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Intel says it will become largest buyer of green power in U.S.

Silicon Valley / San jose Business Journal – January 28, 2008

I am not a lover of carbon trading.  I have complained about them multiple times (read some of my comments here, here, and here).  However, I plan on discussing how companies are trying to be “green” and also how they are trying to profit from that effort – at least in the court of public opinion if not on their balance sheet. (Follow the feed link to read the rest of the story).

So it seems prudent to take a look at Intel which instead of trading carbon purchased renewable energy credits.  This is not a company that uses huge amounts of energy like a heavy manufacturer like GM or Ford.  However, they are quite large and their energy bill is likely quite considerable.

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Man-Made Global Warming: 10 Questions (PART 2 OF 2)

Human Events.com – December 20, 2007

This is the second of 2 discussions on a list of 10 questions that Mr. Pat Sajak of “Wheel of Fortune” fame published recently.  In my previous post, I discussed the first 5 of the 10 questions.  This is the continuation of this series and covers 6-10.

6. Are there potential benefits to global warming?

That really isn’t the issue to the individuals that are affected. Yes, certain people may find themselves at an advantage with warmer temperatures but if you are one of those that is disadvantaged that doesn’t give much consolation.  Once again, this is where averages really don’t matter as much as the individual or local situation.

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Man-Made Global Warming: 10 Questions (PART 1 OF 2)

Human Events.com – December 20, 2007

I am not sure what gives Pat Sajak authority on the global warming issue but I shouldn’t throw stones since I am just a lowly blogger.  If you ask 100 people in the US, probably 5 will know Mr. Sajak and none will know me.  Of course the 5 that know him will likely say that he is Vanna White’s sidekick!

Pat had the guts to ask 10 questions about global warming. I will reproduce those questions here and then answer them to the best of my ability. These are the first 5 questions.  I will dig into 6-10 tomorrow.

1. What is the perfect temperature?

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Toyota Will Offer a Plug-In Hybrid by 2010

The New York Times – January 14, 2008

Toyota is not going to be out-done by GM.  Yesterday, I discussed that GM is spending a lot of effort and money to develop alternative fuels and alternative propulsion options. This article shows that Toyota is not going to stand still in that important competitive battle.

Toyota will offer the first plug-in hybrid in 2010. Plug-in hybrids are important because it is far more efficient to produce electricity at an industrial power utility plant than it is to burn gasoline in your car in the form of a “traditional” hybrid vehicle.

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GM to partner with biofuels start-up Coskata

BloggingStocks.com – January 13, 2008

I am very intrigued with biofuel as an alternative source of liquid fuel to propel our trucks and automobiles down the road. This source combined with plug-in electric technology seems like a very effective method of breaking our addiction to liquid fossil fuel.

GM has been on this site a lot lately (here, here, and here). It is obvious that they are trying very hard to show themselves as a “green” company. I wonder if it is really working.

General Motors announced this weekend at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that it would partner with Coskata Inc., an Illinois-based renewable energy start-up company that plans to produce ethanol from agricultural, municipal, and industrial waste byproducts.

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Chevy Fuel Solutions: The View from Thailand

GMNext – December 18, 2007

Regardless of your stance on global warming, I am sure that we can all agree that using our resources appropriately is very important. GM Chevrolet has introduced a vehicle to the Thailand market that will use natural gas as a fuel and this seems to be exactly what is needed in today’s evolving marketplace.

Obviously, one of the problems that needs to be solved is a distribution model for the fuel. One of the benefits to our current fuel sources is that there are only 3-5 major fuels (several octane levels and diesel) and they are all handled in approximately the same way from a transportation and storage viewpoint. Adding another fuel that is shipped and stored with entirely different technology would complicate supply chain issues.

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Hydrogen: An alternative

CNN – November 9, 2007

No reading on this one.  It is a podcast from CNN.  If you don’t have an iPod, it doesn’t matter as you can listen to it on your computer.

As we grapple with ways to curb carbon dioxide emission as well as deal with the geopolitical problems of the world, it becomes obvious that we must find alternative ways to propel vehicles across the road.  Earlier this week, I wrote about GM’s Volt, which is an electric car.  Now here is an interview with a GM spokesperson that discusses the possibility of hydrogen fueled vehicles.

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GM to launch Volt by end-2010 despite skepticism

Reuters – November 21, 2007

Bob Lutz from GM has re-confirmed that GM is still planning on introducing the Chevy Volt in 2010 even though there are some concerns about that timeline.

Typically when this level of concern happens, there are some trade-offs that are put out and the product doesn’t live up to expectations. I hope that is not the “hidden” message that Lutz is actually trying to deliver in this interview.

Mr. Lutz does speak with some sense of urgency and perhaps doom so maybe this really will hit the consumer market on time and, hopefully, will be a raving success.

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Stossel Responds to RFK Jr’s "Liar" on Global Warming Charge

Yesterday, I posted a segment from 20/20 where John Stossel discusses global warming. I couldn’t find a clip where Robert Kennedy Jr. called Stossel a liar but I did find an interview where both men discussed this together.

Depending on your point of view, you could make the point that both men "won" the argument. In my opinion however, neither took the time to make a great case.  Mr. Stossel invited Mr. Kennedy to do a true debate and that is what I would have liked to see!

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Electric Car Maker Aims For the Top With Sports Car

Wall Street Journal – October 15, 2007

I think that electric cars make an immense amount of sense for the majority of Americans. Most of us do not travel more than 200 miles per day on a regular basis and most of our travel is done with one or maybe 2 people in the car. The problem is that the automotive companies have done a really bad job of selling electric cars.  They sell these vehicles like they are selling to hippies and professors so they are small, compact, and (frankly) ugly!

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