As the Christian Science Monitor reported:
Due largely to rising gas prices, increased public awareness, and government subsidies, the number of electric vehicles on American roads more than quadrupled between 2000 and 2010, according to the US Energy Information Administration. When major auto companies began producing electric cars in 2010, the number of charging stations skyrocketed in response. Over the course of a year, the number of stations rose by 2,853 – a 527 percent increase –according to the EIA.
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Coal-fired and nuclear plants use as much as 60,000 gallons of water to produce 1 megawatt-hour of power, in contrast to wind and solar, which need hardly any water to generate electricity, the report shows. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/19) U.S. power companies are ignoring the water-resource costs of power sources such as nuclear, coal, natural gas and biomass, according to a report prepared by Synapse Energy Economics for the Civil Society Institute and the Environmental Working Group.
Climate change causing forest die-off globally
Cloud forests may be particularly vulnerable to climate change
March 26, 2012 11:59 AM
Already facing an onslaught of threats from logging and conversion for agriculture, forests worldwide are increasingly impacted by the effects of climate change, including drought, heightened fire risk, and disease, putting the ecological services they afford in jeopardy, warns a new paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
The study, authored by William Anderegg of Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University and Jeffrey Kane and Leander Anderegg of Northern Arizona University, reviews dozens of scientific papers dealing with the ecological impacts of climate change. They find widespread cases of forest die-off from drought and elevated temperatures, which can increase the incidence of fire and pest infestations like pine beetles. These effects have the potential to trigger transitions to other ecosystems, including scrubland and savanna. But the impacts vary from forest to forest and the authors say more research is needed to fully understand the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems.
Four years ago, there were no plug-in vehicles available. Two years ago, there was one. Now there are over a dozen, with many more on the way. This is incredible progress—the automakers stepped up and made some great cars.
Vehicle availability is no longer the key obstacle. With availability rising fast, we are moving from early adopters to the mass market. Now, the concern is demand. The vehicles will not be available long-term unless the mass market engages. A safer and economically stronger country and cleaner air require much larger sales volumes.
So, go buy a LEAF or Volt or Toyota PHEV or iMiEV. They are in the dealer show rooms.
They said that we would always have to live with dirty coal, that we would always have to just suck it up. Well, they can go suck an egg. We will win with solar and EVs !
CHeck out the stats and pictures. I bought it for $2500 from a guy in Roanoke, VA. Fun !