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Solar on the car, not the road …

March 8th, 2017 · Comments Off on Solar on the car, not the road …

The pace of global change accelerates with each passing year. Energy systems — which tend, even amid revolution (wood to coal, coal to oil, …), to change slowly — are struggling, globally, to adapt to how that pace of change is accelerating within them as well. Globalization combined with information technology reach combined with materials […]

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Tags: Energy · solar · transportation

When it comes to #WhiteHouse proposed oil fee, #CRS myopically sees only costs & not benefits?

February 11th, 2016 · Comments Off on When it comes to #WhiteHouse proposed oil fee, #CRS myopically sees only costs & not benefits?

UPFRONT NOTE:  President Obama’s proposed 21st century clean transportation program, funded by a $10 fee per barrel of oil, would likely have significant positive return on investment: reduced fossil fuel pollution impacts, improved economic activity in areas with mass and other transit investments, reduced economic vulnerability to oil market volatility and price shocks, reduced oil imports, […]

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Tags: analysis · Cost-Benefit Analysis · Obama Administration · oil · transportation

Dispelling Electric-Vehicle Myths, #5 (and last): Technology Aspects

March 31st, 2015 · 1 Comment

In a series of guest posts, Assaf addresses — from the perspective both of an EV owner and an analyst — myths about electric vehicles. The first post addressed the life-cycle CO2 Footprint of various types of cars … and … the simple truth (in line with Debunking Handbook guidelines): Electric Vehicles have lower (LOWER!) […]

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Tags: automobiles · electric vehicles · guest post · hybrid · transportation

Dispelling Electric-Vehicle Myths, #4: Business Viability and Consumer Value

March 30th, 2015 · 1 Comment

In a series of guest posts, Assaf addresses — from the perspective both of an EV owner and an analyst — myths about electric vehicles. The first post addressed the life-cycle CO2 Footprint of various types of cars … and … the simple truth (in line with Debunking Handbook guidelines): Electric Vehicles have lower (LOWER!) […]

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Tags: automobiles · electric vehicles · PHEV · transportation

Dispelling Electric-Vehicle Myths, #3: The Sales Wars

March 29th, 2015 · Comments Off on Dispelling Electric-Vehicle Myths, #3: The Sales Wars

In a series of guest posts, Assaf addresses — from the perspective both of an EV owner and an analyst — myths about electric vehicles. The first post addressed the life-cycle CO2 Footprint of various types of cars … and … the simple truth (in line with Debunking Handbook guidelines): Electric Vehicles have lower (LOWER!) […]

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Tags: automobiles · batteries · electric vehicles · guest post · transportation

Dispelling Electric-Vehicle Myths, #2: Other Environmental Issues

December 3rd, 2013 · 1 Comment

In a series of guest posts, Assaf addresses — from the perspective both of an EV owner and an analyst — myths about electric vehicles. The first post addressed the life-cycle CO2 Footprint of various types of cars … and … the simple truth (in line with Debunking Handbook guidelines): Electric Vehicles have lower (LOWER!) […]

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Tags: automobiles · electric vehicles · electricity · transportation

Four Transport Alternatives to Canadian Tar Sands

August 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on Four Transport Alternatives to Canadian Tar Sands

Yet another guest post from the thoughtful BruceMcF. There has recently been a flurry of activism regarding regulatory approval of the “XL Pipeline” in support of bitumen production from Canadian Tar Sands. Along with hundreds arrested in front of the White House, this is an issue that has attracted substantial attention from a variety of […]

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Tags: Energy · guest post · trains · transportation

bin Laden Hated This Car

May 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Former CIA Director and advisor to John McCain during the 2008 campaign James Woolsey   bubbles with enthusiasm when speaking of his car: a modified Prius which is a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) able to run on electricity from his roof-top solar and on gasoline for an equivalent of about 100 miles per gallon. “We’re […]

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Tags: Energy · oil · PHEV · transportation

Conventional Rail and the Steel Interstates ~ Best Friends Forever

April 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Conventional Rail and the Steel Interstates ~ Best Friends Forever

Yet another guest post from the thoughtful BruceMcF. I’ve written several times about the direct potential of the Steel Interstate project to cut our oil imports by 10% by getting long haul freight trucking off the road. It would at the same time relieve the crushing burden imposed by long haul trucking on our over-worked, […]

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Tags: Energy · guest post · rail · trains · transportation

NYT takes Koch Bros. dictation on Florida High Speed Rail

March 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on NYT takes Koch Bros. dictation on Florida High Speed Rail

Yet another guest post from the thoughtful BruceMcF. Burning the Midnight Oil for Living Energy Independence Suppose that you wanted to inject a framing into a purely political strategy which also happened to involve sabotaging the future of the nation’s economy? “We sabotaged the future economy.” Hmmm, that would be a bad talking point there. […]

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Tags: Energy · journalism · trains · transportation