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Global Sales of Electrified Cars in 2018 Exceed 2 Million

Positive Future #377 (Feature photo – Tesla Model 3 – Top Selling Electric Car in America – CCA SA 4.0 International) InsideEVs recently tallied the global numbers of electrified car sales in 2018. The 2018 total came in at 2,018,247. What makes this number impressive is that 2017 global sales of electrified cars were only 1,227,117. This means that electrified car sales are up over 64 percent. You can see all the statistics at InsideEVs here: https://insideevs.com/monthly-plug-in-sales-scorecard/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Rewarding Instead of Punishing for Behavior Change

Positive Future #376 (Feature photo – Wal Mart – CCO 1.0 Universal Public Domain) Worthy of news is a new Walmart Policy of trying to get employees to improve their work attendance records. Currently hourly workers can miss up to 9 days every six months for unexpected absences. For some of us old-timers, that already seems excessive. The new plan is to reduce the number of days for unexpected absences to 5 days every six months. However, for employees that limit their unexpected absences to only 6 days a year, they become eligible for a cash bonus every quarter. An employee making $11 per hour could get a quarterly cash…

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Is Harley Davidson On the Way Out?

Positive Future #375 (Feature photo – Harley Davidson Sportster – CCA SA 2.5 Generic) There is little question that Harley Davidson has been an icon of America since the 1940’s. But today’s generations are embracing organic food, sustainable transportation and fixing a world that previous generations have trashed to a large extent. Harley Davidson sales are dropping and its problem is quite simple: It’s most loyal buyers are getting too old to ride them. News site Gas 2 provides some more insight to an America that is certainly emerging from the past: https://gas2.org/2019/01/28/harley-is-in-trouble-buyers-are-getting-too-old-to-ride/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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The Pickman Pickup Truck – For Your Mini Farm?

Positive Future #374 (Feature photo – Pickman Pickup – courtesy of Kaiyun Motors) The all electric Pickman Pickup Truck is more like a golf cart with utility application. With a price tag of $5,700, 5.5 horsepower, a top speed of 28 mph and a range of 75 miles, it is a far cry from a super crew-cab diesel that might cost $60,000 plus. Manufactured by Kaiyun Motors of China, the company plans to sell 10,000 of the units in the U.S. in 2019. InsideEvs journalist Steven Loveday provides more insight: https://insideevs.com/cheap-chinese-electric-pickup-truck-no-rivian-r1t/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Everything is Recyclable

  Positive Future #373 (Feature photo – Throw Away Plastic Container – CCA Sa 3.0 Unported) Loop, a project of TerraCycle is working with large manufacturers to rid the world of disposable packaging and replace it with “chic” reusable containers the consumers can leave out on the porch to be picked up, washed and refilled. It’s like the original idea of milk bottles and the old practice of the milkman bringing milk and picking up the milk bottles for reuse. You can read the full story here: https://inhabitat.com/some-of-the-largest-manufacturers-are-going-green-with-the-milkman-model/   Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Who Will Buy What the Robots Produce?

Positive Future #372 (Feature photo – The Robot – CCA SA 3.0 Germany – Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-13018 / CC-BY-SA 3.0) Estimates are that robots could replace 25 percent of the workforce in the not-too-distant future. The question at the heart of the discussion is who will get the profits of working robots. It certainly won’t be the unemployed. CleanTechnica Journalist Steve Hanley looks into the unfolding world of robots and jobs. So what is the average wage-earner to think? Should we be against robots or should we be in favor of the world sharing the wealth that robots create. But how do get a world onto a sharing platform from…

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Is The End of Coal Coming?

Positive Future #371 (Feature photo – Coal Miners end their Shift – Public Domain) The government of Germany has commissioned a committee of utility leaders, coal miners and environmental stewards to hash out the future of coal for Germany. While the recommendations of the committee need to work their way through the legislative process, the fact that a plan is being put forth sends shocks to the coal industry around the world. Clean Technica Journalist Steve Hanley brings us more of the story: https://cleantechnica.com/2019/01/28/germany-agrees-to-quit-its-coal-addiction/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Floating Solar Farms?

Positive Future #370 (Feature photo – Installing a Floating Solar Farm in Colorado – photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder NREL) Clean Technica journalist Joshua Hill explores the small universe of floating solar farms. At first blush, why would you locate a solar farm on a man-made reservoir? It is no secret that America is facing a water crisis. As rain and snow fail to replenish the large reservoirs that sustain the Western United States, the forces of evaporation make the problem even worse. Floating solar carries the potential to locate solar farms closer to larger cities where real estate is too expensive and help save precious water. You can read…

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It’s Not an Airplane – It’s a Personal Air Vehicle

Positive Future #369 (Feature photo – Personal Air Vehicle – CCA 2.0 Generic, Alex Butterfield) The competitive wars are on over who will develop the first commercially viable personal air vehicle. It does not take much imagination that these types of craft may be delivering fresh produce from high-density urban farms to our homes in the future. Boeing made news recently as it successfully executed a controlled takeoff, hover and landing. Another large competitor is Airbus from Europe. You can read the full story here: https://cleantechnica.com/2019/01/25/boeing-is-one-step-closer-to-electric-air-taxi-successful-passenger-air-vehicle-test-flight/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Dry Numbers – But Important Message

Positive Future #368 (Feature photo – Topaz Solar Farm in California – NASA photo) The U.S. Energy Administration just released numbers of how fast renewable energy is emerging in the U.S. – particularly solar and wind. Renewable energy represented 10 percent of all energy generated in the U.S. in 2018. Estimates are that will grow to 13% in 2020. That equates to a 30 percent growth in market share. While the U.S. Energy Administration report can seem like dry reading, the underlying message is that renewable energy is coming on the scene like the tide – you don’t notice it until it is about to take over. You can read…

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