Our sister blog, OSQAR (the Oil Sands Question & Response blog), celebrated a milestone last month with its 100th edition! The OSQAR team has been covering topics related to oil sands development, sustainability and energy literacy since April of 2010.
We shared a little content from OSQAR in our "Slow Down and Save" post back in April but we thought that, in celebration of their 100th edition, we'd point out a few more OSQAR posts that may be of interest to you, our PumpTalk readers.
In "A fuel efficient engine: more useful than fins", the OSQAR team writes about new fuel efficiency standards in vehicles that aim to almost double the fuel efficiency of vehicles in the next 13 years:
"Experience suggests the high-efficiency vehicles of 2025 will not cost significantly more in real terms than the models today they’ll replace. Yet their increased efficiency will save consumers tens of thousands of dollars a year in gasoline purchases, estimated to be equivalent to lowering gas prices by a dollar a gallon."
"Let's raise our beer steins in a toast to ethanol" talks about renewable fuel ethanol and how it's being incorporated into the fuel that we buy at the pump every day:
"Bio ethanol has many things going for it. Its entire production chain can be localized thanks to North America’s vast and efficient farm sector. It can displace significant amounts of oil sands and conventional crude, including imported oil. The U.S. for example, already produces nearly as many barrels of ethanol as it imports in crude from Saudi Arabia. And when burned, ethanol produces less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than gasoline."
And finally "Why four year olds think we're cool" chronicles the discovery of an ankylosaur skeleton by Suncor workers who were excavating near Fort McMurray. It may not have anything to do with fuel efficiency, but I think we can all agree that dinosaurs are pretty rad:
“We’ve never found a dinosaur in this location,” said Dr. Donald Henderson, curator of dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. “Because the area was once a sea, most finds are invertebrates such as clams and ammonites. Marine reptiles have been found in the area before, but even these are not common. The last giant reptile removed from this area was an ichthyosaur found 10 years ago. To find an ankylosaur is totally unexpected here – finding one of these animals anywhere is a rare occurrence.”
Be sure and check out OSQAR's 100th post for the OSQAR team's thoughts about the next 100 editions, plus a behind-the-scenes video and news about their new smartphone app. Congrats, OSQAR team!
- Rose R.