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The EPA is Only Useful When the Left Controls It

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Let me state for the record that there should be no federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. If States wish to regulate themselves to death, let them.

Despite my misgivings that these types of federal regulations are unconstitutional, if CAFE Standards are to become law, they should, at the very least, have to be passed by Congress, where all laws must originate.

That being said, the last time Congress passed a law which included fuel efficiency standards was 2007 – more than a decade ago.

Congress first established CAFE standards in 1975. They set the average fuel economy of the new car fleet to 27.5 mpg by model year (MY) 1985. Then, under “conservative” George W. Bush, Congress passed and the president signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Don’t you love the bogus names they give these egregious pieces of legislation?

Anyway, the new legislation raised the fuel economy standards of America’s cars, light trucks, and SUVs to a combined average of at least 35 miles per gallon by 2020—a 10 mpg increase over 2007 levels—and required standards to be met at maximum feasible levels through 2030. read more

Sweden’s Electric Highway

The Swedish project eRoadArlanda powers electric vehicles through a slot car-like track embedded in the road
The Swedish project eRoadArlanda powers electric vehicles through a slot car-like track embedded in the road(Credit: eRoadArlanda)

In a move that will probably delight anyone who raced slot cars as a kid (or an adult), the Swedish Transport Administration has just opened a 2-km (1.2-mi) stretch of electrified road that works the same way. The project, dubbed eRoadArlanda, involves embedding electric rails into the road surface to power electric vehicles through a contact arm hanging down from under the car. read more

Limitless Source of Energy?

Zapping tiny wires with lasers in the lab has achieved what giant physics experiments costing millions have sought to, record breaking nuclear fusion.

Experts believe this limitless source of green energy is right around the corner and findings like this could help to make it a reality.

Fusion reactions happen in the centre of stars when light elements like hydrogen smash together to form heavier elements, like helium.

Huge amounts of energy are released that can be harvested, with no harmful pollutants like carbon and radioactive waste being produced. read more

New Tesla Semi

Tesla Semis leave the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada
Tesla Semis leave the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada

Tesla made quite a statement when it finally unveiled its all-electric long hauler last year, listing some truly impressive numbers in terms of range and acceleration. The might of the Tesla Semi’s is now being put to the test, with a production model rolling out of the Gigafactory with a load onboard for the very first time. read more

Battery Charges in Under 30 Seconds

KAIST researchers have developed a new hybrid aqueous energy storage device, which boasts high energy and...
KAIST researchers have developed a new hybrid aqueous energy storage device, which boasts high energy and power densities and can be recharged in as little as 20 seconds(Credit: KAIST)

We’re so used to having our everyday devices powered by lithium-ion batteries that sometimes it’s hard to imagine using anything else. But there are plenty of teams working on alternatives like lithium-airsodium-ionlithium-metal and aluminum-ion designs that may help solve some of the drawbacks of lithium-ion batteries. The latest, an aqueous hybrid capacitor, is stable, safe and boasts high energy and power densities, recharging in as little as 20 seconds. read more

We’ll be Drowning in Oil!

from Zero Hedge:

Trump Announces Massive Expansion In Offshore Drilling; Environmentalists Outraged

In December 2017, during the twilight days of the previous administration, as one of Barack Obama’s last executive actions the former president formally blocked offshore oil and gas drilling in most of the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean, responding to a call from environmentalists who say the government needs to do more to prevent drilling in environmentally sensitive areas of U.S.-controlled oceans.

The move was not surprising: Obama had been expected to take the action by invoking a provision in a 1953 law that governs Outer Continental Shelf offshore leases, and he did just that to block drilling in federal waters in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea and most of its Beaufort Sea. He also protected 21 underwater canyons in the Atlantic Ocean from drilling. read more

WND Exclusive – Stop Fracking! Do It for the Children!

A major left-leaning website posted an article entitled, “New, Major Evidence That Fracking Harms Human Health,”claiming that a new study is proof positive Hydraulic Fracturing, known more commonly as fracking, harms our health.

Naturally, I perked up and read on, interested in what the latest scientific research has uncovered regarding the never-ending evils of fracking.

Another is Michael Greenstone, a 3M professor of Environmental Economics at MIT. Let’s see. An environmental economist working in academia. Surely he would never have an anti-fracking bias. read more

Now Bitcoin Causes Global Warming?

from IBD:

The green movement has found many things in modern life that cause global warming, but the latest really left us scratching our heads: Trading Bitcoins. At this point it might be easier to ask, is there anything that doesn’t cause global warming?

No, it’s not a joke. Just about anything these days (Hat tip: The Daily Caller) even remotely connected to civilization, human flourishing and comfort is, we’re told, a “cause” of global warming. It’s a crucial element of the Global Warming religion, which has only waxed even as real religion has waned. read more

Trump Should Reconsider Ethanol Mandate

This is honest reporting. Many sites on the right do nothing but promote everything Trump. I as well support the President’s policies, but when he makes a wrong decision, he should be called out. This is one of those times and it’s important to point it out.

from IBD:

This is one campaign promise we wish President Trump would break. But alas, he just told his EPA to give up any thought of cutting back on the federal government’s anti-consumer, anti-environment ethanol mandate. Sad.

The story begins in 2005, when President Bush approved the Renewable Fuel Standard program as part of an energy bill, which required oil refiners to blend in predetermined amounts of “biofuels” into their gasoline, starting at 4 billion gallons in 2006.

A revised version of the RFS, which Bush signed in 2007, expanding the program, requiring ethanol levels to climb steadily to 36 billion gallons by 2022. read more

Revolutionary New Fuel Cell

Scientists have developed a new technique to examine the inner membrane of a fuel cell, in a breakthrough that could be a ‘game changer’ for cleaner energy.

The lifetime of a fuel cell relies on a process called oxidation, or the breakdown of its central electrolyte membrane – and, researchers have now found a way to observe the formation of the chemicals that give rise to this process.

As oxidation can cause holes to form in the membrane and eventually cause the cell to short circuit, the new work could now help to develop ways to prevent this damage, and extend the life of the fuel cell.

The researchers at Washington University in St Louis used an approach known as fluorescence spectroscopy to view the process as it occurs inside the fuel cell. The method uses fluorescent dye as a marker to reveal the rate at which the damaging chemicals are generated

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