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Drain the Swamp: Dems say No Way to Sam Clovis, Trump’s anti-science appointee as top USDA scientist

In a letter to supporters, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, announced her opposition to President Trump’s nominee to be the top scientist at the Department of Agriculture, Sam Clovis. She highlighted his lack of professional qualifications as well as his “absurd” statements on climate science, LGBTQ issues, and […]

September 14th

Plastic has gone from a miracle material to an un-natural disaster

Back when America was great, DuPont had a catchy slogan: “Better Things For Better Living…Through Chemistry.” We were all amazed at how chemists could concoct cool new stuff like Teflon or the polyester yarns that made leisure suits so terrific. (If you missed the golden age of leisure suits, consider yourself lucky.)  And who can […]

September 12th

Trump admin bans the words “Climate Change”, replaces with Orwellian double-speak

In a bold new strategy (as revealed in the Guardian), the U.S. Department of Agriculture—guardians of the planet’s richest farmlands—has decided to combat the threat of global warming by forbidding the use of the words. Under guidance from the agency’s director of soil health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, a list of phrases to be avoided includes “climate change” and “climate […]

September 7th

Mark Jacobson’s plan for 100% renewable energy is possible, practical, and the smart thing to do

Since 2009, Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and Precourt Institute for Energy, and more than 85 coauthors have written a series of peer-reviewed journal articles evaluating the scientific, engineering, and economic potential of transitioning the world’s energy infrastructures to 100% […]

September 6th

Tesla’s hyperloop exceeds 220 MPH in first tests

Tesla’s internally developed Hyperloop pod recently surpassed the 220 mph (355 km/h) threshold during testing, according to CEO Elon Musk. Previous to this, the top-speed record for a Hyperloop design was 201 mph, some 20 mph less — achieved by the WARR team at the Hyperloop Pod Competition very recently. By James Ayre  Tesla’s internally developed Hyperloop […]

September 3rd

What is the difference between gas and diesel engines?

With all the emissions scandals surrounding Volkswagen, Mercedes, Fiat, and even Harley-Davidson, we’ve been talking a lot about diesel engines in the last year, but how many of our readers really understand how diesel engines work compared to gas engines? How many of them really understand how a conventional four-cycle engine works in the first place? By Jo Borrás […]

September 3rd

US Army is all-in on solar power + energy storage

The US Army will add a 1 megawatt energy storage system to accompany its 10-megawatt SunPower-built solar PV system which recently broke ground at the Redstone Arsenal US army post in Alabama. By Joshua S Hill  US-based solar company SunPower revealed on Wednesday that the US Army will be adding a 1 MW (megawatt) energy storage […]

August 26th

Solar energy: What will the next big break-though be?

The cost of solar energy has fallen steadily, thanks to amazing increases in the efficiency of solar panel manufacturing. But the panels themselves aren’t all that efficient yet – could that be the next big growth area for solar?  By Ricky Dunbar  If you were to walk into a solar store and purchase some of their […]

August 17th

Rick Perry’s latest: $5.7 million from the Energy Dept for cutting-edge batteries

Rick Perry’s Energy Department has been steadily pushing the Trump Administration deeper into clean tech territory, regardless of President* Trump’s pro-coal rhetoric. In the latest development, the Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced a new round of $5.7 million in funding for next-generation energy storage technology, aimed squarely at driving down the cost of […]

August 9th