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Brilliant: Three College Guys Open Solar-Powered Golf Cart Taxi Business

I love this and I could see it working in cities and towns around the world. I almost want to start one myself!

3 College of Charleston Graduates Start Solar-Powered Golf Cart Taxi Business

June 22–What started as a class project has blossomed into a unique business.

Last fall, while in their senior year at the College of Charleston, Matthew Coda, Jake Cotreau and Taylor Denny happened to be in the same entrepreneurship class with an assignment for different teams to come up with an idea for a new venture.

Denny had an idea. He wanted to start a solar-powered golf cart taxi business on peninsular Charleston.

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After getting licensed by the town, setting up the carts on Erie Avenue in the proper zoning district, acquiring insurance and traveling to Blythewood near Columbia to wrangle with the state Department of Motor Vehicles to get license tags for each cart, the three entrepreneurs began serving customers earlier this month. They also had to work out problems with the Canadian company that provided the solar panels and secure investments from family members and friends.

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The solar panels send power to a converter just above passengers’ heads. The power then goes to eight batteries under a seat.

The golf carts can generally go about 50 miles on electric-charged batteries. The solar panels add about 50 percent extra range.

“If we are rotating them all day, we don’t have to charge them at all,” Cotreau said.

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Again, here’s their Facebook page.

Bravo!

 

 

June 29, 2014 at 7:13 PM Leave a comment

Outrageous: Louisiana’s Republican Governor Signs Bill Blocking Lawsuits Against Oil and Gas Companies

Wow, what hutzpah and what a huge middle finger to all the people, animals, sea creatures and land damaged or destroyed by British Petroleum (BP) and oil companies past, present and future.  Talk about a corporatocracy.  This is just sickening. Talk about outrage overload:

BP Oil Spill via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia.)

Rejecting the advice of his own attorney general and dozens of legal scholars, Louisiana governor and potential presidential contender Bobby Jindal effectively blocked a New Orleans-area levee board from suing oil and gas companies for allegedly destroying the state’s coasts – and in so doing, may have also derailed state and local claims against BP for damages and tax revenue lost following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Don Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, was also quoted in the statement distributed by the governor’s office, hailing the measure as a “huge victory for the oil and gas industry.”

The law, SB 469, essentially bars a levee district in New Orleans’ East Bank – the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, or SLFPA-E – from pressing forward in its lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies, which it blames for exposing New Orleans to catastrophic damage from hurricanes Rita and Katrina by cutting thousands of miles of pipes and canals through sensitive barrier islands and wetlands that otherwise would have protected the coastal city.

The lawsuit, filed last summer, sought to force energy companies to restore the wetlands, fill in the canals, and pay for past damages.

“We are looking to the industry to fix the part of the problem that they created,” SLFPA-E vice president John Barry told the Times-Picayune last year. “We’re not asking them to fix everything. We only want them to address the part of the problem that they created.”

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Impeach the bastard for crimes against humanity and nature.  Not only that, what, he wants to use taxpayer dollars to clean-up BP’s mess?  What, he probably doesn’t care about clean-up at all.

Everyone in the country, er, the world needs to know about this.  This is what politicians who are owned by oil and gas companies do.

 

 

June 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM 7 comments

#NotAScientists (i.e., Republicans) On How Global Warming is a Bunch of Hooey

This is good, via Act.TV/Americans United:

The GOP may be a lot of things, but “climate scientists” is not one of them. But that won’t stop them from ignoring a 97% consensus among actual scientists, along with 7 out of 10 Americans, that climate change is man-made and needs to be dealt with.

 

 

 

 

June 5, 2014 at 9:34 AM 3 comments

Chemicals Used in Fracking Must Be Absolutely Awful

Fracking Well Heads via Wikipedia

(Fracking well heads via Wikimedia)

Check out what corporate-owned Republicans in North Carolina are doing.  The chemicals used by the fracking industry must be terrifying if they’re going to this length to keep them secret:

As hydraulic fracturing ramps up around the country, so do concerns about its health impacts. These concerns have led 20 states to require the disclosure of industrial chemicals used in the fracking process.

North Carolina isn’t on that list of states yet—and it may be hurtling in the opposite direction.

On Thursday, three Republican state senators introduced a bill that would slap a felony charge on individuals who disclosed confidential information about fracking chemicals. The bill, whose sponsors include a member of Republican party leadership, establishes procedures for fire chiefs and health care providers to obtain chemical information during emergencies. But as the trade publication Energywire noted Friday, individuals who leak information outside of emergency settings could be penalized with fines and several months in prison.

“The felony provision is far stricter than most states’ provisions in terms of the penalty for violating trade secrets,” says Hannah Wiseman, a Florida State University assistant law professor who studies fracking regulations.

The bill also allows companies that own the chemical information to require emergency responders to sign a confidentiality agreement. And it’s not clear what the penalty would be for a health care worker or fire chief who spoke about their experiences with chemical accidents to colleagues.

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Amazing.  The citizens of North Carolina pay these guys’ salary but these state senators are blatantly and flagrantly working against the wellbeing of the very people who voted them into office and again, who pay them to ah, work for them not against them.  Thomas Jefferson must be twirling in his grave.

May 19, 2014 at 11:52 AM Leave a comment

Oil Companies Will Cheer When the Arctic is Ice-Free

And it’s no wonder. Look where they’re itching to drill:

Where Oil Cos Want to drill for oil via save the artic on twitter

(Image via SaveTheArctic on Twitter)

This is where and how they’ll put the final dagger in the Earth’s heart.

Larger version here.

May 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM Leave a comment

20-Foot-High Geyser Erupts After L.A. Oil Pipeline Bursts

This sounds awful:

 

Crews sopped up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst.

A geyser of crude spewed 20 feet high over approximately half a mile at about 12:15 a.m. and was knee-high in some parts of the industrial area of Atwater Village before the oil line was remotely shut off, said Fire Capt. Jaime Moore.

A handful of commercial businesses near the border of Glendale was affected, as well as a strip club that was evacuated.

Firefighters and hazardous materials crews responded. Several roads were closed.

Four people at a medical business were evaluated with respiratory complaints, and two people were transferred to a hospital, Moore said.

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Here are photos:

(Via.)

May 15, 2014 at 9:18 AM Leave a comment

Slide Show: Antarctica Melting

Stranded Penguins reuters

Two Adelie penguins stand atop a block of melting ice on a rocky shoreline in East Antarctica January 1, 2010. (Reuters/Pauline Askin via Reuters.com)

See the slide show here, via Reuters.

May 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM Leave a comment

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