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picture of a messy desk and computer screenFew things are more satisfying and rewarding than writing about something about which you are passionate. For me, the environment is one of the things for which I have the greatest passion. As a father of two young girls, and, more generally, as a member of global humanity, I believe there is nothing more important than ensuring that our planet is a livable place for its incredible array of organisms for as long as possible. Few things are more crucial to making sure this occurs than a truly massive shift from fossil -- and finite -- fuels to renewable, clean forms of energy like solar.

Getting conservatives to support EV + PV

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[ABOVE] The link and picture from a story about how national parks are adding EV charging stations posted by the Colorado Renewable Energy Society that came through my Facebook feed recently.

editors-blog-entry3First, I want to say I know there are quite a few conservatives and right-leaning libertarians who drive electric cars and many who power/fuel their EVs with home solar. They are tapping into the great joy and independence and freedom of solar-charged driving, with independence and freedom being values often associated with political conservativism.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of conservatives who are downright anti-electric vehicle and downright anti-solar. And the sad thing is, I think too many, maybe most of these people, are anti-EV and anti-solar simply because they view electric cars and solar as being somehow "liberal".

In other words, they're not against electric vehicles and solar, and solar-charged driving because they're inherently against EVs, PV and the independence that EV + PV delivers. They're against them simply because "liberals" are for these things.

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Enjoy superior EV quickness while you still can

editors-blog-entry3One of the greatest things about driving electric vehicles is their quickness of acceleration. Press on the gas pedal and you get immediate and impressive torque, even in a "lame" 2014 Nissan LEAF such as mine.

I call it "lame" because its official 0-60 m.p.h. time is somewhere between 8 and 9 seconds, hardly stellar, but also TOTALLY deceiving, as it's damn quick from 10 to 50 m.p.h.

Immediate accelaration is intoxicating, believe me -- and, if you're like me, it changes your driving behavior. I'll zip in here, past that car over there, take off here, and there, way more often than I ever did in my 1992 Acura Integra, which I owned for 21 years, and which, while not the peppiest of cars, wasn't the un-peppiest of cars either.

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Why are some libertarians so anti EV+PV?

subsidies-solar-vs-ffeditors-blog-entry3Amazing how many people are (willfully?) ignorant about the billions in tax breaks fossil fuels and Big Oil get. And I'm supposed to feel bad because I've gone solar and drive a solar-charged EV? Gimme a break...

See the comment stream below this Grist.Org article -- 'Now is the time to invest in solar, because people are stupid' -- for more of the anti-EV, pro- Big Oil position (I use the handle cbdh19 in case you want to help support me. Sadly this position is espoused by self-declared right wing libertarians who, in theory, should be for the fueling independence that solar-charged driving delivers. In fact, a lot of right wing libertarians are EV + PV, but it seems like a lot more are inexplicably against EV + PV and for the Big Utility and Big Oil model.

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An open letter to the pro Big Utility hypocrites

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In contrast to what the pro Big Utility folks claim, home solar PROMOTES free-marketism by creating the first EVER competition for monopolistic electric utilities. We home solar owners are happy to pay a FAIR AND REASONABLE amount to to use the grid -- as long as the same guy who owns the grid is NOT the same guy with a monopoly on electic power production, a situation which represents a blatant conflict of interest.

editors-blog-entry3I've totally had it with the hypocritical people out there who allegedly support free-marketism and consumer choice, and who then slam home solar and net metering and people with home solar as free loaders and anti-free-marketers.

Come again?

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A Nissan LEAF runs completely out of charge

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My 2014 Nissan LEAF SV plugged in at a home about 300 meters away from my own home in Aurora., Colo. after it ran out of charge. [Photo by Christof Demont-Heinrich]

editors-blog-entry3I finally pushed it too far with my 2014 Nissan LEAF last night. My SV and me and my two daughters came up 300 meters short of our home, running out of charge just about 50 meters beyond a very dangerous left turn we have to make across three lanes of traffic with cars traveling 55 to 60 m.p.h.

This happened at precisely 12:15 a.m. Denver time. I had to wake up my sleeping kids, pull them out of the car, roll the car backwards down a hill I wasn't going to make it up, and park it on the street.

We then trekked 300 meters home in the chilly January air, and hopped into bed.

Well, I didn't hop into bed, I hopped online and mused over whether I should finally get an Aeroenvironment AV TurbCard 240 Volt portable plug-in EV charger, which can charge my LEAF three times faster than the trickle charge I am using exclusively now.

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