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Snippet 1:
“Transportation accounts for 71 percent of total US petroleum consumption and 33 percent of our nation’s total carbon emissions. It presents significant opportunities to cut oil dependence while taking a bite out of greenhouse gas emissions. The finding that there are many options increases our confidence that a clean transportation solution is possible in the long term.”

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"Pushing the limits of energy-efficient vehicles and switching to cleaner fuels, particularly in the non-LDV (Light Duty Vehicle) segment – truck, marine, pipeline, rail, and off-road equipment – are seen as key to averting projected increases in energy consumption and GHG emissions."

80% Cuts In Transportation Sector Petroleum And Emissions: How Do We Get There?

March 19, 2013 Andrew

The Dept. of Energy’s “Transportation Energy Futures” study provides a template for Pres. Obama’s vision of reducing US transportation sector petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050.

1. Realizing gains in vehicle energy efficiency and fostering shifts in demand for different modes of transport,

2. growing use of biomass biofuels,

3. and transitioning to hydrogen and electric vehicles are the three main facets of the TEF strategy.


http://cleantechnica.com/2013/03/19/80-cuts-in-transportation-sector-petroleum-and-emissions-how-do-we-get-there/
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Agelbert NOTE: Norway started early. That is why now most of their cars are EVs and a lot of their ferries are electric powered.

World’s First Electric Ferry — With 10-Minute Recharge

January 12, 2013 Chelsea

The days of stinky, oil-burning, black smoke–producing ferry boats will be the days of yore if Norway has anything to say about it. The world’s first electric ferry will hit the open seas (well, not exactly) in 2015.

The 360-passenger, 120-car electric ferry will be operated by shipping company Norled and traverse the Sognefjord fjord.

To allow for battery power, the ferry was made much lighter with aluminum hulls. The battery charges in 10 minutes, and can propel the ferry at 10 knots in normal weather conditions.

So, what’s the big deal about electric ferries? Well, there’s the possibility of easing parking and traffic via waterways and aqua-buses like those at the University of New England.

Electric ferries aren’t Norway’s only bread and butter: strong incentives have propelled EV sales to 5.2% in 2012.

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Some REALITY about the cost of fossil fuels (always conveniently absent from EROEI fossil fuel energy "expert's" calculations ).

"According to its authors, the study is the first to factor in the cost of air pollution mortality and morbidity impacts from burning fossil fuels, in tandem with a comprehensive plan for developing enough renewable energy to meet the demands of all sectors of an entire state."



New York State Could Run On Wind, Water, & Sunlight

March 13, 2013 Tina Casey

Lower fuel costs, predictable fuel prices and green jobs are the main factors that make the straight economic case for investing massive amounts of money in new clean power facilities. Now a new report suggests that health care costs are an equally if not more important factor than the other three.

Using New York green energy as a case study for eliminating fossil fuels in favor of building new clean energy facilities, a research team has calculated that the state could save enough money on health care alone to result in a payback period of only 17 years.


Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2013/03/13/new-york-renewable-energy-future-looks-bright/
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Ohio fracking boom has not brought jobs
By John Upton

Did you hear the joke about how fracking creates jobs?

We heard it, too. We heard it from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. We heard it from the fracking industry. We heard it from the press.


Well here comes a punchline that’s darker than a fracker’s heart: In northeastern Ohio, where a fracking boom kicked off 2011, there was no more jobs growth last year than there was in the state’s unfracked western and southern regions.

That’s the conclusion of a new report [PDF] published by Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. The report was not peer-reviewed.

Article here:
http://grist.org/news/ohio-fracking-boom-has-not-brought-jobs/


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The lack of jobs growth for Ohioans living on fracked (and now polluted) land appears to be yet another sad case of communities getting sucker punched after selling out to fossil fuel companies.  


There’s your punchline.
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Big Oil pulling out all the stops to strangle renewables by hook or by crook 

Desperate Times for Big Oil

Full Story here:

http://www.thestreet.com/story/11876329/1/desperate-times-for-big-oil.htm

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But here is the nightmare. What would really put a permanent thumb down on oil prices, creating a new era of energy abundance? Renewable energy. The sun shines, the wind blows, the tides roll, the crops grow and we live on a molten rock. It's the pressure of that rock that turned dinosaur bones into gas and oil in the first place -- what if we could speed up the process?

