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Old 01-03-2017, 12:17 PM   #281
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So not only is Tesla making a truck, which they said they would show this year, but it seems Ford will be making a hybrid version of the F-150.....not all electric, but it's a start!

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“As more and more consumers around the world become interested in electrified vehicles, Ford is committed to being a leader in providing consumers with a broad range of electrified vehicles, services and solutions that make people’s lives better. Our investments and expanding lineup reflect our view that global offerings of electrified vehicles will exceed gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 15 years.”
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:04 PM   #282
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Ladies and gentlemen, let the games begin! Giddy Up!!

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With the Gigafactory online and ramping up production, our cost of battery cells will significantly decline due to increasing automation and process design to enhance yield, lowered capital investment per Wh of production, the simple optimization of locating most manufacturing processes under one roof, and economies of scale. By bringing down the cost of batteries, we can make our products available to more and more people, allowing us to make the biggest possible impact on transitioning the world to sustainable energy.
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Old 01-06-2017, 09:09 PM   #283
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Has it never occurred to anybody in the automotive industry just how pathetic it is that an absolute beginner in the category such as Elon Musk has been able to manufacture the best car ever in an industry with decades and decades of experience?
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Old 01-12-2017, 09:58 AM   #284
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Don't be fooled by seeing a headline like this:

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All its doing is transferring the pollution from one type of plant to another:

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Hilcorp Energy Company (Hilcorp), the operator of West Ranch oilfield, will use the captured CO2 to boost production at West Ranch oilfield, jointly owned by NRG, JX Nippon and Hilcorp. Both Hilcorp and the University Of Texas Bureau Of Economic Geology will monitor the movement of CO2 deep in the oil reservoir. Over the next few years, oil production at the field is currently estimated to increase from approximately 300 barrels per day before beginning Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) operations to production of up to 15,000 barrels per day using captured CO2.
So more drilling and more oil, which we don't need.

This does not help at all.
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Old 01-12-2017, 11:03 AM   #285
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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey won a major legal showdown against Exxon Mobil on Wednesday, when a judge ruled that the company must turn over 40 years of documents on climate change.
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Old 01-18-2017, 03:38 PM   #286
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This is the important part of the article:

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Osinbanjo addressed the reality of an oil-less future during his visit to the oil-producing region on Monday.

“America has stopped buying oil from us,” he said. “All the countries of Asia that buy oil from us are building alternative means of power - China and Japan are developing electric cars. In fact, Japan has more charging stations than petrol stations and solar power is getting cheaper.”

“In another 20 to 30 years, our oil won’t be as precious as it is today and that is reality,” Osinbajo added.
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Old 01-18-2017, 04:48 PM   #287
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I'm getting really tired of people in major roles saying climate change is still "debatable".

1) It shows how little they know and have researched

2) It keeps humanity from moving forward

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In its quest for ever more accurate "clocks" to measure the age of ancient (and potentially oil-bearing) sediments, the oil industry was quick to exploit the highly precise "carbon clock" created by radiocarbon dating with carbon-14. This paper, published by the Humble Oil Production Research Division (now ExxonMobil), catalogs a list of carbon dating samples. All living organisms have a certain percentage of radioactive carbon that decays over time, and measuring the ratio of radioactive to stable carbon is used to date fossils, soil samples, and more. Because fossil fuels are made from ancient organic material, it contains a very small amount of radioactive carbon. Burning fossil fuels "dilutes" the radioactive carbon in the atmosphere, and measuring that dilution is one way to measure how much of atmospheric carbon dioxide is from fossil sources. The "dilution" of carbon-14 naturally occuring in the atmosphere by depleted carbon-12 from fossil fuels—termed the "Suess effect" for its discoverer Hans Suess—made it possible, for the first time, to measure with precision the contribution of fossil fuels to atmospheric CO2.

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Old 01-19-2017, 01:39 PM   #288
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Here we go - first set of real world data and the software will only get better from here on out:

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5.4 ODI analyzed mileage and airbag deployment data supplied by Tesla for all MY2014 through 2016 Model S and 2016 Model X vehicles equipped with the Autopilot Technology Package, either installed in the vehicle when sold or through an OTA update, to calculate crash rates by miles travelled prior to and after Autopilot installation. Figure 11 shows the rates calculated by ODI for airbag deployment crashes in the subject Tesla vehicles before and after Autosteer installation. The data show that the Tesla vehicles crash rate dropped by almost 40 percent after Autosteer installation.
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Old 01-20-2017, 02:08 PM   #289
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Carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector have fallen below those from transportation, a reversal not seen in the United States since the late 1970s, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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While the electric power sector consumes more energy than the transportation sector, the carbon intensity of the power sector has fallen much faster than the transport sector due to increasing amounts of natural gas, hydropower, wind and solar coming online.
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Old 01-26-2017, 10:45 AM   #290
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A nice summary of what has happened and what we need to do:

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Old 01-30-2017, 02:16 PM   #291
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Under a range of scenarios for future battery cost reductions, cars in the C/D segment in the US might not reach true price parity with ICE vehicles (without incentives) until between 2025 and 2030, when battery pack costs fall below $100/kWh
Another study actually finds the timeline between 2022-2025, either way, it's coming fast.

