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Tesla Model 3 Motor — Everything I’ve Been Able To Learn About It (Welcome To The Machine)🤖🏁✨

March 11th, 2018 by Steve Bakker

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With the breakthrough in reluctance machine design these past few years, we may be witnessing a sea change with regards to the powertrain for the electric vehicle market. Given reports about the performance of the Model 3, the reported jump in miles per kWh that owners are reporting over prior Tesla models, along with our 5 easy puzzle pieces, it’s a reasonable bet that Tesla has perfected the reluctance machine and in doing so has pulled an engineering rabbit out of its hat.

Regardless of the exact motor design, Tesla has clearly hit it out of the park with the Model 3’s powertrain.


Full VERY informative and educational article:⭐
https://cleantechnica.com/2018/03/11/tesla-model-3-motor-in-depth/


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Sir Edge: Trump 🦀 Is Amazing... The Art Of The Drain...
« Reply #8821 on: March 13, 2018, 10:15:39 AM »
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Sir Edge: Trump 🦀 Is Amazing...  The Art Of The Drain...

..... Step 1) Create New Swamp By Selecting Past DC 🐘 Swamp Creatures

..... Step 2) Have New Swampers Run Amok 😈 👹 💵 🎩 🍌 🏴‍☠️  ... Criticize Them... Poke Fun

..... Step 3) Have New Swampers Look Like Deer Caught In Headlights

..... Step 4) Attack New Swampers On Twitter For Disagreeable Policies 😉

..... Step 5) When BIG Policy Issue Comes Up - Fire New Swampers For Disagreeing

..... Step 6) Praise Newly Fired Swampers For Their Committment and Service

..... Step 7) Hire New Swampers 🐉🦕🦖 By Selecting Past DC Swamp Creatures (((Kudlow 👹)))

..... Step 8 ) Rinse and Repeat... MAGA 😈...

..... Step 9) Take Credit For Doing a Great 🦍 Job

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-13/trump-fires-tillersons-top-deputy-steve-goldstein-amid-state-department-purge

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How Trump 😈 REALLY wants to make KOCHROACH fossil fuels great again
« Reply #8822 on: March 13, 2018, 11:13:44 AM »
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Report: White House Wants to Cut Renewable Energy Programs by 72%

February 1, 2018

By Lorraine Chow

President Donald Trump—who remarked Tuesday that his administration ended the nonexistent "war on beautiful clean coal"—really wants to make fossil fuels 🦖 great again.   


The White House plans to ask Congress to cut the Department of Energy's renewable energy and energy efficiency programs by a massive 72 percent in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents obtained by the Washington Post.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) current spending level is set at $2.04 billion for the current fiscal year ending on Oct. 1. But the Trump administration will significantly lower that amount to $575.5 million for 2019, the Post reported.

The EERE supports the development of sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy-efficient homes, buildings and manufacturing. Its SunShot Program has significantly reduced the total costs of solar energy.

The draft budget document calls for a number of cuts, including:

֍ A staff cut of 680 in the enacted 2017 budget to 450 in 2019.

֍ Reducing research in fuel efficient vehicles by 82 percent.

֍ Cutting research into bioenergy technologies by 82 percent.

֍ Shrinking research into solar energy technology by 78 percent.

This is the second year Trump has targeted clean energy spending. Last year, he proposed cutting the office's budget by two-thirds to $636.1 million, which Congress later rejected.

"It shows that we've made no inroads in terms of convincing the administration of our value, and if anything, our value based on these numbers has dropped," one EERE employee told the Post.

The reported spending cut comes not long after Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs on imported solar panels and related equipment—a move that experts say will stifle the current solar boom, harm the fastest-growing job sector in the U.S., and drag down clean energy innovation.

The draft document could change before the federal budget is due later this month, but as the Post pointed out, the budget "will mark a starting point for negotiations and offer a statement of intent and policy priorities."

