New Jersey is a Tin Lizzy auto state

New Jersey is a Tin Lizzy auto state

For the auto dealer, New Jersey’s denial of the Tesla dealer model is very short sighted.    It is not about enabling a fair competitive playing field.  The decision to regulate is an example of domestic job protectionism.   Just step back and think about how Henry Ford came up with the Model T.   People were traveling New Jersey’s roads by horse and buggy, foot or bicycle.   The process would still be here today if  yesterday’s ruling were applied then.   It was product innovation that changed America.   It was an interesting and effective way to travel that quickly transformed initially America and subsequently the global transportation system.   Had regulators prevented the formation of Ford’s manufacturing facilities in New Jersey, horse and buggy navigation systems would be in demand today – as well as land for stables along the Hudson or Delaware. Yet consumers have been driving the model at Tesla.  Sure Tesla, like GM, had bailout funds.   And it is without question that Tesla’s capital intensive models would not be possible without some level of government support.   When auto dealers, like book stores, galleries, shoe stores, and other retail oriented businesses have to rely on the internet for a sale, it is foolish to cap the state’s potential with “standards” that are far from competitive.   New Jersey is not interested in Free Market Capitalism.   Nor is it a free-for-all in the industry.   What New Jersey’s decision shows is the government and its bureaucracy can not plan for the advances in technology and consumer buying...

California’s Greedy Marin County Drivers

It is now official.   A recent enlightened group found themselves learning about what a car symbolizes and means.   Paul Piff, A UC-Berkely pyschologist, cleverly discovered how self-interest is perpetuated by some as wealth increases.  He used a rigged game of monopoly. And to no surprise the type of vehicle one drives says mounds about your personality.   Those stuck in a jalopy were poor – but in his findings possibly more inclined to share than someone driving a Prius, Escalade or surprisingly a bus. His talk at TEDx Marin, shown below, actually was tailored around how to cure the increasing disparity in America between the “haves” and “have-nots”. [ted...

Top cities to move to – on Nat Gas

So how’s y0ur neighborhood growing?   When America gentrifies it has a few options to do so.   Call the mover or DIY. Those over at Yahoo, Business Insider and the like, have found the perfect graphic courtesy of ===.   Since you may be human vs. a computer, take a look at this visual. The evidence in the past 4 years ranks 10 cities with the most migration.   What the Penske 2014 graphic shows is where those driving themselves are moving.   The 2014 top 10 cities with Penske moves – the competitive nature of things allows Budget and U-Haul to have their own rankings – are: Atlanta Tampa Dallas Orlando Phoenix Houston Seattle Chicago Denver Las Vegas What would be interesting to know from all those who flocked to Atlanta:  “Did you get 9 miles to the gallon of gas or were you finally able to choose an alternative like Natural Gas?” For those who can not or are not buying Natural Gas: “Did you move because the water in your back yard was on fire?”  Or more important, “Was your new home built with a pristine water supply?” For those not in the “Green” camp: “Did you have the ability to move from a Cold state to a Warm state because the increase in US energy production has afforded you new opportunities that will better your family’s future?” What ever your answer, ensure that you have the energy to fuel another day.  The best option for your neighborhood depends on your neighborhood’s natural resources. Click to own or rent Lubie...

Plan for 123 Million Users by 2014

The energy debate America is having is surely making a difference.   The latest technology in exploration from Space to abandoned oil fields and vast non-productive Prairies is allowing each of us to answer the questions: At what price are we willing to trade one way of life for another? At what price will citizens dependent on their Automobile be willing to switch from “dirty” fuels to “clean” alternatives? My concern with these questions became formalized as I participated in the fine art documentary film, LUBIE LOVE – The Movie.  Hard to believe that the release was 4 years ago at New York’s Tribeca Cinema.   In that short amount of time, Apple and Samsung have relegated the desktop computer to a near death along with the slow-to-adapt Blackberry.   Next year, nearly 123 Million users will be watching – consuming TV and digital content on “SmartTVs.”   With just a click of the keypad, mouse, smartphone or remote, an independent film like LUBIE LOVE  can be watched and reviewed 123 Million times! (Review your copy here). Yesterday, in my home state of Colorado, three Colorado communities voted to let more facts on Fracking be known.  They voted on extending a moratorium on hyrdrolic fracturing by as much as 5 more years.  Boulder, Layfette and Fort Collins chose to say “No” for now.   They also chose to embrace a “clean environment” where drinking water is likely to be one of the Front Range’s biggest obstacles to sustained growth. Credit can be given to my contemporary in film, Josh Fox.   He successfully galvanized a national awareness of drinking water being...