We can. We are. Solar energy already costs less than what comes from the electrical grid in many places, and that reach will only grow because solar's costs are declining. But it's still hard to put the Sun in your gas tank, no matter what the old Sunoco ads said.

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New catalysts, and catalyst research, are driving the ethanol business forward. The response by the oil industry 🐉🦕🦖 is an increased focus on strangling biofuels in their crib, as reported in Scientific American. The difference between citizen activists and professionals, after all, is that the professionals are relentless.

But here's the thing. New supplies are coming. New supplies of oil, of gas and of ever-cheaper biofuels. New supplies of solar power and new ways to make that power useful. It's the big story of the decade and we're still missing it.

Scientific American blogger tells it like it is:    


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Anyhow, the NC legislators also made sure that wind power was removed from the “renewable energy resource” list. Not terribly surprising from North Carolina, where our secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources believes that oil might be a renewable energy resource. Seriously — he said he believed that, and North Carolina is sponsoring legislation that removes wind from the list of renewable energy sources.

In other North Carolina news, down is now up, black is now white, and I’m drinking again. One of those is true. Also: ignorance is strength. Szdly that’s true too.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/2013/03/18/the-reign-of-error-renewable-energy-edition/

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Some news from the REAL "real world" of Energy and Renewables 👍👍👍 :emthup: 
 


"This is an exceptionally smart piece--and Rosenthal's piece was exactly the breakthrough Roberts describes. Every time we get another piece of data ("SomeEuropeanCountry generates 40% of its power with renewables")
 it helps make the 'sound, mature, realistic' projections of the Exxons of the world seem like the self-serving stuff it really is."


Bill McKibben


Can we shift to renewable energy? Yes. As to how …

By David Roberts

We will need fossil fuels like oil and gas for the foreseeable future. So there’s really little choice (sigh). We have to press ahead with fracking for natural gas. We must approve the Keystone XL pipeline to get Canadian oil.


This mantra, repeated on TV ads and in political debates, is punctuated with a tinge of inevitability and regret. But, increasingly, scientific research and the experience of other countries should prompt us to ask: To what extent will we really “need” fossil fuel in the years to come? To what extent is it a choice?

Full Article here:
http://grist.org/climate-energy/can-we-shift-to-renewable-energy-yes-as-to-how/

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What reports like Jacobson and Delucchi’s show is that it would be possible to achieve a fully renewable system without substantial technological change, as long as there is substantial social, economic, and political change. In other words, they show how you can hold one lever steady and still achieve your goals by pulling harder on the other ones.

That’s what Jacobson means when he tells Rosenthal, “You could power America with renewables from a technical and economic standpoint.
The biggest obstacles are social and political — what you need is the will to do it.” (More on the “and economic” part of that in my nerdy addendum at the bottom.)

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Another Nail in the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) COFFIN

For illustration purposes only. As far as I know the above colorful coffin does not contain an ICE.   

Lithium-Ion Battery that Charges 120 Times Faster than Normal Developed

September 11, 2012 Nathan

A super fast-charging lithium-ion battery capable of being recharged 30 to 120 times faster than conventional li-ion batteries has been developed by researchers.

The researchers think that they can use this technology to create a battery pack for electric vehicles that will fully charge in less than a minute.

The primary issue with rechargeable batteries is the increased charging time that results as their volume grows. Since batteries charge from the outside towards the inside, the thicker the battery becomes the longer it will takes to charge. This is solvable to a degree by breaking the larger battery into smaller individual cells, but there are limits to that.

Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2012/09/11/lithium-ion-battery-that-charges-120-times-faster-than-normal-developed/

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Agelbert NOTE: Robert Scheer passed away years ago, but he is the key person on this planet who, if we survive, will always be remembered in history as the David of Renewable Energy that put the Renewable Revolution in high gear that slew the hydrocarbon hellspawn 😈 👹 Goliath 🦖.

In this documentary video now over two years old, every single myth used to claim solar energy technology is

not competitive with,

capable of replacing fossil nukes,

uses more energy to make PV than generates, etc., ad nauseum

is calmly, analytically and, with energy mathematics, exposed as inaccurate propaganda from Big Oil 🦖 and the nuclear power plant  lobbies.