In response, the White House🦀 told the newspaper: "We don't comment on any leaked or pre-decisional documents prior to the release of the official budget."   


https://www.ecowatch.com/renewable-energy-budget-cuts-2530485007.html


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March 13, 2018

Newly Tapped Sec of State Mike Pompeo 🦕 Comes with Deep Ties to the Koch Brothers

"If I were on the confirmation committee, I would be asking Mike Pompeo exactly how much money the Koch network has invested in him that has not been publicly disclosed," says Lisa Graves of Documented

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Court Rules Trump tool 🦀 Pruitt Broke the Law for Smog Rule Delay
« Reply #8824 on: March 13, 2018, 06:57:02 PM »
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March 13, 2018

Court Rules Pruitt 😈 Broke the Law for Smog Rule Delay

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 federal judge ruled Monday that Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), broke the law for failing to implement his agency's ozone pollution rule.

Judge Haywood Gilliam of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said Pruitt violated the Clean Air Act for failing to announce by Oct. 1, 2017 which areas in the country have unhealthy levels of smog, a rule set by the 2015 ozone standard.

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... increasing radiation levels of fish caught in Alaskan coastal waters
« Reply #8825 on: March 13, 2018, 07:00:42 PM »


Marxh 11, 2018

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Extreme Weather

The second Nor'easter in a week has dumped more than 2ft of snow in some places as it continues to dump wet, heavy snow on New England on Thursday.

The late-winter storm left more than 800,000 customers without power in the Northeast — counting some who have been without electricity since last Friday's destructive nor'easter.

Montville, New Jersey, got more than 26 inches from Wednesday's nor'easter. North Adams, Massachusetts, registered 24 inches, and Sloatsburg, New York, got 26 inches.

Thousands of flights across the region were cancelled according to the Boston Herald.

A foot (30 cm) of snow and fierce wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour (88 km/h) were expected from eastern New York through northern Maine on Thursday after the storm slammed the region on Wednesday, the National Weather Service said in several watches and warnings.

Hurricanes and cyclones

Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Hola to hit New Caledonia on Friday after battering the South Pacific island of Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone Hola is barreling toward New Caledonia on Friday after battering the South Pacific island of Vanuatu damaging buildings and  knocking out communications

Tropical Cyclone Hola will bring heavy rain and strong winds to parts of New Caledonia from Friday into Saturday before heading towards New Zealand.

Hola is currently a Category 4 tropical cyclone on the Fiji intensity scale, comparable to a Category 2 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific basin.

Spaceweather

Wonderful Auroras as far south as Maine and Scotland tonight as the Earth is entering a possible G1-class geomagnetic storm

Our sun has been spotless for almost a week now but that doesn't mean it has gone to sleep.
Earth is entering a stream of solar wind today at speeds of over 600km per second from a northern coronal hole in the sun's atmosphere.

The stage is set for a possible G1-class geomagnetic storm.

According to Spaceweather.com, NOAA computer models show more than 60 gigawatts of power currently surging through our planet's auroral oval:

Sky watchers in Canada and Alaska should be alert for auroras as night sweeps across North America on March 9-10.

Volcano Activity

The Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica awakes erupting gases, ashes and incandescent fragments of fresh lava with a strombolian eruption phase

The Turrialba Volcano in Cartago, Costa Rica had for the past weeks presented a diminished seismic activity and also a decreased degassification; however, the volcano raised its voice again this March 7th when it entered a strombolian eruption phase (relatively mild blasts).

The phase which began at 00:00 hours included the emission of gases, ashes and incandescent fragments of fresh lava which lasted through the first hours of the morning of this Wednesday. According to Dr Mauricio Mora from the National Seismology Network, a volcanic tremor (signal generated by the flow of fluids, water, gas of magma through the interior conducts of the volcano) was registered along with the activity.

Earthquakes

Another massive aftershock rocks Papua New Guinea magnitude 6.7 quake is the 4th mag 6   quake since the initial mag 7.5 struck last weekend

Another massive aftershock rocks Papua New Guinea this afternoon, the powerful magnitude 6.7 quake is the 4th mag 6   quake since the initial mag 7.5 struck last weekend, in all nearly 150 aftershocks have rocked the area since.
Almost 100 people have died with thousands homeless and without food and clean water.

The recovery effort has been slow as aid workers grapple with blocked roads and power outages to reach cut-off villages after the 7.5-magnitude quake struck on February 26 in the Pacific nation's mountainous interior.

Terrified locals in the Southern Highlands, Western, Enga and Hela provinces have also had to deal with more than 150 strong aftershocks, including four 6.  magnitude tremors.

