Author: Steve Hanley

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Volkswagen unveils ID.4 EV, provides updates on ID.3

It’s official. The first battery electric SUV based on Volkswagen’s MEB chassis will be called ID.4. The concept version of the car was originally known as the ID Crozz. Production will begin later this year with a rear-wheel drive single motor version. A dual motor vehicle will follow, probably some time in 2021. In a press […]

March 5th

Renewable energy developers ready to quit Australia over ridiculous government policies

At CleanTechnica, we like to feature all of the amazing clean energy projects taking place in Australia, despite hostility from the federal government. But there is trouble on the horizon. A lack of clear renewable energy policies from the Australian government and difficulty getting approval from the Australian Electricity Market Operator to connect new projects to the […]

February 27th

Tar Sands FAIL: Teck Resources pulls the plug on $15.5 billion Alberta project

Sometimes it’s good to be prescient. CleanTechnica published a story today about two natural gas pipelines that have been held up for years by opponents. In that story, we suggested time may be working to the advantage of environmental activists. Renewables get cheaper every day, it seems, while public awareness that burning fossil fuels is endangering the planet increases. […]

February 25th

Native protest against tar sands pipeline shuts down Canadian rail service

Today, there are 6 groups who can claim Wet’suwet’en heritage. Five of them have signed agreements with the developers of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, but the sixth has refused to do so. According to The Guardian, Wet’suwet’en chiefs say the authority of these groups only applies to reservations, not traditional territory. It just so happens the proposed […]

February 17th

Solar Energy: Tesla ready to roll out Solarglass Roof in US

In a series of tweets this week, Elon Musk said Tesla is ramping up the installation of its third-generation solar roof — called Solarglass Roof — in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it expects to announce availability in China and Europe soon. Steve Hanley Cleantechnica Order at https://t.co/byFVU5nF9W https://t.co/4lD1mVHKy6 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February […]

February 12th

Australia getting more electricity from renewable wind and solar energy

Prime Minister Scott  Morrison and his coterie of fossil fuel worshipers are like King Canute standing at the edge of the ocean and commanding the tide not to rise. All their huffing and puffing is doing nothing to keep Australia from leveraging its most important natural resources — sunshine and wind. Here are two small announcements that […]

February 11th

NJ first state to require planners to consider climate change

Last month, the Trump maladministration issued new guidelines that forbid planners to consider climate change when designing new infrastructure projects such as pipelines, buildings, roads, seawalls, and the like. By Steve Hanley Cleantechnica “Many of America’s most critical infrastructure projects have been tied up and bogged down by an outrageously burdensome federal approval process,” Trump […]

February 5th

Australian Research Council members condemn lack of climate change action

The mission of the Australian Research Council is “To grow knowledge and innovation for the benefit of the Australian community through funding the highest quality research, assessing the quality, engagement and impact of research and providing advice on research matters.” By Steve Hanley Cleantechnica In the wake of Australia’s disastrous bushfire epidemic, which is still going on, […]

February 2nd