Kazakhstan Oil Industry Is Booming

The Motley Fool has compiled a list of this year’s “Disturbing Energy Blunders”, which includes the train derailment in Quebec that killed dozens, as well as oil leaked form pipelines belonging to the country’s two largest oil and gas companies, ExxonMobil and Chevron. “The hope is that these big blunders will bring about more prudent management of our resources but won’t derail our goal of becoming energy independent.” [The Motley Fool]

Philadelphia appears to be following New York’s lead in requiring large buildings to conduct energy audits and benchmarking as part of a drive for greater efficiency. “‘The Building Energy and Benchmarking Law’ is now in effect and requires large buildings – including offices, schools, hospitals and warehouses – to annually report their electricity, natural gas and water usage.” [CBS Philly]

There’s a new three-wheeled automobile that gets 84 miles per gallon on the highway and 49 mpg in the city, and it costs just $6,800. But you can’t buy it yet, and obstacles to market entry may mean you never will be able to. “’The highway is littered with the wreckage of startups that had lots of ambition but didn’t get anywhere,’ said Eric Lyman, vice president and senior analyst at Truecar, a new car pricing site. ‘Elon Musk said it was easier to send a rocket into space than it was to launch a vehicle in the US,’ Lyman said.” [Fuel Fix]