Over a Barrel Blog
We have a lot of natural gas here in America. I mean A LOT. More than we know what to do with. So much, that North Dakota alone is burning off $1.2 billion worth of it each year.
Today at the Los Angeles Auto Show I got a chance to test-drive the newest green cars on the market. Most of the ones I tried out were electric, but a CNG/gasoline hybrid made an appearance, as did Toyota’s new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai.
All over the country, drivers are discovering the many benefits of using higher ethanol blends like E85 and E15: They generally costs less than regular gasoline, often much less; they produce fewer emissions, both the kind that harm health and the kind that degrade the environment.
Don’t let all the accolades go to your head, Chevy Volt. You’re still not a truly green car, despite what it says on your new piece of hardware.
I’ve heard some good arguments against electric vehicles (EVs): The technology is still too expensive; if the electricity you charge the car with was generated by coal it’s, worse for the environment than gasoline; they take too long to recharge. They’re all relatively logical arguments that, at least for the short term, have some merit.
Imagine you’re a person who makes money ferrying passengers for a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft, or toting around packages for Postmates or Roadie. Now imagine how much money you spend a month in gasoline, or how much you’ll have to spend in repairs to keep your jalopy up and running, and earning.
It’s been the Holy Grail of biofuels for decades, a will-o-the-wisp, always promising great things over the horizon. But it finally seems to have arrived. Cellulosic ethanol, capable of recycling crop wastes into fuel, may be here.
Saudi Arabia. United Arab Emirates. Iran. Iraq. Kuwait. Nigeria. Qatar. That may look like a list of seven random countries, but they all have something sinister in common. Namely, being generally awful places for women to live.
There’s nothing wrong with giving veterans free cups of coffee or other “discounts and freebies,” as one marketer put it in this NBC News story. (A “Today” segment, patriotically titled “Is Veterans Day the new Black Friday?” is oddly not available.)
Things are not looking too good for Tesla these days. One of the most painful developments was Consumer Reports’ decision to remove its “recommended” rating and downgrade it to “worse than expected.” The magazine had once rated Tesla the best ever tested.