2015

This Is Why You Don’t Take Money From Oil Companies For Your Schools

Creative Greenius

When Chevron, or Phillips 66, or ExxonMobil or E&B oil companies give schools and nonprofits funding money they do it for one reason only. To pay them to shut up. You can fool yourself if you want to, but you can’t fool your kids, because in the end they will know their school, or that nonprofit pretending to be teaching kids about the environment, sold them out. Sold them out to the very oil companies who are destroying their chance of having a decent future.

2015 189

Super Charger for Electric Motorcycles!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Oh, this is brilliant. Level 2.5 charging for electric motorcycles like the Zero, using the j-plug we're all so familiar with. You can charge your Zero in about an hour! I *want* this for my LEAF, sigh

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California providing incentives up to $12K to help low-income families afford the cleanest cars

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In coordination with local air officials, the California Air Resources Board is initiating a retire-and-replace pilot program in the Greater Los Angeles area and San Joaquin Valley to help people of low income replace old, polluting cars with cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicles that also cut greenhouse gas emissions. The air district-administered program provides incentives on a sliding scale, with larger cash payments for the lowest-income families moving up to the cleanest cars.

2015 125

Photos of progress

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A selection of shots of the progress so far. Attached Thumbnails

2015 109

Expect A 500-Mile Electric Car By 2025, Says Tesla's Elon Musk

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It was a relatively brief projection of the future from a man who's juggling a lot of balls in the present, but even Elon Musk's quick hits can be newsworthy. The CEO of electric-car maker Tesla Motors told attendees at the Barron's Investment Conference that he expects 500-mile electric cars to be available in just 10 years. His remarks, last. lithium-ion future Elon Musk battery pack Tesla Motors plug-in cars

2015 87

What’s In It For Me?

Creative Greenius

I was in Carson California last month at their City Council meeting to speak on behalf of the resolution I asked them to pass to approve participating in a feasibility study on community choice aggregation (CCA). . Carson was the sixth city to have our resolution on their agenda, the five others having already passed it. Like in each of the other cities, someone in Carson, this time the City Manager, had the same question for me, .

2015 189

Protected: Here Lies Hermosa Beach – Truth Takes a Holiday In The City’s Massive Honesty FAIL

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This post is password protected. You must visit the website and enter the password to continue reading. Filed under: citizen volunteer , Community Activists , election , environment , fossil fuels , greenwashing Tagged: Carolyn Petty , Chief Pappas , Chris Miller , Hermosa Beach , Joe Galliani , Keep Hermosa Hermosa , Ken Hartley , liars , Measure O , Rabbi.

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Here Lies Hermosa Beach – Truth Takes a Holiday In The City’s Massive Honesty FAIL

Creative Greenius

The Rabbi called and left voicemails urging me to call her back. She texted too. She’s a very persistent and impatient lady of religion. But she didn’t want to say what was up when I texted back. It didn’t matter. I already knew. When she got on the phone she sounded nervous and anxious. We bypassed the usual chit chat and cut to the chase. “I understand you posted something on Facebook and I just want to ask you to please leave me out of this,” she pleaded.

2015 165

Hot Tub Time Machine WayBack Wednesday – Reposted Word-for-Word from June 25 of 2008

Creative Greenius

Wednesday, June 25, 2008. There’s an old joke that most of us baby boomers first heard when we were kids. Here’s the version I remember hearing in New Jersey: A man goes on vacation and his brother agrees to housesit for him — feeding the cat, picking up the newspapers and mail, watering the plants, etc. After the first week goes by the vacationing brother phones to check in. “I’m sorry bro,” his brother at the house tells him almost immediately, “but your cat died.”

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Hermosa Beach Sees The Light

Creative Greenius

As if from the heavens above, The Word, appeared immaculately and impeccably on some of Hermosa Beach’s signature buildings last night. The forces of darkness who support this dirty, climate wrecking, grotesquery of ugliness of a project might want to buy some of those E&B Blackout Curtains offered by the oil company as their mitigation. You can read books in this building that will teach you why this project is unsafe, unhealthy and a bad deal for Hermosa and the South Bay.

2015 142

E&B Oil Propaganda Goes Up in Flames, Burning Climate Wrecking, Oil-loving Sellouts & Sycophants

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If you hate Hermosa Beach, its children, its history and its future then you’ll love the Barbarians’ plans to turn Hermosa into Bakersfield. Filed under: environment Tagged: climate wrecking oil loving sellouts & sycophants. environment climate wrecking oil loving sellouts & sycophants

2015 132

Jeff U'Ren's Chevy Volt: Happily Ever After

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Jeff U'Ren talks more about his Chevy Volt: ".luxury luxury everything, heated leather seats, great air conditioning." Oh, and it's got its own phone, too

2015 104

JRC report finds electric vehicles in Europe on the way to full-scale commercialization

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The European Union appears to be undergoing a transition from the testing of and experimentation with electric vehicles to full-scale EV commercialization, according to a new report from the EU’s Joint Research Center (JRC). This report covers battery-electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), range extended electric vehicles (REV), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).