Robert Scheer, a solar pioneer in Germany mainly responsible for getting the laws passed to usher in the German Renewable Energy Revolution, tells how the energy "experts", because of their extreme bias or cowardice, have ALWAYS been the main obstacle to solar power renewable energy development, NOT ENERGY MATHEMATICS.

Solar Energy takes fossil and nuclear fuel suppliers out of the profit loop as the middleman between you and the energy. They can't come out and say that so they invent all kinds of propaganda to slow the transition.

I was flabbergasted to learn that a TINY portion of one area in North Africa could provide enough solar energy for the ENTIRE PLANET!  :o You will see plans for a massive DC solar electrical power grid in North Africa to provide power for Europe.

Since this video, solar energy costs have gotten even cheaper and the CSP (concentrated solar power)  plants being built have been completed and many more are being built. The Solar Revolution is in FULL SWING! One unforeseen boost to the industry has been the cheapening of solar panel construction due to advances in flat panel (for TV and computer screens) technology being used in PV manufacturing. The electronics industry is going head to head with the fossil nukes dinosaur because they see this as a new boom like the one that came when ICs began replacing vacuum tubes. This is one of several Innovation synergies that accelerate the transition to renewables. 



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Americans want more renewable energy
and more climate-change prep 

By John Upton

This is how the typical American thinks in 2013, according to a couple of new polls: “More solar power, please. No more nuclear, thanks though. And let’s get ready for this crazy climate-change thing.”

A Gallup poll of 1,022 people revealed that a whopping 76 percent of Americans think the U.S. should put more emphasis on developing solar power.

Full article here:
http://grist.org/news/americans-want-more-renewable-energy-and-more-climate-change-prep/


The times are a-changin' FINALLY!   
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News Corp. Outlets Fail to Disclose Big Oil Ties of Their Commentators

Fox News and WSJ full of pundits on Petro Payroll. 8)
April 3, 2013 

News Corp. properties Fox News  and The Wall Street Journal  failed to disclose the fossil fuel industry ties 🐉🦕 🦖 of commentators  who used the media outlets to advocate pro-fossil fuel industry positions.

On April 3, Fox & Friends hosted Competitive Enterprise Institute's 🦖 Myron Ebell 👹, who accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of delaying a decision to allow for fossil fuel extraction via hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, to keep Republican areas of the state from becoming richer and wielding more political influence.

Ebell dismissed the real concerns regarding fracking as political posturing when in fact, injection wells that store used fracking fluids have been linked to earthquakes, and drinking water contamination has been correlated with the drilling activity employed in fracking.

The Wall Street Journal 😈 print edition published an op-ed piece by the Institute for Policy Innovation's Merrill Matthews 👹 on the same day, where he denied that the fossil fuel industry receives tax breaks specific to the industry:

Rest of article here:
http://www.alternet.org/news-corp-outlets-fail-disclose-big-oil-ties-their-commentators


Mendacity for Money brought to you by the fossil fuel loving F U C K S ! 

 

 
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GWEC and Greenpeace International project at least 425,000 megawatts of wind capacity worldwide by 2015—enough to generate electricity for all of Central and South America. The world is starting to realize that wind’s potential is almost without limit.

After Record 2012, World Wind Power Set to Top 300,000 Megawatts in 2013

By: Earth Policy Institute

By J. Matthew Roney

Even amid policy uncertainty in major wind power markets, wind developers still managed to set a new record for installations in 2012, with 44,000 megawatts of new wind capacity worldwide. With total capacity exceeding 280,000 megawatts, wind farms generate carbon-free electricity in more than 80 countries, 24 of which have at least 1,000 megawatts.
At the European level of consumption, the world’s operating wind turbines could satisfy the residential electricity needs of 450 million people.

Full Story with charts here:

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/04/04/world-wind-power-likely-to-top-300000-megawatts-in-2013
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Global Solar Photovoltaic Industry Is Likely Now A Net Energy ⚡ Producer
 

April 3, 2013 Stanford University

For the first time since the boom started, the electricity generated by all the world’s installed solar photovoltaic (PV) panels last year probably surpassed the amount of energy going into fabricating more modules, according to Michael Dale, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Global Climate & Energy Project (GCEP).
With continued technological advances, the global PV industry is poised to pay off its debt of energy as early as 2015, and no later than 2020.

