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Man, it’s gorgeous outside.  It rained off and on all day yesterday, with thunderstorms sprinkled around, and a tornado watch to boot.  Then, I wake up to a bright, clear, crisp, breezy day, where you just gotta have the windows rolled down while you’re driving.  Looking up while I step outside my apartment door to take an editing break, the clouds just seem to ‘pop’, as if  looking through a polarized lens.  I first experienced (that I can recall) how different the sky can look when I went to Portland, Oregon in March of 2001 for work – it just had a totally different feel to it.  Nothing like it had I seen in Texas or anywhere else.  I don’t know how it works like that over in the Northwest US, but it does. It’s a shame that the sky isn’t clear and crisp all the time, like how it should be….If only there was a device where I could just Photoshop the sky every day.

“HONG KONG, April 24 — Toyota sold more cars and trucks around the world in the first three months of 2007 than any other manufacturer, surpassing General Motors for the first time and ending one of the longest runs of dominance in all of global industry.”

It’s easy for me to see why. Well-priced, more reliable, better gas mileage….Check out the Consumer Reports issue or online stats on cars/trucks, and see who is rated the highest. Hopefully Toyota will pick up the pace on the hybrid technology, and eventually move to an all electric car, like the Tesla Roadster. I’ve heard that the redesigned 2009 Prius with a revamped version of its Hybrid Synergy Drive might get 80mpg, but it’s not even close to Tesla’s equivalent of 135mpg. Yes, you read that correctly. 135 miles per gallon. That’s already way beyond the requirements for the Automotive X Prize, of 100mpg.

A neat site to see what people are being and choosing this moment….

It’s Earth Day! It’s nice to have a planet to live with. 🙂

near Whistler, CA

“WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 3–A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists offers the most comprehensive documentation to date of how ExxonMobil has adopted the tobacco industry’s disinformation tactics, as well as some of the same organizations and personnel, to cloud the scientific understanding of climate change and delay action on the issue. According to the report, ExxonMobil has funneled nearly $16 million between 1998 and 2005 to a network of 43 advocacy organizations that seek to confuse the public on global warming science.”

And I think we all know where Big Tobacco lead us all.

Check out this CNET interview about the Tesla Roadster from the CEO of Tesla, and some hints on more affordable family electric cars in the near future….

If you’ve got about $100k to spare, this could be yours.  I hear all the time how “…the Prius is not that great looking, but it does get good mpg.” Now you could have both! I can’t wait until technology like this gets cheaper. And it will. And carmakers better get onboard with the program, because the days of the internal combustion engine are numbered.

 

We’ve got less than 50 years until ALL fish that we eat are GONE. No more Red Lobster, no Joe’s Crab Shack, no Pappadeaux’s, no Starkist tuna.

 

To all of those that say that agreeing to the Kyoto Treaty or that acting in big ways to stop global warming “hurts the economy”

 – THINK AGAIN

Have you ever seen a windmill before? I had seen one from a distance once driving on I-20 to Guadalupe Mountains National Park a few years ago, but not close up like I did out in Tehachapi, California back last Christmas.

I wonder, could farmers, regular crop farmers, farm wind, instead of crops? Instead of fields of wheat and corn, maybe put up a bunch of these puppies and sell the power locally? I know that private businesses already do this, but why not an everyday, regular farmer? I’ll check into this….

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