Donald Trump right about something for a change ?  

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The only time I ever feel any sympathy for Donald Trump is when I read some journal like The Washington Post and come across some neo-conservative warmonger calling Trump a fascist or some of form of the pot calling the kettle black.

One of Trump's occasional "even a stopped clock is right twice a day" moments came around recently when he referred to the looting of the US taxpayer funds that occurred during the George W Bush years, with billions dispatched to Iraq and straight into the pockets of the sorts of people and organisations that supported the invasion and occupation (not to mention the attempted grab for Iraq's oil).

The Washington Post responded to this outrageous slur with a column from an ex member of the US military talking about how insulted he was and how during his time in Iraq he "had distributed about $2 million to the people of Iraq for justified damage" (apparently the payment for having a parent or child killed while going about their daily business didn't attract a particularly large amount of compensation).

The question which came immediately to mind for me was that if that $2 million is the only money that can be (anecdotally) accounted for, surely someone must be wondering where the rest of the $7 - $12 billion dollars of cash ended up ?

Apple Energy ?  

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Apparently the electric vehicle recharging market isn't enough to keep Apple amused - ReNew Economy reports they may also be looking to start selling electricity as well - Apple’s energy bombshell: Why it may sell you electricity.

Perhaps when they look down the highway at Tesla they see the future is about a lot more than phones and ipads...

The rise of electric vehicle power demand  

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The recent Bloomberg report on peak fossil fuel consumption was based on data in the latest BNEF New Energy Outlook.

Another snippet of interesting information that I didn't note in the earlier post is the estimates for rising electrical power demand due to the switch from oil fuelled vehicles to electric powered vehicles - BNEF estimates that the rise of electric vehicles will add over 2,700TWh of power demand to 2040.

Seven climate records set so far in 2016  

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The Guardian has a report on the record breaking temperatures of the past year Seven climate records set so far in 2016.

1. The Arctic had its warmest winter on record in 2015-16
2. Since October every month has been the hottest on record
3. India's hottest day ever - 51 degrees
4. Alaska's warmest spring ever
5. Carbon dioxide levels pass 400ppm
6. Australia recorded its warmest autumn on record in 2016
7. 2016 has seen mass bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef

NASA Unveils Plans for Electric-Powered Plane  

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The NY Times has an article on NASA's plans for an all-electric airplane designated as X-57. The agency hopes the technology can be incorporated into general aviation and commuter aircraft - NASA Unveils Plans for Electric-Powered Plane.

The World Nears Peak Fossil Fuels for Electricity  

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance has a new forecast that plots out global power markets for the next 25 years. The article dubs this "peak fossil fuels - a turnabout that's happening not because we're running out of coal and gas, but because we're finding cheaper alternatives" - The World Nears Peak Fossil Fuels for Electricity.

The report notes that demand is peaking ahead of schedule because electric cars and affordable battery storage for renewable power are arriving faster than expected.

The report highlights a number of major trends:

1. There Will Be No Golden Age of Gas
2. Renewables Attract $7.8 Trillion in investment up to 2040
3. Electric Cars Rescue Power Markets
4. Batteries Join the Grid
5. Solar and Wind Prices Plummet
6. Renewable energy technology keeps improving - Capacity Factors Go Wild
7. India is the New Polluter to Worry About

100 miles per gallon ? The Hybrid Stirling Engine  

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KHOU has a (confused) report on a Texas man who is experimenting with adding a Stirling engine to a hybrid car - San Antonio man has engine that gets 100 mpg.

How future-proof are the ideas of Buckminster Fuller ?  

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New Scientist has a review of a book on Bucky Fuller by Jonathon Keats, entitled "You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the future" - How future-proof are the ideas of Buckminster Fuller ?.

Chapter by chapter, Keats asks how the future has served Fuller’s ideas on city planning, transport, architecture, education. It’s a risky scheme, because it invites you to set Fuller’s visions up simply to knock them down again with the big stick of hindsight. But Keats is far too canny for that trap. He puts his subject into context, works hard to establish what would and would not be reasonable for him to know and imagine, and explains why the history of built and manufactured things turned out the way it has, sometimes fulfilling, but more often thwarting, Fuller’s vision.

It’s going to be a wild ride in the global lithium market  

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RENew Economy has a look at the forecast demand for lithium worldwide as demand for electric vehicles and energy storage ramps up - It’s going to be a wild ride in the global lithium market.

Tinfoil  

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Just for a change of pace - this pair of posts at Cryptogon are quite interesting - one on the Orlando massacre gunman (and subsequent DDOS attack on the site) and one on the pre-Brexit killing of a British MP (especially the second comment about the killer's white supremacist online history from 2006 only appearing in the Wayback machine in March 2016 - those little inconsistencies always make me wonder...).

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