Articles by Greg Magnus

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Is Geothermal Always Worth It?

Geothermal Pros & Cons Earlier this year, I wrote a post on the Pros and Cons of Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHP). As it turns out, there is more to the story. I am in the process of evaluating HVAC systems for an existing home that is getting an addition. The addition is almost the size […]


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Waste Plastic to Oil Conversion – $10 a Barrel

Is reducing the price per barrel of oil a step in the right direction? If so, Envion Inc. claims they are leading the charge towards a green future with the introduction of a plastic-to-oil conversion technology. According to the manufacturer, the Envion Oil Generator is a first-of-its-kind technology that converts plastic waste into synthetic light […]


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Marketing: Green Now Mainstream

Given the opportunities and consumer awareness, many companies have long since jumped on the "Green Marketing" bandwagon. And, green marketing is now mainstream. Jacquelyn Ottman provides her views and trends based on years of experience. Her article, published on the Harvard Business blog, is a good read. Here’s an excerpt and link to the full […]



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V-Vehicle Fuel Efficient Game Changer?

I’ve barely heard of the new car company, but it appears we all may soon based on the players getting involved. Camille Ricketts published a good piece on the topic: If you haven’t heard of the V-Vehicle Co. before, you’re in good company. The stealthy new car maker just unveiled plans to produce a fuel-efficient […]


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Solar: Federal Incentives Grow Local Businesses

Will Federal incentive programs help change the agriculture industry by encouraging more farms to install solar energy systems? Reports suggest they will for some firms in Virginia. A federal incentive program could forever change the face of Virginia’s agriculture industry by encouraging more farms to install solar energy systems. That’s the hope of Blue Crump, […]


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BMW Aggressively Evaluates Alternative Energy – Spartanburg

Since February, BMW has been evaluating wind speeds at their Spartanburg, SC, manufacturing plant to determine the feasibility of using wind power at the site. Gold Ring Power, LLC, is working with the automobile manufacturer to determine the viability of adding wind to the list of alternative energy sources used to power the facility. Currently, […]



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The Mother Nature Network Launches

Oil Obit | Energy News/January 30, 2009: PRWEB reports the launch of The Mother Nature Network, an environmental news and information website at mnn.com. The site is using an advertising supported model to provide green news and information. Advertising veteran Joel Babbit and Rolling Stones Keyboardist (Chuck Leavell) teamed up to provide environmental information for […]


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First Lithium-Ion Battery in Mass-Produced Passenger Car

Available in the Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID (Summer 2009) Oil Obit News/Daimler PR/Stuttgart/January 15, 2009: The ADAC (German Automobile Association) has awarded its “Gelber Engel 2009” (Yellow Angel) to Daimler AG and its systems partner Continental in the Innovation & Environment category. The Stuttgart carmaker was selected for the award by Europe’s largest automobile club […]


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Carbon Trading a Godsend or Giant Shell Game

Technorati Tags: carbon trading,global warming,cap-and-trade,carbon market According to the World Bank, global trades in the carbon market during 2007 were valued at more than $64 billion, more than double the 2006 figures. Is cap-and-trade good for the environment? Will it help us combat global warming? For those interested, Jennifer Barone recently published an article that […]


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60 Minutes Ponders Pickens Plan on Sunday

CBS is taking a close look at the Pickens Energy Plan this Sunday; Charlie Rose profiles Pickens on 60 Minutes, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Is it politics or truly an attempt to help us better understand how to end our dependence on foreign oil once and for all?  Although I consider 60-minutes a […]