Breakeven Breakthrough For Solar Power


Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2013/04/03/global-solar-photovoltaic-idustry-is-likely-now-a-net-energy-producer/#dr9cUIrosKY7DwS5.99

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The achievement is largely due to steadily declining energy inputs required to manufacture and install PV systems, according to co-author Sally Benson, GCEP’s director. The new study, Benson said, indicates that the amount of energy going into the industry should continue to decline, while the issue remains an important focus of research.

“GCEP is focused on developing game-changing energy technologies that can be deployed broadly. If we can continue to drive down the energy inputs, we will derive greater benefits from PV,” she said. “Developing new technologies with lower energy requirements will allow us to grow the industry at a faster rate.”

The energy used to produce solar panels is intense. The first step in producing the silicon at the heart of most panels is to melt silica rock at 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit using electricity, commonly from coal-fired power plants.

As investment and technological development have risen sharply with the number of installed panels, the energetic costs of new PV modules have declined. Thinner silicon wafers are now used to make solar cells, less highly refined materials are now used as the silicon feed stock, and less of the costly material is lost in the manufacturing process.
Increasingly, the efficiency of solar cells using thin-film technologies that rely on earth-abundant materials such as copper, zinc, tin, and carbon have the potential for even greater improvements.

To be considered a success – or simply a positive energy technology – PV panels must ultimately pay back all the energy that went into them, said Dale. The PV industry ran an energy deficit from 2000 to now, consuming 75 percent more energy than it produced just five years ago. The researchers the industry to pay off this energy debt as early as 2015, thanks to declining energy inputs, more durable panels and more efficient conversion of sunlight into electricity.

Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2013/04/03/global-solar-photovoltaic-idustry-is-likely-now-a-net-energy-producer/


When you think about this, always remember that fossil  and nuclear  fuels have NEVER "paid us back" with anything but poison and pollution.
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“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”   
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1,000,000 Solar PV Systems Installed In Australia!

April 5, 2013 Guest Contributor

By Sophie Vorrath

Reposted from RenewEconomy.


The number of Australian homes with rooftop solar power systems has passed the magic one million mark, according to figures from the Clean Energy Regulator, confirming that the milestone was reached in March.

SunWiz analysis of the REC Registry contained within PV market insights
With Queensland leading the charge – it now has more than 300,000 rooftop PV systems installed, NSW comes in second with just under 230,000 – the one millionth PV system was registered in Australia on March 12; a number the industry says translates to around 2.5 million Australians now living in a home with a set of solar panels on the roof – more than the entire population of Western Australia.


“It is remarkable when you think that just five years ago in 2008 there were only about 20,000 systems installed across the entire country,”   :o    Clean Energy Council chief executive David Green said.


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Remember when you read this that EVs, unlike ICE cars, have a "gas" station at home so the on-the-road "gas" charge stations are an added plus.

Making Gasoline Stations Obsolete One Charge Station at a Time...   

]180 More EV Charging Stations Each Month In US
(& Other EV Charging Station News)

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Zach

There’s a lot of hype (overhype, in my opinion*) about the need for more public EV charging stations. But I don’t think anyone realizes just how fast these charging stations are rolling out. AutoblogGreen reports that “US public and private entities are adding publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging stations at a clip of about 180 units a month, which would put the country’s total at about 7,400 by year end, according to US Department of Energy figures.” That’s pretty impressive. Much faster than I realized.

The total number of publicly accessible charging stations is at 5,548 as I’m writing this, according to the DOE. The number of charging stations per state follows population pretty well — #1 is California, #2 Texas, #3 Florida. (California and Texas are also #1 & #2 in population, while Florida is barely #4, just below New York — but is much more auto-centric than New York.)

AutoBlogGreen also notes that, through February 28, “Walgreens hosted 365 stations, Kohl’s had 55 and Whole Foods boasted 39 stations open to the public.”

