Tesla is doing something extremely cool. Tesla is that brand of extremely cool autos that run on extremely cool, clean electricity and figured out how to go miles (literally) beyond other electric automakers when it comes to how far they travel on a single charge-- double or triple the driving range of other electric cars, to be exact. Their groundbreaking ways continue.
For example, Tesla sells their cars directly to consumers out of their own showrooms. They've gotten some blowback for that (hence the image at the bottom of this post).
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Tesla is offering something else extremely cool, something very surprising:
The Tesla Model S just became the world's first open-source car.
Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors Inc., said Thursday that he was opening up the electric car company's patents to all comers. "Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor," Musk said, "but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world's most talented engineers."
And if that's not impressive enough, Musk wants to encourage the use of electric cars for all the right reasons:
Opening up Tesla's technology could increase sales of electric cars and move the world away from oil-burning vehicles that contribute to global warming.
Plus, his strategy won't hurt business in the least. But it will help our environment and kick car manufacturers in their polluting trunks to keep up with the times.
"We think the market is plenty big enough for everyone," Musk said. "If we can do things that don't hurt us and help the U.S. industry, we should do that."
He's channeling Henny Youngman in the best way ever.
Take my patents, please!
Then again, he can afford it:
"Even if other competitors copy Tesla's design, Tesla still gets to sell them batteries, and that's pretty awesome. Tesla's decision isn't entirely altruistic," said Jacob Sherkow, patent law expert at the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School.
"I don't think people quite appreciate the gravity of what is going on," Musk said. "We need to do something. We would be shortsighted at Tesla if we kept these things close to our vest."
Tesla benefits, other car makers benefit, we benefit, the environment benefits, and everyone works together as one, big happy, healthy family. That, by the way, is The American Way.
But... but... coal is "clean"! And man-made environmental damage is a myth! And science is stupid! And fossil fuels are GREAT!
I love sushi. I love it a lot. And now, between the newest Fukushima radiation leakage and the following story, I'm screwed. Did I mention that the Fukushima radioactive plume will hit the U.S. by early 2014?
Mercury found in high levels in deep Pacific Ocean fish such as swordfish has a chemical fingerprint, and it implicates coal-burning power plants in Asia, according to a new study.
A research team from the universities of Hawaii and Michigan looked at mercury in the flesh of nine species common to the massive North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, the largest ecosystem on the planet, at 7 million square miles.
Four years ago, the team found that mercury levels in such fish as tuna increased with the depth of the fish’s habitat. This time, they set out to find out why, and what forces were at play. On the way, however, they found evidence implicating coal. The results were published online in Nature Geoscience.
And to my fellow sushi-lovers, take note:
Sunlight breaks down the kind of mercury that’s dangerous on the sushi platter: monomethylmercury, according to the study. That makes shallower species, such as yellowfin tuna and mahi mahi, a safer dining bet, Popp suggested.
Happy Monday, everyone!
Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.
See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI):
"... Very important for people to understand that what was NOT included in the sequestration were those programs, those mandatory programs: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants. And what the Republicans would love to see is for this president to serve up on a silver platter these programs, and not just make some changes in them, but structural changes to undermine the programs. ... Ultimately, in order to end the sequester, that is the demand that they're making on the president, that he make structural changes to Medicare and Social Security."
The GOP is on the losing side of every issue and they know it. They become more desperate each day, so they resort to blaming President Obama for anything and everything while sticking to the same old policies that lost them the election in November.
They know America stands firmly with the Dems, but that won't stop them from trying to destroy the very programs that the poor, sick, and elderly depend on so that their top 1% buddies can get their tax breaks. America first!
Whaddya know, a good news story! They're rare these days, so consider this an early New Year's gift. Or loan. Or momentary indulgence.
The L.A. Times is reporting that even though homes are getting larger and larger, household energy use is getting smaller and smaller. At least that's what government stats are showing, and that's good enough for me:
The reason: energy features built into newer homes. New houses are better insulated, so they use less energy to heat and cool. The appliances are more efficient, and people living in even the biggest houses tend to be more aware of the environment and energy waste.
Improvements in the efficiency of the building envelope, space heating, air conditioning, refrigerators and other appliances have all led to decreased consumption per household, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Specifically, double- or triple-pane energy-efficient windows have been a factor, as have have Energy Star refrigerators and Energy Star clothes washers. So have caulking and weatherstripping to seal cracks and air leaks, better insulation, and energy-efficient compact fluorescent or light-emitting diode lights.
Keep up the good work, America, conservation works... no matter what the GOP tries to sell/tell you.
Tell a friend... in Iowa.
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Here in Iowa, we're number one in wind energy jobs. But thousands of those jobs could be at risk.
That's why everyone from President Obama to Governor Branstad, and both Iowa Senators, support extending the wind energy tax credit.
But not Mitt Romney. He'd raise taxes on wind energy, protecting tax breaks for oil companies and millionaires instead. Romney would jeopardize thousands of jobs and knock the wind out of Iowa's economy.
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