“Natural gas vehicles are becoming mainstream faster than expected,” Railroad Commissioner David Porter said in a statement.
isnt that huge news for westport ?
LNG, CNG sales more than double Texas projections
By JAMES OSBORNE Staff Writer josborne
Published: 19 August 2014 08:14 PM
Updated: 19 August 2014 09:39 PM
Sales of natural gas for motor vehicles are surging far ahead of state projections.
According to the Texas Railroad Commission, tax revenues from sales of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas exceeded $2.2 million through the end of July. The Texas comptroller’s office had only projected revenue of $992,000 for the 2014 fiscal year, which ends Aug. 31.
“Natural gas vehicles are becoming mainstream faster than expected,” Railroad Commissioner David Porter said in a statement. “And there’s plenty of room for growth. These excellent sales figures represent only a fraction of potential sales.”
State-owned news outlets reported this month that the government would ban the use of coal in Beijing and other urban areas by 2020 in an effort to reduce the noxious air pollution that chokes many cities. In July, a Chinese academic who is also a senior lawmaker said the government was considering a national cap on coal use as soon as
It can do a lot more to encourage industry and consumers to use energy more efficiently; the country’s economy still uses more energy to generate each unit of output than the world average.
China itself, much like Europe and some states in the United States, has recently begun regional emission trading systems. If strengthened, China’s systems could play an important role in encouraging efficiency. Officials have also talked about imposing a carbon tax, which could push industries toward cleaner fuels.
The country can also do more to tap into shale gas in a prudent way. By some estimates, China’s shale reserves could be nearly twice as big as American reserves. China will also need to invest more in renewable energy sources and nuclear power to meet the needs of its large and increasingly urban population.
The wretched air in China’s
jserene50 • 14 hours ago
Who buys on peaks anyways...
Yes those of us buying at peaks do look retrospectively foolish
But you choose to look foolish here and now
Okay you have reached all 10 of us who read this board
Pity you can't reach the 10s of millions that use YELP!!
Rosenblatt positive on Yelp (YELP) saying that 50+% mobile user growth is achievable ...
Yelp has shepherded in an era in which restaurants are trophies on a digital wall. Being the first to review a restaurant "earns" a Yelper a blue badge of online honor, and diners flock from hot spot to hot spot (and write about it online).
Though that fetishizing of the new and the shiny may come at the expense of attention to more established places, it has also allowed small, otherwise hidden restaurants to be discovered more easily. A 2011 Harvard study found that "Yelp causes demand to shift from chains to independent restaurants."
Chef Jorge Martinez at Loló in the Mission District has switched from OpenTable reservations to Yelp's SeatMe. Photo: Leah Millis, The Chronicle |
The Union Street Guest House’s Insane Policy
The Union Street Guest House has become an overnight Internet sensation thanks to a legendary, jaw-dropping hidden fee. The hotel has a policy that charges guests $500 for posting negative reviews online to sites like Yelp. That’s right, if you don’t like your experience and want to tell people about it, they’ll take $500 out of the wedding party’s deposit. Seems pretty logical.
The policy went viral online and the story was published on dozens of news sources, prompting the Internet to go absolutely crazy. More than 700 Yelp reviewers gave the hotel a one-star review to spite its owner and management team. “Go ahead, sue me for $500, I dare you,” was the Internet’s mentality.
The hotel, which caters to wedding guests, will likely never be able to recover improve its Yelp rating. Yelp (YELP) can remove reviews under very strict circumstances, but that’s not stopping users from decimating the hotel’s reputation.
I know it's been posted but It's so darn hilarious/frightening/amazing......your choice
Yelp changed everything.
That's chef-restaurateur Dennis Leary's reaction when asked about the impact that Yelp - the user-review site celebrating its 10th anniversary this month - has had on San Francisco. Thad Vogler and Michael Chiarello have similar reactions - and in all likelihood, so would thousands of other chefs, servers and bartenders.
No local sector has been more affected by the rise of Yelp than restaurants and bars, the site's most-reviewed categories. Yet while Yelp has been the target of restaurateurs' well-documented angst and anger, there's no doubt the San Francisco digital company has dramatically transformed the hospitality business.
Restaurateurs have overhauled their strategies for marketing, media coverage, online presence and staff management. But several new Yelp initiatives, including a Yelp-operated reservation system, mean that even more recalibrations are en route. In its first decade, the company has established a huge, cult-like following. According to its earnings report released Wednesday, it boasts 61 million user reviews and 138 million monthly visitors - nearly doubled from 2012.
Just had another friendly chat with a restaurant owner using "message the business" which ended with me getting a special coupon
I just love this
a scary thing for any business is an angry customer that the business doesnt know about
angry people talk.....and talk alot
case and point... recently had an annoying misunderstanding of a deal that cost me an extra 7 bucks.
I messaged the business and received an apology a promise to make deals clearer and servers better explain deals...plus an offer for a manager special on my next visit.
angry customer...presto.. happy customer
another restaurant had some shockingly bad side dishes...no message the business...not participating i guess....so they got a snarky yelp review
Message the Business...is huge and under appreciated