Wednesday July 23, 2014

Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

Google Street View Cars Want to Scan Your City for Gas Leaks

In Boston, Staten Island, and Indianapolis, Google’s cars were equipped with methane sensors, to pinpoint the locations and severities of thousands of natural gas leaks, a chronic problem for many cities. The cars pinpointed the size and locations of several thousands of gas leaks from distribution pipes that snake under the cities’ streets.  More…

The scandal of fiddled global warming data

The US has actually been cooling since the Thirties, the hottest decade on record. Now another example has been uncovered by Steven Goddard’s US blog Real Science, showing how shamelessly manipulated has been one of the world’s most influential climate records, the graph of US surface temperature records published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  More…

Tesla’s market value soars, but some see a bubble

Tesla’s stock value has recently doubled to more than $90 a share. That gives them a total market value of $10.6 billion, greater than that of Italian automaker Fiat, worth less than $8 billion. In the first quarter of this year, Fiat sold 1 million cars and made a $40 million profit. Tesla sold 4,900 cars and lost $53 million – or more than $10,000 per car.  More…

New taxes make electric vehicle owners pay their share

EV buyers have long received a federal tax credit of $7,500, but electric vehicles use the same roads, the same bridges and the same infrastructure as the rest of us. Since they don’t burn gasoline, they’re immune from paying taxes at the pump to fund that infrastructure. That’s going to change.  More…

Successful hacker attack could cripple U.S. infrastructure

A report tying the Chinese military to computer attacks against American interests has sent a chill through cyber-security experts, who worry that the very lifelines of the United States — its energy pipelines, its water supply, its banks — are increasingly at risk.  More…

Super Bowl power outage

For 35 bewildering minutes Sunday night, the Super Bowl showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers ground to a halt when half of the lights in the New Orleans Superdome went out. Whose fault was it? The power company said it wasn’t to blame, and stadium officials apologized but said little else until well after the game.  More…

An Oil Town Where Men Are Many, and Women Are Hounded

The rich shale oil formation deep below the rolling pastures in Williston, N.D. has attracted droves of young men to work the labor-intensive jobs that get the wells flowing and often generate six-figure salaries. What the oil boom has not brought, however, are enough single women.”  More…

NY mostly ignored reports warning of superstorm

More than three decades before Superstorm Sandy, a state law and a series of legislative reports began warning New York politicians to prepare for a storm of historic proportions, spelling out scenarios eerily similar to what actually happened: a towering storm surge; overwhelming flooding; swamped subway lines; widespread power outages. But most of the warnings went unheeded.  More…

Another greeen energy firm files for bankruptcy, taxpayers to lose another $249 million

Battery maker A123 Systems Inc. has filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, drawing criticism from Republicans who claim the Obama administration continues to waste millions of taxpayer dollars on alternative energy companies like A123. The company received a $249 million Department of Energy grant with high hopes that it would help foster a U.S. battery industry.  More…

Nuclear plant supervisor accused of drinking on the job

A supervisor for a nuclear energy plant in Michigan is in trouble after being caught drinking on the job. When the man showed signs of intoxication, DTE administered an alcohol test. The utility company says the worker is being disciplined and is no longer allowed on the plant side without an escort. The plant represents 30-percent of of all nuclear energy generated in Michigan. About 900 people work at the facility in Newport.  More…

Labor Dept. counts oil lobbyists, bus drivers as green jobs

Under questioning by House oversight chairman Darrell Issa, senior U.S. Labor Department officials revealed that the Obama administration counts oil lobbyists, bus drivers, garbage men, bicycle shop employees and used-record store clerks as “green jobs.”  More…

Eco concern: Wind farms are warming the earth

New research finds that wind farms actually warm up the surface of the land underneath them during the night, a phenomenon that could put a damper on efforts to expand wind energy as a green energy solution.  More…