Green news harvest: Tesla v1.5, the candidates on energy
T. Boone Pickens on Leno, Europe scales back on biofuels, shifting attention to materials and water, a call for "podcars," a plug-in hybrid trial in the U.K., algae-based jet fuel, a review of Tom Friedman's call to arms for green energy.
- To win the presidential race, it takes energy--USAToday.com
A breakdown of the presidential candidates' positions on energy.
- Are cars powered by electricity and hydrogen really better for the planet than biofuels?--International Herald Tribune
As Europe looks to scale back biofuels targets, the biofuels industry fights back saying that hydrogen and electricity are flawed, too. What's needed is a holistic view of the options and a lot of data.
- Video: Toyota and EDF on the plug-in Prius--SmartPlanet.com
Toyota says plug-in hybrid can go up to 60 mph on electric mode and that lithium-ion batteries will be tested in next year's fleet, giving more capacity.
- T. Boone on TV--PickensPlan
T. Boone Pickens and Jay Leno--that will be a doozy. It seems the primary activity of the Pickens Plan so far is publicizing itself.
- Tesla v2.0, er, v1.5 hits the road--Wired.com
The specs on the upgraded transmission for Tesla's electric sports car.
- Cleantech, energytech, and the government R&D factor--Seeking Alpha
Clean-tech VC Rob Day predicts that water and materials--sectors within clean tech--will eventually get more attention than energy.
- Seeding the future with 'podcars'--Los Angeles Times
Opinion piece calling for a new idea of transportation built around on-demand use of a network of electric vehicles.
- Super-green, algae-derived jet fuel passes tests with flying colors--Discover
Important test. But the trick, as always, is making it cost-effective.
- A call to arms in 'Hot, Flat, and Crowded' by Thomas L. Friedman--NYTimes.com
A measured, positive review of Tom Friedman's call for a "green revolution," with reviewer's main complaint being that Friedman offers lofty goals rather than realistic solutions.
- Compost heap bacteria could provide 10 percent of U.K. transport fuel needs
I can't wait until there are home-ethanol-brewing stations attached to compost piles.
- Survey says 60 percent of U.S. wind turbines may be behind in maintenance
This is a disturbing survey on wind turbine upkeep. The reason is the lack of qualified personnel.
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.