There’s many debates about lowering our use of cars.
Big Coal and the truth
Couple of articles about Big Coal and its attitude to the truth:
When Barack Obama first ran for president, being green was so popular that oil companies like Chevron were boasting about their commitment to renewable energy, and his Republican opponent, John McCain, supported action on global warming.
As Mr. Obama seeks re-election, that world is a distant memory. Some of the mightiest players in the oil, gas and coal industries are financing an aggressive effort to defeat him, or at least press him to adopt policies that are friendlier to fossil fuels. And the president’s former allies in promoting wind and solar power and caps on greenhouse gases? They are disenchanted and sitting on their wallets.
more from the original NY Times – hopefully the link is working
Re-Posted from WIRED
The Hydrogen Car Cometh: Toyota and a Hydrogen-Powered Car in 2014
OK, I am one of many that firmly believe that the car is probably here to stay. Unless we are going back to horses and coaches. Too much methane?
The question has to be how to get the big car people to move away from the present easy choice of doing not much and staying with petrol cars.
Then again maybe they will deliver soon that much overdue Jet Pack. Sadly no Jet Pack just yet!
Re-Post from the Guardian
Fracking contamination more common than US states report, says new review
In at least four states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen. The Associated Press requested data on drilling-related complaints in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas and found major differences in how the states report such problems. Texas provided the most detail, while the other states provided only general outlines. And while the confirmed problems represent only a tiny portion of the thousands of oil and gas wells drilled each year in the US, the lack of detail in some state reports could help fuel public confusion and mistrust. Click here for the full article