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Attitude is a Choice Attitude is a Choice

Attitude is a Choice

The New Year is off to a great start and I choose to say so.

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On the top of my list of New Year’s resolutions is to be less tolerating of negative people.  I came to the conclusion that somewhere along the line I became conditioned to accept negative people for who they are as if they are a protected class or culture. The quiet head-nodding or placating the occasional habitual whiner is what a leader does to demonstrate compassion and patience right?  

Reeling in Vehicle Recalls Reeling in Vehicle Recalls

Reeling in Vehicle Recalls

Fleets Need to Make Recall Management a Priority

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Managing vehicle recall notifications is serious business. In each case, a specific vehicle issue has been discovered that could affect the safety of the operator, passengers or general public.  Why then, do a considerable number of recalls remain open despite the manufacture’s dire warnings and notifications?  Recall management is a real and growing problem for fleet operators...

U.S. refinery capacity decreased for second consecutive year (6/23/2022)

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Operable atmospheric crude oil distillation capacity, the primary measure of refinery capacity, totaled 17.9 million barrels per calendar day (b/cd) in the United States at the start of 2022, down 184,000 b/cd (1.0%) from 18.1 million b/cd at the start of 2021. According to our annual Refinery Capacity Report, 2021 marks the second consecutive year of decreasing refinery capacity after a 0.8 million b/cd decline in 2020 (Figure 1). ...

Petroleum product movement from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast remains robust while exports reach record highs (6/15/2022)

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U.S. exports of crude oil and petroleum products reached a record of 9.8 million barrels per day (b/d) during the week of May 27 (based on a four-week rolling average). High exports of hydrocarbon gas liquids, such as ethane and propane, are contributing to record crude oil and petroleum product exports. Weekly data indicate that U.S. exports of propane are near record highs, and U.S. exports of other oils (which includes ethane) reached a record of 2.4 million b/d during the week of June 3. Exports of crude oil, finished motor gasoline, and distillate have all increased since the beginning of 2022, partly due to increased demand from Europe, although they all remain below their record highs (Figure 1). In addition to high exports, movements from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the U.S. East Coast via pipeline, tanker, and barge are near historic annual high levels for both motor gasoline and distillate. Despite this supply, low product inventories in the Northeast are likely to continue, driven by a confluence of factors, including transportation constraints, increasing demand, and low regional refinery production. ...

EIA forecasts non-OPEC countries other than the United States and Russia to add 0.9 million b/d of liquid fuels supply in 2022 and 0.8 million b/d in 2023 (6/8/2022)

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In our June 2022 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), we forecast that total non-OPEC petroleum production will increase by 1.9 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2022 and 1.4 million b/d in 2023, compared with an increase of 0.8 million b/d in 2021. Although about 60% of growth in non-OPEC petroleum production will be driven by the United States (Figure 1), whose production increases by 1.3 million b/d in 2022 and by 1.4 million b/d in 2023, we expect that a number of other non-OPEC producers will also increase production. These producers include Canada, Brazil, Norway, and China. These increases will offset expected declines in Russia's production of 0.4 million b/d in 2022 and 0.9 million b/d in 2023. We forecast that total non-OPEC petroleum production will average 65.8 million b/d in 2022 and 67.1 million b/d in 2023, compared with 63.9 million b/d in 2021. ...