January 28, 2005

Onset Of Global Warming Closer

According to this article from Reuters, scientists believe that greenhouse gasses will affect climate earlier than previously believed. Estimates reached alarming levels:

The top end of the predictions, which range from 3.6 F-19.8 F, is double estimates produced so far and could make the world dramatically different in the future.

The time period for such predictions at the current rate of emissions is a mere 50 years.

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January 27, 2005

War Hawks And Fuel Efficiency

Slate published a great article called 'As Green as a Neocon' about how some conservatives are embracing the benefits of fuel efficiency on a personal level.

No matter the motivation - carbon emissions or energy independence - we're happy to see that politics are affecting consumer purchases.

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January 26, 2005

2004 Hybrid Sales Data from J.D. Power

According to J.D. Power and Associates, sales of hybrids doubled in 2004 from 2003. A total of 85,699 hybrids were sold in this year.

Furthermore JD Power believes that similar growth rates will be achieved for a number of years to come. Toyota's Prius accounted for 63 per cent of the hybrid market, which translates into sales of 53,991 units.

This is great news. Consumers are responding to a strong product and have shown their interest in efficient transportation.

Automakers, take note.

January 25, 2005

Nuclear Power Gaining With Greens

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There was an excellent article in the February issue of Wired outlinging the prospects for tomorrow's energy supply. As you may image, the prevailing wisdom is a return to the promise of atomic energy. More interesting is an accurate portrayal of the shortfalls of fossils and the strengths and weaknesses of other renewable sources.

As soon as the story becomes available online, I will provide a link.

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January 18, 2005

Hybrids May Get HOV Access in MA

Hybrid drivers in Massachusetts may soon have a lot to be smiling about. Like other initiatives in California and Virginia, Massachusetts legislators are considering allowing hybrids into carpool lanes.

This would apply to the frequently congested Southeast expressway during rush hour.

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January 17, 2005

Escape Hybrid Named Truck Of The Year

The Ford Escape Hybrid SUV has been named the 2005 North American Truck of the Year. Check out Ford's press release

The 2004 Car of the Year was the Toyota Prius. The hybrids are two for two.

January 01, 2005

Hybrid Drivers in CA Wait For HOV Access

Unfortunately, the federal government is taking it's time in granting a waiver that would allow hybrid vehicles to drive in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.

Because of all the press awarded to California's efforts to reward drivers of highly efficient vehicles with access to HOV lanes, some single occupancy hybrid drivers may slip into HOV lanes illegally. While the state wants to grant access to some hybrid drivers, be confident that they'll give out tickets until the federal waiver is granted.

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