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November 6, 2003
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NDCF report: the hidden cost of imported oil
National Defense Council Foundation: if reflected at the pump, the “hidden costs” of oil would raise the price of gallon of gasoline to over $5.28.

Thirty years later oil is still a big gun
Thirty years ago, on October 17, in an attempt to influence U.S. Middle East policy, the OPEC cartel, spearheaded by Saudi Arabia, decided to cut oil supply to the U.S. Can it happen again, and what can we do about it?

Dangerous Dependence
The United States should decrease its use of Middle Eastern oil and develop alternate fuel methods or risk even greater reliance on the Arab world, warns one energy expert.

Minding Its Business
Saudi Arabia, which has demonstrated its willingness to use its vast oil reserves as a foreign policy tool, has not acted to aid U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq.

Fencing in looters and saboteurs in Iraq
Too many people in and outside of Iraq are hoping to deny Iraq a better future through a campaign of sabotage and plunder of the country's neglected oil facilities. The problem, and possible solutions.

In this hemisphere

Unrest in Bolivia over gas deal
Riots over a proposed $5 billion project to export natural gas to the U.S. forced Bolivia's president to step down.


Prospects on Russia’s stance towards OPEC
In September Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Prince Abdullah made the first visit to Russia by a Saudi head of state in over seven decades. The future of Moscow’s stance towards OPEC is a critical question for the world oil market. Will Russia be willing to cooperate with OPEC and thus further strengthen the power of the cartel to set a price range for oil?

Energy security and liquefied natural gas
Demand for natural gas has increased as have the security vulnerabilities presented by liquefied natural gas terminals and tankers.

On the technology front

Genesis Fueltech reports successful long term test of methanol reformer
Phillip Piffer, president of Genesis Fueltech, reports on testing of the company’s newest methanol to hydrogen fuel processor.

Caterpillar and FuelCell Energy Announce Largest Fuel Cell Power Plant Installation in Illinois
The fuel cell power plant, which can supply electricity to more than 250 average American homes, will be connected to the Peoria area electricity grid.

Plug-in hybrid electric HUMVEE for the U.S. military
International Truck and Engine Corporation has a cooperative agreement with Vision Technologies Systems, Inc, to design and market a repowered solution for the HUMVEE® which includes a hybrid electric drive with plug-in power.

Hydrogen fuel cell powered special operations vehicles for the Army
Quantum Fuel System Technologies Worldwide, Inc., will develop and demonstrate a high performance, hydrogen fuel cell powered light-duty, special operations vehicle. Fuel comprises 70 percent of the supplies transported by the Armed Services to support battlefield operations.

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Back Issues

Plug-in hybrid electric HUMVEE for the U.S. military

Navistar International Corporation, the nation’s largest combined commercial truck, school bus and mid-range diesel engine producer, reported that its operating company, International Truck and Engine Corporation, has established a business unit to sell products and services to the U.S. military.

Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar president and chief executive officer, said the new unit will leverage existing medium truck and parts platforms as well as International’s family of diesel engines, particularly the new 4.5-liter V-6 diesel engine to compete for military contracts.

International has a cooperative agreement with Vision Technologies Systems, Inc, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, to jointly design and market a repowered solution for the high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV and pronounced HUMVEE®) which includes an International 4.5-liter V-6 engine and a hybrid electric drive with plug-in power.

One such HMMWV was on display at the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), October 6-8 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

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Introducing Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles