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UCLA Researchers Develop Cheaper, More Efficient Fuel Cells

University of California-Los Angeles | Friday, Jun 12, 2015

A team led by researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has developed nanostructures made from a compound of three metals that increases the efficiency and durability of fuel cells while lowering the cost to produce them. Their solution addresses vexing problems that have stalled the adoption of this technology.

Yu Huang, a UCLA associate professor of materials science and engineering, was the principal investigator of the research, which was published in the June 12 issue of Science.

Proton exchange membrane fuel cells have shown great promise as a clean energy technology with numerous applications including zero-emission vehicles. The fuel cells work by causing hydrogen fuel and oxygen from the air to react to produce electricity, and the exhaust they create is water — rather than the pollutants and greenhouse gases emitted by traditional car engines.

The chemical processes that take place in proton exchange membrane fuel cells are catalyzed by metals. One of those processes is an oxygen reduction reaction, which has typically used platinum as its catalyst. But the high cost of platinum has been a major factor in hindering wider adoption of fuel cells. Scientists have studied alternative catalysts — including using a platinum–nickel compound — but to date, none has been durable enough to be a viable solution...
MORE: http://scvnews.com/2015/06/12/ucla-researchers-develop-cheaper-more-efficient-fuel-cells/

These kinds of advances might have happened 6 years ago if Obama didn't cut the R&D funding for Fuel Cells. Apparently he thought Fracking was more important.

Obama, DOE slash hydrogen fuel cell funding in new budget
May 8, 2009

Greens: Obama caved on fracking
Environmental groups say President Obama squandered the best opportunity he had to tighten regulations on the process of hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas.

How Hillary Clinton's State Department Sold Fracking to the World
A trove of secret documents details the US government's global push for shale gas.
Posted by nationalize the fed | Sat Jun 13, 2015, 06:00 PM (0 replies)

For the record: Keith Olbermann Hosts The 2007 AFL-CIO Democratic Debate

Wherein all manner of things are admitted (NAFTA was a "Mistake" and promised, knowing that the promises will be forgotten in a week or so...

The "Free Trade" segment starts at 18:18

Candidate Obama at 26:50 "Look- People don't want a cheaper t shirt if they're losing a job in the process"

Posted by nationalize the fed | Sat Jun 13, 2015, 01:42 AM (2 replies)

More Kabuki Theatre

They can't just pass this without some shenanigans. The TPA passed after all. Now it's just shifting blame and trying to apply lipstick. Giving money to workers who's jobs have been shifted to countries with 60 cent an hour wages just postpones the inevitable anyway. Wall Street Rules. That's where the money is.

By Wednesday of next week the President will have his fast track and soon the TPP will become law.

I hope I'm wrong.
Posted by nationalize the fed | Sat Jun 13, 2015, 12:27 AM (3 replies)

White House launches frantic campaign to save trade deal

Edward-Isaac Dovere | 6/11/15 4:45 PM EDT | Updated 6/11/15 9:41 PM EDT

Trying to close out a tight game after a day when his trade agenda reached the brink of failure, President Barack Obama made a last-minute, unscheduled run to the congressional baseball game Thursday night.

Popping up out of the Democrats’ dug-out at Nationals Park with 24 White House beers on offer for the winning team, Obama was greeted with Republicans chanting “TPA, TPA!”

The appearance, not on the president’s schedule and not expected until just before he got into the motorcade, topped a day of heavy lobbying from administration officials trying to save fast track authority after House Democrats’ internal struggles pushed Obama’s top legislative priority perilously close to defeat.

Obama’s chief of staff Denis McDonough finished the afternoon in a meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), whom the White House has been counting on to help bring the trade deal over the line — but who in the last few days seemed on the brink of derailing the legislation over a dispute about paying for Trade Adjustment Assistance, a safety net program for workers displaced by trade deals...

...Through the day, Obama made phone calls to reluctant Democrats from the White House...

MORE: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/house-democrats-vote-trade-bill-unfair-fast-track-barack-obama-118892.html
Posted by nationalize the fed | Fri Jun 12, 2015, 01:53 AM (4 replies)

Tesla sours on swappable batteries

June 10, 2015 autonews.com

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- When it unveiled the Model S, Tesla Motors Inc. crowed about its fast-swapping technology, demonstrating in 2013 that a depleted battery could be swapped for a fresh one in minutes. Later, it built a swap station in Harris Ranch, Calif., halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, to test the technology.

But there’s a problem, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says: Customers aren’t interested.

“People don’t care about pack swap,” Musk said Tuesday at the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Tesla’s proprietary Superchargers, which can top off the battery in the Model S with 200 miles of range in about 20 minutes, are “fast enough” for most customers, he said, and unlike battery swaps, they’re free.

“We thought people would prefer Supercharging, but we weren’t sure,” Musk said. “So that’s why we built the pack swap capability in. And based on what we’re seeing here, it’s unlikely to be something that’s worth expanding in the future unless something changes.”

With this public reversal by Musk, battery swapping, once a promising alternative to fast charging, now seems destined to become a quirky footnote in the history of Tesla, and perhaps the entire electric-car movement...MORE

Who would swap their brand new Tesla 1300 pound lithium battery pack for a used one? And pay $80 to do it? And then have to return to the swap station on the way back to have the original battery re-installed? And does this cost another $80? Who knows, those few select Tesla customers who get "invited" to swap their batteries have to sign an NDA.

Gee this "reversal" wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that the tax credit requirements have changed? Of course not. Musk cares about everyone.

That's why he is glad to take tax money from the poor and middle class to subsidize the purchase of $100,000 luxury cars (that one day will need a new $20,000-$40,000 battery to make the car move)

Related: The Tesla battery swap is the hoax of the year

The fundamental reason this blog exists is to tell the world about the fraud Tesla is committing. This has resulted in tens of millions dollars’ worth of fraudulent carbon credits being received by the company, and if nothing is done the tally will get into the hundreds of millions.

This blog exists not to tell people about EV incentives, but about the illegal incentives a particular EV company is getting. I covered much of the same ground in my first post, but here I’ll give California’s own regulations as sources...snip
Posted by nationalize the fed | Wed Jun 10, 2015, 04:24 PM (11 replies)

Hydrogen Haters

can't help but make the argument personal. It's too bad, really because so much is at stake.

Some of these haters are just kids with a teenage crush on Musk but others are professionals out to squelch Hydrogen tech. Some of these professionals actually call for ending H2 R&D. Imagine that. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

Poor little hydrogen loving feller just can't face the facts...

You really need to stop huffing the hydrogen...

Dear Hydrogen Dude: just saying it doesn't make it so...

Dear Hydrogen Dude: Yes, and...?


It's like this almost everywhere *IN THE US* where there is a Hydrogen debate. The Haters make it personal and personally attack anyone who hasn't sucked up the Musk Hype. The rest of the world isn't so emotional about it.

The hydrogen haters aren't going to stop hydrogen. Not now, not next week, not next year. And they are going to have fits during the 2020 Olympics. MMW. It's going to be a gas to watch.
Posted by nationalize the fed | Wed Jun 10, 2015, 04:00 PM (1 replies)

RE: AAA: Extreme temps significantly degrade *electric* car ranges

Should read:

AAA: Extreme temps significantly degrade *battery only* electric car ranges

Because Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electrics aren't similarly affected. That could be one reason the engineers at Toyota, Hyundai and Honda (who are much less emotionally involved in batteries than many posters here) have decided that Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electrics are better overall than Battery only electrics

Obviously, not every day is going to be at least 95 degrees or hotter or 20 degrees or colder but some fraction of the days in a year will meet these criteria. And on those days the range degradation could be very important.

The Leaf Owners have a lot to say about heat and lithium batteries



The replacement cost of a Nissan Leaf battery is $5,000 + tax and installation. There goes the savings on gas.

Did you know that a 40 mile range(city) for a 2011 LEAF with 35,000 miles is within specifications, and is performing as it should?...

...AAA was willing and ready to total my LEAF based on this drastic performance issue, but they were told by Central Valley Nissan and the LEAF mechanic that my LEAF is performing within specifications for a 2011 LEAF with 35,000 miles. I find this hard to believe based on the EPA estimates of 106 city / 92 highway (I am curious if other LEAF owners know that when their vehicle is 3 years old and has 35,000 miles; they will only get 40 miles per charge)...

The LEAF after two to three years of capacity degradation is at best a 40 to 60 mile range vehicle, and in cold weather if you like a heated cabin is more like a 30 to 35 mile range vehicle.
Posted by nationalize the fed | Wed Jun 10, 2015, 03:49 PM (0 replies)

Trade supporters bullish as vote nears

TheHill.com By Mike Lillis and Scott Wong - 06/07/15 06:00 AM EDT

House GOP leaders are expressing a bold new confidence heading into the final stretch of the divisive fight over granting President Obama broad trade powers.

The vote, expected as soon as this week, is likely to be a nail-biter — scores of lawmakers in both parties remain publicly undecided, making the count on both sides difficult to pin down...snip

...The White House won a victory last week when Reps. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Don Beyer (Va.) and Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) announced their support. And both Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said that, while they don’t have the votes yet, they expect to very soon...snip

...Republicans familiar with the vote-counting operation say they’ve steadily been picking up new “yes” votes on trade and that the numbers are moving in the right direction. In fact, Ryan, after the last vote series of the week Thursday, told reporters he had just secured “several” new TPA supporters on the House floor, though he wouldn’t name names.

