truck pollution

Therapy for Fleet Managers

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Life has never been worse if you manage a transport fleet to meet revenue commitments. Volatile fuel costs, maintenance costs you can’t cut, and air pollution regs that can’t be complied with unless you can find capital for replacement vehicles. So too there’s the incessant dumping of carbon over the fence, which bothers you despite Dick Cheney’s success legislating exemptions from the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and toxic product labeling laws. You’re not happy with the declining environment you are leaving to your kids and grand kids, and it’s on your watch. You can also be looking at mandates to clean your fleet if you are funded by local government and serve the public, requiring a near term transition to alternative fuels.

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well-to-tank-efficiency

Getting to Half Oil

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Well-to-Tank (WTT) energy efficiencies for gasoline and diesel production are quite high at 80%, as reported by the Argonne National Lab in 2001. Even so, per gallon of fuel the embedded energy consumed in feedstock recovery, processing, storage and transportation, plus fuel production, transportation, storage and distribution is 25% of the energy delivered (100% / 80%).

http://www.transportation.anl.gov/pdfs/TA/165.pdf Ref. Para 6.2

The energy content of a gallon of gasoline is 33.7kWh, so the WTT energy needed to produce and deliver it to a vehicle tank is 8.4kWh. The refinery process alone accounts for consumption of 4.5kWh. This is reported from the accompanying video (which also includes considerable entertainment content).

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renewable energy

Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy as Sustainable Development

Sustainable development meets the needs of the present

without compromising the ability of future generations

to meet their own needs.

       — United Nations Brundtland Commission, 1983

Sustainable development is particularly demanding, as it requires predictably sound economics achieved from effective products and services, which employ low risk technology and proven skills.  When engaged to answer sustainable energy needs, the outcome is … better energy.  Performance-based economics does not stem from ANY political interpretation of fact.

Why an investment in energy conservation and renewable energy is …

JUST AS SAFE AS BUYING I-BONDS

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electric-conversion

Electric Drive Conversion as a Sustainable Development

 Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs

-United Nations Brundtland Commission, 1983

Sustainable development is particularly demanding, as it requires predictably sound economics achieved from effective products and services, which employ low risk technology and proven skills.  When engaged to answer sustainable energy needs, the outcome is … better energy.  Performance-based economics does not stem from ANY political interpretation of fact.

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