Man-made-disasters

Fukushima the disaster that changed our world forever: 27% increase of radiation levels found in salmon and halibut off the coast of Alaska

On the 7th anniversary of the Fukushima’s Nuclear Disaster, I received another mail from our friend in Alaska, Bill Laughing Bear, regarding increasing radiation levels of fish he himself has monitored in the coastal waters off Alaska since 2012.

It is a timely revelation after Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) announced recently their  "BIG HOPE" the 'ice wall' has failed to freeze Fukushima's toxic water buildup resulting in another million tons of toxic waste will be dumped into the Pacific. Full story

With no known technology to fix the problem and TEPCO claiming it will take at least 40 years to repair (how do they arrive at 40 years if there is nothing out there to stop it?) it is the disaster that changed our world forever.

Climate Change

NOAA: January 5th warmest on record for the globe but try telling that to most of the Northern Hemisphere with record cold and snow in strange places

An annotated map of the globe showing notable climate events that occurred in January 2018.
January was 5th warmest on record for the globe

Despite the cooling influence of La Nina this winter, the global temperature ranked among the five warmest on record in January. Earth’s polar regions continued to experience record-low ice conditions.


Disease

Shellfish contaminated with Hepatitis E found in Scottish supermarkets for the first time after a huge spike in laboratory-diagnosed cases

Shellfish contaminated with a bug that can cause vomiting, fever and potentially deadly liver failure in the most serious cases have been found on sale in Scottish supermarkets for the first time.

Blue mussels and an oyster harvested from Scottish waters tested positive for the hepatitis E virus. They had been purchased from four supermarkets in the Glasgow area and a fishmonger on the east coast.

It comes in the wake of a surge in the number of people struck down with the virus, with the number of laboratory-diagnosed cases in Scotland climbing from 13 in 2011 to 206 in 2016.

The latest results follow an analysis of 310 shellfish samples collected by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

They found traces of Hepatitis E in eight blue mussels and one oyster.


Animal Die-offs

Incredible photo of bird frozen alive under the water in Holland as 100's of thousands of dead creatures reported in aftermath of "The Beast Of The East"

An incredible photo has surfaced showing a kingfisher bird frozen solid mid-dive into a Dutch canal.

On inspection of the picture, it is obvious the bird froze solid at the split-second it dived into the water for a fish.

The unfortunate bird froze during the big freeze "The Beast Of The East" which plunged Europe into Arctic conditions.
Christoph van Ingen, who spotted the kingfisher in the town of Oostzaan, just north of Amsterdam, said he believed it might have dived into the canal to catch fish as the water was turning solid and been unable to escape.

Around a 100 people died across Ireland, the UK and Europe during the cold snap.

Environment

Disaster unfolding after mag 7.5 struck Papua New Guinea with 100  strong aftershocks leaving thousands without food and water: 67 dead

At least 67 people were killed by a major earthquake that devastated Papua New Guinea's remote highlands last week, the Red Cross said Monday, with thousands homeless and without food and clean water.

The recovery effort has been slow as aid workers grapple with blocked roads and power outages to reach cut-off villages after the 7.5-magnitude quake struck on February 26 in the Pacific nation's mountainous interior.

Terrified locals in the Southern Highlands, Western, Enga and Hela provinces have also had to deal with more than 100 strong aftershocks, including three 6.0-magnitude tremors.

Wildfires

Continued "climate instability" 60,000 people affected by Argentina's deadly floods in the north: At least 600,000 hectares destroyed by fire in the east

At least 10,000 residents in northern Argentina forced to evacuate their homes.

More than 60,000 people have been affected by Argentina's ongoing deluge, with at least 10,000 in the north forced to evacuate their homes, the Argentine Red Cross reports.

"So far there are more than 60,000 affected; the most complicated situation is in Santa Victoria Este, where 10,000 people have been evacuated and hundreds of families are isolated and without communication," said Cristian Bolado, director of response to emergencies and disasters of the Argentine Red Cross.

The Red Cross is predicting continued "climate instability" throughout the remainder of the weekend in Chaco, Tucuman and Formosa, with Salta falling under "critical watch."

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20,000 Scientists Have Now Signed 'Warning 🚩 to Humanity'
« Reply #8826 on: March 13, 2018, 07:07:41 PM »
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March 11, 2018


20,000 Scientists 👨‍🔬 Have Now Signed 'Warning 🚩 to Humanity'

SNIPPET:

A chilling research paper warning about the fate of humanity has received 4,500 additional signatures and endorsements from scientists since it was first released last year.

