Sign up | Login with →

Posts by Jonathan Smith Subscribe

Mordor? No, Athabasca

In case your Halloween is too happy / not horrible enough, Monkeyfister relays1 a story in The Guardian2 about “land rape on a gigantic scale.” In ten years, according to the article, the mining in the province of Alberta “will encompass an area as...

Posted October 29, 2007    

Bio-methane Transportation

When waste water is clarified, the biologically active sludge that results can be fed into a digester. Of the 6.5 million tons of waste fats, oils, and grease produced annually in the United States, the majority is used for animal feed, soaps,...

Posted October 28, 2007    

B40 in New Madrid Buses

In Europe, there is a substantial and growing use of biodiesel. Autoblog Green1 reports that at least some of the Madrid bus fleet will be switching from B10 to B40. The Autonomous Region of Madrid has expanded their fleet with the purchase of a...

Posted September 4, 2007    

Ich bin ein Mainer

The Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy of the Science Committee of the United States House of Representatives was receptive to the message from Plug-in Partners, “I’m getting at least 100 miles per gallon equivalent,” Kramer told...

Posted September 3, 2007    

EDF and Toyota to develop more EV charging stations

Since BEVs (Battery-powered all-Electric Vehicles) rely solely upon electric power, they especially benefit from public availabilty of charging stations. An anonymous GCC commentator writes: My brand new garage is already equipped with a 220VAC 20...

Posted September 2, 2007    

Corporate Carbon Burden from Fuel Crisis Past

Since 1970 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from U.S. vehicles have gone up 73 percent. Automakers are not doing enough to reduce carbon pollution. Indeed, they and their henchmen continue to undermine1 any increase in the CAFE standard.Green Car...

Posted August 31, 2007    

The days of the large hybrid vehicle battery pack may be numbered

Subtitle: When Ultra capacitors ruled the Circuit A converted Toyota Supra GT won a 24-hour endurance race in Japan. Some automotive writers have gone so far as to state that a new era had dawned when the specially modified Toyota Supra HV-R hybrid...

Posted August 30, 2007    

Is Zo Continental, No?

“At the Frankfurt Motor Show Peugeot will showcase its new 308 Hybrid HDi, which emits just 90g/km of CO2 and reduces fuel consumption by 58% in the Urban Drive Cycle compared to a standard 308 HDi.” Sam Abuelsamid1 has French postcards...

Posted August 29, 2007    

Take a chance; What could it hurt?

“Of course the goal is to eliminate the coal industry, writes David Roberts. “Coal is filthy. It destroys ecosystems to dig it up. It kills the people who work around it. Coal plants throw particulates in the air and causes respiratory...

Posted August 28, 2007