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About Kurt Lowder

Kurt Lowder I am a jock turned wannabe geek. I fell in love with science later in life thanks to the History Channel show the “Universe.” Having taught middle school science, I strongly feel Astronomy should be taught every year because nothing excites students more than learning about the cosmos. I became an avid cleantech fan because it gives me hope about the future. My wife, my dogs, and I live simply because we love to travel the world backpacker style.

Author Archives: Kurt Lowder

Why It’s Okay The Tesla Model Y Kinda Looks Like A Sedan

March 24th, 2019 | by Kurt Lowder

To the average person, a picture of the Model Y probably looks like a sedan. Some of the wider markets have not responded well to the Model Y because it does not look like a traditional SUV. Let's take a closer look

Tesla Says, “Where We Are Going, We Don’t Need Stores”

March 1st, 2019 | by Kurt Lowder

82% of Tesla customers did not test drive a Model 3 before purchasing it. 82% of them! Why? First, the reputation and quality of Tesla precedes itself. Secondly, as I have written a few times before, Tesla is not just a company; it's a movement. Some people are scoffing, "Who will buy a car without a test drive?" The answer: people who understand civilization could easily collapse if climate change is not addressed in a timely fashion, and people who want the best vehicle ever made by many accounts

Forget Tesla Buying A GM Factory, Tesla Could Buy GM

December 11th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

Currently, Tesla has a market capitalization of $62.71 billion, whereas GM is only valued at $48.58 billion. However, keep in mind that in 2009, GM fell to a value of $1.06 billion. Many economists are starting to predict another recession on the horizon. Moreover, self-driving taxis could take annual global demand for cars from 88 million to a notably smaller fraction of that. Even if that does not occur, the largest car market, China, is rapidly switching to electric. It appears that GM is flatfooted and not prepared for either scenario

A Fair Criticism Of Tesla — We Need More Tesla Taxis!

December 8th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

I have watched every single Elon Musk interview I can find. People often ask the same questions of him (which is unfortunate since there is so much more we would all like to know). One of those questions is, "how does one start a successful company?" Elon will essentially respond with two main simple pieces of advice. First, work 100 hours a week, and secondly, ask for as much constructive criticism as possible. It is within this spirit that this article is written

Why Buying A Tesla Is The Best Thing You Can Do For The Environment

November 18th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

Buying a Tesla is the most important thing you can do for the environment because it will help to dramatically lower the cost of batteries, making a 100% renewable grid affordable. Elon Musk recently said (and he is right!), “I think it’s probably fair to say that Tesla (our customers) has advanced sustainable energy by at least five years, conservatively, and maybe closer to 10, and then if we continue to make progress, we might advance it by 20 years. This could be all the difference in the world.”

New Mexico Elects Potential Climate Hawk As Governor

November 8th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

New Mexico has elected US Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham to become its new governor by an impressive 14 point margin. The previous governor, Susan Martinez, was a climate change denier (she was not up for re-election). In her Clean Power, Clean Future plan, Grisham stated: "Inaction by the Martinez Administration has left us falling behind other states in pursuing renewable energy and clean tech industries."

How Tesla* Will Help Save The World & Reform Capitalism

October 28th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

This article is a followup to another CleanTechnica article: Tesla’s Secret Weapon. The title of this one contains an asterisk, because a more accurate (but too long) title would be “How Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company Will Help Save the World and Reform Capitalism in the Process.” Apologies if the title is clickbaity or bombastic

Please Help Pass Washington State Initiative 1631

October 18th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

In November, the residents of the State of Washington will vote directly on proposition I-1631 which would establish a pollution fee. Proponents of the initiative have stated the difference between a "pollution fee" and a "carbon tax" is that the fee must go directly towards funding solutions.

