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  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom 5 hours ago Flag

    i believe that a nuclear bomb test by iran means the end of the regime
    and they have been told as such...they are homicidal perhaps but not suicidal
    a bombs race in the middle east is obviously an existential threat to Israel but arguably also the world

    but on a more positive note...i hope we can sell our engines there

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom 6 hours ago Flag

    pretty sure iran knows that going to far towards the bomb would be regime suicide.

  • return the award really ...give it back.

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom 8 hours ago Flag

    grahampopper2 And I don't blame Demers for that, I think he is perfectly OK.

    hey...the ship has hit stormy waters.........everyone is looking to the captain for guidance and wisdom.

    anybody seen the captain ?

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom 9 hours ago Flag

    and continues.....10 down days in a row....yet again

    disheartening to say the least.....

    congratatulations again dreamers on being vancouver man of the year 2014

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom 20 hours ago Flag

    Ryder....if things work out here...Ryder is going to be one of the big reasons why

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Nov 25, 2014 12:16 PM Flag

    pngggjones • 11 minutes ago Flag
    0users liked this postsusers disliked this posts0Reply
    Organic Growth won't pay the bills...And will the dreamers and pumpers are all hoping for exponential growth....the organic growth reality is why we are in the single digits and close to all time LOWS.

    so now that i understand what organic growth means...i assume what you are saying is that the organic growth rate is presently to low.....not that organic growth is somehow a bad thing...

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Nov 25, 2014 11:37 AM Flag

    wildbeenyheeth • 1 hour 2 minutes ago Flag
    YAWN !!!! Sounds like organic growth to me...

    The growth rate that a company can achieve by increasing output and enhancing sales. This excludes any profits or growth acquired from takeovers, acquisitions or mergers. Takeovers, acquisitions and mergers do not bring about profits generated within the company, and are therefore not considered organic.

    Organic growth represents the true growth for the core of the company. It is a good indicator of how well management has used its internal resources to expand profits. Organic growth also identifies whether managers have used their skills to improve the business.

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Nov 24, 2014 1:26 PM Flag

    A lot like posting nonsense on message boards...
    "just because you can..doesnt mean you should"

    except this post is serious and accurate

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Nov 24, 2014 11:10 AM Flag

    when you drop 90% awful lot of badness is already baked in....
    so thank you for pointing out some of the many reasons we are down 90%

    even a smidgen of good news will move the stock a long way...

    it could happen...

  • just because you can..doesnt mean you should

  • Reply to

    Has natural has lost its luster ?

    by cancerdotcom Nov 22, 2014 9:36 AM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Nov 22, 2014 10:23 AM Flag

    I am confident that natural gas will be transformative in transportation

    Will Westport be around to see it ?....that's a fair question

  • Feature November 21, 2014 3:05PM
    Has natural gas lost its luster?
    by James Menzies


    What a difference a year can make. Last year when I attended the Natural Gas Vehicles Canada Conference, the list of delegates served as a who’s who of Canadian trucking executives. It seemed every notable fleet was there to investigate whether or not natural gas was a viable fit for their operation.

    Don’t get me wrong, this year’s conference was well attended and the list of speakers was as strong as last year. The advocates were still advocating and their enthusiasm for natural gas was as strong as it has ever been.

    However, what I found lacking was the contingent of curious observers who were there to investigate, to do their homework and to decide whether or not natural gas will be in their fleet’s future. For the most part, it seemed, speakers were preaching to the already converted, which was the most notable difference between this year’s conference and last year’s.

    There are several reasons for this. First of all, diesel prices have provided fleets with some relief of late. Also, business for many transportation providers is currently brisk. Freight volumes are up and rate increases are taking hold. For many carriers, the biggest challenge remains finding qualified drivers to seat their trucks.

    Then there’s been the notable pullback of the higher horsepower natural gas engine offerings. Westport killed its 15-litre GX engine last year, Cummins put “on hold” its ISX15 G and most recently, Volvo suspended development of its 13-litre LNG engine.

    The lack of a high-horsepower natural gas engine was the talk of the conference this year. Some fleets invited to speak did little to support the movement, by sharing their conclusions that natural gas won’t work for them until a 15-litre once again becomes available. But other fleets raved about the ISX12 G, which by all accounts performs wonderfully in applications limited to 80,000 lbs.

    For the most part, even those fleets relying entirely on the now-discontinued Westport 15L GX engine seem confident something will come along to take its place before those engines must be retired from service.

