Author: Steve Hanley

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Climate change may turn Phoenix into uninhabited wasteland

Phoenix, Arizona, is America’s fifth largest city. As you fly in to Sky Harbor airport, the city stretches from horizon to horizon beneath you. It’s hot in Phoenix. Always has been. The people who live there laugh about it, calling it a “dry heat” because there is so little humidity in the air. Be that […]

September 30th

Hurricane Irma: Why can’t Floridians use their own solar panels for power when the grid is down?

A controversy is brewing in Florida following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. Many people in the state thought their rooftop solar systems would keep the lights on and the air conditioning running even after Irma knocked out power to millions of customers in the state. But it didn’t quite turn out that way. By Steve Hanley  In […]

September 22nd

Yes we CAN have it all: Upgrading electric rail lines could also upgrade the electric grid

Solutionary Rail is a book with a strange title that proposes a plan to solve two critical infrastructure challenges with a single effort. Electrifying the US rail system and installing electrical transmission lines that serve to both provide power to the rail system and to transport electricity from capillary generation sources to the destination of most […]

September 17th

First responders slammed by (preventable) wall of chemicals at Houston plant damaged by Harvey

Fire fighters and police officers who responded to the explosion and fire at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas after Hurricane Harvey swept through and left devastating floods in its wake have filed suit, claiming that they suffered “severe bodily injuries.” By Steve Hanley  The lawsuit claims that Arkema officials repeatedly held press conferences in […]

September 9th

SELF DRIVE autonomous car bill passes US House

The House of Representatives has passed legislation entitled the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act — otherwise known to us plebeians as the SELF DRIVE act. What it does is permit car companies to test up to 100,000 autonomous cars on public roads all across America, even if they do […]

September 7th