Backing Elon Musk & Tesla Is About Backing Humanity

September 19th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

This article is for all the CleanTechnica readers that are sick of news about Tesla's stock price. It is a followup to the article "Musk Didn't Inhale, and He is a Stable Genius," which briefly summarized Elon Musk's appearance on Joe Rogan's podcast. In the previous article, I stated the long interview would be edited into shorter videos which would echo through the internet and social media for years to come

Elon Musk Didn’t Inhale, And He Is A Stable Genius

September 10th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

We really just have to laugh at the absurdity of the coverage of Tesla lately. While the Tesla Model 3 is the 5th best selling car in the US in terms of unit sales (1st in terms of revenue), it poised to climb the ladder even higher. Nonetheless, rather than cover these tremendous milestones, the old media is largely creating hundreds of stories about Musk smoking weed while ignoring the current success of the Model

Tesla Model 3 Spotted In New Zealand

July 21st, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

A Tesla Model 3 was recently spotted in New Zealand. New Zealand is one of 18 countries where the driver's side is on the right (India and Japan are the largest). The right-side-driver Model 3 will begin deliveries in 2019. The spotted Model 3 has the driver's side on the left, so it is likely being used for testing purposes. The southern island of New Zealand has some of the windiest, curviest, snowiest roads in the world

Denver Pledges 100% Renewable Electricity By 2030

July 18th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

Denver's Mayor, who is seeking a third term, has pledged the city will source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. In doing so, Denver has become the 73rd city in the United States to commit to a 100% renewable electricity target; however, few have aimed to complete the transition so quickly.

Waymo & Uber May Join Forces

July 10th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

Of course, we all remember that Uber halted its self-driving trial after one of its cars, sadly, killed a woman who was jaywalking. Additionally, Uber settled a lawsuit for $245,000,000 with Waymo after it was learnt that Uber had received 9 gigabytes of Waymo intellectual property from former Waymo employee Anthony Levandowski. Levandowski had previously left Waymo to start his own company, Otto, which was later acquired by Uber. As part of the settlement, Uber agreed not to use Waymo's technology. After such a conflict, it is a pleasant surprise that the two may decide to partner in some fashion

Apple Still Working On Self-Driving Cars

June 24th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

Apple's self-driving car project named Project Titan has been flying under the radar for some time now.  The company certainly does not send out frequent updates on its efforts. Some have even speculated that the company has for all intents and purposes given up on the endeavor. However, multiple outlets, including CNBC, are reporting that Apple has made some key recent hires in this realm

New US Solar Record — 2.155 Cents Per kWh! (with Escalator for Inflation)

June 14th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

We have seen solar power in the Middle East come into the low 2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) range. We have seen it under 2 cents per kWh in Mexico. Misguided, casual observers claimed these prices only occurred due to heavily exploited labor, but now we have also seen 2.155 cents per kWh in the United States. This contract was one of six contracts that Nevada Power recently signed. All six contracts came in under 3 cents per kWh

India Increases Its Massive 2022 Renewable Energy Target By 28%

June 10th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

For the last several years, CleanTechnica has covered renewable energy development in India quite closely. Several years ago, India set what seemed like a lofty target of 175 gigawatts of wind and solar energy by March 2022. Few believed that was a practical target, but then India plowed forward and happily impressed the world. This week that goal was increased to 227 gigawatts!

Mother & Daughter Camp In Trees For 34 Days To Stop Pipeline

May 15th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

Renewable energy is getting a boost as grassroot campaigns to stop pipelines and other fossil fuel developments are springing up organically all over the world. Terry and Minor Red, who are mother and daughter, were able to hold up a EQT Midstream Partners pipeline for at least 34 days

We Will Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change!!

May 10th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

Did the title anger you or make the hair on the back of your neck stand up? Does it seem foolish or careless to make that statement since people could become complacent about climate change?  

Elon Musk Claps Back

May 5th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

I am not a Tesla shareholder, so listening to Elon Musk on the Tesla Q1 2018 conference call was absolutely enthralling to me. You can tell he is really tired of all the Chicken Little’s screaming “the sky is falling!” With mostly good humor, a few stiff interjections, and a hang up, he made plenty of news in the conference call. He gave a very short intro, basically saying that he is finally pleased with production of the Model

I Was Worried Trump Might Win In 2020, Then I Read This…

April 30th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

Yahoo had great jingle in the 1990s. Well, it was just one guy in a high-pitched voice singing, “YAAAAHHOOOO!” For the last decade, Yahoo has gone steadily downhill. It is the home of the worst type of trolls. It is full of gossip and horrendous race baiting. They will write anything to get a few clicks. They are fantastic at clickbait, but pathetic on substance

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