Monday, March 28, 2011

BP Covering Up Oil Spill, Nuclear Power Safety, Affordable 40s, OUCH Volvo

BP Covering Up Oil Spill: BP is not admitting how much oil got spilled last year in the Gulf following the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The company refuses to admit a figure on the amount of oil leaded or CO2 emitted in the spill, which has been named the largest oil spill in US history. BP said that it left these numbers out because of "a lack of definitive figures." Not even a good guestimate? 

Nuclear Power Safety: Nuclear experts will flesh out details of the crisis unfolding in Japan and its implications for nuclear safety in the United States for key Senate and House energy committees this week. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Executive Director of Operations Bill Borchardt will start the process speaking to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee about the status of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors on Japan's northeastern coast. The trick will be for nuclear experts to calm nerves and assert that the US nuclear energy structure is much safer.

Affordable 40s: The trick these days is buying a fuel efficient car to offset gas price spikes. Car shoppers have a lot of options now looking for 40 MPGers from just above $15,000 to slightly less than $20,000 for a 2011 Ford, Chevy, Hyundai, or Smart. This doesn't even include hybrids or plug-ins. The Hyundai Elantra will probably be the highest volume selling member of the 40-mpg club.

OUCH Volvo: Volvo's anticipated electric crossover, the C30 Electric, has been impressive to hear about. In the historic Volvo tradition, it's done well in crash testing and should prove to be safe and reliable. The problem is a lease price, $2,100 a month -- OUCH!!! That is expected to plunge when the next Volvo battery car debuts.

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