Solar Roadways Is Hiring, Part Two: Break Out Your CVs

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 6:45 am

Are you smart? Do you have extensive experience in engineering? Would you like to live and work in the Rocky Mountains? Do you bathe regularly? (Well, maybe not the latter, but it’d likely help.)

If you answered “yes” to the first three questions, Solar Roadways might have a deal for you.


Koch Brothers Target Solar Industry

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 11:02 am

It was kind of inevitable wasn’t it? After annihilating the movement to regulate carbon emissions the fossil fuel industry, most prominently Koch Industries, is going after the solar industry.

Come Saturday Morning: Counting Down To Solar Roadways

By: Saturday March 22, 2014 6:45 am

After a year of work, work that extended from spring to summer and fall, then past winter and back into spring, the Game Changer is just about ready for its closeup in Sagle, Idaho

Come Saturday Morning: Signs of the Bzzzeitgeist. Or Whatever.

By: Saturday January 4, 2014 6:45 am

The United States allows its businesses to leave the United States pretty much without impediment. Germany makes very difficult for its businesses to leave Germany. Perhaps this is one reason why the United States has millions more workers than living-wage jobs, whereas Germany has the opposite problem.

Standing in the Sunshine, The Answer Is Blowin’ in the Wind

By: Thursday October 3, 2013 6:00 pm

Tokelau, an independent territory of New Zealand, is a small three island archipelago of about 1,400 residents about 300 miles north of American Samoa in the South Pacific. In October 2012, the Polynesian nation turned off the last of its diesel generators and became the first country to use solar power as its only energy source.

Late Night: Winding Up The Week

By: Friday April 26, 2013 8:00 pm

Lots of things happening here — some of them are reasonably clear.

Come Saturday Morning: Breakthroughs for Solar Power

By: Saturday April 13, 2013 6:45 am

Imagine a car wrapped in the stuff. You could make a hybrid sedan, or give the Tesla sports car a genuine 200-mile range. Now imagine skyscrapers and apartment buildings wrapped in the stuff. Even the least efficient buildings could generate a large chunk of their own energy. At the very least it would relieve a lot of stress on our aging power grids.

Commerce Department Puts Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels, But Loophole May Render That Irrelevant

By: Sunday October 14, 2012 8:35 am

The Commerce Department imposed slightly lower but still robust tariffs on Chinese solar panels, alleging that subsidies undercut US prices and violate international trade laws.

FDL Movie Night: “Bonsai People, The Vision of Muhammad Yunus”

By: Monday October 1, 2012 5:00 pm

Muhammad Yunus is visionary economist and Noble Peace Prize winner who believes in the essential goodness of humanity. Stepping down from the ivory tower of academia, Yunus visited the poorest villages of Bangladesh in 1976 and made a personal loan of $27 to 42 women in the village so they could build and sell bamboo furniture. The loan was paid back with interest, and the women took out a larger loan. Thus microfinance was born. In the past 30 years, microcredit has spread to every continent and has benefited over 100 million people. Yunus’ Grameen Bank (literally “village bank”) has loaned money to 1 out of 1,000 people on earth, at 98% repayment rate.

In Bonsai People, The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, Holly Mosher follows the founding of a Grameen Bank branch and several of the women aided by loans.

Romney Releases Energy Plan

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 6:48 am

Mitt Romney released an energy plan yesterday that some outlets report sets a goal of energy independence by 2020. That’s not quite right. The goal expressed here is “North American energy independence” by 2020, and when you consider that one of our biggest if not our biggest energy trading partner is Canada, and that Mexico ships a fair bit of oil as well, that really says very little.

The white paper shifts back and forth between “North American” energy independence and just “energy independence,” seeking to blur that distinction. But one of the key elements of the plan is a “North American Energy Partnership,” which mainly consists of approving the Keystone XL pipeline and any other pipelines Canada and Mexico want to build. There’s also a whiff of the idea that we should gouge Canada and Mexico and purchase their oil at a discount. The white paper makes this outlandish statement that “America still imports more oil from OPEC than it does from Canada and Mexico,” when OPEC consists of practically every oil producing nation on Earth, with much greater capacity than the two North American countries, and yet it’s STILL pretty close, with the US getting 37% of its oil resources from Canada and Mexico, compared to about 50% from OPEC.

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