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New Site: The Cost of Energy

March 30, 2005

A new site, The Cost of Energy, is  taking on the ambitious project of helping non-experts learn about the issues and policies surrounding energy across a very broad array of applications.

From the overview:

We live in a time of unprecedented technological, environmental, and social change. From quickly rising fears of global warming to phenomenal advances in engineering and medicine, it’s getting harder by the day to keep up with the headlines.

But one of the biggest and potentially most terrifying changes has crept upon us with surprisingly few people noticing: The age of cheap oil is about to come to an end. Of the three fossil fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas), oil is the hardest to replace, thanks largely to its use in transportation, and therefore the one that will impact industrialized countries the most when it becomes scarce.

The problem is that this is far more than a question of simply paying for at the gas pump; you can’t understand the ramifications of permanently high (and rising) oil prices without also looking at how all energy sources relate to one another, plus economics, politics, and even cultural issues.

That was the impetus behind this project.

Ambitious—and necessary. Read and contribute.

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New UK Site on Fuel Efficiencies and Emissions

March 18, 2005

The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) of the Department of Transport in the UK has set up a new website on New Car Fuel Consumption and Exhaust Emissions Figures.

Climate Change is recognised as one of the greatest environmental threats facing the World today and it has long been appreciated that we all have our part to play in reducing the impact of the motor vehicle. The purpose of the site is twofold:

  • To inform buyers of new cars how they can reduce the impact of their vehicle on the environment and;

  • Identify the vehicle excise duty and/or the relevant Company Car tax percentage bracket, based on their CO2 level.

It’s very nicely done—similar in concept to the US EPA’s site, but more flexible and granular in data.

For those in the US, remember: an Imperial gallon is larger than a US gallon (1 Imperial gallon = 1.2 US gallons), so fuel consumption represented in miles per gallon might be initially deceiving to US eyes.

For example, 40 mpg (Imperial) is approximately 33.3 mpg (US).

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RideShare Alliance Website

March 08, 2005

The RideShare Alliance is offering a free interactive database application that facilitates the development of a ridesharing network over the Internet.

The organization is dedicated to promoting ridesharing in the United States, with all the attendant benefits of reducing oil consumption and emissions.

The database supports local or national events. Just register and you are good to go.

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What is the Auto Industry doing about Climate Change?

April 07, 2004

I’m a Powerpoint packrat. For all the slams against the package and sneers about bad communication it’s incredibly widespread in its use as a tool for corporate or organizational communication. In other words — you find some interesting things by looking for Powerpoint files.

Here’s one from Booz Allen Hamilton done in preparation for a meeting of the Automotive Governors of the World Economic Forum in 2002.

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