Five Stories: GM Rolls Out “Affordable” Electric Chevy Bolt; Is the Keystone XL Pipeline Baaaaaack?

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/7/16).

  1. Wired reports: “General Motors just beat Tesla Motors in the race to produce a truly affordable electric vehicle with triple-digit range.” The vehicle reportedly can travel 200 miles on a fully-charged battery, with “Chevy promis[ing] the Bolt will cost less than $30,000 after the $7,500 federal tax credit.”
  2. According to Charles P. Pierce of Esquire, “The Keystone Pipeline Won’t Leave Us the [explective deleted] Alone,” as TransCanada “says it will initiate a claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement and seek more than $15-billion (U.S.) in damages in response to the U.S. government’s decision to deny a permit for the controversial…pipeline.”
  3. David Roberts of Vox writes: “Was Obama serious about keeping fossil fuels in the ground? Here’s a Colorado test case.”
  4. According to MIT News: “Imagine if your clothing could, on demand, release just enough heat to keep you warm and cozy, allowing you to dial back on your thermostat settings and stay comfortable in a cooler room. Or, picture a car windshield that stores the sun’s energy and then releases it as a burst of heat to melt away a layer of ice. According to a team of researchers at MIT, both scenarios may be possible before long, thanks to a new material that can store solar energy during the day and release it later as heat, whenever it’s needed. This transparent polymer film could be applied to many different surfaces, such as window glass or clothing.”
  5. Utility Dive reports, “After weeks of negotiations, Oregon utilities have agreed to back a bill that would phase out coal-fired generation by 2030 and boost the state’s renewable energy standards to 50% by 2040, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports. “