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The Daily Show: Nikki Haley's Surprise Resignation, Kanye West and Taylor Swift Pick Political Sides

After Nikki Haley resigns as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., speculation begins about who will replace her.

Conservatives rally behind Kanye West as he continues his pro-Trump advocacy and shun Taylor Swift after she comes out in favor of Democrat Phil Bredesen.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Oct 13, 2018, 12:09 AM (1 replies)

Solar, wind account for 20 percent of power load in 10 states

Electricity from solar panels and wind farms accounted for at least 20 percent of the total power load in 10 states last year, according to a new report by the Energy Information Administration.

The highest tally came in Iowa, where 37 percent of electricity came from wind and solar. Also listed were Kansas, Oklahoma, California, Minnesota, Vermont, Colorado, Maine, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Texas was not included in the report.

RELATED: Solar energy now mainstream power source

"During some months in 2017, wind accounted for more than 50 percent of in-state electricity generation in Iowa and Kansas, and solar accounted for more than 20 percent of in-state electricity generation in California," the report said.

Nationally, 8 percent of electricity generated last year came from wind and solar.

Short article, no more at link: https://www.chron.com/business/energy/article/Solar-wind-account-for-20-percent-of-power-load-13298910.php#photo-5875865

(More photps at link)

Some of the 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each about 7 feet high and 10 feet wide, reflect sunlight to boilers that sit on 459-foot towers. The sun's power is used to heat water in the boilers' tubes and make steam, which in turn drives turbines to create electricity in Primm, Nev. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal land near the California-Nevada border, opened in 2014 after years of regulatory and legal tangles. Photo: Chris Carlson, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Oct 12, 2018, 03:32 AM (8 replies)

High-Tech Headlights That Dim Themselves Could Be Coming to U.S.

U.S. auto safety regulators are moving to allow a new generation of brighter, self-dimming headlights that won’t blind other drivers on the road ahead.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing to permit so-called adaptive driving beam headlights on new cars, according to an agency notice made public Thursday. The advanced lights essentially operate as high-beam headlamps at all times while automatically dimming specific portions of the beam to cast less light on oncoming vehicles detected by sensors.

The technology “has the potential to reduce the risk of crashes by increasing visibility without increasing glare,” NHTSA said in a notice made public Thursday. The agency added that “it offers potentially significant safety benefits in avoiding collisions with pedestrians, cyclists, animals, and roadside objects.”

Automakers including Toyota Motor Corp. and Audi AG for years have urged NHTSA to update the headlight standard to accommodate the high-tech lights, saying they can improve safety by providing better illumination while avoiding glare for other drivers. The technology is available in other markets, including Europe, but carmakers have interpreted NHTSA’s longstanding headlight rule as prohibiting the technology.

The agency is seeking comments on the proposal, which would establish performance requirements for adaptive driving beams. Toyota petitioned the agency to amend its headlight rules in 2016.

Short article, no more at link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-11/high-tech-headlights-that-dim-themselves-could-be-coming-to-u-s

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Oct 12, 2018, 03:04 AM (4 replies)

Sunday: Chris Matthews sits down with President Jimmy Carter - Preview


This Sunday night, MSNBC is premiering a documentary on Jimmy Carter at 9pm Eastern.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Oct 12, 2018, 12:45 AM (5 replies)

The Daily Show: Jaboukie Young-White on Why Young People Don't Vote

Jaboukie Young-White, The Daily Show's newest correspondent and actual young person, breaks down what’s keeping young people away from the voting booth.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Oct 12, 2018, 12:27 AM (0 replies)

GasBuddy Fuel Tracker Activated For Hurricane Michael

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a state of emergency for 34 Florida counties during the morning press briefing on Oct. 9 from the Florida State Emergency Operations Center. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for multiple coastal counties along the Florida Panhandle.

We have activated our fuel availability tracker for those in Florida, Georgia and Alabama ahead of Hurricane Michael’s arrival to help motorists in affected areas find fuel starting immediately should stations run out as motorists evacuate the area.

When hurricane features are activated for an area, GasBuddy’s free app can differentiate stations that have no gasoline, no diesel or no power so that motorists can try other stations. The crowdsourced tracker can be updated by motorists and displays the status for locations that have been reported to GasBuddy. Motorists are encouraged to report the status of any station they see to help others find gasoline or avoid stations with no fuel or power.

When a motorist is near a station that has no gas, diesel or power, the GasBuddy app will automatically display NO GAS or NO DIESEL or NO POWER icons next to the station on the list screen, and the station will be highlighted in red on the map screen.


Quick Report Button (only enabled if stations in your vicinity are reported without fuel already): A quick reporting button will prompt you for information. Click on this button to report the gas, diesel and power situation at that station.

Edit Station Details: On the Station Detail page, you can select “Report Fuel or Power” under the station status section and report whether it has gas, diesel or power.

GasBuddy Analysts
Our analysts will continue to monitor and provide information on the situation via the @GasBuddy Twitter account and the GasBuddy blog.

If you operate stations in the impacted areas and would like to update your outage statuses, contact [email protected] for more information.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:46 AM (2 replies)

What's new -- and what's missing -- in your next new car

Automakers are continually making changes in vehicles. These can be technological breakthroughs, such as the automatic emergency braking systems that are increasingly becoming standard on new cars. Some are mandated changes, such as a federal requirement that all vehicles have backup cameras, which went into effect in May.

