May 25, 2017

Raw Materials For Renewable Energy Are Scarce, Not So Renewable

Raw Materials For Renewable Energy Are Scarce, Not So Renewable

Rare earth minerals, the raw materials used in electric cars, wind turbines, solar panels, and various defense applications are scarce, and “the threat of future supply problems for rare earths and other so-called ‘critical elements’ still looms“:
May 24, 2017

Shadiness In The Solar Sector

Shadiness In The Solar Sector

The Wall Street Journal reported on yet another instance of shadiness in the solar industry, this time showing that one of the largest U.S. solar energy companies, Sunrun, was manipulating their sales data: Former managers at one of the largest U.S. solar-energy companies say they manipulated a key sales metric around the time of the […]
May 24, 2017

The True Price Of Renewable Energy

The True Price Of Renewable Energy

Recent reports have revealed some serious human consequences surrounding the acquisition of renewable energy. Sky News recently showed that one of the ramifications has forced children to mine for cobalt in the Congo: A Sky News investigation has found children as young as four working in Congolese mines where cobalt is extracted for smartphones. The […]
May 23, 2017

Is Tesla’s Success Built on Exploitation?

Is Tesla’s Success Built on Exploitation?

Tesla’s “factories of the future” are turning out to be a nightmare for its workers: Ambulances have been called more than 100 times since 2014 for workers experiencing fainting spells, dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing and chest pains, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian. Hundreds more were called for injuries and other medical issues.
May 23, 2017

U.S. Dependent On Imported Materials For “Green Energy”

U.S. Dependent On Imported Materials For “Green Energy”

The United States is a major consumer of rare earth, with future demand only expected to rise according to a 2016 United States Government Accountability Office (GOA) report:
May 22, 2017

How “Green Energy” Threatens America’s Energy Independence

How “Green Energy” Threatens America’s Energy Independence

According to CNN, a 2016 report by an energy consulting firm concluded the U.S. has more untapped oil than any other country, including oil-rich Saudi Arabia and Russia:
May 19, 2017

Solar Panels Create Hazard For Firefighters

Solar Panels Create Hazard For Firefighters

Solar panels on the roofs of homes and businesses are presenting a safety risk for firefighters, and in some cases buildings have been left to burn because that was the safest way to deal with a fire. Prince George’s County, MD, Fire Battalion Chief Donny Fletcher said when firefighters see solar panels on a building, “It […]
May 15, 2017

Electric Vehicles Are Not Environmentally Friendly

Electric Vehicles Are Not Environmentally Friendly

A recent article from Salon urged Tesla owners to “hold on to your smugness” when it comes to electric vehicles (EV) being environmentally friendly. Electric vehicles in fact “use a lot of carbon” and Salon goes as far to suggest some people keep their gas powered vehicles:
May 12, 2017

Energy Industry Gives Mother’s Day Gift To A Polar Bear Family

Energy Industry Gives Mother’s Day Gift To A Polar Bear Family

Mother’s Day came early for a mother polar bear in Northern Alaska, thanks to Hilcorp Energy Company, which partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give the bear and her cub a safe place to den for the harsh winter months near an active Hilcorp oil production facility in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.