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David Friedman

About the author: David Friedman is an engineer with expertise on fuel efficiency, alternative fuel, battery, fuel cell, and hybrid electric vehicle technologies and the policies needed to turn them into real solutions for U.S. oil dependence, air pollution and global warming. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and is a Ph.D. candidate in transportation technology and policy. Subscribe to David's posts

Deflating the Wall Street Journal’s Hot Air on Electric Cars

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently published a very misleading op-ed on electric cars. Given their similar history on climate change and oil subsidies, I’m sure this shocks you as much as would a dog bites man story. But the frequency of opinion pieces in the Journal and other publications that are peddling bogus memes around electric vehicles (EVs) calls for continued push back. Read More

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President’s Proposed Energy Security Trust Could Help, But Much More Needed to Address Oil Use

During President Obama’s State of the Union address, he spoke to the importance of cutting America’s oil use. As part of that, he proposed the creation of an Energy Security Trust that would use revenues from oil and gas production to invest in research for clean vehicle technology. The goal: to “shift our cars and trucks off oil for good” and “free our families and businesses from the painful spikes in gas prices we’ve put up with for far too long.”

So, would a proposed trust help or hurt efforts to cut oil use? Or is it too soon to tell? Read More

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Oil Companies are Laughing All the Way to the Bank as Different Electric Vehicles Jockey for Position

I’m a big believer in competition and robust debates. Competition is at the core of America’s DNA, and the foundation of science is asking difficult questions and challenging the answers. But, when it comes to the future of electric cars, the brewing battle between backers of plug-in hybrid, battery, and fuel cell electric vehicles could leave oil companies as the big winners. Read More

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President Obama: Keep Your Promise to Our Children, Commit to Making the Half the Oil Plan a Reality

During his first term, President Obama made history by setting the first ever global warming emissions standards for both cars and trucks and putting our nation on a course to double new vehicle fuel economy by 2025, fulfilling his 2008 campaign promise to cut oil use 2.5 million barrels per day. Now it is time for him to cement his legacy on oil by going where none of his predecessors have gone before — President Obama must commit the nation to a realistic path to cut our projected oil use in half over the next twenty years. Read More

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Hypocrisy Rules the Editorial Page at Wall Street Journal on Federal Support for Energy

While Johnson Controls is working to be a part of the solution to our nation’s oil problems by expanding their investments in battery technology, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page hit them for getting federal help. This is a hypocritical attack from a paper that ran editorials in March 2012 and February 2011** pushing contorted arguments in attempts to justify federal support for oil companies, support that’s been rolling in for nearly a century. But given the Journal’s history of misleading on important issues, I guess I should not be surprised. Read More

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In Ironic Twist, A123 Bankruptcy Shows Value of Electric Car Technology

Lost in the noise of the news of battery maker A123’s bankruptcy filing is an ongoing fight over who will get their hands on A123’s battery technology and manufacturing capacity. If clean tech like electric vehicle batteries was such a bad bet, as naysayers have tried to claim, you’d think nobody would touch the assets with a 10-foot pole. But, the naysayers are wrong. Read More

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A Model Year Ends, A New TV Season Begins, and Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Sales Are Up

Fall is officially here and television lovers are tuning in to the new season of their favorite shows. And, in an annual ritual dating back more than 60 years, we TV viewers are also tuning in to commercials from car companies promoting their 2013 Model Year (MY) line of cars and trucks.  Of course, for me the start of the new model year also means it is a great time to look at all the sales data that’s now out for MY 2012 to see if there are any new plot twists when it comes to hybrid and electric cars. Read More

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What the World Needs Now Is Arctic Oil… Like I Need a Hole in My Head

Since we can cut projected U.S. oil use in half over the next 20 years, I couldn’t help but think of Cracker’s irony-laden song, Teen Angst, when I read this piece at Grist about the potential for a “Cold War” over oil in the Arctic. The piece, and the New York Times and Wall Street Journal articles it references, talks about efforts by several countries to take advantage of climate change-driven melting of Arctic sea ice. Read More

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Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Nearly Triple Over Last Year

At the beginning of every month, automakers report their sales and auto journalists and analysts pore over the data to see what trends there are to see. Many of the stories that result seem to indicate that doom is on the way for plug-in electric vehicles, so I dug into the data to see what big trends there were to uncover. Read More

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Steve Bantz: The World Is A Little Darker Without Your Light

I just got the very sad news that a former colleague died last week. I only had the pleasure of working with him for a year, but it has hit me square in the chest. Steve was a very special soul. His caring, funny, and passionate nature was immediately obvious from the day I met him. When the world loses a light, especially one so bright, how can it not darken the mind, body, and soul? Read More

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