Energy Bill Legislation: A Blow to Alternative Energy.
On December 13th, the US Senate voted on a watered down version of the bill that left renewable energy supporters agast... read more
New Energy Standards for Automobiles
While the Recent Energy Bill passed by the senate and approved by the president left the renewable energy industry out to dry, the bill did pass improved standards in the auto-industry...
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Hybrid cars are all the buzz right now, but what makes a green car green? A perfectly green car would be made from 100% renewable resources and would not create any biproduct such as air pollutants during operation. Oh, and it should be completely bio-degradable or recyclable. For now, we need to measure things such as air pollutants, green house gas emissions, fuel economy, and energy use during production and disposal.
<---- Using the links to the left, you will see that there are a number of alternatives to the typical gas guzzler in our driveways, however, there are compromises to be made with most of them, which is why none of them are popular yet. Hopefully, we will develop the technology to make these alternative energy sources a more practical alternative to gas in the coming years.
The EPA's Green Vehicle Guide is an excellent source documenting the environmental performance of current cars and provides the user with dynamic search and sort capabilities. Side-by-side comparisons can be performed and ratings include: air pollution, greenhouse gases, fuel economy and SmartWay & SmartWay Elite designations. Another similar government resource is FuelEconomy.gov.
Much to my dismay as a motorcyclist, I was recently confronted with some of the facts on motorcycle emissions vs. car emissions. Like me, many motorcyclists thought they were doing the green thing by riding a bike, but we were all VERY wrong. Sure we get better gas mileage, but without any emissions standards (yes, you heard me, none), motorcycles are as dirty as a 1950's chevy.