Pickens is espousing a renewable energy plan as if he were JFK announcing plans for a manned moon shot in June, 1961.Oil baron Pickens wants to take advantage of the “wind corridor” from Canada to West Texas. The first part of “The Pickens Plan” is a 5,000 mega watt wind, coal and natural gas generating station in Pampa, Texas just northeast of Amarillo. Coal and natural gas would back up the wind turbines during slack times.
We need a thousand more billionaires like Pickens who take seriously the need to get off oil. Certainly the government has been pathetically negligent (save Jimmy Carter) in the near half decade we’ve known our oil supplies would be constrained. Pickens was quoted in a CNN.com story today as saying $600 billion in annual oil imports is the single biggest threat to the U.S. economy. Do ya think? Just look at what the stock market has reacted to for the past month.
Of course, this is the same Pickens who wants to aggressively sell water from Ogallala Aquifer in the Texas panhandle through his company Mesa Water.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
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