Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Did You Know?

I found this pretty interesting

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

EPA Declares Carbon Dioxide a Health Hazzard

I got a news update from ISA today declaring that CO2 is a danger to public health. Todays Wall Street Journal reports.
According to an internal document presented by the EPA to White House officials earlier this month, the EPA believes the health effects of elevated greenhouse-gas levels could cause "severe heat waves...with likely increases in mortality and morbidity, especially among the elderly, young and frail." The agency also said climate change caused by higher greenhouse-gas levels could result in more severe storms and more suffering related to "floods, storms, droughts and fires."
I suppose this means mortality and morbidity is worse here in Texas than it is in in Nome Alaska this warm weather is must be killing us. Maybe its just me but it seems that most places in the U.S might be a little nicer if it did warm up a bit. Seems like we hear more about killer blizzards and icing plane crashes than we do aboutn killer heat waves. This is all based on a false premise of global warming anyway, Its pretty clear we are currently on the a climactic cooling trend. It does provide the Obamanation an excuse to grab at more Government control and regulation.

The Environmental Protection Agency's new leadership, in a step toward confronting global warming, submitted a finding that will force the White House to decide whether to limit greenhouse gas emissions under the nearly 40-year-old Clean Air Act.

Under that law, EPA's conclusion -- that such emissions are pollutants that endanger the public's health and welfare -- could trigger a broad regulatory process affecting much of the U.S. economy as well as the nation's future environmental trajectory. The agency's finding, which was sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget without fanfare on Friday, also reversed one of the Bush administration's landmark decisions on climate change, and it indicated anew that President Obama's appointees will push to address the issue of warming despite the potential political costs.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

The Air Car.

Compressed air is an efficient way of storing energy and it looks like India may get a compressed air car. While this isn't a freeway/autobahn type cruiser, it could be a viable transportation for fast developing 3rd world urban centers, where cheap transportation is in high demand and fuel prices continue to rise.
Many respected engineers have been trying for years to bring a compressed air car to market, believing strongly that compressed air can power a viable "zero pollution" car. Now the first commercial compressed air car is on the verge of production and beginning to attract a lot of attention, and with a recently signed partnership with Tata, India’s largest automotive manufacturer, the prospects of very cost-effective mass production are now a distinct possibility. The MiniC.A.T is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis that is glued not welded and a body of fibreglass. The heart of the electronic and communication system on the car is a computer offering an array of information reports that extends well beyond the speed of the vehicle, and is built to integrate with external systems and almost anything you could dream of, starting with voice recognition, internet connectivity, GSM telephone connectivity, a GPS guidance system, fleet management systems, emergency systems, and of course every form of digital entertainment. The engine is fascinating, as is and the revolutionary electrical system that uses just one cable and so is the vehicle’s wireless control system. Microcontrollers are used in every device in the car, so one tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, indicators etc

The story is also indicative how such a dramatic departure from traditional transportation has to progress in countrys like India, our regulations would kill syuch a project before it was ever born.