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Plastics – Another Problem with Fossil Fuels

Positive Future #80 (Feature photo – Popular products made with plastic – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) The data is accumulating and nations around the world are considering bans on plastic. Sadly, 90 percent of sea birds have some sort of plastic in them. The ocean is estimated to be polluted with over 5 trillion pieces of plastic. Recently, British Petroleum’s Chief Economist – Spencer Dale – told Bloomberg News that British Petroleum predicts oil demand will drop by 2 million barrels a day as a result of emerging plastic regulations. The oil industry is now facing a literal “pack” of wolves that are attacking the product and its products. Divestiture…

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Vehicle Electrification 2018

Positive Future #79 (Feature photo – The Chevrolet Bolt – 235 miles of battery range. 2017 U.S. sales of the Bolt exceeded 23,000 units – CCA SA 4.0 International) GreenTech Media reports some interesting facts and figures as relates to automotive electrification: U.S. Electric vehicle sales in 2017 increased 21 percent over 2016. Toyota plans to electrify its entire line-up of cars over the next 7 years. Volvo announced that all of its models introduced after 2019 will be hybrids or all electric. Over the next five years, the global automotive industry is expecting 127 battery-electric models to be introduced. More countries are moving to ban internal combustion engines. Nations…

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Should This Have Made Headline News?

Positive Future #78 (Feature photo – Brightline Train – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) When you read the history of railroads, the economics are rather dark. Virtually every train company ever established in the nation has gone out of business. So, when the first private company in 35 years to establish a passenger rail line celebrates the opening of the first segment, it is certainly out of the ordinary. Brightline began construction of a passenger train that will run from Miami to Orlando (240 miles) back in 2014. The project will cost $3 billion, employ 10,000 people during construction and have 5,000 permanent jobs after the entire line is open. Railway…

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Will More of This Be the Future?

Positive Future #77 (Feature photo – Tesla Model 3 – CCA SA 4.0 International) Now that early models of the Tesla Model 3 are entering the streets, the car is increasingly coming under scrutiny. We’ve all heard the stories that there are over 400,000 pre-orders on this car. Recently, Edmonds took delivery of a Tesla Model 3 and has been putting it through its paces. The outcome of this particular review is interesting. Is this a pre-cursor of what we will be in for in the future? Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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The Ecocapsule

Positive Future #76 (Feature photo – The Ecocapsule – courtesy of Ecocapsule Holding) The Ecocapsule is an egg-shaped mobile dwelling that can produce more electricity than it consumes and harvest more rainwater than its occupants can use. The unit also comes with a composting toilet, built-in storage, a kitchenette, a folding bed and a fold-down table. For energy there is a 750 watt wind turbine and a 600 watt solar array. Manufactured in Estonia (Eastern Europe), the company just delivered its first model via helicopter. So how much does one of these “wonder” dwellings cost? Try $85,688. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Solar for Steam Generation

Positive Future #75 (Feature photo – Early Phases of the Miraah Solar Steam Project– CCA SA 4.0 International) The oil-rich nation of Oman – A Persian-Gulf nation of 4.5 million people – is developing one of the world’s largest solar projects. Called the Miraah, the project is located atop an oil field. When completed, there will be 36 sections which take solar energy and turn it into steam. The first sections of the project came on line in late 2017. Ultimately, the $600 million facility will produce 1 GWh of energy. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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How Big is the Electric Bus Revolution?

Positive Future #73 (Feature photo – A Row of BYD Electric Buses– CCA SA 4.0 International) The city of London is methodically transforming its bus routes to be fully electric – no gas or diesel buses. News came recently that London just electrified its 4th route – called Route 153 – with 11 electric buses from BYD (A Chinese Bus Company). BYD has bus manufacturing facilities in China, The U.S, and in Europe. So, here is the kicker. BYD sold more than 14,000 electric buses world-wide in 2017. On other news, American electric bus manufacturer – Proterra – made global news recently when one of its electric buses – on…

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Large Automaker – To Exit Gas Cars

Positive Future #72 (Feature photo – A Changan Automobile from China – CCA SA 4.0 International) China is the world’s largest auto market selling 28 million cars a year compared to the U.S. 17 million cars. One of the top four car manufacturers in China – Changan – just announced that it was planning to be totally phased out of fossil fuel cars by 2025 – that’s only seven (7) years away. Changan manufactures 3 million vehicles a year and now plans to spend $15 billion over the next 7 years developing the electrified vehicles that will totally replace fossil fuel car manufacturing in the company. In some ways, it…

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Should Your City Own and Operate the Power System?

Positive Future #71 (Feature photo – Power Station Schematic– CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Most cities in the U.S. have power provided to them by large corporate enterprises that may have a conflict of interest. That conflict being a condition where the interests of the stockholders / bondholders takes place over innovation, reducing pollution, keeping costs down and serving the citizens. The city of Boulder, Colorado has been in the news over the past few years as the city seeks to extract itself from corporate power to a municipal city power system. Boulder, a city of 110,000 people, has been challenged at every point by its current power provider to stop…

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High Speed Rail – Will It Not Come to America?

Positive Future #70 (Feature photo – Logo of the California High Speed Rail Authority China currently has 16,000 miles of high speed rail – which accounts for 2/3 of the world’s high speed rail tracks in commercial service. In 2017, the Chinese high speed rail delivered 1.7 billion trips. The largest high speed rail project in the U.S. is in California, which commenced construction in 2015 for a high speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Following is a short video clip of a recent update on construction progress of the rail line. It almost seems doomed to fail. Projections are that under the current timeline, the project…

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