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Ashley Clawson

Ashley Clawson

My background that has been split between roles in procurement, operations, and sales allows me to understand my customers' needs in unique ways. I want to exceed my customers' needs every day by finding long term solutions to allow them to develop their businesses.

Fueling the Fourth

By: Ashley Clawson / Posted on: July 3, 2019

Gas prices for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend are lower than both Memorial Day 2019 and July 4, 2018 even when considering the newly implemented fuel excises taxes in twelve states and PES fire. “Since the June 21 blast halted operations at Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ 335,000 barrel refinery, the national average for gasoline has risen by about 7 cents per gallon of unleaded to about $2.73 per gallon. The national average on the holiday weekend last year was $2.85 per gallon.”[1] Lower fuel prices have travelers turning to road trips to celebrate the summer holiday.

Americans are expected to travel in record numbers starting today. AAA estimates that 48.9 million Americans will travel for the holiday weekend, an increase of 4.1% over the previous year. Most travelers – 41.4 million – plan to drive with the remainder using other means of transportation.

The delays nationwide are expected to increase by 9% with major cities impacted the most. AAA provides the worst time for travel in certain US cities:

Lower prices are not a constant for all aspects of summer travel. “Some of the savings travelers are enjoying from lower gas prices will go toward other travel costs this holiday, which are trending higher. According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, airfares on average are 10% more expensive compared with last Independence Day, while average car rental rates are 5% higher than last year, at $69 daily.”[2]

The Fourth is also the most dangerous time of year to drive. This afternoon is predicted to be the heaviest of all commutes, but thunderstorms are also in the forecast nationwide to further complicate the day. “AAA expects to rescue nearly 367,000 motorists at the roadside this Independence Day holiday. Dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts will be the leading reasons AAA members will experience car trouble.”[3] Click here to find a checklist from USA Today of what to do before embarking on a summer road trip.


[1] https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/02/gas-prices-domm-190702-ec.html

[2] https://newsroom.aaa.com/2019/06/record-breaking-48-9-million-americans-travel-fourth-of-july/

[3] https://newsroom.aaa.com/2019/06/record-breaking-48-9-million-americans-travel-fourth-of-july/

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From Trash to Treasure?

By: Ashley Clawson / Posted on: June 5, 2019

UPS has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 12% by the year 2025. The company is focusing on using biomethane, or renewable natural gas (RNG) as their fuel source. “By switching to renewable natural gas, UPS estimates its vehicles will reduce as much as 1.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions through 2026. That's the equivalent of removing more than a quarter million vehicles from the road.”[1] UPS operates a fleet of over 123,000 vehicles with more than 10,000 of those running off of alternative fuel or other technologies.

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The Inverse Effect

By: Ashley Clawson / Posted on: May 8, 2019

As natural gas production continues to increase through the Appalachian region, methane emissions are on the decline.  As companies continue to produce, they are finding safer and more environmentally sound ways to get natural gas out of the ground.  Methane is the primary component of natural gas, and if leaked into the atmosphere, absorbs the sun’s heat.  It is considered a greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide.  Greenhouse gases, once in the atmosphere, act like an insulator around the earth.  The absorb heat while still letting light through. 

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Permian Basin Offers Natural Gas at Rock Bottom Prices

By: Ashley Clawson / Posted on: April 9, 2019

The Permian Basin, located in west Texas and southeastern New Mexico, has just become the world’s top oil producer. The Saudi Ghawar oilfield “produced 3.8 million BPD in 2018. The Energy Information Administration reports that the Permian Basin is now producing 4.2 million BPD.”[1] As U.S. production increases in the Permian, crude is king and natural gas is considered a byproduct – a very different situation than what is seen in the Appalachian region. Where Appalachia is focused on producing natural gas, Permian cannot get rid of it fast enough.

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Your Uber Has (Almost) Arrived

By: Ashley Clawson / Posted on: March 14, 2019

Uber is planning to take their ride-sharing app to the sky with the help of NASA. “‘We think cities are going to go vertical in terms of transportation and we want to make that a reality,’ Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CBS News.”[1] Uber is preparing to launch UberAir services in three cities: Los Angeles, Dallas, and a third undecided city outside of the U.S. Uber’s focus will be around the software and managing of trips. The actual flying vehicles will be designed by outside companies.

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