Electrifying vehicles: A car and its drama

By Elisa Wood July 15, 2010 Who will play the lead character in Who Revived the Electric Car?, the sequel that is bound to be made to the famous documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car? http://www.whokilledtheelectriccar.com/.  Many are vying for the role: car manufacturers, battery producers, scientists and now the Obama Administration. The … [Read more...]

Retire the clunker?

By Elisa Wood January 15, 2009 What would it take to convince you to get rid of your gas-guzzling old clunker? Would $5,500 do? Some members of Congress think this is the magic figure. Under a bill introduced in the House and Senate today, Uncle Sam would give you a credit of up to $5,500 to scrap your old car. You could spend the credit on a … [Read more...]

Toasting Pop-Tarts cheap: How electricity may solve our energy woes

By Elisa Wood October 23, 2008 We tend to talk about electricity in terms of its problems -- it degrades the environment, costs too much and messes up scenic views. But the Manhattan Institute’s Peter Huber takes a different stand in his new report “The Million-Volt Answer to Oil.” Huber says electric power may be the cheap, efficient resource we … [Read more...]

Mr. Pickens, What About Plug-In Hybrids?

By Elisa Wood July 17, 2008 T. Boone Pickens deserves kudos for his attention-grabbing television campaign aimed at helping America kick the oil habit. The billionaire energy fund manager can stop the most dedicated channel surfer mid-click when he proclaims that our spending on foreign oil could soon become the largest transfer of wealth in human … [Read more...]