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Ignore The Green Puffery: Fossil Fuels Are Here To Stay

The easy thinking flies smoothly off the keyboard: “Fossil Fuels are Done”; “End of the Oil Era”; “The Inevitable Death of Natural Gas”; “The Demise of King Coal”; On and on, a parade of abstractions unconnected to the empirical world…

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Emissions from road construction could be halved using today’s technology

The construction sector accounts for a quarter of carbon dioxide emissions, in Sweden and globally. Researchers studied the construction of an eight km stretch of road and calculated how emissions could be reduced now and by 2045, looking at everything from materials choice, production technology, supply chains and transport.

Ford, Rivian, Others Scrap E-Vehicle Plans Amid Pandemic

The economic and logistical toll of the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the rollout of several electric vehicle models, and even canceling one project. Driving the news: Ford and the EV startup Rivian just scrapped plans to jointly develop a vehicle…

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5 ways to slow global warming that share the burden with the oil patch: McKinsey – MarketWatch

By Rachel Koning Beals Published: Apr 30, 2020 10:33 am ET McKinsey report details a tough-but-achievable approach to limit warming to 1.5 degrees, including lessons from the COVID-19 shutdown EPA data from March, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to shut…

Phase 4 May Be Dem’s Last Chance To Pass The Green New Deal

Yes; another “stimulus” bill is possible and perhaps even likely. Expect Nancy Pelosi’s “Green New Deal” to be part of this effort given that the Senate and the President said NO to subsidies for solar panels and wind turbines in…

All Hope Is Not Lost For BMW — New CEO & New CTO

In the automotive echo chamber, BMW is seen as the leader in electrification of autos. Among those that look at the future disruptive transition to tailpipe-free vehicles, BMW was climbing to the top of the “will likely not survive” list. Both rankings are based on the vision of BMW’s top managers, CEO Harald Krueger and CTO Klaus Fröhlich

Go Texas — Recent geological advances of the Gulf and South-Central Region

(Geological Society of America) On March 8-10, 2020, geoscientists from the South-Central region of the US and beyond will convene in Fort Worth, Texas, to discuss new science, expand on existing science, and explore the unique geologic features of the region and beyond.

Electric Cars For Everyone Is A Govt. Pipe Dream

There is a new dogma in British politics in support of electric cars. Electric cars may be dear (though it is argued they will get cheaper) and the charging infrastructure for them still needs to be built as well. But…

Eco-Fascism Putting Germany’s Auto Industry In Peril

When Kristin and Thomas Schmitt took out a mortgage and bought a house last summer, the German couple’s dream looked as if it was coming true. Two months later, they learned that the tire factory where both work would be…