The paper—"World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice"🔊—was published in November 2017 in the journal Bioscience and quickly received the largest-ever formal support by scientists for a journal article with roughly 15,000 signatories from 184 countries.

Today, the article has collected 20,000 expert endorsements and/or co-signatories, and more are encouraged to add their names.

The "Warning" became one of the most widely discussed research papers in the world. It currently ranks 6th out of 9 million papers on the Altmetric scale, which tracks attention to research.

Full article:

https://www.ecowatch.com/warning-to-humanity-scientists-2544973158.html

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March 13, 2018




Lamar Smith 🐉 in Fox and Oren Cass 🦖 in WSJ: Not RickRolling, but Still Trolling

It’s already a weird month for climate op-eds. While powerful pieces like Alison Spodek Keimowitz’s reckoning with leukemia and climate change or 16-year-old climate activist Jamie Margolin’s story can find good homes in online outlets like Slate and Refinery29, some newspapers appear to be more concerned with driving hate clicks than thoughtful, original, and, most importantly, honest commentary.  :(

Some might say the trolls of the modern op-ed page are doing an amazing job, and getting recognized more and more. But as Virginia Heffernan describes in a recent piece in Wired, modern trolls’ approach is hardly new or unique: present a transparently ridiculous argument as though it’s being made in good faith, wait for people to get mad about it, then enjoy how little effort it took to trigger a much larger reaction.

Though Heffernan doesn’t mention climate, climate deniers are typical trolls. But instead of engaging just for laughs (“for the lulz”), like other bad-faith online actors, professional deniers 😈 go on the offensive to not only rile people up, but to push a viewpoint that benefits their fossil benefactors. Two recent op-eds make this clear.

On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal 🐍published an op-ed by Oren Cass that describes a new report he’s written for the Manhattan Institute. Given that the Manhattan Institute has been funded by the Kochs 🦕 (in addition to big tobacco) and has Rebekah Mercer 🦀 on its board, you can expect nothing but the best from Cass’s 🐲 report.

And of course, he delivers. The report is an “analysis” of a bunch of peer-reviewed and government reports on the relationship between the economic impacts of rising temperatures and the increase in deaths from rising temperatures. At fewer than 20 pages of actual material, the report is hardly a match for the peer-reviewed studies it seeks to rebut. The central thesis can be summed up as: warming won’t kill people or cost much money in the future because warming in the 20th century was mitigated by air conditioning. So we can just adapt to future warming the same way.


At least Cass provides a relatively new troll. At Fox News Rep. Lamar Smith 🐊 chose to dredge up some ancient trolls on Monday, including one particularly risibile and decades-since debunked distortion of a quote about the need for scientists to be both honest and effective. In his op-ed, Smith, who as Chair of the House Science, Space and Technology committee no doubt has the staff available to fact check and make sure he’s not lying, takes a quote from climatologist Dr. Stephen Schneider out of context, clips the conclusion, and reverses its meaning.

The full quote, of course, provides far more nuance and insight than Smith or other deniers care to convey. In a 1988 interview, Schneider originally spoke about the “double ethical blind” scientists face when communicating about climate change. Scientists, Schneider elaborated, need to stay honest to the science, with "all the doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands, and buts.” But, he cautioned, the media doesn’t tend to appreciate those types of quotes instead preferring “simplified, dramatic statements.” A climate scientist, Schneider concludes, “has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both."

Smith’s gross misrepresentation that Schneider advocated that scientists only “make little mention of any doubts we might have” is in no way new or unique. The Detroit News took the same approach in a 1989 editorial, which Schneider debunked. Julian Simon followed up in a similar fashion in 1996, which Schneider debunked, again. Various internet trolls in comment boards kept up the attack, which Schneider addressed again in 2009. We can’t say we’re surprised Smith chose to ignore nearly thirty years of Schneider correcting the misuse of his quote.

The rest of his op-ed is no better. Smith claims climate models overestimate warming we’ll see (this is false, and has been debunked). He downplays hurricane frequency and damages, which is a brave stance for a politician from Texas, which is looking at $180 billion in damages from Harvey in 2017. Smith downplays wildfires, despite 2017 breaking multiple records. And he cites MIT researchers to claim the impact of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will be minimal. (Those researchers have debunked the misuse of their research and called that portrayal of their work “misleading.”)

None of these facts are hidden, complex, or hard to look up online. If Smith were even remotely interested in having a factual, honest, and good-faith debate, he wouldn’t be making any of these points.

But Smith is not interested in honesty: he’s interested in trolling. As long as the public is engaging with trolls, we’re not discussing the solutions that would hurt his fossil fuel benefactor’s bottom line.
 
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iggest Koch Whore In Congress Is New US Secretary Of State
« Reply #8828 on: March 14, 2018, 12:10:05 PM »
Biggest Koch Whore In Congress Is New US Secretary Of State

March 14th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

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Of all the congressional representatives who have suckled themselves at the breast of the Koch brothers and their friends, Mike Pompeo is the champion. Before becoming director of the CIA under Donald Judas Trump, Pompeo served three terms in the House of Representatives as a congressman from Kansas. During that time, he accepted more money from the Koch brothers and their evil empire than any other person serving in the House or the Senate — just shy of $1,000,000 according to OpenSecrets.org (detailed amounts at article link).

During his confirmation hearing for the director of the CIA, Pompeo bobbed and weaved around his stance on climate change (he thinks it’s a bunch of hooey, by the way). “Frankly, as the director of CIA, I would prefer today not to get into the details of the climate debate and science,” he told the Senate according to a report by ThinkProgress. He may have had a point then, but his new job as Secretary of State is directly connected to how the United States deals with the issue on the world stage. Don’t expect Pompeo to have any different opinions on the subject than he has in the past.

In 2015, he described the Paris climate accords as a “costly burden,” adding that “Congress must also do all in our power to fight against this damaging climate change proposal and pursue policies that support American energy, create new jobs, and power our economy” — spoken like a true believer who has been nurtured by the unending flow of money from the Koch brothers. He is proof, assuming we needed any, that the United States government is for sale to the highest bidder.

Full article:

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/03/14/biggest-koch-whore-congress-new-us-secretary-state/
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Insufficient transmission capacity holding the US wind industry back
« Reply #8829 on: March 14, 2018, 02:02:50 PM »


March 14, 2018

Insufficient transmission capacity continues to hold the US wind industry back from realizing its full potential

A Missouri judge recently ruled that the state’s utility commission “erred” in not approving the Grain Belt Express. The transmission line would transport wind from Kansas to Indiana, passing through Missouri on the way. The fate of the line now rests in the hands of the state Supreme Court. The demand for transmission to transport wind power is high -- when the Grain Belt Express was first announced, it received 4.5 times the line’s capacity in service requests from wind generators.

https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/an-argument-as-old-as-wind-the-transmission-conundrum
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N.H. House Committee 🦍 Tries to Crush marijuana Legalization Hopes
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N.H. House Committee 🦍 Tries to Crush Legalization Hopes

 Mar 13, 2018  HB 656, New Hampshire, NH, regulation, Ways and Means Committee

The New Hampshire House Ways and Means Committee is attempting to abuse its power by recommending that the House kill the marijuana legalization bill. If the House agrees to the committee’s motion of “interim study” when HB 656 reaches the floor next week, the bill will be dead for the year.

As a reminder, the New Hampshire House has already voted 207-139 to pass HB 656. Instead of legalizing retail sales — which is something a study commission is considering — the bill as amended would simply allow adults to cultivate six plants, three of which could be mature. It would also legalize possession of three-quarters of an ounce or less, and marijuana in excess of that amount would be legal as long as it is stored along with the plants that produced it. You can read a summary of the bill here.

HB 656 should have gone directly to the Senate after it passed the House, but instead it was sent to the Ways and Means Committee, which only deals with issues related to revenue. Some legislators are trying to make this issue complicated, but HB 656 is actually very simple and there is no good reason not to move the bill forward.

If you are a New Hampshire resident, please email your representatives right now and urge them to oppose this outrageous action by the committee.

https://blog.mpp.org/tax-and-regulate/n-h-house-committee-tries-to-crush-legalization-hopes/
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Blue Planet Energy Supplies Energy Storage & Training In Puerto Rico
 


March 14th, 2018 by Jake Richardson

The energy storage provider Blue Planet Energy recently deployed its Blue Ion energy storage systems to support the electrification efforts in Puerto Rico.

