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Robert Dee Chris Cartelli writes for several sources. He drives an EV and lives in a net zero home.

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Environmentalism & The Electric Car

February 12th, 2020 | by Robert Dee

I have several acquaintances who are concerned about our present administration and Trump's anti-environmental actions (now he's just turned back the protection of streams and waterways, giving industry carte blanche to pollute even more). Several of those same individuals just bought new gas cars in the last year. That's the problem! It's not the climate deniers, however naive they may be — it's the people who understand the danger at our door and think it's someone else's responsibility to fix

The 2020 Chevy Bolt — GM Changes The Game, Again

February 8th, 2020 | by Robert Dee

In late 2016, the Chevy Bolt became the first affordable long range EV (electric vehicle), beating the Tesla Model 3 to market. As of this writing, in February 2020, GM has once again moved the goal posts. You can now buy a Bolt for around $26,000, underselling every affordable EV you can buy in America and having a longer range than all of them. Is it worth it? Let's take a look

Electric Vehicles, Renewables, & The Changing World Dynamic

June 22nd, 2019 | by Robert Dee

Every time someone buys or leases an EV, fossil fuel's stranglehold lessens. That's the cost differentiation between EVs and ICEs. The individual benefit, as I am enjoying, is autonomy and the opportunity to have free electricity for cars and homes. EVs are thinking people's cars, yes, and it takes planning and work, but we'll have a better life and planet for it

Two Years With The Chevy Bolt — Mixed Feelings & A Family Of Geese

June 1st, 2019 | by Robert Dee

We're excited around here right now. A couple of years ago, just about the time I signed my Bolt lease, my friends built me a birthday perch for the pond. They told us it would attract geese and entice them to have families here. Last year we labeled the perch, or at least I did, the barge. It was butt ugly sitting on our idyllic pond — think of a machine shipping skid with blue foam board under it in the hope of keeping it afloat

Technology, Fossil Fuel, & The Electric Car

March 30th, 2019 | by Robert Dee

There is no question that electronics had a massive effect on the 20th century. The vacuum tube, credited to Lee Deforest in 1903, transformed electronics in the first half of the century, enabling both radio and television. However, the greatest discovery of that century was the transistor by Bell Labs in 1949. The transistor was in a different league all together

The Massive Cost & Burden To Society & The Environment Of The Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)

March 30th, 2019 | by Robert Dee

The ICE (internal combustion engine) has transported man for more than one hundred years. It has brought goods to industry and homes, people to and from work, and enabled families to go a hundred miles or more away on holidays. There is no question that it has made our lives more convenient, or has it? With all this convenience, has the ICE and its necessary companion fossil fuel come to burden man more than it benefits him

Democracy In Free Fall

March 12th, 2019 | by Robert Dee

The foundation of the ‘great experiment’ is eroding - America has lost its way. This is not new, as history is littered with failed ideologies and withered empires. Democracy, socialism, and communism are not inherently flawed systems, as they all have their ‘good’ and ‘bad’ points, but we’ve seen each of these systems historically fail at one point in time or another

Let’s Talk “Green” Cars

June 24th, 2018 | by Robert Dee

Actually, let's talk about what's not a green car. Before I do that, I want say to hybrid drivers that I'm not your enemy and if the best you can do is drive a hybrid or put in LED lights, then great — you recognize this planet is in dire straights and are trying to do something about it

Why I Don’t Debate Climate Change

December 30th, 2017 | by Robert Dee

I no longer debate global warming and climate change. When I'm confronted with a denier, I ask how either of us, not being experts in the field, could ever hope to resolve a climate science debate? Nothing gets accomplished and this usually shuts down deniers completely. If they keep going, I ask who benefits if climate change is not occurring? Of course, we know the fossil fuel (FF) industry is the big winner. Individuals in  a climate debate, regardless of side, gain very little if anything

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