A surprising 77 percent of American voters say the U.S. is not doing enough to promote and utilize green technology in order to reduce reliance on foreign oil fuel sources. Only 17 percent believe the government is doing enough, according to a nationwide poll of American voters conducted by the TechNet Green Technology Initiative and Zogby International. The poll also found that 75 percent of American voters said their purchasing decisions in the past year have been influenced by a desire to save energy and improve the environment.
Americans are apparently making their homes greener. A hearty 77 percent reported they improved the energy efficiency of their homes. When asked what alternative energy they preferred over oil, 28 percent chose solar power. Biofuels were named by 24 percent of respondents, while wind was the favorite of 16 percent. Nuclear energy won 14 percent and fuel cells was named by only 4 percent.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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