Are Electric Vehicles Bad For The Environment? NO!

How is that Commodore 64 working out for ya?  The pace of technology change is very fast; last years problems are resolved this year and will get much better two years from now.  Apparently this is news to many electric vehicle critics who use old data to promote their own anti-EV agenda’s with superficially scientific claims. A few days ago a “why can’t I buy a V12 pickup truck” friend, sent us this sciencey looking video which claims that electric…

The Truth About Lithium Mining: Its Bad But Quickly Getting Better

We were writing an article dispelling the myth that electric vehicles actually produce more environmental damage than traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles when we realized that the lithium story is too complex for a bullet point. How Is Lithium Produced? Hard Rock: Most lithium is produced from so called “hard rock” mines which exactly what you are thinking about right now.  This method of extraction has been around since the bronze age.  Crushing systems consume rock from mostly ugly…

Top 5 Funniest Videos of the 2020 US Presidential Election

At PartisanIssues.com we don’t spend much time on comedy; we try to stick to actual facts.  However, there have been some really solid performances about the Trump / Biden 2020 US Presidential election and we thought you would all enjoy a break from the seriousness of the last year. #5 Goal Fraud: If The US Election Were a Hockey Game #4 Bad Lip Sync: Watch Trump Double Down on Insanity #3 Presidential Cup: If The 2020 US Election Were a…

VIDEO: Will Climate Engineering Kill Us All?

Many people fear this technology but Harvard University’s David Keith explain how Solar Geoengineering may REDUCE global warming like volcano’s do. Fareed Zakaria interviews Keith on the fascinating idea that humans may be able to intentionally create volcano like events and systems to block the sun and cool the planet. Keith is a Professor of Applied Physics and the School of Engineering and a Professor of Public Policy at Harvard and is also the founder of a company named Carbon…

SOLVED: Everything You Need To Know About EV Charging in two 2 Minute Videos

EV’s and their charging is certainly a misunderstood by many so we put together two, two minute videos to clear up the confusion.  The first uses clips from a recent BBC Click episode explain how EV charging works today and second video demonstrates how home charging on a lowly 110 volt wall charger in cold weather works good enough for most people. It is important to note that there are different charging standards and connectors in different parts of the…

BEV, Hybrid, PHEV, FCEV, Mild Hybrid? Vehicle Electrification Types Explained In Simple Terms

If you are new to electric vehicles, the naming of hybrid and full EV’s can be confusing.  For that matter, if you are not new to electric vehicles, the naming of hybrid and full EV’s can be confusing.  I recently had a discussion with two Tesla owners who had no idea what a Mild Hybrid was. To make this even more confusing many auto manufacturers make a gas, hybrid, PHEV and/or BEV versions of the same car!  For instance the…

VIDEO: Is There a Future For Plug In Hybrid Vehicles?

Tesla fan boys and some other industry observers claim that plug-in hybrid vehicles are a needlessly complex and expensive technology and more importantly that consumers will not buy PHEV’s because full battery electric’s (BEV’s) are so much better. In this video Volvo US CEO Anders Gustafsson explains there is a bright future for Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV), at least in the short run.  Volvo will double down on electrification under his leadership and they will promote PHEV’s to most of…

Where Canadian parties stand – Taxes and Housing

For many Canadians, housing is a huge priority in determining who wins in federal elections. Many people in the working force do not want to spend the rest of their lives bogged down with house rent. In certain cities like Toronto and Vancouver, demand for housing has led to exceedingly high prices. According to Statistics Canada, Housing is one of the biggest expenses for many Canadians. If you add up the cost of maintenance and repairs, then any political party…

Why Scientists Should NOT Look For Public Support from Politicians

Over the years we have considered several counterintuitive psychological conditions that cause citizens and politicians to act in ways others see as irrational: Why Good People, Including Politicians, Give Into Strongmen & Support Blatant Lies VIDEO: Prius or Pickup – The Psychology of Deep Political Division in 2 Minutes VIDEO: The Biology of Why Facts Don’t Win Fights and here is one more we think you will find interesting.  In 2014 Yale Law school professor known for cultural cognition theory,…

Will the liberals win liberate the clean energy sector in Canada?

Canadians took to the polls late last year, an election that was won by Justin Trudeau Leader of the Liberal Party. During, the polls the Liberals won 184 seats hence allowing them to form the next government. Harper’s conservatives came in second with 99 seats and become the official opposition party. The New Democratic Party garnered 44 seats. Many of the Canadian voters were in support of parties that have more energy-saving and climate change policies. Gasoline prices have been…

What is Grid Parity & Why Coal Going to Be Used For Decades to Come

“Grid Parity” is the term used in the energy sector to describe the cost of adding electricity into power distribution systems (high voltage wires – aka ‘The Grid’) as the same for different methods of producing electricity.  It is important to note that the cost has to be the true, unsubsidized cost for Grid Parity to be a reality. Coal fired generation is often used as the baseline for Grid Parity calculations as it is the less expensive form of…

How Much Better is Solar & Wind Power in 2020 Compared to 2010?

The year 2010 was not that long ago.  The US housing bubble and subsequent global economic collapse of 2008 resulted in governments pouring billions into the projects to get the economy moving.  A notable amount went in wind and solar.  In the United States, then President Obama announced $100 Billion “Green Stimulus” as part of a larger $900 Billion total stimulus package including: “…Renewable energy loans: ($10 billion Senate, $8 billion House) – These work like outright grants for various…

What is Battery Swap & Why Auto Manufacturers Need It?

We just completed a story on the new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder EV which is really a Nio ES8 which has a fascinating technology called battery swap.  The idea is that a semi-permanent kiosk can swap out your drained car battery for a fresh fully charged battery in the same time it would take to fill up as gas/diesel vehicle with old fashioned dino-juice: This isn’t some unproven demonstration either.  Nio already has 143 battery swap stations in 58 different cities:…

The All New 2022 Nissan Pathfinder EV with Battery Swap?

Now that Mitsubishi is part of the Nissan Renault Alliance it is time to share parts, designs and advance into a brave new all electric world.  In fact the new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder EV and Mitsubishi Outlander All EV have battery swap technology.  This means their batteries can replaced in THREE MINUTES inside a kiosk smaller than a gas station convenience store. Click to Expand   That would be great if it were true.  Unfortunately the pictures above are not…

How Big Was Trumps Loss Really? A Short List of Interesting Facts About US Presidential Elections

We had a number of people inquire about how large former President Trumps margin of defeat really was.  We know the number is near 6.9 million votes in total but because of population growth, that really provides very little context. So we decided to do some research and here is what we found. Top 10 Smallest Margins of Victory in a US Presidential Election:   By Popular Vote Percentage: The most rational way to evaluate how strong a vote is…