Energy rush could grow
at 4:49pm by Joe Copeland
The Obama administration is reviewing whether to lift the long-held ban on exporting U.S. oil, according to the D.C. political publication The Hill. As Ansel Herz notes on the SLOG, the move would have "troubling implications" for Washington state, which is already seeing an increase in oil deliveries to its refineries. Crosscut's Floyd McKay has reported on increased risks from shipments of coal, as well as possible exports from Canada's Alberta tar sands oil. One hope has been that Oregon and Washington's governors could decide to stop many energy export proposals, but a lifting of the export ban might create a whole new level of pressure on the states. — J.C. Tesla: The car, the legend, the namePopular Seattle cartoonist Matthew Inman — he writes and draws The Oatmeal site — drives a popular car, the Tesla Model S (which he prefers to call a magical space car, among other names). His paean includes an explanation that the small motor giving the car incredible power is an AC motor, the result of the 1880s work of Nikola Tesla. He's just finished a new posting about why there ought to be a museum honoring Nikola Tesla (whose only connection to the car is the name). An earlier crowd-funding campaign, which Inman led, saved the site of Tesla's New York labs from possible development. But now another $8 million is needed to actually create a museum there, he's asking Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors (which has no other connection to the inventor than the name) to help. To wit: To come up with the $8 million.
As Slate notes, that isn't necessarily a promise of $8 million. But it's a heck of a start. — J.C.