    I’m not so sure. The cost of developing such an engine is enormous, especially considering the meager volumes the Canadian market can support. Let’s face it, the ISX12 G serves the vast majority of US demand perfectly adequately. I wouldn’t declare natural gas dead. There’s still a place for it and in the right application it can save the right fleet big bucks.

    Just ask Cold Star Freight, which has slashed its fuel costs by 30%, or C.A.T., which is confident enough to have just announced it will deploy 100 CNG-fuelled trucks out of Montreal. No, it’s not dead by a long shot.

    However, the alternative fuel that just a year ago seemed poised to break into the mainstream will remain a niche fuel for the foreseeable future. At least until a higher displacement natural gas engine comes along – and it could be a long time coming.

  • One day, crude oil will lose its grip on cars and trains and ships, but with costs to produce alternative energy still high, a change that big will likely take many decades. How long is anyone's guess, says one man with a head start on most prognosticators.

    Henrik Madsen, the CEO of Norway's international shipping and oil field equipment classifier DNV GL, says the commercial automobile market is the last bastion of crude oil, after its disappearance from power plants and heating fuels in the second half of the 20th century. Its days in vehicles and vessels are numbered.

    Searing cold liquefied natural gas - don't spill it, it's minus-261 degrees - and compressed natural gas are elbowing their way into crude's territory, powering some large trucks and locomotives, and finding prime real estate aboard big tankers as international demand for gas surges.

    LNG's advance in vehicles is likely good news for those counting on the earth's resources in coming decades, Madsen says. Oil, he added, is too precious to burn in a combustion engine, and should be reserved as a feedstock for ingredients to make high-end products including clothing, plastics, coatings and pharmaceuticals.


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    The emergence of alternative energy sources in transportation isn't great news for oil-producing nations like Saudi Arabia whose economies are linked to crude-pumping wells, he said.

    "They might be a little bit afraid of shale oil, but I think they're more afraid of the use of oil in transportation disappearing," Madsen said.

    DVN GL has an office and oil and gas operations in Katy. Madsen, recently in Houston, spoke with the Chronicle about the pivot to LNG and compressed natural gas fuels in trucking, and the

  • CNG site in Greer projected to be most productive in U.S.
    By Jim Fair, Editor

    Published on Thursday, November 20

    A 21st century vision has been launched in Greer by a group of alternative fuel pioneers.
    Spire, a natural gas fueling solutions company, came to Greer Thursday to claim its stake in becoming a hub for vehicles – trucks and automobiles – traveling the I-85 corridor.
    “It’s like the chicken and the egg, which came first?” Peter Stansky, COO of Spire, said. “Do you build vehicles with CNG capability first or do you build a fast-fill station first. We believe the if you build it (CNG station) they will come.”
    The CNG station is being constructed at 85 Freeman Farm Road, just behind a QuikTrip travel center – the first of its kind in the Upstate – at the intersection of S. Highway 101 and I-85. The QT will have expanded parking and certified scales.

    Spier officials said the site will be one of the five biggest in the United States and expects it to be the most productive. The CNG site will accommodate four tractor trailers on each of the three islands to be installed. CNG will pump 15 gas gallons equivalent in one minute. Spire has bought property anticipating more growth for expansion. QT is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2015 and the CNG site in the third quarter. “We kept the drivers in mind at every point designing this station,” Stansky said. “We know drivers are on a busy schedule and a convenient, reliable fueling experience is important. That is why we are installing fast flow fuel dispensers to keep them moving throughout their day,” Stansky said. Scott Keeley, Alternative Energy Project Director for Siemens, was the person who brought the idea of Greer becoming the hub for vehicles using CNG. Keeley lives in Charlotte and the many roundtrips between his home and Atlanta always seemed to keep bringing him back to Greer. Siemans is constructing the site.

  • Reply to

    Some Observations on the North American NGV Market

    by dtcdu Nov 19, 2014 6:52 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Nov 20, 2014 8:38 AM Flag

    He called Cummins Westport's launch of its 11.9-liter natural gas engine - the ISX12 G, which can run on both CNG and LNG - a "landmark" for the industry. Since it came to the market last year, a number of customers - including major heavy-duty truck OEMs such as Kenworth, Peterbilt and Freightliner - have adopted the technology.

