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Problems with Metro Transit Electric Buses Show the Technology Isn’t Ready for Primetime

Last week the Star Tribune ran an article entitled "Metro Transit Temporarily Pulls Electric Buses from C Line Because of Problems with Chargers," stating the eight electric buses on the newly-formed C Line would be taken out of service until defects with the charging mechanisms could be fixed. Diesel-powered buses will continue service on the line. According to the article: "The 60-foot electric buses, manufactured by New Flyer of America in St. Cloud, were supposed to charge overnight and then stop for a quick 12-minute charge at the Brooklyn Center Transit Center while in operation. But issues surfaced with the electric fleet’s...

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Sunday Funnies: Diesel Powered Tow Truck Rescues Bus of Anti-Oil Protesters

Honor the Earth is one of the main groups opposing the replacement of the aging Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota, so it is pretty funny that 1) they drive around in a diesel powered bus, and 2) their bus got stuck in a park in Oklee, Minnesota, and required the use of a fossil-fuel powered tow truck to rescue the bus. As Minnesotans for Line 3 puts it: "Driving something that big on wet grass in a park might not be the best way to honor the earth in Oklee." https://www.facebook.com/minnesotansforline3/videos/2525768704182297/?t=1...

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California to Shut Off Electricity to 2.5 Million People Customer to Avoid Wildfires

Pacific Gas and Electric (PGE), which is the largest utility in the largest utility in the state of California, recently announced it will shut off the power to 2.5 million people over the coming weeks in an effort to prevent wildfires. California utilities say it could take as many as five days for the power to come back on after the fire danger has passed as utilities check the lines for fire damage. California has always been a warm, dry state. Historical records show large fires have occurred in California for thousands of years, so it is no surprise that they still...

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Long Island Liberals Wake Up to How Green Extremism Hurts Constituents

Renewable energy groups like Fresh Energy are encouraging the City of Minneapolis to follow the precedent set by the City of Berkeley in California by banning natural gas in new construction within the City to limit carbon dioxide emissions. This would be an incredibly bad idea, as liberal State Senators in New York, which has banned fracking for natural gas and opposed natural gas pipelines, are now finding out. It appears reality is crashing down on liberal elected officials in the Empire state, where the natural gas shortages they caused are threatening public safety and the state's economic growth. According to...

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Problems with Metro Transit Electric Buses Show the Technology Isn’t Ready for Primetime

Last week the Star Tribune ran an article entitled "Metro Transit Temporarily Pulls Electric Buses from C Line Because of Problems with Chargers," stating the eight electric buses on the newly-formed C Line would be taken out of service until defects with the charging mechanisms could be fixed. Diesel-powered buses will continue service on the line. According to the article: "The 60-foot electric buses, manufactured by New Flyer of America in St. Cloud, were supposed to charge overnight and then stop for a quick 12-minute charge at the Brooklyn Center Transit Center while in operation. But issues surfaced with the electric fleet’s...

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Sunday Funnies: Tesla Police Car Runs Out of Battery During High Speed Chase

A Tesla Model S, purchased used for $61,000 by Fremont, California ran out of juice last week while in a high speed chase and had to abandon the persuit to find a charging station. The suspect was not apprehended. According to ExtremeTech: Here’s what happened: Sept. 20, the Tesla was on patrol. It began pursuit of what police described as a “felony vehicle,” a Toyota Avalon, on Interstate 680 South in Fremont. The chased reached peak speeds of 120 mph. Several minutes into the chase, officer Jess Hartman noticed the Tesla was low on power. He radioed the dispatcher and said, “I...

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California Forced to Subsidize Natural Gas Plants to Prevent Widespread Blackouts

Wind and solar are often touted as a way of reducing our electricity bills, and our dependence on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. However, the experience of California shows that these talking points are flat out wrong. There is no question that California has some of the most aggressive mandates for renewable energy production in the country. The state recently adopted a 100 percent "clean" energy mandate b 2045, with 60 percent of the state's electricity coming from renewable energy by 2030. A new law requires all new houses built in the Golden State to have solar panels on...

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