geopolitical events. We know that Iran is OPEC's second-largest oil producing country. It is monitoring our reaction in the West as it is dealing with its desire and ambitions to have enriched uranium. We also know that that Iran may use the fluctuations of rising oil prices to its advantage. Feeling cornered by the decision of the U.N. Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency, many commodities traders and speculators predict that Iran may cause the prices of oil to go even higher. The U.S. which is one of the major consumers of oil would not appreciate any disruption specifically at a critical time such as the Summer holidays. The current administration is putting pressure on Iran's leaders to stop their quest of enriched uranium. At the same time, consumers also know that fossil fuel is a finite product. There are so many barrels that Saudi Arabia can produce. There is so much of it left to be explored. Renewable and alternative fuels have become the center points of the American fuel policies.

In the near future, consumers have to brace themselves for higher fuel costs. There are ongoing talks to start exploring and pumping the oil that is in the tundras off Alaska coasts. Until some solutions are found, hybrid cars will continue to be hot sellers. The Honda Civic hybrid and the Toyota Prius are presold by most dealerships. There are not too many of them to go around. Are hybrids always a money-saving deal? Consumers have the choice between other brands such as Lexus RX 400h.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 6:56 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 3 May 2006 7:28 AM PDT
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Sunday, 16 April 2006
High Gas Prices: Time to Search for other sources of fuel
Topic: Cars/Hybrids/E85

Petroleum engineers, Geologists and Geosciences Graduates Are Offered Lots of Money and Signing Bonus

Looking for the last drops of oil in remote places

Big Oil is coming to your campus. If your college or university confers degrees in petroleum exploration, geology and geosciences, then you do not have to lift a finger to get the big bucks this graduation year. According to geoscience programs such as Texas, Massachussets Institute of Technology, Jackson School of Geosciences and Colorado School of Mines, there is a high demand for graduates coming from the big oil companies. Exxon Mobil Corporation and Royal Dutch Shell PLC will continue to have a hiring binge in the next 10 years. They have to recruit new employees because their workforce has reached the age of retirement. Petroleum engineers average $63,3400 a year. New graduates are making more than $56,000 a year. A lot of these new graduates do not have a master's degree yet. So a geoscience degree may be worth more than a computer science one. The needs of the current market must be met. High prices (up to $70 per barrel), demographics, aging workforce and a small pool of trained workers cause the petroleum industry to look for talent. So this is a good field to enter right now.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 7:36 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, 21 April 2006 7:25 AM PDT
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