Electric Cars, Ethanol Harm the Environment

You have probably known this for a long time, but it is nice to see the Associated Press admit electric cars are not green. People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn’t so green, either. “It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline” for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor Read more […]

Tesla: A Short History of Bad Raps

Occasionally I come across a story that resonates with me for reasons I don’t fully understand. The story of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison is just such a story. You may not know who Tesla is. But every electrical device in your entire home depends on his contributions to science. He is the father of alternating current (AC). His battle with Thomas Edison over AC/DC is legendary. Edison waged one of the most effective public relations campaigns in scientific history and succeeded in publicly defaming Read more […]

Obama Continues to Pick the Losers in a Failing Economy

Compact Power is the name of a manufacturing plant built in Michigan and owned by a South Korean company called LG Chem. The plant was built with $150 million of taxpayer money. They were supposed to build batteries for the Chevy Volt, a vehicle produced by “Government” Motors that has yet to do anything except lose money. The taxpayer funded batteries plant hasn’t even produced 1 battery yet, and now, 2 years after they received the taxpayer money, they’re having to furlough their workers. Read more […]

Do Electric Cars Really Reduce Dependence on Fossil Fuels?

At the Obama administration’s bidding, the Department of Energy recently gave 43 billion taxpayer dollars to fund research into better electric car batteries (most notably for the Chevy Volt). The government-subsidized Volt had been the rightful butt of many jokes in 2011 when faulty battery technology caused many models to catch on fire. (This was a case of a bad idea literally going up in flames. But hey, if we run out of fossil fuels, we can always burn Chevy Volts, right?) As has been the case Read more […]