Category Archives: Tax incentives

A federally subsidized $45K plug-in hybrid is green gone amok

I’m reading Fisker to Buy Delaware GM Plant for Plug-In Hybrid Production and it all sounds great on the surface. Fisker Automotive is buying an old GM factory in Delaware and it will employ 2,000 workers plus supplier jobs. The … Continue reading

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Cash for clunkers brought real cash for consumers

What was more useful to consumers, $700 billion bailout of banks, insurance companies and Wall Street, $180 billion to AIG …or $1 billion that brought families scrambling for a $4,500 rebate on a new car that may save them $1K … Continue reading

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Cash for Clunkers, tax dollars blowing up big engines

Plug in “Cash for Clunkers” on YouTube and you get a stream of dramatic engine explosions with glove donned car technicians pouring in sodium silicate (liquid glass) and performing the not so painless death to vehicles. They are often hooting … Continue reading

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Storage is as important as generation

One of the first principles of physics that I learned in high school is that matter cannot be created not destroyed, only changed from one form to another. A burning stick is in essence a battery – energy from the … Continue reading

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Ford builds hybrid perceptions at home

OK, let’s just get it out there: The 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid is the best gasoline-electric hybrid yet. What makes it (Ford Fusion Hybrid) best is a top-drawer blend of an already very good midsize sedan with the industry’s smoothest, … Continue reading

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Interesting auto manufactuer comparison

General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler had a combined US market share of 51.8% in December 2007. As of Oct. 2008, their market share declined by 5.1% to 46.5%. Toyota and Honda, during that same nine-month period, increased their US market … Continue reading

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Dwindling hybrid incentives for some Japanese hybrids

The federal tax credit to spur demand and development of hybrids is dwindling. The credit was tied to the number of units sold by a given manufacturer. The credit on Toyota’s Prius (46 mpg) ran out last year. Now the … Continue reading

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ExxonMobil shatters own record for profit by a U.S. company

HOUSTON — ExxonMobil (XOM), the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, reported income Thursday that shattered its own record for the biggest profit by a U.S. corporation, earning $14.83 billion in the third quarter. usatoday.com Can someone explain to me … Continue reading

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Rain collection system – Part 2

One of my hobbies is building hot water heating systems. I love to tune up an old steam radiator system. I am at home with pipes so my only reference for this project is my brain and maybe some inherited … Continue reading

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Gas vs. electric lawn mowers – Part 4 – my conclusion

I supposed the clinical thing to do would be to calculate cost vs. environmental impact and come up with a nice squeaky green conclusion, but recently my conclusions seem to be made more out a belief that our open (“free” … Continue reading

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