“The momentum is on our side,” said a senior GOP leadership aide...

Complete article: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/trade/244165-trade-supporters-bullish-as-vote-nears

Reminder: Democrats pander to AFL/CIO union members in 2007
Skip to 18:18- (Obama at 26:50: "Look- People don't want a cheaper t shirt if they're losing a job in the process"

Obama on his policies:

"The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican."- President Barack Obama
Posted by nationalize the fed | Sun Jun 7, 2015, 07:33 PM (2 replies)

Why then did Obama promise to help to get them released?

Struggling to detail alleged Saudi role in 9/11 attacks
Philly.com By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: March 31, 2014

It was four days after a U.S. Navy SEAL team had killed Osama bin Laden, and many of the events of that afternoon are a blur.

But Bill Doyle's recollection of his chat with President Obama remains crystal clear.


The president stopped at Doyle's table midway through the event, and Doyle asked when the government would make public portions of a congressional investigation that weighed evidence that Saudi Arabia provided support to the 9/11 hijackers.

"He said, 'Bill, I will get them released,' " Doyle recalled.

Doyle, whose 25-year-old son, Joseph, a trader at the investment firm of Cantor Fitzgerald L.P., died in the World Trade Center attacks, has been a leader of survivors and family organizations pushing the government to release more information...more

Don't you think the families of the victims deserve the whole truth?

9/11 Widows Speak-Kleinberg, Breitweiser, Casazza & Van Auken 9/12/2003

9/12/2003--Two years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, thousands of families are still wondering what could have been done to save their loved ones. In "Unanswered Questions," NOW profiles four New Jersey widows demanding answers to questions about what our government knew before and after the terrorist attacks — and what's being done to protect us today.

Mindy Kleinberg, Kristen Breitweiser, Patty Casazza and Lori Van Auken were widowed by the September 11 terrorist attacks. The four came together as they sought answers and explanations for the tragedy. In their perseverance they helped push for the establishment of an independent commission to investigate 9/11, a request Congress fulfilled last fall.

All four women are mothers and all four lost their husbands in the World Trade Center attacks. Lorie Van Auken and Mindy Kleinberg's husbands were both as securities traders. Mindy's and Patty Casazza's husbands worked for the Cantor Fitzgerald group, which lost 658 employees. Kristen Breitweiser's husband was a vice president at Fiduciary Trust. The women all reside in New Jersey. They and others in that area touched by September 11 are featured in author Gail Sheehy's new book MIDDLETOWN, AMERICA: ONE TOWN'S PASSAGE FROM TRAUMA TO HOPE.

Read more from NOW
Posted by nationalize the fed | Sat Jun 6, 2015, 11:53 PM (0 replies)

June 4: 40,000 people march against G7/TTIP in Munich, Germany

G7-Demo: 40.000 bei der größten Münchner Demo seit Jahrzehnten
(Google Translate: 40,000 in the biggest demonstration for decades Munich)

40.000 Menschen verhagelten Merkel den Auftakt ihrer G7-Show, mit der sie ihr Lieblingsprojekt TTIP fit machen wollte.
(40,000 people verhagelten Merkel to launch its G7 show with which she wanted to make her pet project TTIP fit.)

Published on Jun 5, 2015

Wir zeigten der Kanzlerin und den anderen G7-Staatschefs: Wir Bürger/innen wollen nicht, dass mit TTIP und CETA Konzerne noch mehr Macht erhalten, während die Parlamente entmündigt werden. Die Bilder unseres Protests waren die Top-Meldung der Abendnachrichten

(We showed the Chancellor and the other G-7 heads of state: We citizens / inside do not want to TTIP and CETA get corporations even more power, while the parliaments are incapacitated. The pictures of our protests were the top news of the evening news)

From Polizei München (Verified account) 8:38 AM - 4 Jun 2015

Es kam bisher zu keinerlei polizeilich relevanten Vorfällen. Großen Respekt von der Münchener Polizei. Das ist gelebte Demokratie! #Muenchen

(it came so far to no police related incidents. Great respect by the Munich police. That is democracy! #Muenchen)

We don't know if there were any snipers though...

Redacted FBI Documents Show Plot to Kill Occupy Leaders If ‘Deemed Necessary’
Truthdig Jun 29, 2013

“Did the FBI ignore, or even abet, a plot to assassinate Occupy Houston leaders?” asks investigative reporter Dave Lindorff ...

...A Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Washington, D.C.-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund yielded an FBI document containing knowledge of a plot by an unnamed group or individual to kill “leaders” of the Houston chapter of the nonviolent Occupy Wall Street movement...
Posted by nationalize the fed | Fri Jun 5, 2015, 06:51 PM (2 replies)
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