  • Reply to

    Some Observations on the North American NGV Market

    by dtcdu Nov 19, 2014 6:52 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Nov 19, 2014 7:16 PM Flag

    Some Observations on the North American NGV Market
    in Up Front
    by Betsy Lillian on Wednesday November 19, 2014 Share on email
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    The opening plenary session at last week's North American NGV Conference and Expo in Kansas City offered a glimpse of where the natural gas vehicle market stands today and where it is headed. While industry leaders admitted that there were still challenges to advancing further growth in the North American market, they made it clear that the future is looking bright. However, they said, it will take significant collaboration from key players - which, in turn, is leading to what they called "harmonization."

    When Matthew Godlewski, president of NGVAmerica, and Alicia Milner, president of the Canadian NGV Alliance, took the floor to discuss what's going on in the NGV market today, harmony was a concept they both stressed. Advancing natural gas as a transportation fuel will require harmonization within the sectors of not only the industry itself, Milner explained, but also on a broader level: between countries and between national and state governments.

    According to Godlewski, collaboration in the industry itself happens when, for example, original equipment manufacturers respond to spiking customer demand for natural gas. He believes a "customer-centric approach is fundamental" to driving market growth.

    He called Cummins Westport's launch of its 11.9-liter natural gas engine - the ISX12 G, which can run on both CNG and LNG - a "landmark" for the industry. Since it came to the market last year, a number of customers - including major heavy-duty truck OEMs such as Kenworth, Peterbilt and Freightliner - have adopted the technology.

    Collaboration in the natural gas industry goes beyond just the on-road vehicle sector, as discussed by both Godlewski and Milner. For marine applications, Milner said, there has been extensive progress in the past few years.

    Both the U.S. and Canada have adopted environmental standards for the marine sector, including a 90% reduction in ships' sulfur emissions - a regulation that will start in January. To meet these requirements, Godlewski explained, vessel owners will increasingly switch to LNG: "a powerful opportunity for natural gas."

    New Orleans-based marine transportation company Harvey Gulf International Marine, for example, has adopted LNG, and an LNG passenger ferry will be making its mark in Canada by next March, he said.

    While many more marine fleets will continue embracing LNG, it will likely have what Milner called a "trickle" effect on other transportation sectors looking to adopt natural gas, such as on-road vehicles. Earlier this year, through a report assessing the benefits of LNG as a marine fuel in Canada, Milner called adopting LNG in the marine sector a "smart and strategic" move.

    Beyond industry harmonization, Godlewski and Milner discussed country-to-country harmonization, which is represented in and of itself by the two, whose organizations - from the U.S. and Canada, respectively - are co-hosting this event.

    The two nations' ongoing efforts to further the industry, Godlewski remarked, were demonstrated by a major deal that happened only a few weeks ago: C.A.T. Inc., which is a heavy-duty carrier headquartered in Quebec, inked a deal with Ryder System Inc. for the lease of 100 CNG vehicles.

    The sleeper tractors, which will take international journeys from Montreal to Texas to deliver goods to various companies, will represent a third of C.A.T.'s entire fleet of 325 vehicles. It is also the biggest NGV lease deal that Ryder has ever inked, as well as its first in Canada.

    Not only that, Godlewski noted, but the partnership also represents another milestone: the first north-south trucking project in North America. When it comes to opportunities and roadblocks for advancing NGVs, Milner believes the U.S. and Canada have much in common. Natural gas for transportation, she said, is "something both countries put on the table."

    Milner also brought up harmonization on the governmental side. On the public policy front, Godlewski explained, there is "good momentum" on the state level, with new tax credits for alternative fuel vehicles increasingly being introduced.

    Take Georgia, for example, which earlier this year came up with a program that offers a credit of up to $12,000 for medium-duty vehicles and $20,000 for heavy-duty vehicles that operate on alternative fuels or electricity. Among NGVAmerica's extensive participation and push for natural gas will be working with state governments for more incentive programs in 2015, he said, and leading the natural gas industry "with a renewed sense of purpose and direction."

    As for Canada, Milner said, there is "tremendous leadership" from British Columbia and Quebec, in particular, where both provinces are backing emissions reductions and helping to kickstart long-term policy objectives for the country.

    To continue the solid momentum, Godlewski advised, industry participants must "continue to be engaged." As more people come on board with natural gas as a transportation fuel, the level of knowledge for the technology will continue to increase, he explained. After all, it is "innovation that will lead the way."

    As more major, well-known fleets - such as UPS and Frito-Lay - make the switch to natural gas, the "transformation in the transportation sector" will continue to take place, Milner said.

