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...
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...

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...

2011 costs American’s $4155 in Gas

It’s a “December to Remember.”  The American consumer is now spending on average $4155 to keep their beloved car filled and revved up.  This all according to the latest December 19th report by the Associated Press on fuel costs.  The shock of higher prices at the pump has not forced the American government to introduce a comprehensive energy policy, one which mixes domestic oil, gas, electric, and the like into a market friendly guidepost.  Citizens have moderated their rallying cries – The Pickens Plan has a registered base of 1.7 million citizens demanding domestic supply – while strong, hardly a dent in a population of nearly 350 million citizens.   The anti-natural gas debaters have been neutralized by big oil in spite of awareness campaigns from the left and Hollywood.    Of course the splashy news of Solyndra’s bankruptcy and China’s cheap photovoltaics has all but killed hope in the public solar support category; only the most endowed companies will pursue viable solar installations.  The politicians have hung themselves with a tax measure linked to the insistence that new jobs will await the newest gas pipeline.  Somehow, educating a new installer base on wind, solar and electrical grid needs is not as appealing as the tried and true Keynsian approach to America.  And where is the consumer?  Struggling to keep the lights on. As CNBC’s report on the latest findings indicates, consumers are being most impacted when their wages have not risen. She’s my baby, but I’m going to have to switch to something more economical, Hunter Collins said about his Dodge Charger and the 40 mile commute to and from...