John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EST Jan 5, 2019 Gas prices have dropped below $2 a gallon for unleaded regular in Michigan and a lot of people are happy about that. But more than a few people also fret over what cheap gas means for our roads and our climate. Inexpensive fuel means more driving and thus more stress on our already-battered roads. And cheaper fuel translates into more pollution as motorists take to the roads. Maybe the marginal difference isn’t that great over the volume of traffic we see now. But with “fix the damn roads” a political mantra in Michigan and with climate change becoming an ever more urgent problem, we ought to worry about any increase in potholes and pollution. So what to do about it? One obvious idea that suggests itself is to raise the gas tax. That would immediately make gas more expensive at the pump and, according to Econ 101, would reduce the amount of driving we all do. By the way, what we call the … [Read more...] about Why cheaper gas prices could mean trouble for roads, climate
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I recently posted a simple Internet meme suggesting that if we subsidized solar energy like we subsidized fossil fuels that this could be good. I posted that on Google Plus an it engendered way over 300 comments, many of which attempted to explain, often rather impolitely, that solar energy was inefficient or in some other way bad. I'm pretty sure most of those comments come to us courtesy of the bought and paid for climate change denialist campaign, funded by Big Oil to the tune of many tens of millions of dollars to date. Most of the commenters were saying similar things, most of which were either incorrect or irrelevant, and far too many of them showed up on this comment at once to be explained by normal internet behavior, at least on my Google Plus page. This was a move made by the denialists, and rest assured ... they are doing this more and more often as time goes by. What I found interesting about this is the fact that the main complaints were about how inefficient, expensive, … [Read more...] about Is Solar Energy Totally Bogus or Something that Gives Hope?
Charles Fleming Los Angeles Times Published 4:02 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 Bring on the hate mail: I love electric motorcycles. I love their power, their torque and their stealthy silence. I love their ease of operation and their low cost of maintenance. Although I am not alone in this, I don’t have a lot of company. Resistance to electric motorcycles is fierce. Detractors — many of whom have not actually ridden the battery-powered machines — describe themselves as dyed-in-the-wool enthusiasts who live for the roar and rumble of a big internal combustion engine. They love the smell of the gas, the sound of the pipes and the sensation of pulsing vibration between their legs. But they also have practical objections to electrification. Battery bikes cost too much, recharge too slowly and have insufficient range, they say. Some riders even believe electric motorcycles are more dangerous than their gasoline counterparts, because they don’t make enough noise to be … [Read more...] about Zero DSR electric motorcycle is wickedly quick
Luis Reyes drove up to Durango from Taos, N.M., on a sunny April day in 2017 to tell folks how the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, which he heads, left its interstate wholesale power provider and struck out on its own — and the room where he spoke at Durango’s Strater Hotel was packed.Kit Carson had paid $37 million to get out of its long-term contract with the Westminster-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, which serves 43 electric cooperatives in four states, including 18 in Colorado.One of the cooperatives, Mountain Electric Association, serves a large portion of the area east of Colorado Springs, from Monument to Limon and includes parts of Arapahoe, Crowley, Douglas, El Paso and Pueblo counties.Several co-ops have complained about what they see as Tri-State’s high power costs, limits on developing local renewable energy, and the loss of dollars sent out of town to buy electricity.Kit Carson, however, was the first to go beyond complaints. … [Read more...] about Rural electric cooperatives look at cutting the cord
Video PUBLISHED: 21:07 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 21:08 30 July 2018 Jessica Hill Asher Bennett with one of his electric trucks that's being built at his company Tevva Motors' factory in Chelmsford. Picture: Jessica Hill Archant Asher Bennett is fast gaining a reputation as ‘Essex’s Elon Musk’, and its not hard to see why. Asher Bennett of Tevva Motors with the electric battery that his trucks are fitted with. Picture: Jessica HillThe electric trucks operated by Tevva Motors, his company based in Chelmsford, are emblazoned with the words ‘the world’s greenest truck.’ Its a claim that the Israeli entrepreneur feels is justified because the trucks’ unique range extenders enable them to stay on the roads for longer than other electric vehicles. Mr Bennett shares Elon Musk’s lofty ambitions, claiming Tevva Motors will become the world leader in electric trucks in the next decade. Mr Bennett has just secured … [Read more...] about ‘Essex’s Elon Musk’ says his electric trucks will be dominating the global market in ten years time