2015 125

Riding Into A Better Future @ South Bay Bike Night

Creative Greenius

Your friendly neighborhood Greenius has been a proud member of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition ever since there was one, and I’ve been on the Board of Directors just as long. I do it because I love to ride my bike and because here in the South Bay – which happens to be the best climate in the whole world in which to ride your bike – we need lots more zero emission people-powered bike trips to replace car trips, especially fossil fuel powered cars.

2015 131

Tesla Model S Saves Woman, Child In Landslide

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Carmakers like to talk enthusiastically about good crash-test results, but they can seem somewhat abstract compared to real-world crash damage. A car protecting its occupants in a crash can make a much bigger impression on them--or anyone who witnesses the destruction--than a thousand lines of ad copy. This Tesla Model S crash will likely be one. Crashes plug-in cars

2015 87

Plastic Propaganda Proven Phony, Oil Red Coats Still Willing To Sell Out Their Neighbors

Creative Greenius

Happily covering themselves in toxic waste, E&B Oil Drillers and their paid mercenaries in Hermosa Beach have been trying to float a b t story about a world made of plastic dependent on oil for its every need. . Like the British during the Revolutionary War, the Hermosa Red Coats speak another language and don’t understand Americans if they think people will fall for headlines like: . Without Oil A Day At The Beach Wouldn’t Be Much Fun.

2015 125

Guest post: Honda Introduces the EV-Cub; two-wheel-drive electric motorcycle

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by Alex Vanover. Honda isn’t a car company… it never really has been. When asked to define what kind of company Honda is, company representatives bill the multinational firm as an engineering company. It is a company that strives to engineer products in a variety of different sectors of the highest quality. And it is also an innovative company that looks for problems in the world and then engineers solutions to those problems.

2015 122

PSA prototype travels 580km from Paris to Bordeaux in autonomous mode

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On 2 October, one of PSA Peugeot Citroën’s four autonomous vehicles drove itself 580 km (360 miles) on the highway from Paris to Bordeaux entirely in autonomous mode to take part in the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress, which runs until 9 October. The car autonomously adjusted its speed and changed lanes to overtake, taking into account other vehicles, speed limits and infrastructure.

2015 122

Obama Administration announces actions to sustain and advance nuclear energy in US

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Although overshadowed by the announcement on denial of a Presidential Permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline ( earlier post ), on Friday, the Obama administration also on Friday announced and highlighted a number of actions to sustain and advance nuclear energy in the US. In 2014, nuclear power generated about 60% of carbon-free electricity in the United States, and continues to play a major role in efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector.

2015 122

Nomadic Power receives €2M grant for “MobileBattery” project; trailer-mounted Li-ion pack for vehicle and home

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Nomadic Power has received a €2-million (US$2.25-million) grant from the European Commission for their “MobileBattery” project—a trailer-mounted battery pack that can serve the function of intelligent and safe back-up power for a home when stationary, and boost EV range when attached to the owner’s vehicle. An 85 kWh Nomad is capable of taking a small electric car up to 600 kilometers (373 miles).

2015 121

Cal State LA hydrogen station becomes first in state certified to sell to the public by the kilogram

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The Cal State L.A. CSULA) Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility has become the first hydrogen station in California to be certified to sell fuel to the public by the kilogram measure. Although the state currently has other other hydrogen stations “open to the public”, these stations have had to sell hydrogen by the tank, explained Michael Dray, the technical operations manager of the Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility at CSULA.

2015 122

Study finds EV deployment in China to increase Environmental Justice challenge there

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A new study by a team from the University of Tennessee, Tsinghua University and the University of Minnesota has found that the wide-scale deployment of electric vehicles in China can increase the Environmental Justice (EJ) challenge in that country. According to their findings, published in a paper in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology , most (∼77%, range: 41–96%) emission inhalation attributable to urban EVs use—i.e.,

2015 120

Global Warming 101

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Global warming, its causes and effects, and a little global warming controversy. Eyeroll:

2015 98

IRENA report finds renewable power costs at parity or below fossil fuels in many parts of world

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The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, according to a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

2015 121

BYD unveils battery-electric over-the-road coach bus; two more models to launch this year

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The C9. Click to enlarge. BYD Motors Inc. unveiled the first long range, 100% battery-electric over-the-road coach bus (as opposed to a city transit bus) at the United Motorcoach Association Expo in New Orleans. This first electric coach—the BYD C9—is a two-axle, 40'' coach with the seating capacity to carry 47 people at highway speed for more than 190 miles. The BYD C9 is the first of three battery-electric coaches the company will launch globally this year.

2015 120

Report Names Funders Of Anti-Solar-Power Initiatives & Legislation

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As home-solar installations proliferate, electric utilities are worried about what affect that could have on their business. There's been much talk among analysts about whether distributed generation of electricity from renewable sources could threaten the traditional grid-based model. Now, a new report from advocacy group Environment America. emissions Politics energy policy electric utilities renewable energy solar state laws

2015 87

An Epic Battle Between Good & Evil in Hermosa Beach!

