Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Suncor’s benzene still flowing into South Platte

It’s one of Denver’s many delightful quirks!

Six months after Suncor Energy’s oil refinery contaminated Sand Creek and nearby property, obstacles remain in containing the pollution, and a full cleanup may be years away.

via Suncor spill clean-up months, years away – The Denver Post.

This is Denver’s drinking water. Serves us right?



The E-Highway Project

It’s a great city to start in: according to the Los Angeles Times, 40 per cent of the cargo freight that enters the US comes through ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles before being shipped down the highway. Cargo trucks in the US consume nearly 2.5 million gallons of oil per year and improvements to their efficiency lag far behind those to cars.

Once the lines are in place, all eHighway would need is a fleet of hybrid diesel-electric trucks that could switch back to diesel power as soon as they go off the overhead lines. Siemens says that system is nearly seamless: in the test project in Germany, the trucks could switch between diesel and electric power at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

via One Per Cent: Green Machine: Electric freight trucks coming to LA.

Ich bin ein stromer!!

See the I.C. Energy & Transport Page for more on this subject.

BTW, energy journalism alert — “Cargo trucks in the US consume nearly 2.5 million gallons of oil per year…”

America uses several million barrels of oil (42 gal./barrel) per day in non-passenger transport. The journalist decreased the consumption of America’s goods trucks to a tiny fraction of the real number, and was still impressed.