Friday, June 16, 2006

Smithsonian removes electric car...the gas glut.. and interesting poll results

***In the latest chapter in a saga of a national disgrace, the Smithsonian Institution has removed the EV1 electric car from display at the National Museum of American History. The Smithsonian claims the move is not related to financial contributions from General Motors. IT comes as the movie "Who Killed the Electric Car" is about to premier.

More on this in today's WashingtonPost at

***Another fascinating item today in the Post: at least for now, we seem to have a glut of natural gas.

…The most immediate effect of falling natural gas prices will come at utilities or power-generating firms with the capability to burn either coal or natural gas. "We're beginning to get substitutions," Sieminski said. "At this price level, it actually makes sense to stop burning coal and start burning natural gas."

***Also today, some interesting new findings from the latest Wall St. Journal/NBC poll, as reported in today's Journal:

…Americans view former vice president [Gore] unfavorably by 42%-30%, though 53% of Democrats give a thumbs-up. But his cause draws adherents: 59% say climate change warrants "some action" or "immediate" steps, up from 51% in 1999…

By 28%-27%, Republicans say Democratic Party would better protect the environment….

Pluralities of voters in all regions except the Northeast say both parties are "equally" influenced by special interests and lobbyists. But if Democrats recapture Congress, 69% want Congress to investigate Bush administration's energy task force.

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