Do We Need More E85 Stations In California?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On January 16, 2013, the California Energy Commission awarded San Diego based Pearson Fuels $1.35 million. This money will be used to install E85 – an 85% blend of corn ethanol with conventional fuel  – in 19 more Californian gas stations between San Diego and Lake Tahoe. In their press release, Pearson claims this  “project will displace approximately 2,754,218 gallons of gasoline per year as well as reduce greenhouse emissions by approximately 25,082 tons per year”. Continue reading Do We Need More E85 Stations In California?

The US Needs a Renewable Energy Policy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1“The clean energy industry is gathering momentum around the world. Innovation and investment are helping to reduce the cost of solar, wind, and other emerging technologies. Countries and companies are working to harness the economic opportunity associated with these new products, and deployment of clean energy technologies is accelerating globally. In the United States, however, the outlook is less positive.”
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The wind at Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

In case their are any doubts, the Imperial Valley Press carried a video of the controversial Ocotillo Wind Express’ turbines in action. The last 18 turbines will be installed next Spring. “The Ocotillo Wind project is a shining example of achieving local, state and national energy goals, while being the first renewable project to connect to the Sunrise Powerlink,” said Mike Garland , CEO of Pattern Energy, said in a recent press release. The $530 million project still faces opposition from environmentalists, Ocotillo residents, and  Kumeyaay Indians. There have been numerous lawsuits.
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The Federal Advisory Committee Minces no Words

By Roy L Hales

Justin Gillis, of the New York Times Green Blog, titles his introduction to the recently released Federal Advisory Committee Draft Climate Assessment Report” as “An Alarm in the offing on Climate Change.” Personally, I find it reminiscent of a modern day Book of Revelation – only many of the predicted calamities are aimed directly at me and mine. The message is not new. Some scientists have been warning us about Climate change for decades. What is new, is that this is a Government report which, Gilllis writes, “minces no words”. He adds a note of caution, that “it is a draft, so we don’t know what final language will make it into the report.”
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