At times, the shifts reflect consumer electronic trends. Cassette players in cars gave way to in-dash CD systems, which started disappearing from cars when Bluetooth streaming music arrived.

Many of these feature swaps don’t get a lot of fanfare, so you might not always realize what’s come and gone until you’re shopping for a new car. Here’s an overview.

IN: Keyless start

This feature allows drivers to start their cars while keeping the key in their pockets or purses. It’s often paired with a keyless access system that allows entry into the car without pushing any buttons on the key fob.

Keyless start systems may pose a danger if you’re not careful: Some owners have forgotten to shut off their cars in attached garages, leading to more than 24 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning since 2006, according to the New York Times. Newer systems do a better job of alerting you if the key moves too far away from the car while the engine is still on.

OUT: Keyed ignition

It’s falling out of favor. In 2008, keyed ignition systems were standard in 89 percent of new cars. Now, they’re in just 38 percent.

Much more: https://wtop.com/consumer-news/2018/10/whats-new-_-and-whats-missing-_-in-your-next-new-car/

This undated photo provided by Mercedes-Benz shows an LCD screen in the 2019 A 220 4Matic Sedan. The screen is an example of a trend: digital gauges replacing analog ones in vehicle instrument panels. Digital gauges are customizable and can display more information than traditional gauges. (Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz via AP)

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:17 AM (5 replies)

Hurricane Michael is so bad that some Waffle Houses have closed

Waffle House restaurants are known for keeping their lights on day and night, even during natural disasters. But as Hurricane Michael approached the Florida Panhandle, 18 of the chain's restaurants closed -- a possible indicator of how serious the threat from this storm really is, USA Today reported.

The restaurants, which were closed as of Wednesday morning, sit in evacuation zones stretching along the Florida coast from Panama City to Destin, Pat Warner, Waffle House' director of personal relations, told the publication.

"We will be there right after the storm to re-open," he said. One Waffle House in Florida's Panama City Beach had a handwritten "closed" sign posted on its door, a video tweeted Tuesday by a reporter for WXIA-TV showed.

"That's how you know how potentially dangerous #HurricaneMichael could be," the reporter, Ryan Kruger, tweeted.

Another tweet showed a sign on the door of a closed Waffle House promising to re-open after the storm passes.


More (Includes video): https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/hurricane-michael-is-so-bad-that-some-waffle-houses-have-closed/ar-BBOctpS?ocid=spartanntp

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:04 AM (6 replies)

The Daily Show: Democalypse 2018 - Democrats Look for History-Making Victory in Georgia

Stacey Abrams takes on Brian Kemp in the race for Georgia’s governor, and Trevor and Roy Wood Jr. break down what each candidate brings to the table.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Oct 10, 2018, 11:37 PM (5 replies)

How Trump's Deregulation Push Could Change How You Fill Up Your Tank

Ethanol, the intoxicating alcohol found in beer, wine and liquor, has been powering automobiles in the U.S. since the era of the Model T more than a century ago. Since the 1970s, when oil became more expensive and subject to international disputes -- and as worries rose about the environmental damage caused by fossil fuels -- the U.S. government has used tax policy and regulations to encourage use of ethanol and other environmentally friendly alternatives to gasoline. Now, as U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to make it easier to sell more ethanol nationwide, opponents are raising environmental concerns with the corn-based fuel.

1. What change is Trump considering?

He plans to change U.S. policy to allow the sale of so-called E15 fuel -- which contains 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline -- year-round. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates air pollution from gasoline, currently blocks the sale of E15 from June 1 to September 15 in areas where smog is a problem. That three-and-a-half-month blackout period deters some retailers from offering E15 at all, because they would need to change pumps and warning labels at the start and end of each summer. Trump can order his EPA to draft a new rule that would waive E15 from air pollution requirements, allowing year-round use.

2. What’s so special about E15?

E10 is widely accepted and available in the U.S.; the 10 percent ethanol it contains provides oxygen, making gasoline burn more cleanly in engines and reduce pollution. But because ethanol is also corrosive, some critics believe that higher-ethanol E15 can cause damage to cars. In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency authorized the use of E15 for newer cars made in 2001 and later. But it’s still not common at U.S. service stations; just about 1,430 of the nation’s 122,000 filling stations sell E15.

3. Why isn’t E15 offered year-round now?

Since the heat of summer increases the evaporation of all liquids, including gasoline, the EPA set regulations with the aim of decreasing pollution. Hence, the agency has more stringent rules in place between June 1 and Sept. 15 to regulate Reid Vapor Pressure, the propensity for gasoline to evaporate and lead to smog. For those hotter months, the EPA has set lower thresholds. Congress must amend existing law or the EPA must issue a waiver of the requirements to allow the summertime sale of fuels exceeding those levels. Even though biofuel supporters say there’s no significant difference between E10 and E15 when it comes to air pollution, the latter fuel would need a waiver to be sold year-round.

4. Why is Trump involved?

As a presidential candidate, Trump promised voters in Iowa -- the top U.S. producer of corn-based ethanol -- that he would support increasing the amount of it that’s mixed in fuel. (Despite that pledge, Trump lost Iowa’s first-in-the-nation Republican presidential nominating contest to Senator Ted Cruz, an ethanol critic).

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-09/why-trump-may-be-tweaking-how-you-fill-up-your-tank-quicktake?srnd=premium

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Oct 10, 2018, 04:34 AM (1 replies)
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