Author: robertdee

Environmentalism & The Electric Car

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

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.

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

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

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…

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

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

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.