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It matches the estimates of most battery manufacturers, but of course, Tesla is again pushing for a more aggressive timeline. CEO Elon Musk has previously hinted at a possibility of achieving a battery cost of $100 per kWh in 2020 – 5 to 10 years before most estimates.
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Old 01-31-2017, 10:07 AM   #292
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Good stuff this morning:

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This is great to see from Audi.



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RMI: “To understand the services batteries can provide to the grid, we performed a meta-study of existing estimates of grid and customer values by reviewing six sources from across academia and industry. Our results illustrate that energy storage is capable of providing a suite of thirteen general services to the electricity system. These services and the value they create generally flow to one of three stakeholder groups: customers, utilities, or independent system operators/regional transmission organizations.”
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Old 02-01-2017, 10:00 AM   #293
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Amazing that such a big player like BP would come out publicly and state something like this. The tide is turning.....and the days are numbered for the industry.

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BP’s Energy Outlook 2017 estimates that there is an abundance of oil resources, and “known resources today dwarf the world’s likely consumption of oil out to 2050 and beyond”.
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Oil demand growth is expected to slow down in the years to come. BP pegs the cumulative oil demand until 2035 at around 700 billion barrels, “significantly less than recoverable oil in the Middle East alone”.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:51 PM   #294
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Who wants another? ok ok, here ya go!

Seems like Rex got out at the right time....

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Exxon Mobil Corp. reported Tuesday a $2 billion writedown of its natural-gas fields, lower-than-expected quarterly profit and a full-year result that was its worst since 1996.
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For Exxon, it was the ninth-straight quarter of year-on-year profit declines, the longest such streak since at least 1988.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:56 PM   #295
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I share this one from time to time. Love it.

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Old 02-02-2017, 02:36 PM   #296
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90% of executives surveyed expect battery electric vehicles (EVs) to dominate by 2025
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What's most exciting to me about results like these is that they often become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Once even the incumbents are convinced that change is coming, resources are shifted, priorities change, mindsets shift and future investments begin to favor the new paradigm. So this other nugget from the survey is also very worthy of note:

—93% of those surveyed plan to invest in EVs over the next five years
That's less than a decade, a decade! Think about all this......this data, the BNEF data that says EVs displace 2 Mbpd of oil by 2025, the divestment campaign, and oil reserves to last us 50 years already.......think.about.this.
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Old 02-06-2017, 03:43 PM   #297
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Did anyone see that horrible ad by API during the game last night? I couldn't believe it.......and neither can others:

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Now sure, oil, for right now, is in almost every product, BUT, that's an excuse by the industry. Plus, we have no "energy independence" stuck on oil and the industry machine/other countries/military presence.

You want real energy independence? Get the US totally on renewables - solar, wind, and storage.

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API’s president, Jack Gerard, before the ad was aired, and he said the message of the ad was about the progress in shale oil and gas extraction that has greatly enhanced America’s energy independence and the refutation of the direct causal link between oil and gas, and climate change
Here is the latest chart. The goal is to stop using the green, black, and then finally light blue areas.......

See all the grey area? that's wasted energy.

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Old 02-07-2017, 11:45 AM   #298
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An updated report for last year:

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The National Solar Jobs Census 2016 has just been released, showing that 260,077 solar workers were employed last year due to rapid decrease in the cost of solar panels and unprecedented consumer demand.
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:21 PM   #299
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The latest article showing that energy use has decoupled from the GDP and that growth continues:

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Since 2007, U.S. GDP has grown by 12 percent, while energy consumption has fallen by 3.6 percent
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This year’s fifth edition report builds on last year’s Factbook findings that show the U.S. economy grew by 10 percent since 2007, while energy consumption fell by 2.4 percent. “In other words, energy productivity continues to improve as less and less energy is needed to fuel growth,” the authors wrote.
Which makes sense and relates back to the 2015 Energy chart I recently posted because part of the reason we use the amount we do today is due to the fact of the wasted energy in the form of heat. This trend will continue as the years go by as we add more renewable energy to the grid and transition to sustainable transportation.
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:28 PM   #300
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Grid getting cleaner and cleaner:

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over 8.5 GWdc installed in 2016 and more 2016 project announcements are expected in the coming weeks. When the dust settles, the cumulative capacity of utility PV operating in the U.S. will have increased by more than 70% in a single year.
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