The Green Wrap-up 15.March, 2013

This week in Jetson Green Energy News, London might build a bicycle super-highway, KLM is flying planes with biofuel from old cooking oil, Australia might be reaching solar power saturation, U.S. green car sales are on the rise, Guatemala might get pay-as-you-go solar power, and we have new upcoming green events.
During a visit to Argonne National Lab, President Obama proposes using royalties from offshore drilling in federal waters to create an ‘Energy Security Trust Fund’ to pay for research into battery and clean-fuel technologies.
…“mega-commuters,” identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as daily commuters who either travel more than 90 minutes or 50 miles each way to get to their jobs. Two percent of Bay Area commuters travel such distances.
  • GreenJoyment(Ally): My fiance’s commute to work involves riding his bike to the bus station, taking a 50 minute bus ride and then another 10 minute bike ride from the bus stop to work. In poor economic conditions, it’s amazing what distances people will travel for job security.
We often focus on what impact climate change is having on the oceans and rainforests across the globe, but sometimes we forget to look at how it is affecting vital areas like mountain forests. Mountain forests are essential to our Earth’s ecosystem; they provide protection, host a myriad of species, and bind greenhouse gases. So as the planet warms, researchers wonder: what will happen to the forests?
The average fuel economy for a new car in the US made a record single-year jump, according to new data from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Fleetwide fuel economy rose a record 1.4 miles per gallon to an all-time high of 23.8 mpg,
President Obama is scheduled to deliver the first energy speech of his second term today. He’s expected to seek the creation of an Energy Security Trust that would primarily focus on R&D aimed at finding ways of speeding up progress on lowering the cost of vehicles that run on electricity, biofuels, natural gas or other non-oil fuel sources. The war-chest would be rather modest, at only 2 billion dollars over the next decade…

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