Amid all of the financial turmoil that has occurred over the last several years it is good to see that the American people are still more than willing to help out the financial elite by forking over more and more money at the gas pump. It was different as recently as 2008 when gas hit $4 a gallon. Back then people were angry and ready to fight for something. Now, after losing their retirement savings, home and good paying job or some combination thereof we must be like dogs that have…
According to a recent story in The New York Times people in Utah have embraced their supply of natural gas as a vehicle fuel and are filling up on CNG for as little as .87 a gallon (as of last fall). Where is our state at in relation to this?
Pennsylvania is a prime example of states who are missing the ball on CNG. We have huge deposits of natural gas within our borders and in a short time we could have municipal fleets… Continue
This our chance to show the world that the answer to global economic recovery is building an economy based on clean energy. It's how we put Americans back to work, create millions of clean energy jobs, and decrease the carbon pollution that causes global warming.
Leaders from the United States and around the world need to know that we won't settle for anything less.
Interested in a bus? You can let us know when you RSVP.
The nation’s supply chain is getting an energy-efficient shot in the arm that will make transporting goods more cost-effective, energy efficient and environmentally friendly. A series of cost-sharing grants from the Department of Energy, totaling $300 million, should help 25 separate projects add more than 9,000 alternative fuel and energy efficient vehicles.
The grants also will help kick-start an infrastructure for refueling stations,… Continue
T. Boone Pickens predicted that oil would hit $70 a barrel before the end of 2009 and it did just that earlier this week, He also said that all of the easy oil is running out fast and this story confirms that statement with a bullet. If the world's top oil experts are correct we… Continue
Last year T. Boone Pickens brought the concept of natural gas as a vehicle fuel into the national stream of consciousness when he launched his “Pickens Plan”. Since then the concept has evolved to the point where there are several pieces of legislation making their way through Congress (Natural Gas Act of 2009)and the Senate which will encourage the more widespread implementation of this “green” fossil fuel. Recent estimates of the natural gas reserves in the United States indicate that we have… Continue
Recently Toyota announced that they would be introducing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in 2015 which would "shock" the US auto market. Assuming that to be true one has to wonder more about how they are going to do it than if they are going to do it. Toyota isn't stupid and to evolve transportation in a new direction would be a marketing coup even bigger than what they achieved with the extremely popular Prius hybrid.
The development of a cheap fuel cell vehicle that is priced… Continue
Added by mike on July 27, 2009 at 8:55am —
Special thanks to Mr. Mike Johnston for contributing to this article
Currently, the U.S. and most of the world is in what would be called the fossil fuel economy. The majority of our power source is from oil, natural gas, coal, and petroleum products. We need energy to keep our world and society running; however, fossil fuel energy also creates problems such as pollution, climate change and imported oil… Continue
I saw the ad for a CNG trucking workshop on the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association website advertising a CNG Trucking event and did a little research. It seems that one of the key sponsors of the event is the US Department of Energy. I went to their website and found more information on the Clean Cities program as well as links to other similar workshops around the country. If you are involved in the trucking industry you may want to attend… Continue
A recent television ad from Exxon/Mobil introduces the concept of an on-board fuel reformer for vehicles (view the ad here). These devices combine water and oil (or another feedstock) at elevated temperature in the presence of a catalyst to produce Hydrogen fuel for the vehicle. This sounds very complicated but it really isn’t that hard to understand. I have…
I made this video of the introduction of the Natural gas Act of 2009 earlier this year and thought I would share it so people could get an idea of what it is about. This is the first of four parts, links to the other 3 parts are below. I guess it is a really basic documentary:
In the article below Landline Magazine (published by the Owner Operator & Independent Driver Association OOIDA) voiced definite support for Boone Pickens plan to convert freight hauling trucks to natural gas fuel. Energy independence and national security are obvious concerns for us all but probably for no other group as much as the independent truck owner who's business lives or dies on the price of fuel.
We have all seen freight trains pulling rail cars loaded with truck trailers and shipping containers but it wasn't until I saw an ad on TV recently that I really started thinking about the potential of intermodal transportation from a "green" perspective. The ads claim that freight trains can move a ton of freight 436 miles on a gallon of diesel fuel and that is probably true. Compare that to the mileage of a tractor/trailer on the highway and the difference is obviously huge. Imagine a future… Continue
Wasn't it only last year that Americans were outraged over 4$ a gallon gasoline and ready to revolt en masse in support of any kind of alternative energy or fuel which would bring back energy prices that were at least affordable if not cheap or green? Everyone wanted a voice in the choices that were being made regarding our energy future and grassroots campaigns led by T. Boone Pickens and Al Gore each had several million active members working together for a green energy… Continue
Added by mike on May 12, 2009 at 7:09pm —
Last week I attended the release of the "Wired For Progress 2.0" at The Center For American Progress. Wired For Progress 2.0 is an updated version of the original "Wired for Progress: Building a National Clean-Energy Smart Grid" plan that was introduced at the National Renewable Energy Summit earlier this year. The plan was written by Bracken Hendricks, a senior fellow at the Center.
Since I had attended the National Renewable Energy… Continue
Added by mike on April 7, 2009 at 1:30pm —
This past Thursday I had the opportunity to attend the hearings at the EPA on whether or not to restore the California Air Resources Board (CARB) clean air standards. I went there with the Union of Concerned Scientists and was supposed to testify but I didn't realize the meeting would go on for so long and unfortunately had to leave before I was scheduled to… Continue
Twitter is a social networking client which is quickly becoming the hottest application on the net. It allows you to send short messages of 140 characters or less to friends or pretty much any other user that you want to. The Pickens Plan has been using twitter since it started but with the advent of the Virtual March it has become obvious that twitter can be a valuable tool for us.
Last night I started sending little messages to a whole lot of people on twitter in an effort to… Continue
Earlier this week I participated in a conference call with Boone Pickens. A transcript of what Boone talked about in that call is available here. I think that one of the most important aspects of his comments were references to what has to be done NOW in relation to establishing a green energy economy. What we do today and how we do it is going to determine our path for a long time to… Continue
Added by mike on March 21, 2009 at 3:00pm —