Author: Steve Hanley

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Evangelical Christians and climate change (#GreenSunday)

The most important question confronting humanity at this moment is climate change. Greenland is on fire. Daytime temperatures in some states are so hot that construction workers cannot work safely outdoors. Cities and counties are suing over rising sea levels that threaten their residents. Climate scientists say 2017 will be one of the hottest years on record, exceeding records set […]

August 13th

House kills ARPA-E and renewable energy research, pumps up money for fossil fuels

If anyone needed proof that the US Congress is now a whipped puppy that slavishly obeys the orders of its masters — Charles and David Koch — the House last week completely eliminated funding for ARPA-E while giving the administration more money for fossil fuel research than the #FakePresident asked for. By Steve Hanley  Killing the golden goose […]

July 30th

Diesel emissions fraud: Volkswagen exec to plead guilty

The Volkswagen AG exec arrested last year for his part in VW’s diesel emissions fraud, Oliver Schmidt, will be pleading guilty on August 4 in US District Court in Detroit. By James Ayre  Schmidt, who was the head of Volkswagen’s environmental and engineering center in Michigan, has been charged with 11 felony counts and could face […]

July 26th

UK to phase out ALL internal combustion cars in 23 years

After much controversy and travail in the British courts over the past several months, the government of Britain has finally unveiled a plan to outright ban the sale of cars and light-duty trucks with internal combustion engines after the year 2040. Earlier this month, France announced a similar proposal that also takes effect the same year. By Steve […]

July 26th

Clean coal – Coal company owner admits it’s a dirty lie

Robert Murray is the CEO of Murray Energy, America’s largest privately-owned coal-mining company. He has met  with #FakePresident Donald Trump on several occasions to advise him on how to put coal miners back to work. He is one of the people who helped craft the message from Mitch McConnell and others in Washington that “clean […]

July 25th

Wind energy: Europe needs to transcend nationalism to make it work

Researchers are suggesting that nations ought to look beyond their own boundaries when deciding where to site wind energy projects. Gee, does that mean Europe should adopt a European viewpoint rather than a nationalistic agenda? Yes, that’s precisely what it means. And the US, with its patchwork of state incentives and regulations, faces similar issues. […]

July 25th

Climate change is making the oceans hotter MUCH faster than we expected

The problem with news reporting on climate change science is: The scientific models are inherently conservative, but they get reported as if they were worst-case scenarios. Often, as with ocean temperatures and Antarctic warming, the more we learn the WORSE things look, making those earlier estimates into BEST-case scenarios… By Steve Hanley  Oceanographers say the world’s […]

July 7th

You SHOULD be worried about hackers breaking in to your autonomous vehicle. Congress is on it.

Everybody and their brother is salivating at the thought of connected and autonomous vehicle technology. The cars of tomorrow will communicate with each other and with transportation infrastructure to speed drivers quickly and safely from place to place. They will create new business opportunities as people give up owning private cars and participate in ride-sharing and […]

July 3rd