A nation on (c)Track?

As the summer driving season comes to a close, it’s easy to see how far we – as commuters – have changed.  The country is on course to two distinct paths: cheap fuel for the masses at the expense of the environment (natural gas abound); expensive alternatives for those who can breath rarefied air and preach to the masses.   The later is putting their emphasis on a frail electrical grid that currently connects their homes.  The same group tends to be highly educated, urbanites who love their elitism.   Yet the masses are those who major motor companies want to – and continue to attract to their show rooms.  Tesla vs. Ford should be the new automotive paradigm. Yet old habits die hard. Telsa has the possibility of producing more cars a year that are clean, fast and furious than most of it’s competitors.   Ford simply has the embedded driver locked into a belief that independence only can come through gas.  The hinterlanders – many who love their country and live in a hood very close to you and me – are blinded by failed back to work promises and pride rather than pure self reliance.  There is no question that a truck loving commuter can haul their load in a 9 mile to the gallon rig.  But have they actually tried an electric powered truck to do the same commuter job?  Likely not – as few are on the road to date. Certainly, four years from now, like the four that have just past, consumers will see advances in their automobile options.   SUVs will certainly be electric and possibly...

The Fracknation Energy Plan – Not Gasland

In a classic display of concern and interest, citizens of all walks of life appeared for the screening of Gasland 2 in Boulder Wednesday evening.   The Glenn Miller Ballroom was home to the launch of independent film director Josh Fox’s latest update on the troubling energy process called Fracking.  Boulder was an ideal site for Josh and his primary underwriter, HBO, to screen a relevant and galvanizing film.  It is a film that shows how everyone’s backyard is impacted by the presence of an abundant energy supply – in this case Natural Gas.   NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) is not going to be enough when fracking natural gas becomes an acceptable practice throughout the United States. For those who do not know, America’s lack of an energy policy has led to a diversified plan to extract what ever is economically viable from our natural resources in a general attempt to become energy independent and regain our leadership in supplying the world with energy.   What Gasland 2 shows is that the stakes are higher than ever for not just a few American landowners with mineral rights (Josh included) but for the vast areas of land that produce natural gas.  These areas lay below our homes in rural and urban areas alike.   In one scene Josh joins fellow film maker Chris Paine (Revenge of The Electric Car) on a quick ride through the hills outside Hollywood, California which once again have become productive and economically viable plots for performing oil and gas wells. Josh has succeeded in bringing attention to a national issue that is being heavily lobbied by big...

Promised Land

With America and other countries, most notably, Venezuela heading to the polls, voters have to be informed.  The cornerstone of the first American debate between “Big Bird” and “The Fumbler” in Denver was the economy.  It’s obvious that no matter who ends up in office, they will be unable to drive America into a better economic environment.  Corporations – made of folks concerned about their own jobs and family fortunes are less prone to put their jobs at risk to make the community, cities, and country a better place.  For Coloradan’s a new movie set to hit the screens in December will hit home.  “Promised Land”, featuring Matt Damon and a blockbuster cast and director (Yes Matt has reconnected wtih his Good Will Hunting Director Gus Van Sant), are expanding on Josh Foxes’ HBO film GASLAND.    For those in Longmont, Colorado choosing correctly on Question 300 will likely be played out twice – once in the voter booth and then on the big screen. While Fox was first driven to choose between selling out his family’s land for mineral riches when natural gas companies came knocking, his documentary in 2009 set the stage on the natural gas fracking debate.   Promises of riches are what farmers, rural land owners and states are faced with daily.   Communities that once flourished, from countless towns in Pennsylvania to Louisiana, Florida to Washington, have to decide – feast or famine. What is most interesting about “Promised Land – The Movie” is it poses Damon’s character in the role faced by a big company employee.  Like other major films, The Social Network comes to...

How We Got Here

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of running into a friend from Sundance.  He and I share a passion for awesome skiing and snowboarding.  What we both understand is that when the weather isn’t cutting it, the glorious Rocky Mountains yield not just poor powder conditions but a miserable water supply. Since 1980, the snow level in Colorado – my home state – has consistently been lacking.  By the early 90s, almost all of the major resorts sub-combed to “Cloud Seeding” or most obvious – massive snow making efforts.  The state not only recognized that without international travelers or locals ready to pile into their cars for 4 hours of average drive time to and from the slopes, a major economic resource would be lost.  Snow making and other technologies were allowed and skier visits blossomed.  Real estate development flourished and jobs became plentiful. This New Year’s I had the fortune of being up in Aspen.  A five day ski vacation became, while enjoyable, a 2 day “avoid rocks on skis and snowboards fest” and 3 days of Apres recovery.  For those who do not know, January should be well packed with a rock free snow base – not bushes piercing through the ski’s base. The technology innovation that was meant to solve a lack of snow base somehow didn’t matter.  No amount of technology was going to yield a snowfall that was going to justify enticing mother nature to comply with my vacation – or that of the eager high net worth travelers to Colorado’s slopes let alone Aspen’s.   This post was actually kindled by the...

Tributes start at Home

Have we learned anything over the past 11 years regarding energy.  O’ Yah!  It’s the central force behind a global posturing in both business and politics.  The auto bailout brought us not only saved jobs that should have disappeared Adam Smith style.  It brought us a greatly improved CAFE average.  We are now able to select a host of automobiles which on average can hit 35 MPG.   Yet the top 1% revel in the fact that their average MPG in luxury models maybe, just maybe yields 20 MPG for Yukons, Range Rovers, Beamers and Maybachs. Energy experts including Boone have lost millions on alternatives.  The push for domestic only energy is a rock solid idea.  Unfortunately the propensity of employees and employers is to disregard safety for short term gains.  Natural gas, discovered and extracted poorly will quickly turn communities and ultimately the country into an environmental wasteland.  Big rigs – like the those featured in Lubie Love – The Movie should be on Natural Gas today.  Only if NG can be delivered guaranteed clean. Having a job that has no future is not what American’s need.  Digging ditches just to fill them right back up might be work – but definitely the policy doesn’t advance the worker or society.  Educating and retooling does.  Knowledge accurately shared, benefits us all.  As we honor the fallen, as we stand together, we should advance the debate on energy in the simplest most direct process possible: consume only products that work and politics will shift very quickly.  The need to wait two or four years to throw the bums out will follow...

A Bridge to No Where

Rolling Blackouts, “nimby” protests, smog from the tail pipes, smelly water, corporate action – these are the answers society has come up with by operating rudderless energy plans.  A few weeks back, a new Madone 4.7 came into my life.  It’s an ancient Chinese secret borrowed from the Japanese who borrowed the concept from the French and styled impeccably by the Italians – a bicycle.  Today, New York City has shifted traffic patterns for the bicycle and pedestrians out there.  Laws were passed to make this possible.  The internet has enabled you to order shoes and fine art without having to step into your car or break a sweat by Trekking to a local retailer. Structural economic shifts are abound; human nature is not though. The cheapest, healthiest option is what our national energy plan needs to be.  The answer needs to employ those interested in earning a competitive wage.  Global mineral scarcity paired with technology remains at the heart of the debate – as is the proper pricing of Carbon – mono and di (co2). One of the main characters in the energy debate is T. Boone Pickens.  His statesmanship is founded on an enlightened moment – premised on making a sound investment in his future.  What Boone has achieved is a lobbying track record for his interests and fortunately for most of us slightly less well off.  Boone diversified.  Boone invested.  Boone lost – and he gained.  Boone stoked the debate because of patriotism and finances.  Boone’s answer is short – term and like so many in his age short sighted.  The wisdom is that America has...