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The World’s First Electric Road is Not in the United States

Quite naturally, something happened in Sweden that could not occur in the United States with its horribly corrupt government and both political parties. Want to cut fossil fuel emissions? It’s happening in Sweden.

Last Wednesday, Sweden opened the first electric road that can recharge commercial and passenger car batteries while driving. The eRoadArlanda project consists of 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) of electric rail installed on a public road outside Arlanda Airport. The innovation was funded by the Swedish Transport Administration and is part of the government’s goal of fossil fuel-free transportation infrastructure by 2030.

Big Oil and Wall Street cannot allow such a thing to happen in the United States.

According to the project website, the road works by transferring energy from an electrified rail to a movable arm attached underneath the vehicle. The arm is able to detect and lower onto the electrified section when the vehicle drives above it.

The road is divided into 50-meter sections, with each section supplying power only when a vehicle is above it. When the vehicle stops, the current is disconnected. The system is also able to calculate the vehicle’s energy consumption, which enables electricity costs to be debited per vehicle and user.

A diesel-turned-electric truck owned by logistics firm PostNord is the first to use the road. Over the next 12 months, the truck will stay juiced as it shuttles deliveries between Arlanda Airport and its distribution center 12 kilometers away.

“Everything is 100 percent automatic, based on the connector magnetically sensing the road,” Hans Säll, chairman of the eRoadArlanda consortium and business development director at construction firm NCC, told The Local. “As a driver you drive as usual, the connector goes down onto the track automatically and if you leave the track, it goes up automatically.”

The developers claim that electrified roads can cut fossil fuel emissions by 80 to 90 percent. According to the project website, “operating costs will be minimal, due to significant reductions in energy consumption arising from the use of efficient electric engines. Electricity is also a cleaner, quieter and less expensive source of energy, compared with diesel.”

Säll told the Guardian, “If we electrify 20,000 kilometers of highways that will definitely be enough.”

“The distance between two highways is never more than 45 kilometers and electric cars can already travel that distance without needing to be recharged. Some believe it would be enough to electrify 5,000 kilometers,” he added.

According to the Guardian, electrification will cost about €1 million ($1.23 million) per kilometer, which is said to be 50 times lower than the cost of building an urban tram line.

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According to EcoWatch.com, California leads the way on clean energy, “but energy efficiency and renewables are gaining major ground across the country, a new ranking of states and cities shows. Six states now get at least a fifth of their power from non-hydro renewable sources such as wind and solar power, which is further confirmation that regardless of the Trump administration’s efforts to promote fossil-fuel interests” on behalf of Koch Industries, “clean energy is making undeniable inroads.”

San Francisco, San Jose, Washington, DC, San Diego and Portland, Oregon, top the cities ranking, based on criteria including green buildings and transportation. “There are no weak spots in the City by the Bay’s performance,” the report said, highlighting San Francisco’s strong adoption of clean vehicles and an increased commitment to measuring, reporting and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Washington rose two spots in the ranking this year in part on the strength of its building stock and public transit ridership.

The adoption of clean energy across the U.S. is a trend that supersedes politics. The top 10 list for renewable electricity generation as a share of the total is split evenly between red states and blue states, with Iowa showing large gains in wind since 2009 and Nevada adding geothermal power.

Overall, wind and solar accounted for 61 percent of new electric capacity in 2016.

See US Clean Tech Leadership Index

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All you need to know is this; corporate profits are at record highs, and wages are still going down down down. The markets in goods, services and labor have been fixed by the economic royalists via their financial control of the plutocrats in the US government, such as Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden and Wall Street/Big Oil Senator Mitch McConnell. These two have sponsored a large number of government legislation that redistributes income from the 99 to the 1 percent, and that is precisely why corporate profits are at historic highs during several years of depressed demand while real wages are heading down the toilet. It’s called government corruption; it’s called a rigged game.

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The Senate – which is still controlled by Democrats – voted to go behind President Obama’s back and vote on Keystone XL. At least for now, the Keystone pipeline lost on a 59-41 vote. In other words, there were 59 yes votes, and only 41 no votes. Luckily, the senate has been reconstructed to ensure that 60 percent of votes is needed to pass just about anything. That’s a convenient excuse to not get anything done that the 99 percent wants and needs.

The Keystone pipeline would have been an environmental boondoogle. It would have transported Canadian oil to US Gulf of Mexico ports and then exported them elsewhere, to the benefit almost exclusively of the most wealthy of people. In other words, Keystone was an income and environmental scam against the 99 percent.

Democratic Wall Street Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana was the sponsor of the bill. The $1.5 million she has received in her career from the oil industry is once again paying off.

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The #NOKXL stands for the Keystone Pipeline.

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US Senator Elizabeth Warren is, of course, is describing a government corrupt to the marrow.

The corruption of the US government goes way back, but a relatively small wave held in check by the New Deal turned into a tidal wave of corruption beginning with the tax cuts for the rich of President Ronald Reagan. That money was used by the 1 percent to stimulate corruption at all levels, and which in turn purchased legislation that redistributes income from the 99 to the 1 percent. That’s why we have inequality and its growing.

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