Image Credit: Blue Planet Energy

These deployments took place in areas where there has not been reliable electricity since September of 2017, when Hurricane Maria struck. One site is a volunteer housing facility in the Isabela municipality and the other is located in the Corozal municipality to provide electricity to a clean water pumping system. Blue Planet Energy is also providing support through training and education sessions.


Too many of Puerto Rico’s residents have not had a functioning electric grid since Hurricane Maria’s landfall in September. Our Blue Ion units will provide critical sites with reliable, safe and self-sustained power to ensure they can continue providing essential services to their communities. We’re proud to be able to lend our support to Puerto Rico and to contribute to its mission of rebuilding with stronger, cleaner and more reliable energy infrastructure,” said Henk Rogers, Blue Planet Energy CEO and founder.

A 16 kilowatt-hour (kWh) Blue Ion 2.0 battery unit was installed at the well pumping system in Corozal. The energy storage technology is working with a 7 kW solar power system in a remote neighborhood called Palos Blanco. This area was experiencing a lack of both clean water and reliable electricity, so the solar power and energy storage system is helping to produce both.

“Our mission on the ground in Puerto Rico is to coordinate with the EPA and FEMA to install safe drinking water stations and solar-powered pumping systems to service those that need it most, ” explained Mark Baker, Director of Disaster Response for Water Mission. This organization is working to address water safety in many rural communities in Puerto Rico.

Another 16 kWh Blue Ion system was deployed at the Las Dunas volunteer center. This facility supports aid workers who are installing solar power kits by providing them with housing and assistance. Up to 15 volunteers can be housed there, but the structure was without power until the new system was deployed.

“Partnering with Blue Planet Energy has helped to supply reliable power for our base operations, allowing us to meet our mission of deploying solar kits to areas hardest hit by Maria,” explained Walter Meyer-Rodriguez the Coastal Marine Resource Center project lead.

In fact, CMRC has plans to add over 100 more solar power + energy storage systems in under-served areas of Puerto Rico.

Blue Planet Energy also sponsored the Puerto Rico Solar Energy Industries Association’s inaugural Clean Energy Summit in San Juan in February to address how energy storage could help in the island’s recovery.

“Being on the ground in Puerto Rico and speaking with people from communities impacted by Hurricane Maria, we’ve seen firsthand the risk that centralized power systems pose and the hardship they can leave in the wake of a devastating weather event. The Blue Planet Energy team is thrilled to pass on the knowledge and tools for reliable, well-designed off-grid power so that Puerto Ricans can rebuild their communities,” stated Blue Planet Energy’s Vice President of Engineering Kyle Bolger.

The Blue Ion off-grid ferrous phosphate battery system has products at 8 kWh, 16 kWh, and a much larger option that can be scaled up to 450 kWh.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/03/14/blue-planet-energy-supplies-energy-storage-training-puerto-rico/

Agelbert COMMENT: I applaud storage techology. This will help Puerto Ricans get off the profit over planet treadmill of fossil fuel 😈 energy price gouging for good!
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Another Reason 🎍 To Love Your Bolt (or Volt) Electric Vehicle
« Reply #8832 on: March 14, 2018, 03:22:19 PM »

Another Reason To Love Your Bolt (or Volt) Electric Vehicle — CT Exclusive Interview

March 12th, 2018 by Tina Casey

GM chief Mary Barra delivered a speech on electric vehicles at the CERAweek energy conference, and while she was doing that, CleanTechnica spent some time on the phone with another interesting person at the company, GM’s Manager of Global Waste Reduction John Bradburn. Barra made the case for electric vehicles from a zero emissions standpoint, Bradburn added a layer of zero waste context that fans of the Chevy Bolt and Volt can appreciate.

How Green Is Your Electric Vehicle, Anyways?

CleanTechnica has been sitting up and noticing that some electric vehicle manufacturers are taking sustainability to the next level up from zero-emission driving, by investing in renewable energy, sustainable materials and waste management.

Back in 2015, our sister site Gas2.org noted a Volt electric vehicle battery recycling project aimed at running a data center on wind and solar energy, and that’s just one example of GM’s zero waste mission.

