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
Which is cheaper gas or electric
There’s no doubt that electric vehicles are good for the environment.But as more of them show up on the roads, so do the questions about whether Hampton Roads infrastructure is ready for a transportation shift from gasoline to electric.The good news – it’s getting there.There were 547 public electric charging stations across the state in 2017, according to Virginia Clean Cities, a federal program that promotes alternative fuel use for transportation. Most of those are in Northern Virginia. But Hampton Roads and Richmond have their fair share of chargers and electric cars, too, said Matthew Wade, deputy director of Virginia Clean Cities.In the five South Hampton Roads cities, there were 640 electric vehicles registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles last year out of 5,518 in the state.If you’re considering ditching the gas pumps, here are some pros and cons to owning an electric car.ProsEnvironmentally friendlyUnlike hybrid cars, which are … [Read more...] about The pros and cons of owning an electric vehicle in Hampton Roads
Published 7:01 am, Monday, April 16, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Are you eating too much salt, or not enough? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery (BPT) - New York City already mandates it and now Philadelphia is considering it. “It” is salt warnings on menu labels for any item considered too high in salt. The average American eats about 3,400 mg./day of sodium and recent studies indicate that’s just about the right amount. Regardless, the federal government continues to recommend that people eat a maximum of between 1,500 and 2,400 mg./day of sodium. Yet, there is almost no population on earth that consumes this little salt. A 2014 study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, tested sodium consumption in more than 100,000 people in 18 countries. The study found that the healthy range for salt consumption was between 3,000 and 5,000 mg./day. The amount of salt Americans eat per day is on the low end of … [Read more...] about Are you eating too much salt, or not enough?
BRITISH Gas has come under fire as energy bills rise by £60 – the second price hike in seven months. Critics have blasted the move as a "slap in the face" for customers, who will face yet another rise in their gas and electricity bills - despite costs being lower now than they were a year ago. The increase is set to affect 4.1million British Gas customers from May 29, although they can switch to a cheaper deal to avoid it. The UK's biggest energy firm scrapped its standard tariff on March 31 and if customers do not switch they will be transferred on to a temporary tariff. It's not the first energy firm to push up costs this year, in March E.On announced that over 2 million customers on its standard tariff will see bills go up by up to £50 a year. It came on the same day that the National Grid, operator of the UK's gas pipeline network, issued a "gas deficit warning" as intense demand from households outstrips supply. How to switch suppliers and save … [Read more...] about British Gas savaged as energy bills rise by £60 – the second price hike in seven months
Updated 8:51 am, Friday, April 6, 2018 Photo: Michael Ciaglo, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 photo, a vulture soars over an Apache Corporation flare and drilling rig north of the Davis Mountains in Balmorhea, Texas. In West Texas, an oil and gas drilling rush has overwhelmed local roadways, housing supplies and a limited pipeline network. Now, the shale boom is straining the region's electric grid, designed to handle a fraction of the power needed by the producers that dominate the West Texas economy. (Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP) less FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 photo, a vulture soars over an Apache Corporation flare and drilling rig north of the Davis Mountains in Balmorhea, Texas. In West Texas, an oil and gas drilling rush has ... more Photo: Michael Ciaglo, AP West Texas … [Read more...] about West Texas oil, gas growth means more electricity needed