EPA to Regulate Breathing

EPA
EPA

ECOstrive – Well folks, be prepared to monitor your breathing. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Massachusetts regarding the question on whether the EPA has to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as a “pollutant” in the terms of the Clean Air Act. But humans may be contributing more by breathing than any other source.

Massachusetts contends that global warming is caused by pollutants such as CO2 and that global warming is causing a rise in sea levels, thus causing damage to the state in the form of losing coastal property. Continue reading EPA to Regulate Breathing

Do You Care More Than Gore

Republicans are going to have to care less about proving Al Gore wrong and care more about the Earth than Al claims to.

by Pastor Bill Vanderbush

When the opportunity arises for a free dinner at a country club on Maui, one would be unwise not to take advantage of such an event.

So it was when I was invited to the Maui County Republican convention, where my good friend was vying for the voting affections of a few dozen retirees with sun-soaked faces and strangely dyed hair. It’s amazing that such a crowd decides the political leadership for the whole party, but I guess everyone else had to work or surf. Continue reading Do You Care More Than Gore

All for a good cause

Al Gore
Al Gore

By Orson Scott Card

This article first appeared in The Rhinoceros Times of Greensboro, North Carolina, and is used here with permission.

An intelligence source, working for a government agency. He’s not a spy, he’s an analyst. He uses computers to crunch numbers and at the end of his work, out pops the truth that was hiding in the original data. Let’s call him “Mann.”

The trouble with Mann is, he has an ideology. He knows what he wants his results to be. And the original numbers aren’t giving him that data. So the agency he works for won’t be able to persuade people to fight the war he wants to fight. Well, that’s not acceptable. Continue reading All for a good cause

Fight Global Warming with what? Spit Balls?

Energy needs
Energy needs

ECOstrive – To coin a phrase from a great democratic senator from Georgia, Senator Zell Miller, when talking of what we should arm U.S. Troops with in the war on terrorism; I use his words when talking about Greenpeace on fighting Global Climate Change.

Greenpeace loves to report the problem of global warming and energy. They are against power plants that burn fossil fuels and they are very much against nuclear power. According to their Energy [r]evolution Blueprint, they say that we can get all of our energy from solar, wind and other “renewable” sources and that nuclear power has no place in their blueprint.

Solar, wind and other renewable sources are small contributors to the current electricity supply (see below), or “spit balls” in the terms of this article. There is no denying that these technologies are desirable, and our goal should be to seek their maturity so that they can begin to shoulder the burden of supplying the U.S. energy demand. The problem is that these current technologies cannot make a significant contribution to the U.S. energy demand. Continue reading Fight Global Warming with what? Spit Balls?

Take Action: Replace a light bulb

ECOstrive – If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. Source: Energy Star Continue reading Take Action: Replace a light bulb

Better Battery Technology Could Soon Power Your Car

A123's m1 Lithium Nano Battery
A123's m1 Lithium Nano Battery

ECOstrive – A123Systems has a battery technology that powers DeWalt tools today, but could be powering electric and Plug-in Hybrid cars tomorrow.

DeWalt’s new 36 volt cordless systems use A123Systems’ new m1 Nanophosphate™ lithium ion battery technology to get 2 to 3 times the run time, and cut charging time to about 1 hour. But the real promise will be the use in electric vehicles. The technology yields an incredible amount of power for the weight, and is much safer than traditional lithium ion technology. Continue reading Better Battery Technology Could Soon Power Your Car

Tesla: Taking Action

Tesla Roadster
Tesla Roadster

ECOstrive – Tesla Motors has taken action in making electric cars more mainstream. They were not content with the current state of the electric vehicle, boxy, small, slow and very limited range. They decided to take electric cars to the opposite extreme. The Tesla Roadster is sexy, fast, and has a range that is manageable for a sports car of its class. Continue reading Tesla: Taking Action

A123Systems Signs Production Contract for Think Electric Vehicles

A123Systems
A123Systems

GENEVA and WASHINGTON – March 5, 2008 – GE (NYSE: GE) announced it is ramping up its efforts to enable global electrification of transportation by investing in Norwegian electric car manufacturer Think, which unveiled a five-seat crossover concept car in Geneva today. To power its vehicles, Think has signed a commercial supply agreement with lithium-ion battery manufacturer A123Systems. GE is in a unique position to help both companies commercialize technology to make electric transportation practical and affordable. Continue reading A123Systems Signs Production Contract for Think Electric Vehicles

Detroit Electric Car to Return After 100 Years

Detroit Electric
Detroit Electric

JINHUA, China and SANTA ROSA, CA (February 7, 2008) – In a joint announcement, US electric car pioneer ZAP (OTC BB: ZAAP) and China Youngman Automotive Group announced today they are reviving the 100-year-old electric car brand Detroit Electric for their automotive joint venture. Detroit Electric officials look forward to bringing new vehicle technologies to market by 2009, and beyond that the possibility of bringing new manufacturing and green collar jobs to California.

Detroit Electric plans to introduce its first electric cars and buses in 2009. The ZAP Alias, which is under development for the joint venture, will be one of several vehicles being planned to carry the Detroit Electric brand. ZAP is planning a presentation on Detroit Electric for North American auto dealers at NADA 2008, the world’s largest auto show for dealers. Learn more about the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) annual meeting and exhibition, February 9-12, 2008 in San Francisco at http://expo.nada.org. Continue reading Detroit Electric Car to Return After 100 Years

AFS Trinity Unveils 150 MPG Extreme Hybrid (XH™) SUV

AFS Trinity XH
AFS Trinity XH

DETROIT, January 13, 2008 . . . In just completed road tests, a 2007 SUV straight off an American automaker’s showroom floor and subsequently equipped with the patent pending Extreme Hybrid™ (XH™) drive train, exceeded 150 mpg, AFS Trinity Power Corporation reported today at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

AFS Trinity CEO Edward W. Furia provided details of the tests and the patent pending Fast Energy Storage™ system that makes the Extreme Hybrid™ possible. During Furia’s report, a second, identically-equipped and fully functional SUV demonstrator of the XH™ technology was unveiled and will remain on display throughout the Auto Show. Continue reading AFS Trinity Unveils 150 MPG Extreme Hybrid (XH™) SUV