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This one 11-year-old chart explains the problem with hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles

This one 11-year-old chart explains the problem with hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles

Today, there are roughly 750,000 plug-in electric vehicles on U.S. roads and about 3,800 powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Proponents of each type of vehicle argue strenuously that their powertrain is a better way to produce vehicles with zero emissions from the tailpipe. Electric cars can be charged... read more

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Estimated U.S. energy consumption in 2016  [graphic: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory]

U.S. energy sources and uses: everything you need to know in one lovely chart

One of the interesting side effects of plug-in electric cars turns out to be a greater awareness of energy sources and uses. A 2012 California study, for instance, showed... read more November 23, 2017 by


 
Iceland's Fimmvorduhals erupts. Image: Henrik Thorburn

NASA looking at geothermal energy from Yellowstone supervolcano

Although claims of imminent volcanic eruption are likely exaggerated, any eruption of what's known as the Yellowstone Supervolcano would cause global chaos. Through intense... read more November 3, 2017 by


 
Tesla Kauai solar-energy generation and storage project  [photo: The Verge]

Two-thirds of world's new energy capacity in 2016 was renewable: IEA

For years, renewable energy has been cast as the most expensive option to reduce emissions and the world's reliance on fossil fuels. But 2016 may have marked a turn for the... read more October 6, 2017 by


 
Containers holding spent nucleat fuel [Nuclear Regulatory Commission photo]

Fossil-fuel lobbyists join renewable peers against DoE coal, nuclear support plans

Pity Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the man now running the cabinet department he couldn't remember that he wanted to eliminate altogether during a notorious 2011 presidential... read more October 4, 2017 by


 
2017 Tesla Model S

Electric cars in UK cleaner than best diesels in summer, not yet in winter

Although electric cars do not emit exhaust, it's widely recognized that the electricity to charge their batteries often still comes from fossil fuels. This has led to the... read more September 11, 2017 by


 
Coal trains by Flickr user Kimon Berlin (Used under CC License)

'Fossil fuels are dead,' says CSX railroad chief: no more new trains for coal, ever

The industrial revolution that began around 1750 was powered in large part by coal, and the carbon-rich fuel had 200 good years after that. By the middle of the last century... read more July 31, 2017 by


 
Felix Kramer and his fleet: Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Plug in Prius

Green Car Glossary: vehicles, emissions, fuels, electric cars, powertrains energy (updated)

As rules to boost fuel economy and lower carbon emissions in vehicles around the world continue to stiffen, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more... read more July 24, 2017 by


 
Solar farm used by West Hill House B&B

Can we have fully carbon-free electricity by 2100? Predictions vary

The future of energy production remains in considerable debate, but some new research provides a more optimistic view for a lower-carbon future. Sources for new and... read more July 11, 2017 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

Trump EPA to hold unneeded 'critique' to challenge climate science

The best analog to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's latest action might be for the U.S. Geological Survey to undertake a "scientific critique" of theories that the world is... read more July 3, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Clean energy provides far more U.S. jobs than fossil fuels: analysis

Yesterday, U.S. president Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to begin the process of rolling back pretty much every vestige of U.S. efforts to address climate change... read more March 29, 2017 by


 
Coal-fired Nanticoke Generating Station, Ontario, Canada, now being converted to 44-MW solar farm

Carbon emissions from making electricity could vanish by 2060: study

One of the major sources of carbon emissions is electricity generation. It's an issue that is becoming increasingly important in the automotive sphere, due to the slow rise... read more March 20, 2017 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

Coal industry hopes to don disguise as clean-power player via carbon capture

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump vowed to "bring back coal" as part of a larger program to encourage greater production of fossil fuels. But the coal industry... read more March 1, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar panels on roof of Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

U.S. household energy costs hit 50-year low

Substantial growth in U.S. renewable-energy capacity will undoubtedly have a positive environmental impact. But the reduction in carbon emissions renewable-energy advocates... read more February 19, 2017 by


 
wind farm

Wind energy capacity in Europe now exceeds total coal output

While homeowners are more familiar with photovoltaic solar panels, large-scale wind power is an increasingly important part of the growth in renewable energy. For the first... read more February 17, 2017 by


 
2016 BMW i3

Big energy hugely underestimates electric cars, renewable power

Mass adoption of electric cars and renewable energy could significantly decrease global consumption of fossil fuels. But does the established energy industry view these new... read more February 12, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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