A few years ago, GM summarized its lessons learned and offered a list of best practices in a document titled “The Business Case for Zero Waste.” One item that pops out in terms of reducing carbon emissions is this:

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The corporation’s total elimination of waste is having an immediate impact on carbon dioxide emissions as well. During 2014, more than 10 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions were prevented from entering the atmosphere as a result of its reuse and recycling programs.

That waste related emissions angle is an important one for electric vehicle fans. Driving around in a zero-emission vehicle fine as far as that goes, but sustainable mobility goes beyond the tailpipe to include cradle-to-grave considerations.

Why You Can Love Your Bolt (Or Volt) Even More

Those sustainability considerations can add an element of long term brand value to the bottom line benefits of zero waste.

Brand value is becoming more important as consumers become more savvy about greenwashing, and look for companies with sustainability programs that really do make a difference.

With that in mind, let’s hear from GM’s John Bradburn (following comments edited for flow and readability):

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At GM, our sustainability goals that reach way beyond just zero waste. Zero waste is a benchmark that people can relate to, but what we want to do it go beyond that.

Traditional recycling is something to aspire to, but when we can see something for what it can become, then we move into new territory and use these programs to benefit society, wildlife, habitat, and challenged communities.
 

In other words, GM is zeroing in on reclaiming and re-using, rather than simply throwing more material into the recycling stream. That opens up new opportunities for community engagement and corporate social responsibility. For example, GM is deploying its zero waste strategy to support the community gardening movement in Detroit and other communities. As Bradburn sees it, the company’s support ripples out to embrace a teaching and mentorship role:

I believe that when people touch soil and watch the miracle of growth, and add to the ecosystem, it really does touch people and helps them understand how important the environment is.

One part of the garden program involves repurposing steel shipping baskets  to make raised beds for community gardens. The Chevy Volt also comes directly into play:

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The Volt battery cover is a challenging plastic to recycle, but it can be repurposed. Take a section of the battery cover, flip upside down, put legs on it, and you can create a raised planter box  🌷 🌱 for people who are elderly. It’s big enough for three tomato plants. They have gardened all their lives but now they can’t bend down, so this is perfect for them. 

We also build and distribute these planters 🎍 to physically challenged groups, for the very purpose of being able to garden.

If that is starting to ring some bells, you might be thinking of GM’s bat houses made from Volt battery covers. As Bradford emphasizes, that project is aimed at ecosystem rehabilitation including urban areas (think pest control) as well as suburban and rural habitats.

On Beyond Electric Vehicles

Our conversation included some observations about GM’s recent work in recovering waterborne plastic. Ocean plastic has been a huge issue for years and the media spotlight has recently intensified.

The interesting thing about GM’s interest is that ocean plastic is not generally an issue for the car industry. It’s more of a consumer-end problem. Nevertheless, GM has accumulated considerable expertise in waste recovery, and its involvement in the ocean plastic issue demonstrates how companies can apply their in-house sustainability programs to broader issues.

GM has been working with the nonprofit Living Lands and Waters Group (it also partners with the US Business Council for Sustainable Development) to tackle the river end of the ocean plastic issue, which is a logical place to focus because rivers are the major source of ocean plastic. Bradburn explains:

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We did a zero waste Ohio River demonstration event in Cincinnati last year, in which we collected all of the various materials from the shoreline and recycled them.

Polystyrene foams are a prevalent type of plastic on the shoreline, so one of the interesting projects that came out from that is artificial rocks.

The styrofoam has stays in the river for a long time, and it gets pushed around in the mud. It naturally shaped itself into rocks, so basically what I did was dried and coated them to a material to look more like rocks.

They can be used for interior walls. It’s another example of how we need to look at things not as they are, but for what they can become.

Bradburn concluded with some thoughts on how GM’s zero waste leadership has helped to push waste management out from behind the factory gates to focus on broader sustainability issues — and how that reflects on electric vehicle ownership and intergenerational collaboration, too:

We believe very strongly about community outreach and commitment and the global environment. As a leader part of our job is to mentor others on how these sort of things are possible.

As an environmental professional, when I’m out in the field talking to people, everybody who has our vehicles loves them, they tell me how much they love their electric vehicles. There is a lot of great enthusiasm out there.

It really is going to be an interesting way of life in the future, when we look at all these technologies that are coming at us so fast. I feel strongly that we need to take the experience and wisdom of people who have been around a long time, and who have experienced life for many years, and combine that with the imagination and enthusiasm of our youth.

