Skyrocketing Nickel Prices Threaten Biden’s EV Agenda

Nickel prices have skyrocketed with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine due to fears that Russian supplies may be cut off. The disruption is causing supply problems for carmakers and others that need the metal. Nickel prices surged in the middle of March after which trading was temporarily suspended for several days and new restrictions were applied […]

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Expensive Electric Vehicle Makers are Ridin’ With Biden

Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden’s $2 trillion energy plan includes Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Clean Cars for America proposal. To enable the proposal, Biden will provide consumers rebates to swap old, less-efficient vehicles for newer American vehicles along with targeted incentives for manufacturers to build or retool factories to assemble zero-emission vehicles, parts, […]

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In the Pipeline: 8/8/13

I bet you did not know that Commissioner Binz is the hand-picked successor of the current FERC chairman, who himself is hostile to coal, natural gas, and anything, really, that works. Complete Colorado (8/7/13) reports: “As Ron Binz campaigns to be confirmed as the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, much of the emphasis has […]

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In the Pipeline: 5/28/13

Here’s the thing. Even if Congress passed us a law that gave us cash to become tall and good-looking, we would still remain balding, overfed, leaping gnomes. So it is with physics. The federal government can’t just incentivize things into existence. The Atlantic (5/26/13) reports: “Electric car infrastructure company Better Place’s move to file bankruptcy today marks […]

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In the Pipeline: 5/24/13

Did Tesla pay back their loan, or did other people. Wanna guess? WSJ(5/23/13) reports: “Tesla’s biggest windfall has been the cash payments it extracts from rival car makers (and their customers), via its sale of zero-emission credits. A number of states including California require that traditional car makers reach certain production quotas of zero-emission vehicles—or to […]

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In the Pipeline: 5/13/13

If you support construction of Keystone XL, you are racist (on top of all the other names you’ve already been called). Politico (5/10/13) reports: “As business leaders, philanthropists and supporters of your 2008 and 2012 campaigns, we write to urge you to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and to do everything in your power to […]

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