Transportation

EV Game Changer

EV Game Changer

Electric Vehicles (EV’s) are inherently better than ones with a gas powered ICE (Internal Combustion Engine).  EV’s perform better with a lower center of gravity and better acceleration making them fun to drive.  (Ask a Tesla owner.)  With almost no moving parts, they are much less costly to maintain and provide way more room for passengers and storage on a…

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After Paris: Corporations Getting On Board

After Paris: Corporations Getting On Board

From the following article: “It’s not a question of whether the industrials are gonna be regulated, it’s when and what does it look like.” Recognizing that change is coming, some of the biggest companies in the world (Shell, Monsanto, United Technologies, International Paper, Lafarge North America, a cement maker, )  are getting engaged in shaping what the future will look like.  Resistance is crumbling…

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Paris Climate Conference Primer

Paris Climate Conference Primer

Starting next week, the Paris Climate Negotiations will occur.  World leaders and their representatives will come together once again to attempt to craft an agreement or treaty that will begin to curve the trajectory of climate warming gases back to a level that will save the planet from devastating consequences.   The following article is a good summary of what will be happening…

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Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

In case you somehow missed it, President Obama on Friday denied the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline ending 7 years of uncertainty.  Below are links to two videos.  First is his 9 minute statement and the second is a shorter video from the Sierra Club thanking him. I have discussed this controversy with many of you over the years…

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You're Probably a Lot Closer to Disaster Than You Think

You're Probably a Lot Closer to Disaster Than You Think

Most of us, especially those of us in our comfortable homes in Chicago’s Quiet North Shore Suburbs, feel quite safe and secure.  We can’t imagine an enormous explosion that could destroy our homes, lives and communities like what happened in the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic as described below in Mike Brune’s Blog.  Think again.   Many receiving this may remember…

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Kansas City to Install 1000 Charging Stations!!!

Kansas City to Install 1000 Charging Stations!!!

In case you’ve missed this great news…   Kansas City bids to become EV mecca Who’s doing it: Kansas City Power & Light Partners: Nissan and ChargePoint Charging stations planned: 1,001 240-volt stations; 15 Nissan-branded fast-charging stations Cost to install: $20 million Cost to consumers to charge vehicles: Free for the first 2 years. Nissan will cover electricity costs at…

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Now It's Peak Oil in China in the News: And Sooner Than Anyone Imagined

Now It's Peak Oil in China in the News: And Sooner Than Anyone Imagined

Information continues to come out of China that the leadership there is engineering an about face when it comes to fossil fuels AND transportation.  China is beginning to head in a new direction… and relatively fast.  And the rest of the world had better take heed.   While I have been informing you of China’s moves to clear their air…

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Battery Costs Drop Faster Than Predicted

Battery Costs Drop Faster Than Predicted

I hate say I told ya so (not really) but…..     Battery costs for electric vehicles are falling faster than industry estimates — study Umair Irfan, E&E reporter Costs of battery packs in electric vehicles are declining faster than expected, according to a new report. While industry analysts predicted battery pack costs would decline from $1,000 per kilowatt-hour to…

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