EV Charging Activity In New York

As the charging network grows and expands, there’s also a bit of consolidation going on. Up in New York, for example, CarCharging recently announced that it is about to acquire EVPass (of Central New York) and has just acquired Beam Charging (of New York City), as well as their EV chargers/networks, of course.

“Bottom line, EV sales are growing. EV sales in January 2013 were more than 300% greater than January 2012, and EV sales in February 2013 were nearly 330% greater than February 2012. To support the increasing EV market, it is our intent to expand our EV charging infrastructure through organic growth and acquisitions of other EV service providers,” said Michael D. Farkas, CEO of CarCharging, in a statement published yesterday. “With our recent acquisition of Beam Charging and the pending acquisition of the CNY Network, CarCharging will expand its footprint throughout New York State and gain additional strategic property partners.”

Regarding some of the locations of the EVPass charging stations, CarCharging writes: “These destination locations are comprised of: New York shopping malls, including Pyramid, one of the largest shopping mall operators in the Northeast; higher education institutions such as SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University; entertainment venues such as the JFK Arena in Rome, NY and the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, NY; and 39 downtown commuter parking locations in Syracuse, NY. Additionally, CarCharging will administer the pending NYSERDA grant awarded to EVPass, which includes installing EV charging stations throughout Upstate New York.”

Beam, meanwhile, was the largest EV charging service provider in the New York City metro area. In a statement from late February, CarCharging wrote: “Together, CarCharging and Beam operate the majority of all EV charging points throughout New York City, and have existing agreements with Central Parking, and Icon Parking, as well as Simon Properties. Beam’s partnerships with additional garage companies, such as Garage Management Company, Sylvan Parking, and Imperial Parking, expands CarCharging’s current list of more than 45 strategic partnerships including retail, multifamily residential and commercial property owners, municipalities, and parking garage management companies. Beam provides CarCharging with over 400 additional parking garages under contract in New York City, and the combined entity is positioned to provide the largest EV charging infrastructure to EV drivers in New York and beyond. In addition to CarCharging’s nationwide network of EV charging stations, CarCharging and Beam overlap in areas, such as Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., and are now jointly expanding into Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”

With New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s strong push for electric vehicles, it looks like the region will be an exciting place for the industry. Congrats to CarCharging for its quick expansion.

CarCharging uses ChargePoint’s EV charging stations. Here’s a bit more on on what CarCharging offers, and how to sign up:

EV drivers can easily request CarCharging’s evCharge card online to initiate use and payment at any intelligent CarCharging station. The CarCharging card also allows drivers to use charging locations on the ChargePoint® Network, the largest national online network connecting EV drivers to EV charging stations.

Users can pinpoint EV charging station locations using the CarCharging map at www.CarCharging.com. The ChargePoint® mobile application for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry phones also provides real-time charging station location information with turn-by-turn directions.

ECOtality & ChargePoint Team Up

One more piece of big news this month related to EV charging stations is that ChargePoint and ECOtality have teamed up. They announced on March 7 that they have formed Collaboratev, LLC. What is Collaboratev? I think they can best describe it:
“Collaboratev will enable charging network interoperability, exchange session data and allow financial billing reconciliation services among electric vehicle charging networks. The new company will actively encourage other charging network providers to join as affiliates and enable EV drivers throughout the United States to seamlessly charge among all affiliated charging networks. ChargePoint and ECOtality will connect the ChargePoint and Blink networks to Collaboratev later this year.”

In other words, Collaboratev is increasing access to public charging stations, streamlining the payment process, and providing EV drivers with more data.

“This is a clear sign of market maturation by establishing a seamless process for EV drivers to charge across networks,” stated Ravi Brar, CEO of ECOtality. “As industry leaders, we want to ensure we are always putting the needs of our customers first. We are fostering an open ecosystem and invite others to join us in making it easy for EV drivers nationwide to get the charge they need whenever and wherever they are.”

*Don’t get me wrong, I know they are a big help, but I think that EVs would work well for most people today already, and that there’s a misconception that most people wouldn’t be able to comfortably own an EV until more charging stations rolled out. Basically, I think the whole thing has been overhyped by the media and some car companies and politicians, artificially limiting consumer demand for electric vehicles.

http://evobsession.com/180-more-ev-charging-stations-each-month-in-us-other-ev-charging-station-news/
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