President to Promote Alternative Energy Next Week

President to Promote Alternative Energy Next Week

A bulletin from the Chicago Tribune just now arrived in my inbox. It indicates that President Obama will be in Chicagoland next week to promote his alternative energy policies:

Benz | 08. März 2013

Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). They have a very ambitious goal: "to develop batteries that are 5 times more powerful, and are 5 times cheaper, within 5 years.

Have a look at this video:

FLsportscarenth... | 08. März 2013

The question is if he will translate all that talk into real progress...

- A PHEV or BEV only purchase requirement for federal fleets
- Developing EMP resistant hybrid HUMVEEs and Striker vehicles for the military
- Concessions on federal lands and grid upgrades for wind generators
- Photovoltiac backup systems for Emergency operating centres and the military

The US federal government can do so much on this front (and save on operating costs in the long run) to help the situation, IF they really wanted to... We will see...

Curt Renz | 08. März 2013

Below is a response I received this week from Dick Durbin, the US senate assistant majority leader, regarding infrastructure for electric vehicles. For four years he and Obama were the two US senators from Illinois. Durbin was the first person to begin promoting the idea of Obama as a presidential candidate and certainly has the president's ear.

Dear Mr. Renz:

Thank you for contacting me about the use of electric vehicles. I appreciate hearing from you.

The federal government has taken an active role in promoting the use of energy-efficient vehicles and diversifying fuel sources, particularly with electric vehicles. These efforts further President Obama’s goal of reducing dependence on foreign oil and improving the quality of our environment.

Electric vehicles decrease long-term costs compared to the traditional gasoline-powered vehicle, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. As demand for electric vehicles increases, so too will there be a greater push for increased access to charging stations.

Investing in infrastructure to support electric cars can considerably reduce emissions. This electricity can be generated from a number of sources, including clean coal, natural gas, and renewables such as biomass. Many charging stations in the U.S. today are on-street facilities provided by electric utility companies, and with technological advances, stations can also leverage electrical grids and home recharging.

The potential for growth in the market, the creation of new jobs, and an increased access to electric vehicles is significant. I look forward to working in Congress to promote the development of alternative technology sources to power our vehicles and will keep your thoughts in mind should further legislation regarding these issues be debated in the Senate.

Thank you again for your message. Please feel free to keep in touch.

Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator


Benz | 08. März 2013

@ Curt Renz

That's good.


frmercado | 08. März 2013

This is part of an article regarding the JCESR (

"Corporate titans Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT), Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW)and Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) have loaned their names to the effort.

Whether it was because the team didn’t want their influence or because they didn’t want to be involved, no corporate representatives from the automotive or electricity industries are part of the JCESR constellation."

What strikes me here is that no one from the automotive industry stepped up to the plate.

I would love to see TM involved in this, they could clearly bennefit from a project like this.


Mel. | 08. März 2013

Curt, if you know what the presidents policy is could you enlighten us. I know he has mandated ethanol use be raised, but besides that help!

Any idea what Durbin was trying to say?

roseland67 | 08. März 2013


You are correct
I attended the JCESR conference, (local AEE meeting) a few weeks ago. The presentation was from a PHD @ Argonne Labs.
I do boku work @ Argonne and Fermi and this initiative
certainly has gotten a lot of political interest in Illinois.
It seemed to me that the current work is centered around anode/cathode development, (very little electrolyte).

time will tell, I wouldn't bet against them.

Curt Renz | 08. März 2013

Mel, take a look at the video linked by Benz in the first reply to my post:

It will give you an idea what the president and Senator Durbin are trying to help the JCESR/Argonne Labs project accomplish for battery technology. It is this project described in the video that the president will be visiting next Friday. I expect Durbin will be there this time.

Brian H | 08. März 2013

Even Gore admits ethanol is a blunder. It costs more fossil fuel to produce than it replaces. Typical Obama stupidity.

FLsportscarenth... | 09. März 2013

Ethanol is a dead end... I am with Brian on that. Sure, I am not a fan of the administration but lets see if they can get any concrete progress for EV's and energy independence on this climate change angle they are trying at now... This is the one area they might do something positive, all their other policies have been ruinous... We will see...

Crow | 09. März 2013

He may be right about ethanol but I don't think it's appropriate for the forums to be littered with political BS.

Mel. | 09. März 2013

Crow, why not ask Curt nicely, to take this down .

Crow | 09. März 2013

Because I was referring to Brian H's comment.

Mel. | 10. März 2013

Crow, it sounds like you only disagree with Brian H , because the truth upsets you. We all cannot agree on everything, having these discussions is informative for a lot of us.. . I would really like to here your opinions, instead of just saying something factual is not appropriate for the forums. You really do not want to sound like Senator John McCain criticizing Senator Rand Paul . IMO

Crow | 10. März 2013

No, I only read his post. What I object to is insulting someone with name calling, which is different than advocating a for a position. Maybe he doesn't understand that insulting a political figure also insults those who voted for him. I think that type of stuff doesn't belong on the forum because it crosses the line of being rude.

kenliles | 10. März 2013

Typical @Brian stupidly

Brian H | 10. März 2013

Well, you spelled 2 out of 3 right. Well done (for you)!

Mel. | 11. März 2013

Crow, one more question. What do you think of kenliles statement?

Crow | 11. März 2013

It's a predictable example of what happens when you start insulting people. If you wouldn't say it to someone's face because it's insulting then you shouldn't say it in a forum.

FLsportscarenth... | 11. März 2013

I do not agree with Brian H on everything, but he is not like NNT and his comments are relevant to the discussion and this forum - Energy, EVs, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, so he should not be silenced even if you do not agree with him. Politicians often are stupid, and if that is what he thinks of Obama so be it... it is his opinion and freedom to think so.

I do not go on rants here about how I think Obama is such a crappy president he makes Jimmy Carter look good. I just comment on the part of his policy that is relevant to this thread, which is one of the few areas I could see him doing some good... If he took the right measures as detailed above.

I love the intelligent discussions in here and learn a bit from everybody (except maybe NNT and ProfGravity)... hehe - even those I do not always agree with... So lets keep it friendly and if necessary, agree to disagree...

Crow | 12. März 2013

Who said I disagree with Brian? I'm talking about keeping things polite. By all means we should discuss policy but doing so with respect is not always Brian's way when debating climate change or energy. So I decided to say something about it in the hopes that he might change how he engages.

Benz | 14. März 2013

We should discuss topics with respect. I think that is important, and others should agree also.

Curt Renz | 14. März 2013

Here's a link to details from the Argonne National Laboratory regarding the president's visit tomorrow afternoon to promote his alternative energy policies:

Argonne runs a government funded program with a mission to develop batteries that are five times more powerful yet five times cheaper:

The president's speech is estimated to begin at 1:30 pm CDT and can be viewed through this link:

Benz | 14. März 2013

@ Curt Renz