Envy – To Love Me

  A $1.85 at the pump!!  What is not to love?   The gouging that has had the consumer bent over at the pump  for at least five years has been broken.  The message in the oil markets today is “lower demand compounded with over supply is garnering lower oil prices.” While politics is at play, the consumer has partially changed.  The consumer can spend or save  elsewhere with more in our pocket – especially if one has a hybrid.   The potential for our government though is to slack off on formulating a diversified, domestic focused energy plan. Unlike 10 years ago, vehicles are more capable – lighter, stronger and energy efficient.   Habits in America and elsewhere have drastically changed the current energy landscape to the point that foreign energy does not have to be America’s main import.   Boone Pickens continues the right message for first a diversified energy plan in America and, with his self interest in mind, a focus on Natural Gas.  As has been the stance since the first post here,  love yourself by buying the most reliable, alternatives that are available.  Your action will be rewarded by admiration and of course self-respect.   The ripple effect will be a consumption driven message to politicians demanding further...
Hybrid Ready – Why Wait?

Hybrid Ready – Why Wait?

It is a September to remember. Apparently the demand for Hybrid cars and trucks is stuck. Elon Musk has opened up his intellectual property for Tesla. Now, anyone with an interest or desire to change the world of transportation can do so off his hard work, know-how and success to date. Making a change in your consumption is a fast and proven means to impacting change. Unlike a few years ago, even when Lubie Love – The Movie, was released in 2009, today we have the ability to own lighter, more fuel efficient vehicles. Today we have the ability to impact our environment positively when we travel. We also have the complete option to stay in one place and have most items that we need or could want delivered directly to our doors. I have recently completed a 10 year personal study on the impact of going carless. Yes I did this while living in a major metropolitan areas (New York City and Denver, Colorado). During this time, fracking has solidified itself as a “viable” alternative to traditional oil exploration. While few consumer vehicles are powered by Natural Gas in America, the major oil companies are sure making an economic bet that it is a sustainable energy source. The outcome is dirty water in places where water is already a scarce resource. States like Colorado are benefiting economically from the fracked economy. It is a current natural resource that farmers and land owners are now able to sell besides their crops and livestock. And being able to feed a family is not something to sneeze about. What anti-Frackers can do to...

Back to the Future – BMW releases I-3 in Denver to help save cash

Based on Lubie Love, it has taken almost 10 years for Americans to realize the true costs of their cars.  As FOX 31 TV reporter  Aristea Brady reports, the electric ride is so feasible that BMW has joined other manufacturers to meet increased demand.  While alternatives to BMW make the opportunity affordable for almost all drivers (her reporting revealed costs of just under $17,000 to own and 1/4th the cost of annual fueling), the I-3 poses the question: is this a beamer to remember?  Nice reporting Brady – your station should give you a signing bonus for your...

State of The Eco Economy

Since 2009, Lubie Love, the blog, has been a place to learn about alternatives specifically as it relates to energy consumption and vehicles. Simply put – there is no excuse for any individual or company to miss the opportunity to positively consume today – should they have an income.   This was not the case prior to 2009. Positive consumption is the outcome of buying a good that reduces or eliminates negative effects or “externalities” for both the individual and the environment. The auto industry, with leaders like Alan Mulally, Elon Musk, Akio Toyoda, Norbert Reithofer and Carlos Ghosn, have met consumer demand for alternative vehicles.  Each major automaker has options to allow for positive consumption.  Consumers have to respond by continuing to buy the vehicles. Of course the choice does not end there.   Each delivery that you receive for e-commerce can and should be made with a fuel efficient vehicle.  Whether a plane, train or truck, companies have alternatives that positively enhance their profits today. In 2010, GASLAND – The Movie, by Josh Fox, focused the counter debate on energy exploration and the luring incentives that land owners had to consider from natural gas.  Today companies like Encana, EOG, Chesapeake and Clean Energy Fuels Corp (CLNE) have used technology to expand America’s energy independence by developing natural gas.  They have also put individuals to work who otherwise may not have a job.   And for this the companies might be able to claim that they are “positively” consuming – as they are buyers of skilled labor.   At both ends of the spectrum Consumers guide the equation.  We...