Air Quality

Russian oil sanctions

Who Benefits If Russian Oil Sanctions End?

Published on February 20th, 2017 | by Susan Kraemer

The idea of the president of any normal country also owning one of its largest assets and using his office to protect it seems outrageous. Putin used his position to gain wealth for himself and a small group of cronies, and is trying to prevent sanctions from reducing the value of that wealth... Read More


Air Quality

Hidden Taxes

Published on February 20th, 2017 | by George Harvey

Americans pay billions of dollars each year in hidden taxes. No one asked for them. No one voted for them. No legislature passed them into law. But they are real, and we all pay them, whether we like it or not. The really horrible thing about these hidden taxes is that they are increasing dramatically and could even cause an economic meltdown. I will give a couple of examples... Read More


Cars

Tesla Enters Dubai (As We Scooped Last Month), Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority Agrees To Purchase 200 Vehicles For Use As Taxis (Wow!)

Published on February 20th, 2017 | by James Ayre

In January, one month ahead of time, we got the scoop on Tesla entering the UAE this month. We also heard that the vice ruler of Dubai has a Tesla Supercharger at his home to charge up his Model S. However, with the official announcement about Tesla's entry into the UAE, we get even more eye-popping news... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

California DMV Stats On Cruise’s (GM’s) Self-Driving Car Tech Show Solid Improvement

Published on February 20th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Detailed statistics on Cruise's (GM's) self-driving vehicle testing efforts in California, as provided by the company to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, recently came to my attention (tip of the hat to "Qinsp" on the GM-Volt.com forum). The stats give us a bit more insight into the state of this tech at Cruise... Read More


Cars

IIHS Ratings For 2017 Chevy Volt & 2017 Toyota Prius Prime In Top Category, Tesla Model S Working On It (Videos)

Published on February 20th, 2017 | by James Ayre

As you may have heard by now, the 2016 Tesla Model S wasn't chosen by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a "Top Safety Pick" during the most resent testing round. The reasons? The Model S only managed to nab an "Acceptable" rating on the small overlap front crash scenario, and a "Poor" rating for the headlights... Read More


Clean Power

australia wind farm

Australian Energy “Political Circus” Could Cost Jobs & Energy Security, According To CEC

Published on February 20th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill

The head of Australia's Clean Energy Council, Kane Thornton, has highlighted the need for the country's politicians to focus on transitioning to a low-carbon, renewable energy future at the lowest possible cost, and building policies which will support the phase-out of coal and the growth of investment in renewable energy generation. ... Read More


Cars

If White House Destroys The State (As Desired), What Does That Mean For Solar, Wind, & Electric Cars?

Published on February 19th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As noted in an article earlier today, Steve Bannon reportedly said in 2013: “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” He apparently described himself as a Leninist to Ronald Radosh, an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute. There seems to be a lot of evidence Bannon was telling the truth in that case... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

GM, Lyft, & Toyota Pushing For National Self-Driving Vehicle Regulation Standardization

Published on February 19th, 2017 | by James Ayre

We reported recently on the news that Toyota, GM, Lyft, and others would be providing testimony to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee on the subject of self-driving vehicle regulations. The general gist of the testimony as understood beforehand was that regulations needed to be relaxed if the technology was going to be developed and commercialized at a decent rate... Read More


Cars

Los Angeles Maven To Get “More Than 100” Chevy Bolt EVs

Published on February 19th, 2017 | by James Ayre

With Chevy Bolt EV production now occurring at a large scale, GM has seemingly begun allocating more and more of the production to end points other than retail customers. Case in point: there was a recent announcement revealing that the Los Angeles branch of GM carsharing service Maven will be getting "more than 100" Chevy Bolt EVs... Read More


Cars

Dragon’s Guide To A 100% Renewable Home — Part 3 (Axe Gas)

Published on February 19th, 2017 | by Chris Dragon

In Part 2, we talked about heating hot water with electricity with a goal of supplying 100% of that electricity with solar panels.R emember, we aren't trying to cover 100% of instantaneous electricity use with solar PV, just 100% of the average electricity use for the entire year in a grid-connected system without batteries. For example, if you use 11,000kWh of electricity during the entire year, your PV system will need to generate at least that much energy for the year (and hopefully some extra to offset grid losses). We'll talk about that more in Part ... Read More


Cars

The Rise Of The Stealth Plug-In (aka, The Day Plug-In Vehicles Went Mainstream)

Published on February 18th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

It hit me for the first time on the highway driving into the middle of a tornado of traffic in the heart of Los Angeles. Cars cluttered the highway in no intelligible pattern, aimed in every direction except with the flow of traffic, the glare of brake lights turning the masses of metal into a blurred mess that felt more like hell than a highway... Read More


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