About Fracking

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1We are most likely going to hear a great deal more about Fracking. Aside from the fact California may soon have legislation as to how natural gas and oil companies can conduct their operations, there is currently an estimated 14 billion barrels of oil waiting in the Monterey Shale deposit (which stretches from Los Angeles to Northern California). Fracking is responsible for the resurgence of America’s natural gas industry. Though companies like San Diego Gas & Electric – and its corporate twin, South California Gas & Electric – do not appear to frack themselves, they do store, transport and distribute of natural gas. My own questions have distilled down to two:

1. If Fracking is essentially a transitional technology, bridging the gap until renewable technologies are ready to provide the world’s energy needs, is it doing the job?

2. In an interview with the BBC, Peter Voser of Royal Dutch Shell claimed that the technology is available and fracking can be done in a matter that is environmentally friendly. Mr Vosner called for increased regulation, but will this really eliminate the problems? Continue reading About Fracking

When will EV’s become a Serious Alternative?

The ECOreport looks at electric vehicles & America’s growing EV infrastructure:  When will EV’s become a serious alternative?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1An increasing number of Americans now regard Electric Vehicles as their vehicle of choice. Though the total volume of EV sales is still limited, it tripled in 2012  and is expected to be 400,000 vehicles a year by 2020. That was before General Motors threw down the gauntlet, by proclaiming its’ goal to be manufacturing 500,000 EV’s a year by 2015. When will EV’s become a serious alternative?

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Surprises in the Race to Develop a Viable Green Crude

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1As the impetus of extreme weather events and scientific warnings gain momentum, it is becoming increasingly clearer that much that we once thought to be normal cannot last. We can ignore the challenges confronting us – and risk having to pay a much steeper fine in the not too distant future  – or look for the opportunities.  The quest for a viable “green crude”, which can assume the workload presently carried by fossil fuels, is part of that transition to a more environmentally friendly world. There have already been many surprises along the way.

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Nika: A Gift of Clean Water

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1This started out as a “green tip” advising people against purchasing bottled water.  Then, in the midst of gleaning items from the web, I came across Nika’s website.  Nika is a Zulu word meaning “to give” and also the name of a La Jolla based bottled water company that is probably more ministry than business.

“We donate 100% of our profits back to the cause, “ the General Manager,  Jordan Mellul, told me.

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