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Big Oil – Helping Car Manufacturers Go Electric?

Positive Future #13 (Feature photo – Shell Oil Depot – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Shell Dutch Oil is one of the largest oil companies in the world as well as one of the world’s largest companies. Shell is partnering with Daimler (Mercedes Benz) BMW, Ford and Volkswagen to install fast-charging stations throughout Europe. Plans are to install 80 or more superchargers along highways in Europe by 2019 and 400 by the end of 2020. Shell reports that electric car growth could displace almost 800,000 barrels of oil a day by 2025. For the complete story go to: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/28/shell-partnering-top-auto-manufacturers-ionity-ev-superfast-charging-network/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29

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The New World – Trains

Positive Future #12 (Feature photo – Trains of the New Silk Road) While much of the global news is focused on acts of bad behavior, our focus on the events of the larger world are compromised. Even while technology seems to be the darling of human evolution, few things can compare to the reshaping of relationships in the world around the trains that define the new silk road. It is a train system sponsored by China that is for the first time in history connecting the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa with a ”freight train” system. For the first time in history, freight trains from china are traveling to…

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Financial Investing – Taking Gas Engines to the Mat

Positive Future #11 (Feature photo – Basic Internal Combustion Engine – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Over the past few months, the dollar signs have been off the charts relative to car manufacturer spending on electric car development. Volkswagen made news recently by announcing that it will spend $40 billion over the next five years on electrification of its cars and autonomous driving technology. Ford has committed $4.5 billion over the next few years on electric car development. Not to be outdone, General Motors plans to introduce 20 electric car models over the next six years. Between manufacturer spending and consumer spending on plug-in electric cars, the pool of money competing…

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Autos in Transition

Positive Future #10 (Feature photo – Renault Zoe – CCA SA 4.0 International) Word is out that a car rental company in Dubai (one of the world’s wealthiest global cities of almost 3 million people) is offering an electric car rental for as little as $1.50 per hour. SelfDrive, an online car rental company in Dubai is offering the deal that includes free charging. Even though you have to rent the car for a minimum of 24 hours, it’s a great deal. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is helping by allowing all electric cars to charge free at any one of its 90 charging stations: Read the full story…

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World’s First Solar-Powered Train

Positive Future #9 (Feature photo – Indian Railway System – CC-by-sa PlaneMad/Wikimedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Railway_network_schematic_map.png)   The future of the world is no longer the arena of powerful nations – or any nation for that matter. In their struggle to move up the economic chain, the nation of India is helping re-invent the world while it re-invents itself. India, a nation with four times the population of the U.S., just launched the world’s first solar-powered train. It’s simple, but more importantly it begins to go around the colossal logistics and price of oil. India is not just experimenting with solar trains, but developing local solar projects to augment the operations of existing…

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Post Office – At a Major Crossroads

Positive Future #8 (Feature photo – U.S. Postal Truck – public domain) The weather events of 2017 – particularly hurricanes and wildfires – had more than just an effect on buildings and infrastructure. There were massive farm production losses associated with those weather events. Little question that civilization is trying to minimize its footprint in order to stabilize climate. The U.S. Postal system is at a crossroads on what it will do with its global warming footprint. The postal service has some 200,000 vehicles in its fleet, most of which now need replacing. Around 163,000 are right-hand light duty vehicles used for carrier delivery. These vehicles were purchased between 1987…

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What’s Up with Electric Cars?

Positive Future #7 (Feature photo – Positive Future Info Graphic) The condition of the atmosphere in terms of toxins and volatility is really everyone’s problem. The meteoric rise of plug-in-car sales is to everyone’s benefit. The rapid rise of solar energy is only matched by the rapid rise in car sales that are either fully electric or have some battery range. The graph above illustrates the global sales volume of plug-in cars for the month of September for the last four years. Estimates for 2017 (full year) global plug-in sales are in excess of 1 million cars (maybe 1.1 million). Global plug-in sales through September 2017 stand at 775,370 units.…

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What’s Coming after Fossil Fuels?

Positive Future #6 (Feature photo – Concentrated Solar Facility – by BLM) The debates go on about how fossil fuels will continue to dominate for decades into the future. However, the realm of solar power – that includes CSP facilities – is a stunning leap into the future. CSP stands for concentrated solar power. Mirrors reflect sunlight onto a central point which heats water to create steam to run turbines that create electricity. While much of the turbine technology is presently driven by coal and natural gas, don’t let that fool you. Recently being completed in Morocco is the Quarzazate facility – capable of producing 580 megawatts of power (enough…

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Futuristically Beautiful

Positive Future #5 (Feature photo – Floodgates on Dutch Dikes – by Rens Jacobs, copyright free) Albert Einstein once said “If it isn’t beautiful, I don’t want anything to do with it, even in mathematics.” Recently the nation of the Netherlands retrofitted an upgraded some of their famous dikes. In the process, 60 historic 1932 floodgates were retrofitted with artistic reflectors, creating a world of wonder when car lights hit the towers when driving through at night. The architects said they tried to recreate how butterfly wings reflect light. In addition to the grand reflectors, special kites tied to luminescent cable connected to the ground fly at night. The kites fly…

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Time to Get a Different Job?

Positive Future #3 (Feature photo – CCA 2.0 Generic) One of the most powerful undercurrents in a powerfully positive world is the growth in solar related jobs. The direction of sustainable energy will help redefine the direction of sustainable agriculture. If nothing else, it will allow northern climes and urban settings to start establishing their own food security. Last year, the solar industry added 51,000 new jobs, bringing solar employment to more than 260,000. The U.S. government now says that the solar installer will be the fastest-growing job in America over the next decade. Projections are that solar photovoltaic installer jobs will grow over 100 percent in the next ten…

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