Gas powered everything?

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

6 thoughts on “Gas powered everything?”

  1. Jeff,

    Very clever commercial, but where do they think the electric power comes from?

    Even with “green” California we are still getting almost 20% of our power from coal plants. There have a much greater level of pollution than most modern cars. In fact my friend who works for Honda points out that their new cars emit CLEANER air from the tailpipe on many days in Los Angeles than they take in on the front end.

    John

    1. John,
      And who is standing in the way of a massive shift away from fossil fuels? Those who are thinking of future profits instead of the future of our families, communities, region, state, nation, and planet. A new industry would create jobs at every level if we would put selective import tariffs on those products. To bad we don’t have an entity big enough to kick start such a shift.

      Lets see who owns like a million buildings, hundreds of millions acres of land, millions of cars, employs millions of Americans, hmm lets see who could actually kick start an entire new industry of renewable energy?

  2. What I find amazing is how full of beans the right leaning opponents of taking action on climate change really are.

    We the recent Reuters School for the Study of Journalism that shows clearly that global denialists propaganda is concentrated in the US, UK and Australian media dominated by right wing corporate news and energy companies, and against the entire rest of the world. Now we have a clear warning—from NOAA and the IEA–take action or the costs will be CATASTROPHIC.

    http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/agency-emissions-must-be-curbed-now-avoid-severe-warming-13544

    Talk about a culture that has lost all track of what “deferred gratification” means. Let’s see, I can be fat and lazy today, or my children and grandchildren can suffer the consequences of catastrophic climate change?

  3. John, you need to read Jeremy Rifkin’s book The Third Industrial Revolution. If you send me your address I will buy you a copy and send it over to you.

    sfrisch@sbcouncil.org

    Cars get charged on a distributed energy grid–think of the ‘internet’ for energy where individual, building and small scale production can feed into the grid and get paid for its contribution through feed in tariffs–and through battery exchange stations based on our existing gas station infrastructure.

    If you had told a guy driving a buggy in 1905 that there would be a gas station on every corner by 1925 they would have told you you were crazy.

    1. I certainly agree with your last comment, only I think it might be all those hydrogen stations that surprise us in the near future rather than the solar power that we have been trying to make economical for over two hundred years.

      I sent you a note off-line on your generous offer!

      John

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