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Gas2 Week in Review, April 2: Another Trump Defeat, Stalled Alternative Energy Projects, and More Musk

Alternative energy innovations emerged in a variety of ways in the news on Gas2 this week, some as examples of shining successes, others as reminders of how difficult it is to transfer R&D from a computer screen to the production line. We looked at California’s continuing fight to move toward higher vehicle emission standards, disappointments […]

April 2nd

The Difference Between Energy And Power In An Electric Car

We’re car guys and gals here. We know about compression ratios, bore and stroke, horsepower versus torque, and what overdrive means. But can we explain the difference between the battery used in a pure electric car versus a battery used in a plug-in hybrid? Probably not, but odds are our kids can. Fear not, ye intrepid […]

October 19th

What Kills More Birds, Windmills or Coal Power Plants?

You hear some pretty stupid arguments against clean energy these days. From people who don’t know anything about farming bleating on about ethanol raising food prices to people who don’t understand what causes wind claiming that sailboats cause global warming by “slowing wind down”. These people huffed too much paint in their youth and are […]

November 28th

Shell Lays Out Predictions For The Future Of Energy

With hybrids, battery-electric, and other alternative-fuel vehicles on the market and making sales gains, it seems that cars powered solely by gasoline may finally be on the outs. But how long will it take before gasoline cars are completely out of the picture? Energy goliath Shell has laid out two scenarios for the future, though […]

November 7th

Asheville, NC Votes to Shut Down Coal Plant (w/ video)

One of the loudest (and most ridiculous) comments you often hear from anti-EV types is that electric cars are just as bad as gas-fueled cars because most electricity comes from dirty sources. Last week, the city of Asheville, NC took a huge step into the twenty-first century by unanimously voting to shift the city’s electrical […]

October 27th

Mitt Romney’s Energy Plan: By Big Oil, For Big Oil

As America’s next hopeful CEO…err, President, Willard Mitt Romney is running largely on his business credentials, and the fact that he isn’t named “Obama.” But what does Romney plan to do if elected President? Well outside of repealing Obamacare and cutting taxes, Romney hasn’t been exactly forthcoming about his plans.

But the Presidential hopeful did release an energy plan last Friday that called for “energy independence” by 2020. The only problem? This plan, written by the Big Oil industry, won’t do anything but increase industrial profits at the cost of the average consumer.

August 27th

Consumers and Climate Change

When compared to other nations, America is relatively isolated from climate change. However as wildfires increase, tornado warnings are appearing in the northeast, and America is dealing with the hottest weather on record, it is easy to see that something is going on. A recent survey by Yale and George Mason universities indicates that the vast majority of Americans agrees that climate change is making natural disasters and extreme weather events worse.

August 21st

American Isolationism and Climate Change

Over the last few weeks the United States has experienced record breaking heat waves. Drought has hit the American heartland and wildfires are raging in the American west. Democracy Now correspondents recently questioned a panel of environmental experts as to what the hell is going on.  The take away; climate change is real and is […]

August 2nd

A Romney Presidency: A “Minor Impact” On America’s Electric Car Market?

If elected President, presumptive GOP nominee Willard Mitt Romney said he would sell off the American governments 26% share in General Motors (GM), take a hard look at pending fuel efficiency mandates as well as electric vehicle (EV) subsidies. That not all. Romney said he would review the pending Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) mandates slated to put the auto industry on course toward a 54.5 mile per gallon fleet wide average by 2025.

Even so, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk isn’t worried. Should he be?

August 2nd