Each year, as many as 15 million vehicles leave the road for good and are sent to scrap. In the past, many of these cars might sit in junkyards for years to be picked through for spare parts, with their non-usable components finding their way to landfills. Over the last few decades though, vehicle recycling has grown into a $22 billion industry, with (more…)
General Motors CEO Dan Akerson recently claimed that his company plans “to compete head-to-head” with Tesla Motors on plug-in electric vehicles. Given the current lineup of products offered by both companies, that’s a little hard to envision. Tesla makes high-end, electric-only performance vehicles, while GM has so far released a comparatively low-priced plug-in (more…)
For those of you who may not be aware of it, the city of Boulder, CO is going through a process of attempting to “municipalize” its electrical power, i.e., to arrange for the city to purchase the assets necessary to deliver power to its own citizens. This is a process that seems bound to play itself out in hundreds of other communities over the coming years. (more…)
The Heslin Rothenberg firm’s Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) 2012 Year in Review was published earlier this month. Always an interesting read, the CEPGI is a quarterly publication that tracks grants of U.S. patents directed to clean energy technologies.
The United State’s top military official in the Pacific says the biggest long term security threat in the region is climate change.
In an interview with the Boston Globe, Admiral Samuel J Locklear III, commander, US Pacific Command said significant upheaval related to the warming planet “is probably the most likely thing that (more…)
California homeowners and businesses, taking advantage of a state rebate program that encourages the installation of solar panels, are now generating 1 gigawatt — or 1,000 megawatts — of electricity, roughly the equivalent of a nuclear power plant, state regulators say.
The new head of Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) expects the fund to make its first investment on track by July next year. The fund was set up by the Labor government to invest A$10 billion (US$10.4 billion) in renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions technologies, but its existence is tenuous with elections next year in Australia and Tony Abbott (more…)
Needless to say, all of us here in the U.S. are glad that the 2012 election is behind us and that we no longer have to deal with the incredible level of rancor and lies that were embodied in the campaigns. And if you’re asking why I would want to dredge any of that up again, I don’t have a good answer. Having said that, I thought I’d comment on the Romney campaign’s (more…)