Note to readers: I'll be on vacation the week of June 30, returning to the CNET Green Tech blog on July 7.
- Oil Shock: Analyst Predicts $7 Gas, "Mass Exodus" of U.S. Cars - Environmental Capital - The Wall Street Journal
In two years, oil will be priced at $200 a barrel, translating into about $7 per gallon, pushing 10 million U.S. drivers off the road, mostly low-income people.
- Freedom Prize Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy Announce Awards to Lessen America's Oil Dependence - Press release
Following other prize programs like the X-Prize and Solar Decathlon.
- Duke Energy buys wind developer for $240 million - Cleantech.com
Duke appears to be serious about boosting its renewable-energy business, while still building .
- California Will Offer Plan to Cut Harmful Emissions - The New York Times
California lays out aggressive targets for greenhouse emissions through energy-efficient appliances and getting 33 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
- Mercedes prepares for the future - The Sun
Carmaker is planning a car that turns itself off at a red light to avoid needless idling. I like that idea.
- Citing Need for Assessments, U.S. Freezes Solar-Energy Projects - The New York Times
This is a blow to solar companies, particularly several start-ups that have plans to lease public land for solar-power plants.
- DuPont and SFC Smart Fuel Cell Develop First Portable Power System for U.S. Army - press release
More methanol fuel cell power packs.
- Save 70% on Electricity, and See the Results with Smart USB-programmable Power Strip - TreeHugger
Your PC controls a power strip via a USB connection to shut down peripherals.
- Wind farm to be built off Delaware shore - CNN
It would be the first off-shore wind farm in the U.S. A project in Long Island was canceled because of economics; Cape Wind in Massachusetts has opposition but is still in the running.
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.