Latest Articles: Alternative Energies
Here's how long EVs have to be driven before they save emissions versus gas cars
Post Date: 2023-05-22 19:08:50 by Charles_Byrd
Electric vehicles must spend a while on the road before they reduce carbon emissions relative to gas-powered cars, an environmental consideration looming over President Joe Biden's push to electrify the vehicle fleet. Thats because producing an electric vehicle and manufacturing the battery, in particular yields a significantly larger carbon footprint compared to producing a traditional, internal combustion engine vehicle. Click for Full Text!
If You Build it . . .
Post Date: 2023-05-21 01:22:29 by Charles_Byrd
I have yet to see a single Rivian in my area which isnt surprising given Rivian has only delivered 20,332 of its electric truck/SUV appliances with the Edsel-esque face so far. And that ought not to be surprising, either, given that the least expensive of these battery- powered appliances stickers for $73,000 to start (no extra charge for the serial glitches being reported by the handful of people whove bought one so far). Rivian is not likely to ever sell more than a small handful of these devices because theres only a small handful of people who have the means to buy a $73,000 vehicle, battery-powered or not. Click for Full Text!
Hoot of the Day: The UAW Demands a "Just Transition" to Electric Vehicles
Post Date: 2023-05-21 01:09:52 by Charles_Byrd
Massive subsidies and other goodies in the Inflation Reduction Act are not enough to satisfy the United Auto Workers union. The UAW now seeks a Just Transition to EVs. Their new concern is a race to the bottom started by Elon Musk. Click for Full Text!
EPA issues climate rule forcing power plants to adopt expensive tech or shut down
Post Date: 2023-05-11 19:47:23 by Charles_Byrd
President Joe Bidens Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a strict set of proposed power plant emissions rules Thursday that would effectively require coal-fired power plants to use carbon capture technology that critics have decried as uneconomical and ineffective. Click for Full Text!
Supreme Court to consider overruling Chevron doctrine
Post Date: 2023-05-01 22:03:00 by Charles_Byrd
The Supreme Court on Monday announced it will hear a case that could significantly scale back federal agencies authority, with major implications for the future of environmental and other regulations. The justices next term will consider whether to overturn a decades-old precedent that grants agencies deference when Congress left ambiguity in a statute. Click for Full Text! Click for Full Text!
New York will ban gas stoves in new buildings in an effort to meet emissions reduction goals
Post Date: 2023-05-01 21:55:18 by Charles_Byrd
Gas stoves are out in New York. New York lawmakers came to the agreement as part of a $229 billion state budget deal, which includes a plethora of modernizations to state laws, The New York Times reported. Click for Full Text!
California Approves Regulation to Phase Out Diesel Trucks by 2036
Post Date: 2023-05-01 21:47:03 by Charles_Byrd
California air regulators on Friday voted to ban diesel truck sales by 2036. The California Air Resources Board unanimously approved the measure called Advanced Clean Fleets, which would prohibit the sale of new diesel big rigs by 2036 and force trucks to produce zero-emissions by 2042. New commercial trucks, such as garbage trucks, delivery trucks and other medium and heavy-duty vehicles, would need to convert to electric under the rule, CNBC reported. Click for Full Text!
Without Nuclear Power, Germany's Energy Future Looks Short of Energy
Post Date: 2023-04-27 00:24:00 by Charles_Byrd
For all of the terrible political decisions made in recent years, it's not often that you get to see a country's government effectively contemplate national suicide. At least, that's the way it feels to watch German officials boldly stumble into the country's energy future, which looks all too much like a future without energy. Berlin politicians' commitment to green ideology, which had already gone down a series of unproductive paths, recently culminated in the closure of Germany's last nuclear power plants without a credible plan for keeping the lights on or the economy producing. Click for Full Text!
Electric Vehicles: Volt Farce
Post Date: 2023-04-18 02:11:26 by Charles_Byrd
Central planners have a way of brushing unpleasant and inconvenient questions away without bothering to come to an answer. Those promoting electric vehicles (EVs) are no exception. One of those awkward questions concerns how already shaky electricity grids, undermined by the decarbonization process, are going to cope with the extra demand that will come with EVs. Click for Full Text!
