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April 27, 2013
nasdaq:

Apple’s data centers now use 100% renewable energy, including solar, wind and geothermal energy — the company no longer powers any of its operations with coal or other fossil fuels. In fact, last December, Apple powered up a 100-acre solar farm adjacent to a North Carolina data center. Using fuel cells made by Bloom Energy Corp., which generates energy from biogases, Apple is able to generate 60% of all the energy it needs to run the data center onsite. Read more about it from Bloomberg, here. 

The news can be harrowing these days for environmental advocates working on climate change issues, of which this is obviously a thoroughly tiny aspect. This stuff is important enough, though, that even modest good news and developments should keep making the rounds.

nasdaq:

Apple’s data centers now use 100% renewable energy, including solar, wind and geothermal energy — the company no longer powers any of its operations with coal or other fossil fuels. In fact, last December, Apple powered up a 100-acre solar farm adjacent to a North Carolina data center. Using fuel cells made by Bloom Energy Corp., which generates energy from biogases, Apple is able to generate 60% of all the energy it needs to run the data center onsite. Read more about it from Bloomberg, here

The news can be harrowing these days for environmental advocates working on climate change issues, of which this is obviously a thoroughly tiny aspect. This stuff is important enough, though, that even modest good news and developments should keep making the rounds.

16:16 // 12 months ago
November 2, 2012

The U.S. military’s working on getting NYC fueled up again

  • 24M the number of gallons of fuel the Defense Department will send to the NYC region using military tankers. While the city’s port is open and fuel pipelines are about to re-open soon, the problem is that many gas stations are currently without power, limiting the available stock of gasoline in the region. Some parts of central New Jersey may be without power for days — causing more fuel run troubles. source
20:38 // 1 year ago
January 7, 2012
breakingnews:

The 370-foot Russian tanker Renda will have to go through more than 300 miles of  sea ice to get to Nome, Alaska — a city of about 3,500 people on the western  Alaska coastline that did not get its last pre-winter fuel delivery  because of a massive storm - AP & msnbc.com
[Image: The Coast Guard Cutter Healy escorts Renda  250 miles south of Nome on Friday, making their way through ice up to  5-feet thick (AP)]

Whatever you’re doing today is probably not as difficult as this.

breakingnews:

The 370-foot Russian tanker Renda will have to go through more than 300 miles of sea ice to get to Nome, Alaska — a city of about 3,500 people on the western Alaska coastline that did not get its last pre-winter fuel delivery because of a massive storm - AP & msnbc.com

[Image: The Coast Guard Cutter Healy escorts Renda 250 miles south of Nome on Friday, making their way through ice up to 5-feet thick (AP)]

Whatever you’re doing today is probably not as difficult as this.

10:42 // 2 years ago
March 30, 2011

President Obama argues for less imported oil

  • 25% the percentage of global oil production that’s consumed by the U.S.
  • 2% the percentage of global oil reserves under the control of the U.S.
  • 1/3rd the reduction in fuel imports Obama wants for the next decade source

» So, how do we get there? The nitty-gritty policy proposals President Obama spoke on seemed hauntingly familiar, with emissions standards, electric car production, (safety reviewed) nuclear power and natural gas all figuring into his pitch. These are all worthwhile possible answers or supplements to reduce foreign fuel imports, but will Congress have the desire (or failing that, the collective will) to act on issues they’ve to this point been pretty willing to pass on? Especially with a Republican-led House, whose leadership is demonstrably opposed to emissions standards, it’s a worrisome possibility that this effort, like so many over the last thirty years, will fall by the wayside.

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16:06 // 3 years ago
February 4, 2011

Texas company: Give us money and trees, and we’ll give you fuel

  • $1 billion to make gasoline out of wood chips source
1:08 // 3 years ago
January 23, 2011
If the other party is determined and committed to law, justice and respect, there is hope that in the next sessions good results would be achieved.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad • Blaming the people on the other side of the table for failing to make a nuclear deal happen. Because, let’s face it, he has to give a little bit of rope for the rest of the world to pull on, or they’re going to slip and fall – and never believe Ahmadinejad’s dishonesty again. source (viafollow)
10:45 // 3 years ago
January 22, 2011

World diplomats don’t learn: Iran knows your silly fuel-swap games

  • then In 2009, world powers were trying to get Iran to export its supply of low-grade uranium to be turned into higher-grade fuel. Iran pretended they were into it but eventually rebuffed the offer.
  • now With a little less creativity than last time, world leaders are trying to do something similar with Iran’s now-much-larger supply (it’s like three times larger now). Iran, of course, continues to play coy. source
11:52 // 3 years ago