Creative Greenius

The Evil E&B Empire and their sellout storm troopers will be long be remembered for who they are and what they tried to do to Hermosa Beach. Their shame will live in infamy! Filed under: environment Tagged: Keep Hermosa Hermosa , No on O , Stop Hermosa Oil Drilling. environment Keep Hermosa Hermosa No on O Stop Hermosa Oil Drilling

2015 118

Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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by Professor Andrew Alfonso Frank. CTO Efficient Drivetrains Inc. and UC-Davis Emeritus and Catherine JJ DeMauro. Abstract. The alternative-fuel car evolved to reduce exhaust emissions and other problems derived from burning fossil fuels. The PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), a subset of the electric car, combines a primary electric motor with a much smaller back-up engine fueled with a hydrocarbon/biofuel mix. (In

2015 120

Wrightspeed unveils new turbine range extender for medium- and heavy-duty electric powertrains; 30% more efficient than current microturbine generators

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Wrightspeed Inc., a developer of range-extended electric vehicle powertrains for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles ( earlier post ), has unveiled the Fulcrum, a new proprietary turbine generator for use in its Route family of electric powertrains (Route for Class 3-6, Route HD for Class 7-8). The new 80 kW Fulcrum is a radial inflow, axial turbine, intercooled and recuperated. Fulcrum is a single shaft machine, the generator runs at turbine speed (~100,000 rpm). Weighing in at 250 lbs (113.4

2015 119

A closer look at Audi’s new R8 e-tron EV and battery

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The model line-up of the second generation of Audi’s high-performance R8 sports car, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, includes the new R8 e-tron battery-electric vehicle. Earlier post.) The new R8 e-tron delivers 340 kW (456 hp) of power; acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds; and a driving range of up to 450 km (279.6 Range for the first generation R8 e-tron was was 215 km (133.6

2015 118

Opinion: Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar: Miles Per Acre Per Year

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by Henry Hewitt for Oilprice.com. During the late innings of the ICE-age (as in the Internal Combustion Engine age) it has become clear that feeding gasoline and diesel to the next billion new cars is not going to be easy, or cheap. In China alone, 500 million new vehicles can be expected to jam the roads between now and 2030. That may sound far-fetched, but considering annual sales have already made it to 25 million units per year (vs.

2015 118

Daimler enters stationary energy storage market with ACCUmotive battery systems; 500 kWh unit already on line for grid stabilization

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Daimler is entering the commercial and residential stationary energy storage system (ESS) market with its wholly-owned subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive. The announcement comes four weeks after Tesla Motors announced its own entry into the ESS market with the home PowerWall Li-ion battery system ( earlier post ), although Daimler has been considering the move for several years.

2015 118

NREL refines method to convert lignin to nylon precursor

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A new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrates the conversion of lignin-derived compounds to adipic acid, an important industrial dicarboxylic acid produced for its use as a precursor to nylon, plasticizers, lubricants, polyesters, and other popular products and chemicals.

2015 118

Daimler Trucks NA SuperTruck achieves 115% freight efficiency improvement over 2009 baseline; 50.2% engine BTE

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DTNA’s SuperTruck was unveiled at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show. Click to enlarge. Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) SuperTruck program has achieved 115% freight efficiency improvement (gallons of fuel consumed per ton of goods moved per mile traveled)—surpassing the Department of Energy (DOE) program’s goal of 50% improvement and exhibiting the best results of all reporting OEMs. Earlier post.)

2015 117

Toyota details powertrain advances in Gen4 Prius; available E-Four system for all-wheel drive

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Toyota made significant improvements in its new generation full hybrid powertrain applied in the fourth generation Prius ( earlier post ), reducing losses, redesigning and relocating key components and reducing weight. Extensive changes to the transaxle, engine and combined hybrid system, generate an expected improvement in EPA estimated MPG on core models of up to 10% (i.e., up to ~55 mpg US combined), with an Eco model that will achieve an even greater improvement.

2015 116

Production and sales of plug-ins boomed in China in 2014

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The production and sales of plug-in vehicles in China boomed last year, according to statistics from CAAM (China Association of Automobile Manufacturers). Total production reached 78,499 units, 3.5 times the number in 2013. Among the total, 48,605 units were battery electric vehicles (BEV) (62%) and 29,894 units were plug-in hybrids (PHEV) (38%)—2.4 times and 8.1 times the numbers of 2013. As for the sales, the total volume reached 74,763 units, 3.2 times from a year earlier.

2015 117

Electric Cars Sans Cords: Nissan Readying Higher-Power Inductive Charging

Green Car Reports

Electric car owners get to enjoy a certain level of pride in saying that they never have to deal with gas stations and dirty fuel-filler nozzles. Most of those owners would likely agree that not having to deal with cords and charging ports would be another great step forward, however. Soon, if Nissan and several other automakers have their way. Wireless charging Inductive Charging

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