How many models of electric cars are there?

According to Consumer Reports there are at least 24 plug-in vehicles on the market. For answers to your basic EV questions, checkout this comprehensive article at: http://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions/ (The link also provides a checklist in PDF form so you can ascertain whether going electric will suit your needs.)  The car makers that have invested in selling EVs include: Fiat, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagon, BMW, Mercedes, Tesla, Porsche and Chrysler.

 

The Endless Power of the Ocean

Think about it, the ocean is moving 24/7/365. Between the waves and the tides, there is a constant source of renewable energy being generated, but not being harvested.  “Generating technologies for deriving electrical power from the ocean include tidal power, wave power, ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), ocean currents, ocean winds and salinity gradients.

 

 

Of these, the three most well-developed technologies are tidal power, wave power and ocean thermal energy conversion. Tidal power requires large tidal differences which, in the U.S., occur only in Maine and Alaska. Ocean thermal energy conversion is limited to tropical regions, such as Hawaii, and to a portion of the Atlantic coast. Wave energy has a more general application, with potential along the California coast. The western coastline has the highest wave potential in the U.S.; in California, the greatest potential is along the northern coast.

 

 

California has more than 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) of coastline, and the combined average annual deep water wave power flux is over 37,000 megawatts (MW) of which an upper limit of about 20 percent could be converted into electricity. This is sufficient for about 23 percent of California’s current electricity consumption. However, economics, environmental impacts, land-use and grid interconnection constraints will likely impose further limits to how much of the resource can be extracted.

 

Although technology is still at a relatively immature pilot project stage, economic projections indicate that ocean energy could become cost-competitive over the long-term.”

Source: http://www.energy.ca.gov/oceanenergy/index.html

Geothermal energy is cheaper than Natural Gas

Here are three reasons why natural gas is more expensive than geothermal energy:

  1. It is consumable (consumed in the process of creating heat)
  2. Combustion heating creates Green House Gas emissions
  3. It is subject to carbon taxes

 

 

Meanwhile, geothermal heat pumps are the opposite of natural gas:

  1. Geothermal is renewable (the solar energy stored in the earth is continually replenished)
  2. Geothermal creates no Green House Gas emissions (no combustion on site)
  3. Geothermal isn’t charged carbon taxes, so it’s more affordable.

 

To learn more about geothermal vs. natural gas, check out: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/01/can-natural-gas-giants-switch-to-geothermal.html?cmpid=enl_rew_geothermalenergynews_2017-01-26

 

 

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Don’t be fooled by an old fool…

Solar power is big business!

In an article from PV TECH, I read that “The route to decarbonisation in the energy sector will create benefits of US$10 trillion every year by 2050, while requiring only US$1.8 trillion to implement, according to a new joint report from the International Energy Agency (IAE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

 

 

 

In their first ever collaboration, IEA and IRENA found that a total of 6 million jobs would be created, even when accounting for jobs lost in other industries.

 

 

Further jobs will also be created in the energy efficiency sector. The report stressed that efforts on the transition need to be stepped up urgently to stay in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement.

 

 

IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin, said: “Critically, the economic case for the energy transition has never been stronger. Today around the world, new renewable power plants are being built that will generate electricity for less cost than fossil-fuel power plants. And through 2050, the decarbonisation can fuel sustainable economic growth and create more new jobs in renewables.”

Source: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/energy-transition-to-generate-us10-trillion-in-benefits-by-2050-iea-irena

Bees Feed Us All!

bee-pollinating1Bees Facing Extinction and what it means to you…..

Bees pollinate most of the food we eat, so without bees, we will be in danger of starving. The prestigious publication, Reuters News Service, has plenty of well written articles on the scientific findings supporting the bee die off.

 

bee-pollinating2You can find an article on the Bee Die Off at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-bees-idUSKBN1685NG

 

 

 

bee-pollinating3Bee happy, Bee healthy, protect our bees by using alternative means of protecting your flowers and food from pests. Stop using insecticide!

 

British Petroleum buys jet fuel made from Garbage

bp-logo1“BP Plc (British Petroleum Public Limited Company) will invest $30 million in Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., which makes biofuel from garbage, in a new partnership designed to curb airplane pollution. The London-based oil-producer also signed a 10-year deal to buy 500 million gallons (1.9 billion liters) of biofuel from Fulcrum’s North American plants, according to a statement by BP on Tuesday. BP will distribute the aviation fuel to planes through its unit Air BP Ltd., which sells about 7 billion gallons of aviation fuel annually.

airplane1Airlines facing pressure to clean up their pollution last month brokered a landmark deal in Montreal. Their accord created a global system that requires them to fund environmental initiatives from 2020 that may cost as much as $24 billion annually by 2035.” By Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg, November 2016

Source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/11/bp-buys-jet-fuel-made-from-garbage.html

If you think signing a petition doesn’t matter, think again!

thumbs-upI receive information about environmental news from a great website called Daily Kos, here’s an email I recently received about a petition I signed regarding fracking:

Diane, Great news. You recently signed a petition to the EPA to retract their draft report’s conclusion that fracking was safe.

 

 

petition-against-frackingThis petition was part of a coalition effort with many other organizations, and nearly 110,000 people signed on. And the EPA listened. In its just-released final report, the EPA deleted the conclusion that fracking doesn’t have “widespread, systemic impacts” on drinking water. And instead its final report states that fracking can cause water contamination. This is a win for those of us fighting fracking, and for the many people who’ve suffered from water contamination due to fracking. And it’s a loss for the oil and gas industry, which has used the EPA’s draft report to claim that fracking is safe.

 

thumbs-up2Thank you for taking action. Sometimes, it’s hard to know if your petition signature will have an impact. But Daily Kos petitions are often part of larger campaigns, and they help make change happen. Our voices, together, can win campaigns. Thank you for adding your name and joining this fight, and please keep fighting. That will involve signing petitions, protesting in the streets, calling your elected officials, and/or whatever else your activism looks like. We’ll need all of it in the years ahead.

Thank you for all that you do, Mara Schechter, Daily Kos