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By Jacob Cohen-Donnelly on Sep 8, 2009 with 1 response

New Lexus LF-Ch May Meet Resistance in America

The Lexus LF-Ch is trying to find a way into the American market. The hybrid aspect may help.

By Robert Rapier on Aug 5, 2009 with no responses

What’s 72 Million Gallons Anyway?

I just read a story this morning suggesting that the “Cash for Clunkers” program is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by only a trivial amount: ‘Cash for clunkers’ effect on pollution? A blip While the focus of the story is that this won’t do much for climate change, this is the piece that attracted my interest: America will be using nearly 72 million fewer gallons of gasoline a year because of the program, based on the first quarter-million vehicles replaced. U.S. drivers go through that amount of gas every 4 1/2 hours, according to the Department of Energy. In the context of the amount of gasoline we use – 140 billion or so gallons per year (a bit less… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Mar 16, 2009 with no responses

A Year Without a Car

On March 1, 2008 I sold my Nissan Micra in Aberdeen, Scotland and hopped a plane to Amsterdam to take up a new position. I have not owned a car since that time. A while back someone asked what that experience has been like, and suggested I write a story on it. So here it is. While in Europe It is really a tale of two continents. In large parts of Europe, one can get along reasonably well without a car. In the past year, I have worked at my company’s Accoya factory in the Netherlands most of the time. I fly in to Amsterdam, and there is a train station right in the airport. I catch a direct, 1… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Dec 1, 2008 with no responses

The Solar Thermal Option

I apologize for being out of pocket lately, and that trend is going to continue at least through this week. I have a staff meeting all week, and then I fly back to Europe next Monday. So, my posting will be sporadic until then. I do appreciate everyone keeping the comments civil in my absence, as it makes for much more productive discussions. However, I want to call your attention to a new website that discussed solar thermal in depth. The site just went live, and the topic is covered in detail. The site is: I have always found the prospect of solar energy very attractive. In fact, I once accidentally started a fire while playing around with solar… Continue»