Monthly Archives: February 2009

California is running out of liquid resources, literally.

My comment on The Huffington Post article “Schwarzenegger Declares California Drought Emergency“:

California is running out of liquid resources, literally.
(checkout http://www.whatmattersweblog.com/2009/02/28/california-running-out-of-water-and-cash/)
The “Golden State” fails to balance its budget and in addition, the worst drought in decades forces utilities to restrict water use. The Californian governments have failed to raise taxes where necessary and cut unnecessary spending. Now the state is in that dire financial straits that even schools have to scale back. That’s ashaming and undermining efforts to prepare American kids for the challenges of a 21st century global economy. While public spending in CA has got out of control in the last decade, the country’s water infrastructure is chronically overburdened and rusting away. Central Valley farmers will have to turn to smart irrigation technologies that could help to save immediately 40% of the water required today to maintain the soil productivity of the San Joaquin Valley.
While droughts and wildfires will occur much more frequently in the future due to the impact of global warming, California should turn to the sun for future growth. The energy technology sector is a unique opportunity for Silicon Valley. Thin-film solar panels could cover sky scrapers in L.A. as well as roof shopping mall parking lots. If outlets were installed at most retail parking lots in CA, the batteries of electric cars could be recharged while drivers are doing their shopping. President Obama recently made it clear that energy will be one of his top priorities.

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Crude Oil Prices

this is my new Crude Oil Price Chart with data from the EIA.  You can download it as a PDF file on my new blog: http://www.whatmattersweblog.com/energy-charts/

crude-oil-prices-1998-2009-what-matters-weblog

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Volkswagen and Toshiba teaming up to develop electric cars

The biggest European car maker VW and the Japanese electronics company Toshiba signed a letter of intent to cooperate on the development of electric car technology. The goal is to equip Volkswagen’s concept car UP! with an electric motor and a battery pack that make it an affordable, emissions-free city car.

for more information visit my new blog:
http://www.whatmattersweblog.com/2009/02/13/vw-and-toshiba-cooperating-on-electric-car-technology/

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Siemens well-prepared for the future

Read the complete article on the new WHAT MATTERS WEBLOG:

http://www.whatmattersweblog.com/2009/02/09/siemens-well-positioned-for-the-future/

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how do you feel about globalization?

check out my post on this on my new blog:

http://www.whatmattersweblog.com/?p=64

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