Biden’s electric-car mandates slam the working class and boost China
Post Date: 2023-04-18 01:57:54 by Charles_Byrd
In its latest pro-China, anti-working class move, the Biden administration aims to force two-thirds of new cars to be all-electric by 2032. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to ratchet up emissions standards starting with the 2027 model year to force automakers to sell ever-fewer gas-powered and even hybrid cars. Click for Full Text!
Two hundred eighty years ago. on April 13, 1743, Thomas Jefferson was born on the Shadwell Plantation of the British Virginia Colony, the third of 10 children. Jefferson’s passion for liberty started at a young age while interacting with Native Ameri
Post Date: 2023-04-15 01:08:55 by Charles_Byrd
How do you bankrupt a business? Thats easy. Use the money you earn selling things that are profitable to fund money-losing investments and then stop selling the things that pay for those investments until you run out of money. Click for Full Text!
Supposedly 'sustainable' electric cars are getting junked over minor damage
Post Date: 2023-03-21 00:07:16 by Charles_Byrd
Insurers are being forced to write off many electric vehicles with only minor damage to battery packs, sending the batteries to scrap yards and hindering the climate benefits of going electric, Reuters reported. Battery packs typically represent roughly half the cost of an electric vehicle, sometimes costing tens of thousands of dollars, often making it more economical for insurers to consider a car as totalled than replace a battery pack, according to Reuters. While many carmakers, including Ford and GM, told Reuters that their battery packs were repairable, many are unwilling to share key data with third-party insurers to help assess damage. Click for Full Text!
California's gasoline-car sales ban now infecting an entire continent
Post Date: 2023-02-15 20:33:31 by Charles_Byrd
The European Parliament approved legislation Tuesday that will ban the sale of new gas-powered cars in the European Union after 2035. The new legislation mandates that all passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold in the 27 member countries of the European Union (E.U.) have zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2035, a requirement which will effectively ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles in the bloc, Reuters reported. The E.U.s new rules come months after the U.S. states of California and Washington announced similar bans in August 2022 on new gas-powered vehicle sales after 2035, a target that president John Bozzella of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a ...
If California is our energy future, be afraid, be very afraid, America
Post Date: 2023-02-13 16:29:26 by Charles_Byrd
When Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom called a special legislative session in December to tax Californias oil refiners out of their "excessive" profits, he was following a well-trod path of Golden State governors blaming the oil and gas industry for the states high energy prices. Newsom should look in a mirror to see the reason for high energy prices. Click for Full Text!
Geological Study Refutes Green Energy Agenda: Not Enough Metals to Replace Oil
Post Date: 2023-02-13 16:16:09 by Charles_Byrd
Many points are made when discussing the green energy agendas infeasibility. It has been noted that wind and solar cant provide our energy needs, that powering the United States with wind would require an area three times Californias size. It has further been asserted that electric-car production and use actually cause more pollution than the gasoline status quo. Its not just that electric vehicles manufacture creates massive releases of CO2 (not a pollutant, mind you), either; its also that the mining of the metals and minerals required for their production causes environmental damage. Yet theres a kicker here, too, a point seldom made: Even if we ...
The deadly reality of eliminating fossil fuels
Post Date: 2023-02-11 00:39:15 by Charles_Byrd
It's been interesting to watch the increasing obsession with pushing green energy and the corresponding push-back against fossil fuels. Anyone with a brain knows this is a recipe for disaster, but the world is hurtling down that path anyway. The strange thing is the left doesn't want to wait until the infrastructure is in place to support a smooth transition. No, they want this transition done NOW, the peasants be damned. Click for Full Text!
No Freedom of Car Choice? Thank Blue State Tyrants
Post Date: 2023-02-07 18:14:44 by Charles_Byrd
Electric cars have always been more expensive to buy than the gasoline- powered cars normal people buy thats why electric buyers can also harvest taxpayer subsidies but that initial price was supposed to be offset by much lower operating cost. Why charging an electric vehicle (EV) is no more expensive than running 10 or 15 hair dryers! Click for Full Text!
