Quartz: Three Cheers for the Real Hero of the Presidential Debate, Ken Bone
In an ugly night of lies, interruptions, and pointed attacks, America found its hero in the audience of the second presidential debate. Ken Bone asked an important question about energy policy.
“What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?” he asked of the two presidential candidates.
However, it was not his question, but rather his dashing mustache, bright red sweater, and striking name, Ken Bone, that saw him quickly trending on Twitter. One hour after the debate ended, there were 56,400 tweets about Ken Bone, compared to 21,500 about Justice Scalia.
Vox: The Difference Between Trump and Clinton on Climate Is Really Quite Simple
Climate change is one of the most important issues facing humanity for, oh, the next 10,000 years, but you never hear about it in the presidential debates. Moderators don’t bother asking. The best we got last night was undecided voter Kenneth Bone, hero to cardigan enthusiasts everywhere, asking Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton how their energy policies would stay “environmentally friendly.” (Neither candidate clarified.)
So let’s rehash the difference between Trump and Clinton on climate. Because it’s really quite simple.
Jalopnik: Tesla Killed the Cheapest Model X Just Three Months After Introducing It
Tesla just capped off its best quarter yet, delivering 8,700 Model X crossovers to customers and a total of 24,500 deliveries for the Q3 of 2016. Apparently that wasn’t good enough to keep the 60D trim of the Model X around, because Tesla just killed it only three months after introducing it.
The Model X 60D was introduced in July to try to lower the cost of the Model X and, in theory, boost sales of the electric crossover for Tesla. It came with a software-limited version of the same battery pack in the 75D, with unchanged performance beyond lowering the range to 200 miles. The 60D was priced at $74,000, which was $6,000 cheaper than the 75D (all figures after incentives).
Times Union: GE Power Wins NYPA Grid Software Contract
General Electric Co.'s GE Power unit in Schenectady has been selected to provide electric grid management software to the New York Power Authority and its new Smart Operations Center in White Plains.
The software system will monitor NYPA's 16 power plants and electricity transmission network.
NYPA is the first power utility to adopt the GE system. NYPA's hydro plans and natural gas plants provide up to 20 percent of the power to the state. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed, although GE won the deal in a competitive bidding process.
Bloomberg: Europe's Airlines Are Drunk on Cheap Fuel
These are the very best of times for European air passengers, but for airline investors it's hard to imagine how things could possibly be worse. Drunk on the profit boost served up by cheap fuel, airlines have once again added far more capacity than passengers require, causing fares to plunge. A spate of terror attacks and Brexit worries have exacerbated the problem.
The industry needs to consolidate to avoid destroying yet more shareholder value, but Europe's airlines seem hell-bent on getting bigger. EasyJet's trading update on Thursday provided more evidence of its self-destructive tendencies. Fares dropped 9 percent year-on-year in its fiscal fourth quarter, during which the orange-hued airline expanded capacity by 6 percent. Yearly pretax profit fell by more than a quarter, the first decline since 2009. Though fares are expected to keep falling, EasyJet plans to expand capacity by another 8 percent in the 2017 financial year.