British explorer Ben Saunders loses race against time in Antarctica quest – Telegraph.co.uk

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Dec 282017
 

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British explorer Ben Saunders loses race against time in Antarctica quest
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British polar explorer Ben Saunders has been forced to abandon his quest to cross Antarctica unassisted after "ferocious" conditions left him without enough food to complete his journey. Mr Saunders, 40, attempted what he described as the first solo
Brit trying to cross Antarctica in memory of friend who died …Mirror.co.uk

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Volkswagen Developing All-Electric Race Car For 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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Oct 242017
 

Volkswagen is now working on the development of an all-electric race car to compete at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb set to take place on June 28th in Colorado, the company has revealed

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With Natural Gas Booming, Race Is On To Export It To The World

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Jun 132017
 

Smith credits the shale fracking boom for the excess supply … Ships docked at the port service 90 percent of the offshore oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico, but the area has suffered up to 14,000 job losses along with sagging oil prices, according …
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Videos Of Tesla Model S P100D Killing The Drag Race Competition (& Losing Drivers Whining)

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Jun 022017
 

At this point, you would think that most drag racers are aware of just how quickly the higher tiers of Tesla’s offerings accelerate, and that if you want to beat one, you should make the race longer rather than shorter … but apparently most people are no longer capable of understanding even such basic things. Maybe it’s all the drugs people are on nowadays

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Video: An oil leak caused absolute carnage as a massive crash ruins a Moto3 race in France by wiping out half the field!

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May 222017
 

It took just a few seconds for almost half the field to wipe out in one corner at the Moto3 French GP, with the riders piling into the gravel trap one after the other. The bizarre crash seems to have been caused by an oil leak, making things particularly …
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Vegan Hippie Chick Race Car Driver, Oil Worker, Brian Kent & Others To Attend National Drive Electric Week Events

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Sep 052015
 

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With over 170 National Drive Electric Week events already planned in 165 cities, this is again a record-large National Drive Electric Week, breaking last year’s record. But the organizers aren’t being snobby, prejudiced nationalists about it — some of the events are in Canada and Hong Kong! From September 12–20, a couple of the many notable ride & drive organizers [&hellip

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$150 Million Loan Heats Up Offshore Wind Power Race

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Jul 052014
 

The Cape Wind offshore wind power project in Massachusetts is thisclose to receiving an Energy Department loan guarantee of $ 150 million. Although the news got buried by some other things that were going on last week, the massive 340-MW wind farm is especially significant because it is a linchpin for the Obama Administration’s ambitious plan for developing 54 GW (yep, that’s gigawatts) of commercial scale offshore wind power by 2030.

Right now the number stands at zero GW, so how’s that 54 thing going to happen?

Cape Wind offshore wind power

Offshore wind power (courtesy of Siemens via Cape Wind).

How To Wake The Sleeping Offshore Wind Power Giant

With a few notable exceptions, Republican policymakers have been remarkably enthusiastic in their attempts to stymie federal support for wind power development in the US, which makes that 54 GW offshore wind power goal might seem pretty remote.

However, in a recent blog post about offshore wind power, the Energy Department’s loan office made it clear that they’re going to leverage the stunning success of their onshore wind power initiatives under the Obama Administration.

Here’s a few tasty nuggets from the post:

1. Energy Department loan guarantees can prove the commercial viability of large scale wind projects. That’s demonstrated by a $ 1.3 billion partial loan guarantee for the Caithness Shepherds Flat onshore wind farm.

2. Energy Department assistance can drive down the cost of wind power. Onshore wind costs have dropped in the US by about 90 percent since the 1980′s.

3. Wind power creates jobs. The Energy Department estimates that onshore wind employs about 50,000 people in the US. Let’s add that includes a significant number of veterans thanks to a proactive wind industry recruiting policy.

As for early criticism that US wind projects were relying too heavily on imported turbines, the Energy Department estimates that domestic content had reached about 72 percent by 2012, up from only 25 percent in 2005.

The Cape Wind Offshore Wind Power Project

For all that track record of success, the Cape Wind project illustrates what the Obama Administration has been up against.

If you’re guessing that this involves the Koch brothers somehow, your guess is correct.

It’s common knowledge now that industrialists Charles and David Koch have played an important role in fighting against renewable energy development in the US, and their friendly relations with key policymakers have certainly proved effective on multiple levels.

What’s not so well known is the role of another Koch brother, William, who has been the major funder behind a legal battle against the Cape Wind project.

That money appears to have gone down a black hole, however, with Cape Wind winning a huge legal victory earlier this year.

$ 150 Loan Guarantee For Cape Wind

The Cape Wind offshore wind power project is billed as the first commercial scale offshore wind farm in the US. Located in Nantucket Sound off Cape Cod, the project will involve about 400 construction jobs and 50 permanent jobs. Aside from generating clean energy, it is also intended to provide for greater grid reliability in the Cape Cod region.

Cape Wind is a particularly significant offshore wind power project because it is located in an area with “some of the best offshore resources in the U.S.,” according to the Energy Department.

In other words, the Obama Administration is not going to pass up a chance to make Cape Wind a showpiece for offshore wind power, adding even more weight to its successful record with onshore wind power.

What with the Supreme Court and all it seems that the Cape Wind loan announcement got buried under other news last week (our excuse is that we were distracted about a new $ 4 billion round of funding for other aspects of the loan guarantee program), so let’s go ahead and catch up now.

The $ 150 loan guarantee is not final yet but the July 1 announcement officializes a conditional commitment. If and when the loan agreement is nailed down, it will bring us taxpayers (so group hug) into a consortium of both public and private lenders.

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The Energy Department anticipates that this will become a model for financing future development:

Under the proposed financing structure for the Cape Wind project, the Department would be part of a group of public and private lenders. This co-lending arrangement will help build private sector experience with offshore wind projects in the U.S. while reducing taxpayer exposure.

More Offshore Wind Power On The Way

In addition to the Cape Wind showcase, earlier this year the Energy Department announced funding for three cutting edge offshore wind power projects that it expects will add even more weight to its leverage.

One off the coast of New Jersey, will be constructed with a new “twisted jacket” foundation, which has lower manufacturing costs than conventional foundations. The New Jersey wind farm will also help researchers analyze how offshore wind turbines interact.

A project for Oregon also focuses on foundation innovation, and the third project will be in Virginia, with the aim of proving demonstrating hurricane resiliency.

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