Fuller a Pioneer of Solar Energy
Post Date: 2023-02-06 16:09:15 by Charles_Byrd
Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was a creative thinker who came up with amazingly innovative ideas. Although he didn't invent the geodesic dome, he recognized its potential, invented the word with which we refer to it today, and popularized it. His "dome" got Fuller a lot of attention. However I would argue that another of his ideas for which he has received little attention and credit was far more important. This idea, which he proposed in the 1930s, was to connect the entire planet into a single electrical grid. Such a grid could help save us from a runaway climate. Click for Full Text!
Of Whales and Wind Farms: Greenpeace Silent on Whale Deaths Linked to Ocean Wind Project
Post Date: 2023-02-02 23:05:41 by Charles_Byrd
On Tuesday, the eighth whale since December 5 washed up on the New York/New Jersey shoreline. While officially the cause of the whale deaths is not yet known, many conservationists believe that a massive offshore wind project may be a contributing factor to the deaths of the humpback whales. Greenpeace, an environmental organization who largely made their name and reputation by standing up to commercial whaling vessels, has been oddly silent about the whale deaths. The organizations main fight now seems to be tackling the specious claim that fossil fuel emissions are leading to out-of-control global warming, which some scientists believe is leading to all kinds of chaotic weather, ...
Eco-groups push for EVs, but refuse to back U.S. mining for necessary materials
Post Date: 2023-02-01 16:30:43 by Charles_Byrd
Environmental advocacy groups continue to oppose mining efforts within the US, despite pushing for a green future through electric vehicles that require large amounts of copper and other mined resources. The advocacy groups, the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice and Center for Biological Diversity have pushed to decarbonize the grid and the auto market in the coming years, but continue to advocate against mining projects that would support the green transition. The advocacy groups on Tuesday celebrated the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Final Determination that restricted the possible mining of 1.4 billion tons of copper, gold, molybdenum, ...
In light of the immensity and gravity of the energy crisis in Europe, the French government indicated its plans a few months ago to drastically amend its stance on nuclear power. After having lobbied for the use of renewable energies instead of nucl
Post Date: 2023-01-23 17:34:18 by Charles_Byrd
A 300-pound, hairy wrestler in a pink tutu; ice cream and bacon; doughnuts and seafood. While certain things just dont go together, all three preceding combinations may work better than what has just been called inevitable: Harley Davidsons entire line of motorcycles going electric. Click for Full Text!
Sell the Magic
Post Date: 2022-12-21 20:49:07 by Charles_Byrd
When I talk to fellow economists about fossil fuels and climate change, they sound pretty reasonable. They know that high per-capita GDP is awesome. They know that high per-capita GDP requires a lot of energy. They know that we get almost all of our energy from fossil fuels. They know that solar and wind are currently a grossly inadequate substitute for fossil fuels. But theyre still deeply worried about carbon-fueled climate change, especially extreme tail risk. What, then, is to be done? Click for Full Text!
Porsche is replacing gasoline with air and water
Post Date: 2022-12-21 19:19:07 by Charles_Byrd
Porsches race like the wind and will soon be running on it in a roundabout way. The automaker has filled up a 911 for the first time with a new synthetic fuel created out of thin air
and water. Click for Full Text!
Swiss Plan Exposes Folly of Relying on Electric Vehicles
Post Date: 2022-12-08 21:30:10 by Charles_Byrd
In June of this year, the European Union (EU) placed a ban beginning in 2035 on the sale of new cars with combustion engines. But with winter and potential energy shortages coming, one EU nation, Switzerland, is working on a plan that could ban electric vehicles (EVs) from being used for nonessential journeys. That plan exposes the lie that EVs can be a reliable replacement for gas and diesel-powered transportation. Switzerland is bracing for an energy crisis this winter due to its reliance on imports to sustain the country through the colder months, reported The Telegraph. Click for Full Text!
Toyota's Secret Weapons That Will Destroy the Rest of the Car Industry
Post Date: 2022-11-23 00:03:44 by A K A Stone
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