If Beto Were A Singer From Wales
15 July 2019 – The Norwegian icebreaker “Kronprins Haakon” (Crown Prince Haakon), on a mission to the North Pole for the Institute of Marine Research, was forced to turn back north of Svalbard after meeting considerably thicker and more massive ice masses than expected, which the vessel was not capable of breaking through.Tesla. On a completely different note, to expand on the earlier note today regarding Tesla. I think it was pretty obvious in that note, but to be very explicit about this: if Tesla as an automobile company fails, I think folks will look back on his decision to concentrate on sedans first as his big failure. Granted, he had plenty of interest, over-subscribed demand, and demand he could not meet, but that was short term. Long term focusing on sedans will be seen as a mistake. Model X, a crossover, was too little (literally) too late. He needs cash now to keep going and SUVs are high margin, and in huge demand. The fact that he is now cutting the price of sedans suggests he can now meet demand, but folks are not interested in sedans any more. Look at the monthly automobile sales figures.
Tesla, who wants you to know that they are definitely, certainly not facing a demand problem, has again dropped the price of its Model 3 while bumping up starting prices of its Model S and Model X in what appears to be a push to drive more Model 3 sales and higher margin Model S and X sales.
The move comes days after the company reported record Q2 deliveries, according to Reuters. On Tuesday, Tesla limited variants of its Model X and Model S to "Long Range" and the more expensive "Performance" models.
The company also slashed the price of its now entry-level "Long Range" variants. This means that the new starting price for these models has gone up to $84,990 for the Model X and $79,990 for the Model S.Tesla: obviously a luxury car; nothing to do with "saving the world." But at $40,000, Tesla is "giving away" it's Model 3. In China, the starting price for the Model X is $115,068. Am I missing something here?
The U.S. carbon dioxide emissions reduction over the past decade has been the largest cut in emissions in the history of energy, Dr. Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), said at a press conference in Washington D.C.
“In the last 10 years, the emissions reduction in the United States has been the largest in the history of energy,” Birol said at a joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.But despite that, atmospheric CO2 has hit another high (FWIW). But it's due to coal-burning in China and India. Link here.
Oil and gas companies that supply Europe’s biggest energy market fuels for cars, trucks and heating may be soon be required to pay for carbon pollution allowances if a panel advising the government gets its way.
Chancellor Angela Merkel this month started talks on how to force the transport and building industries to pay for their pollution, widening the number of sectors required to participate in the European Emissions Trading System, or ETS. Merkel hasn’t decided yet whether to push for extending the ETS to those industries or to impose a new tax on carbon. A panel advising Merkel and her ministers favors using the cap-and-trade market.
Germany should copy Europe’s ETS and apply it nationally to heating and road emissions, Klaus Schmidt, the group’s co-chairman told reporters on Monday. Setting up separate platforms for trading permits in those sectors would enable the market to squeeze out polluting technologies like road and heating fuels. That’s provided floor and ceiling prices are set, he said.
By compelling oil and gas companies like Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc, Total SA, Wintershall AG and Gazprom PJSC or their German units to buy pollution certificates, Merkel’s coalition would potentially retain the ability to steer CO2 reduction with precision by controlling auction volumes.The new engines arrived yesterday (July 15, 2019): engines for the new AF One arrived at a local, small airport in the Fort Worth, TX, area. Under tight security and little fanfare, the new engines were flown in and trucked to an undisclosed location.
And, now, look at this -- this story from almost exactly one year ago:
The Air Force on Tuesday awarded a $3.9 billion contract to Boeing for two next-generation Air Force One planes. The fixed-price firm award follows a February handshake deal between President Donald Trump and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to cap the program at that figure. A Defense Department contract announcement labels the award a “definitized contracting action” — the label given to contracts where the exact terms have not been specified — and obligates $64 million at this time. A new paint job is expected. (Much more at the link, including the cost savings Trump demanded.)
One artist's rendering (I am not making this up); just in time for 2020 election. LOL:
With Permian crude oil production now topping 4 MMb/d — and likely to surpass 5 MMb/d in short order — producers in the play are working closely with midstream companies to help ensure there is sufficient capacity in place to efficiently transport their crude from the lease to larger shuttle systems, regional hubs and takeaway pipelines. Sometimes, gathering systems need to be built from scratch, but in most cases, it is more cost-effective to expand existing systems that are already connected to key infrastructure downstream. Today, we continue our series with a look at a big pipeline network that NuStar Energy acquired two-plus years ago and has been expanding and improving ever since.
The EIA is basing this optimism for lower CO2 emissions on the mild temperature forecasts for the remainder of the year, which it expects will keep energy demand below that of 2018.Atmospheric CO2, link here: