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September 02, 2008


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kerry bradshaw

I have to laugh listening to the nonsensical claim that automobiles are destroying the environment. I would instead suggest that Mr Sierra, who obviously objects to the only clean energy source we have (nuclear)
is instead responsible for global warming by blocking nuclear power development for the past 35 years, leading to coal fired plants that have placed out planet in such peril. Mr Sierra has zero credibility and makes
no logical sense in claiming that electric cars will be powered by fossil fuels in the future.
Contrary to the unbelievably bizarre claim that energy is evil (a product of the leisure suit time era in which Mr Sierra seems to be trapped), our world will always need more and more energy and we have way more than enough clean energy than we could ever possibly use. Mass transit was a
solution advanced decades ago and is makes no more sense today than it did back then. Any good effects from such a massive expense and inconvenience would be very shortlived
and totally pointless - the solution is to provide CLEAN energy, not to simply use less of the dirty variety. There is no possible way that enforced conservation can provide
any kind of a solution - doing without is simply neither acceptable, nor necessary, nor logical. Mr Sierra is simply an authoritarian minded fellow with very muddled ideas that seem more at home in a more technologicaly primitive era.

Cerise McLaren

I really enjoyed this post and it brings up some really great points about EVs. I have thought about the silliness of using electricity for cars because energy is not reduced but coming from a different energy source than gasoline-powered vehicles. Renewable energy is definitely an answer to EVs but Mr. Green brings up a good point that a change in what type of energy is consumed isn't good enough and does not decrease the demand for roads nor get people thinking about the distance they end up driving (more miles on a high MPG/EV car isn't better just because it's more "efficient"). Reducing energy consumption is the best possible answer. I moved from Arcata, CA, at the beginning of the year. Living in Arcata, I walked just about everywhere, even on wet and cold, dreary days. I love the small-town lifestyle of getting around easily on your bike or feet, being able to buy local produce from your friends or get it from your garden. Moving to San Diego put me in an eco-funk. I drive twenty-two-plus miles round trip for work (fortunately not every day) and "have" to drive to the grocery store, the post office, school, the movies, even framer's market. Seeing all the people alone in cars on my morning commute bothered me and I wondered why people don't car pool (my neighbor works near my work, why couldn't we carpool?). But I realized my schedule is random and often weird hours so carpooling isn't very feasible for me so maybe it's not for a lot of other people. Moving closer to work would make a twenty-two-plus mile trip everyday for my fiancé as I drop him off on the way to my work. I finally found a way I could reduce my driving and I'm even getting in better shape. I recently started school again at a college three or so miles from my house and I have decided to bike to school every day that I have extra time to commute. So far I've made it two days (out of five) and I am glad that my car is stuck in it's parking spot. Sadly, I saw a mere ten or so bikes in an obscure, hard-to-locate bike rack and I am amazed at how many people drive to school. I bet even people who only live a mile away drive. Imagine if everyone could make a choice to have one day they didn't drive or carpooled how much less energy we would use. Or walk or ride your bike one day a week to the store or work. I feel much better being active riding my bike and the environment isn't the only one who benefits. Riding my bike six or so miles in a day makes me drink more water and eat healthier too. It's not just about what you do that impacts the environment, it's about how much you do of it. Maybe we all need refresher on our three Rs.

Mike Keller

Gee what a great idea. Everybody ride bicycles. I wonder what an 18 wheel semi-truck bicycle looks like?

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Fewer vehicles IS actually the answer. Less consumption - and less isolated consumption. Fewer vehicles would be easier on the enviro all the way around. It's such a radical idea to over-consumers that they have to jump all the way over to the extreme other side and suggest that Mr. Green means no vehicles at all. Bone up on your reading comprehension skills, then use your brain, not just your over-charged emotional battery to respond.

run your car on water

i just love the new technology but the electric car is hard to deal with.

Blake Reina

Well, if you really want to support the "green" way, then commuting would be a good answer. It supports the "lesser cars" suggestion. But if you really want to ride a car, then go for the EV, just like what Mr. Green has said.

Solar Panels

The debate over EV's and hybrids are endless but bottomline is that we all want to participate in green living. One effective way to do this is by installing solar panels in your home which not only cuts electricity costs by as much as 60% but can also lessen the effects of global warming.

Brittanie Holderness

There are a lot of arguments on EVS. I've seen different forums and discussions on the topic, and not one has come to a sensible conclusion. I think discipline on the road is the answer. If drivers find EVs satisfying, the use of these vehicles could proliferate in the future.

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