Circling back around to Barra’s comments last week, the CEO  had some interesting things to say about Bolt’s production numbers and the impact of the federal tax credit. In an interview with CNBC, Barra also emphasized the company’s commitment to an all-electric future with “zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.” 

GM is also upping its interest in autonomous cars and the electric vehicle rental car side of things — like Ford, GM sees the plus side of diversifying outward from of the individual car ownership model to include various forms of car sharing.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/03/12/another-reason-love-bolt-volt-electric-vehicle-ct-exclusive-interview/
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🔊 The end of gun violence, racism, and climate denial are far past due.
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Why I Am A 16-Year-Old Climate Activist

JAMIE MARGOLIN 🕊 🌟

MARCH 12, 2018, 12:30 PM

SNIPPET:

I am a 16-year-old climate activist. Our movement is unstoppable.

Young people have had enough. Students dominating the news cycles right now have had enough of living with gun violence. We are tired of waiting for adults to take action on the problems that are threatening our lives: The end of gun violence, racism, and climate denial are far past due. So now the young people like me are stepping up to make sure adults stop wasting precious time and start actually working to resolve these persistent challenges.

Full EXCELLENT Essay:

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Tillerson’s Setting, Koch Star Pompeo 🦀 and Kudlow On The Rise
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Tillerson’s 🦖 Setting, Koch Star Pompeo 🦀 and Kudlow 🐊 On The Rise

Back in October of 2017, the world found out that Department of State head Rex Tillerson called President Donald Trump “a fucking moron” in a July meeting. It apparently took Trump a while to either build up the courage to act, or remember his catchphrase. Yesterday, right after Tillerson criticized Russia, Trump did the decent thing  ;)  :evil4:  and took to twitter to fire Tillerson via tweet, with no warning or explanation. (And when a top State Department appointee and Tillerson aide contradicted the White House’s claim otherwise, he too was fired.)

While he was a moderating force on Trump, Tillerson 🐽 will hardly be missed at State. Turns out he ran the Department like he did Exxon: poorly. The question is, will Exxon finish paying for Tillerson’s mistakes before the State Department gets itself back up to speed after Tillerson destroyed it?

Either way, Trump has tapped Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson, who holds the record for “the all-time biggest recipient of campaign funding from Koch Industries… and their affiliates  :evil4:.” Prior to being Trump’s CIA director, Pompeo represented Wichita, Kansas, which is also home to Koch Industries, making him both figuratively and literally the Kochs’ congressman. Certainly that had no bearing on his 2012 Politico op-ed whining that everyone should “Stop harassing the Koch brothers.”

In an ideal world, the US diplomatic corps as a force for defending the silenced and marginalized from their corporate and state oppressors. It’s comforting to know this charge will now be led by a man who isn’t afraid of speaking up on behalf of a population as oppressed and under-resourced as the Kochs.

Needless to say, deniers are thrilled with the news that one of theirs is stepping up and an alarmist stepping down. (Remember that Exxon is part of “the discredited and anti-energy global warming movement" even though it’s given millions to denial organizations after it promised to stop.) Myron Ebell, of Koch-funded CEI, told Alex Kaufman of HuffPo that the move is “good news for us,” and that Ebell expects “very good things from him at the State Department.”

In other “replacing disappointingly ineffective, relatively moderate, pro-Paris agreement voices with Koch cranks” news, rumor has it Trump is replacing erstwhile economic advisor Gary Cohn with former Democrat, Reason editor, Reagan advisor and cable news pundit Larry Kudlow. Stephen Moore 🐍  of Koch-funded 🦕 Heritage Foundation is as happy about that possibility as Ebell 🦍 is of Pompeo, telling E&E that Kudlow is his “first choice, for sure.” As E&E points to a number of examples of Kudlow’s anti-climate stance, including praising a Paris pull-out, his preference makes sense. 

If Kudlow’s selected to serve as Trump’s lead economic council, he’ll join plenty of other Koch adherents already staffing the swamp. While Kudlow 🐊 may not be quite as kochzy with the Koch brothers as Pompeo 🦀, he too has bravely offered up a “Defense Of The Vilified-By-The-Left Koch Brothers.” 


With Tillerson and Cohn, Trump was not exactly taking the high road, but with these new Koch cronies, he’s definitely taking Kudlow road. 

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