Every four years, presidential candidates make pilgrimages to Iowa and preach the gospel of ethanol, the corn-based fuel that pours nearly $5 billion into the state’s economy every year. This time, it looked like things might really be different.Story Continued Below In 2016, Ted Cruz won Iowa's Republican caucus as a heretic, arguing that the Renewable Fuels Standard—the federal policy that requires billions of gallons of ethanol to be mixed into American gasoline—was a boondoggle. Among Democrats, meanwhile, the incentive to kowtow to the rural Iowans who love ethanol has faded; the party has lost most of its support in farm country, and its new early state primary schedule could reduce Iowa’s importance in 2020. And heading into the 2020 primaries, as the candidates rush to declare climate change an emergency and embrace an aggressive “Green New Deal” to fight it, ethanol has lost its luster as a green fuel, as scientific evidence mounts that … [Read more...] about How the 2020 Democrats Learned to Love Ethanol
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Christopher Yasiejko Bloomberg News February 14, 2019 The most-popular vehicle in the U.S. — the F-Series truck — is among the many Ford Motor Co. products using stolen technologies to run its newest fuel-efficient engines, according to three Massachusetts Institute of Technology professors who say they invented the enhancements.With Ford selling two trucks every minute and generating about $42 billion in revenue last year from the F-Series alone, the MIT professors have filed a patent infringement lawsuit and are demanding an unspecified share of the proceeds. In the suit filed Jan. 30, they say their patented dual port- and direct-injection technology were added to the company’s EcoBoost engines in recent years without permission.The dispute marks a split in the long collaboration between MIT and Ford, which created a joint energy-research … [Read more...] about MIT professors sue Ford over engine features in F-150 pickup truck, other vehicles
By Neil Irwin Published 7:07 pm PST, Saturday, January 19, 2019 A flooded car along Kuykendahl Road after Hurricane Harvey swept through through Houston. A flooded car along Kuykendahl Road after Hurricane Harvey swept through through Houston. Photo: Edmund D. Fountain / New York Times 2017 Photo: Edmund D. Fountain / New York Times 2017 Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 A flooded car along Kuykendahl Road after Hurricane Harvey swept through through Houston. A flooded car along Kuykendahl Road after Hurricane Harvey swept through through Houston. Photo: Edmund D. Fountain / New York Times 2017 How to think about the costs of climate change 1 / 3 Back to Gallery By now, … [Read more...] about How to think about the costs of climate change
Previous Next 1 of 12 With a few notable exceptions, the V12 engine’s future looks grim at best. One of the automakers still committed to keeping the configuration alive for as long as possible is Aston Martin, and now the British company has released images and technical specifications for the brand-new 12-cylinder it developed to power the upcoming Valkyrie. Aston Martin teamed up with renowned engineering firm Cosworth to design the V12. The project brief was simple: Create the ultimate expression of the internal combustion engine. The Mona Lisa of engines is a naturally aspirated, 6.5-liter unit that makes a whopping 1,000 horsepower in its most basic state of tune. It generates its peak output at a superbike-like 10,500 rpm, and it doesn’t reach its red line until 11,400 rpm. Its peak torque output of 545 pound-feet arrives at 7,000 rpm. One-thousand hp and 545 lb-ft. are impressive statistics, but there’s more. The V12 will serve as the … [Read more...] about Aston Martin’s 1,000-hp Valkyrie will boast the Mona Lisa of the engine world
Update: It's Thanksgiving weekend in the US, so many Ars staffers are working through leftovers instead of to-do lists. And with the recent news that one of the most interesting land-speed engineering projects around is experiencing funding issues (just a year after it finally ran a test and hit 210mph), we're resurfacing this profile of Bloodhound SSC. The initiative boils down to a single question: How do you build a car capable of setting a new land speed record on the far side of 1,000mph? This story originally ran on March 19, 2014, and it appears unchanged below. Human beings achieved many 'firsts' in the 20th century. We climbed the planet's highest mountains, dived its deepest undersea trench, flew over it faster than the speed of sound, and even escaped it altogether in order to visit the moon. Beyond visiting Mars, it may feel like there are no more milestones left to reach. Yet people are still trying to push the envelope, even if they have to travel a little farther to get … [Read more...] about Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?