Is the soon to be released Tesla all electric sedan worth its price?

The Tesla Model S is now scheduled to be available for delivery in 2012. The advertised price is $50,000. But reading the advertizing literature more closely, this price assumes a $7,500 tax credit. Thus, the price is really $57,500.This price is for the basic battery with a 160 mile range, hardly enough for any serious highway travel. To purchase the car with a 300 mile range battery, the price balloons to $70,000, and this is presumably assuming the $7,500 tax credit as well, making the price actually $77,500.

A potential purchaser should seriously consider any all electric vehicle’s practicality with only limited current public charging stations available. A hybrid with its own internal charging capability can be purchased for about half the price of the 300 mile range Tesla Model S.

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Should the United States risk another Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

On April 20, 2010, an oil and gas leak below Deepwater Horizon caused by human error resulted in an explosion that killed 11 people. Months later, oil was still spewing from the well dumping million s of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Are the risks of this type of environmental disaster worth the oil extracted?

By most scientific accounts, a large amount of oil still remains in plumes moving with the currents of the Gulf, and saturating large areas of the ocean floor. The long term effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest in the world’s history, remain unknown.
Is the amount of oil being extracted worth the risk of one, two or several more deepwater drilling disasters and the ensuing damage to the environmental health of the Gulf?

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Oil Prices Skyrocketing

How high will the price of a barrel of oil go by year end?

Oil demand in China, India and other developing countries is once again on the rise. The production of light sweet crude form Libya has ceased because of its civil war. If the war is protracted, as many expect, that country’s much sought after sweet crude may not be available in the foreseeable future. Although Saudi Arabia claims to have stepped its production of oil to fill the void left by Libya, refiners cannot easily process the Saudi lower quality crude into the high quality, low sulfur oil that Libya had been producing.

On April 1, 2011, oil futures reached a two and one half year high with light sweet crude at $107.23 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange and Brent crude reaching $117.71 on London’s ICE Futures Exchange.

Civil unrest in other Arab and North African countries, where much of the world’s oil is produced continues to escalate. Could this unrest threaten oil production in these countries as well?

How high do you think the price of a barrel of oil will go before Year’s end?

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Bloom Energy, Fad or Future?


Bloom Energy is producing an alternative to energy from the grid. Do you think it is a fad or the future?

These companies are betting it is our future:

  • Google
  • Coca Cola
  • Cal Tech
  • Staples
  • Fed Ex
  • Sutter Home
  • Bank of America
  • Safeway
  • Walmart

Are these companies right in betting it is a viable future alternative to energy from the grid?

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The crude awakening returns.

Today in the Wall Street Journal I read the article Remember crude? Commentary: Global petroleum demand earns fresh scrutiny

I read this today. China is leading the way back to the oil prices we knew in 2008 before the crash. And then there is India, Vietnam, Mexico and all of the rest of the world’s popululation who want to drive cars, have air conditioning and all the other amenities that we take for granted. As our economy recovers, so will our own demand increase to compete with the world’s demand for this diminishing recource. Is there an obvious message here?
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$20 per Gallon – a book everyone should read

Christopher Steiner, a writer for Forbes and an engineer by training has published a new book, $20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better.


In the summer of 2008 we all experienced $4.00 a gallon oil and the impacts that price increase had on our lives. To many of us it was a shock that we quickly let fade away as the prices dropped. Now Chris is here to remind us that it will indeed get to those price levels again and higher and the impact that will have on our lives for the better. This price increase will obviously affect the way we drive, heat our homes, the products we buy, the way we use products, and he details many other ways our lives will be changed. As you read this your realization awakens and expands as to how far reaching the effects of oil prices are. I am reading this book myself right now and recommend it.

The LA times did an article on this book – see it here.

Read what Google Books has to say – about Chris and his book.

You may also want to check it out or purchase it on Amazon – $20 per Gallon.
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