    Godlewski noted that there is, of course, progress to be made in some areas, including economics, infrastructure and policy support, but "the road ahead is full of opportunity and growth."

    "We can all agree," he said, "that we are well-positioned for the future."

  • Reply to

    Senate to vote on CNG & LNG excise fuel tax credit

    by b.cz32 Nov 15, 2014 4:46 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Nov 17, 2014 7:00 PM Flag

    What's in Store for Natural Gas Vehicles, Post-Election 2014?
    in Up Front
    by Joseph Bebon on Monday November 17, 2014 print the content itemShare on email
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    "In case you haven't heard, we had an election," quipped Richard Kolodziej, senior advisor at NGVAmerica, during the opening plenary session of last week's North American NGV Conference and Expo in Kansas City. He said the midterm election results, which handed control of Congress over to Republicans, represented a major change for politics in Washington and could greatly affect the natural gas vehicle industry. Furthermore, a panel of NGV sector leaders later offered their outlook for some key legislation.

    Kolodziej kicked off an early part of the opening session titled "Below the Beltway - A Look at Post-Election Washington." It started with what seemed like a more-lighthearted version of CNN's old show "Crossfire," during which a liberal and conservative pundit would often debate a specified topic.

    In this case, Peter Mirijanian, founder and principal at Peter Mirijanian Public Affairs, served as the liberal, and Scott Reed, chairman of Chesapeake Enterprises, as the conservative. Ultimately, the two speakers argued their ideological differences and presented a wrap-up of the recent drama on Capitol Hill. And although the two pundits didn't speak much about natural gas itself, they did suggest there will likely be less congressional gridlock during the lame-duck session and 2015.

    Following the debate, Matthew Godlewski, NGVAmerica's newly appointed president, took the reins of the session and moderated a panel discussion on the post-election results and NGV-related legislation.

    Panelist Richard Hyde, managing director of government affairs at AGL Resources, said he looks forward to seeing how both sides of Congress "play together in the sandbox" in the future. James Bruce, vice president of corporate public affairs at UPS, added that since Republicans did so well in the election, the public will now likely have bigger expectations for them to get things done.

    Other panelists included Susan Alt, senior vice president of public affairs at Volvo Group; Matthew Forman, senior manager of external affairs at Chrysler Group; and Paul Kerkhoven, director of government affairs at NGVAmerica.

    The panelists discussed remarks made earlier in the session by U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., who has long been an NGV supporter. In January, Graves and U.S. Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., introduced a bill to allow heavy-duty NGVs to exceed current federal weight limits for trucks on the Interstate Highway System in order to account for the added weight of natural gas tanks. During the opening session, Graves vowed to continue pursuing the issue and advocating natural gas.

    "I am sick of being an energy-rich nation acting like an energy-poor nation. It hurts the country and the economy," declared Graves. He later added that the future looks bright for natural gas.

    Unfortunately, however, Graves' bill co-sponsor, Lee Terry, lost his re-election bid the other week. Godlewski referred to Terry as "one of our best advocates" and asked the panel to mention some other pro-NGV representatives.

    "There are a lot of folks," said Hyde, who named Texas Republicans Kevin Brady and Peter Olson, as well as New York's Tom Reed, another Republican. Nonetheless, Kerkhoven noted that support from the Senate side "looks a bit clearer" than from the House.

    Other talking points included the so-called tax extenders bill and the "LNG fix."

    The stalled tax extenders bill covers over 50 incentives that expired at the end of 2013, including a $0.50/GGE credit on the sale of natural gas for vehicles and a 30% credit for the installation of NGV refueling infrastructure. Now that the elections are over, the bill is expected to be voted on by year-end. Volvo's Alt voiced confidence that the measure would pass through Congress.

    Nonetheless, Hyde called for longer-term solutions. "The problem with extensions is it's hard to build a business model," he said. He looked out at the crowd. "I'm pretty sure you aren't looking at one-year business models - you're looking further than that."

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Nov 17, 2014 2:00 PM Flag

    barely a billion market cap ...30 times earnings
    worldwide growth opportunities as far as the eye can see

    fairly priced...or underpriced...hardly tech pricing

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Nov 16, 2014 6:02 PM Flag

    schrammbo52 • 11 minutes ago
    thanks cancer! now do the math. will you still be around to enjoy it. old do you think i am.....i sure hope so :)

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