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  • Please, No More Deep Discounts On New PickUps !

    Pick ups and other models that are less fuel efficient should no longer be offered at deep discount pricing toward the end of the year. We probably produce too much of them or more than enough for our needs only to end up having to offer deep discounts for those gas guzzlers.

    We rarely offer deep discounts for fuel efficient models because automakers insist that they do not make as much profit or margin on those models. What automakers are actually doing is making situations like global climate change worse than necessary with those numbskull's deep discounts on gas guzzling models that buyers want to buy.

    Buyers of those deep discounted gas guzzling models probably need to be explained that they are harming our environment and they no longer deserve the benefits of deep discounts.

    Lets leave at this.. Automakers will figure out how many units they think they need to produce without ending up with too much of them at the end of model year usually during summertime. I can understand how this may affect the workers at the plants that churns those gas guzzling models out the doors. If this will mean two shifts instead of three shifts a day, so be it..

    Buyers of fuel efficient models deserve more of the deep discounts than those guzzlers. If the former get none, so should the latter as well!

    Fair enough ?

    Dec 24 1:23 PM | Link | 1 Comment
  • We Are Not Serious Enough About Solar Energy....

    I would ask any by-passer on the street whether he or she thinks that solar energy is as powerful as we can get them these days, chances is that most of them would think so.

    Well, I hate to give you bad news ... the answer is NO!

    Why? Well, Lets start with the basic facts... First, solar energy is not necessarily available only in form of electricity that must go through copper wires to power our lamps, appliances or electric vehicles, etc. Our solar industry are hard at work trying to coax more electrons out of solar panels made of silicon crystalline materials of sorts and other materials. We know that we can only manage to squeeze as much as 25% of the maximum potential that can come out of those panels. It means that up to 75% are still playing ping-pong with each other in the confines of the silicon materials.

    There is another way to coax more out of sunlight that can yield almost 100% of the sunlight into a different form of energy we know as heat .. It is not going to be electrons but photons. Photons doesn't carry electrical charges but heat or light interchangeably depending on what designs you use to capture or manipulate photons.

    You may ask yourselves what is the good uses for light or heat if we cannot get them out of our wall outlets. This is a good and stupid question if I must tell you that... with a stress..

    We get heat directly from natural gas, heating oil, firewood and also electricity, right ? We use hair dryers to blow our hairstyles dry with electrical heat, right? We use firewood to heat indoors , right ? What we left out is sunlight that we can also use to generate heat we need . It is rather ironic to watch solar energy guys come up with only solar cookers while leaving out other interesting solar ideas like solar furnaces or solar fireplaces as I may like to call them. There is many great solar ideas that we simply REFUSE to adopt ourselves.

    We continue to pollute neighborhood air with firewood and to lesser extent with heating oil and natural gas and we are still happy with this. We just beat up our fleet of coal power plants that we know that we cannot replace with solar panels for a very long time to come. We can achieve this much faster with photon based solar energy .

    We power a plethora of tools and equipment with electricity, gasoline, diesel, etc while we confine solar energy only with one single prevalent product known as solar panels and nothing else!

    We can design solar clothes dryers, for instance. Don't you think so ? We never thought of that , do we? We can develop a new plethora of solar powered tools and equipments if we want to.

    We just don't bother with that and what we get is another oil glut! Oil and natural gas producers watch us doing same old ways and say to themselves, "Gee, we better drill more wells so they cannot accuse us for gouging oil prices !, lets go!" Chainsaw Freddys think the same way as well!

    Dec 18 4:06 PM | Link | 1 Comment
  • Oil & Gas Industry Is Actually In A Real Dilemma!

    We planted a clean energy seed in the ground and it is slowly taking root deep and deeper. Skeptics had been ridiculing clean energy as a non competitive entity largely footed by our government with tax breaks. While this is true, what you readers may forget is that the real costs of producing a clean watt has come down if not in a crashing manner!

    This means that the vaunted pricing clout long enjoyed by our oil & gas industry despite our constant efforts to improve efficiencies , etc, is fast slipping away. What we are witnessing now is a total U-turn with rampant new hydrocarbon developments that propels United States as the world's leading producer of oil and gas . What we still ignore is the unknown environmental damage that is occurring during the meanwhile. While I don't have the facts on the environmental damage, it is blatantly obvious to me that the damage is multiplied many times over every barrel equivalent in oil or gas is produced than merely a couple decades ago.

    Recently , I took a brief glimpse at news about banks diversifying away from the petrol investments, but what remains to be mentioned is whether they are going to move toward clean energy investments away from the former. This remains to be known.

    Oil and gas investments has been historically very cozy places to park capital since it had been so long the dominant player in the energy fields. It may still be for a long time to come but what really matter the most is that it will become less and less dominant as time passes. There will be fewer and fewer chairs to seize while the music lingers on.

    I am not suggesting that clean energy investments is a sure fire place to bet on, but it is struggling smartly . It is gaining in sophistication and reliability which should count for now. The pow-wows of the utilities are slowly washing hands off the dirty energy that they had long so accustomed to making business with.

    They are learning the ropes now and they will be more confident as time passes . However, the technology may take a turn and render the present technology obsolete overnight. Nobody will ever know whether photovoltaic technology will be surpassed by another new technology in the future with much higher efficiency. This is where investors should pay close attention to. As of lately, we are achieving just over 20% capture of sunlight on any area with present photovoltaic. There is some interesting ideas swimming around that promise to boost toward 25%.

    Actually even with 100% efficiency as you can have with plain mirrors which nobody wants to use yet, somehow for some reason unexplained, there is only so much sunlight we can capture in all suitable locations . Will it be enough to bring clean energy providers some dominant role in energy ? Probably not, costs may prove to be advantageous to them over the oil and gas as time passes.

    Mother Earth can only take as much abuse as we can get away with. One day, we will get the natural ultimatum and we will find ourselves on a crash course to change ways we produce energy.

    Can we afford to ignore or what? The only way we can is if we start abandoning the masses to financial damnation and start saving our own for ourselves... It can happen here in America. Who knows?

    Aug 26 1:40 PM | Link | Comment!
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