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The Cult of Tesla

Guest post by David Middleton As someone rather detached from the automotive world — in other words, someone who considers cars to simply be tools and not extensions of identity — the fervor surrounding debates in the industry often seems strange to me. Why so much psychological investment in the outdated idea that electric vehicles…

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“The Shift To Renewables: How Far, How Fast?”

Guest post by David Middleton This Forbes article was written by retired oil industry executive and geophysicist Earl Ritchie.  In my opinion, it is a very well-balanced treatment of renewable energy. OCT 17, 2016 The Shift To Renewables: How Far, How Fast? POST WRITTEN BY Earl J. Ritchie, Lecturer, Department of Construction Management University of Houston…

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Battery Pack Prices Plunge!!! Down to $200/kWh

Guest post by David Middleton So-called renewable energy sources face many economic and thermodynamic hurdles; all of which are routinely ignored by the government officials who spend our tax dollars.  One of the biggest hurdles is storage.  The only way wind and solar could ever reliably provide base-load  is through the deployment of economically sustainable…

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Define Irony: Photovoltaic Heat Island Effect

Guest post by David Middleton From the Department of All Things Ironic… Solar panels, while they mitigate the effects of global warming by replacing fossil fuels, can add heat in the locations where they are installed, reports a team of University of Arizona researchers. At first blush, the experimental results, published Thursday in Nature Science Reports,…