All electric Tesla Roadster. $110,000.00
In a move that may provide a spark for the electric automobile industry, Toyota, the world's largest automaker, is teaming up Tesla Motors Inc, the makers of the only highway-legal all-electric car in the United States.
The companies announced a deal yesterday in which Tesla will buy a defunct Toyota plant in California where it will produce the model S, an electric sedan slated for 2012.Read full article, HERE.
I like news like this. Some people in California will get much needed jobs, these cars are not dependent on oil, and the model S, just might be an affordable electric car. I wonder if they will go from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds, like the Tesla roadster?
Lotta Oil Rigs
Map of the BP oil spill. (AP) See article, HERE.
The little red dots, and clumps of red dots are oil rigs. There are approximately 4,000 active oil rigs, pumping 24 hours a day, in the gulf. It's easy to see how much we need electric cars.
I am amazed to learn how many oil platforms we already have. I always imagined there were no more than a few hundred. The "Drill Baby Drill" craziness, seems rather pointlessly pathetic when you think of how small of a contribution those few oil rigs could add to what thousands of domestic wells are already producing.
Arizona's Border Battle
This image of Nickelodeon cartoon Dora the Explorer created late last year by Debbie Groben of Sarasota, Fla., for a contest for the fake news site FreakingNews.com, brings to light just how crazy the illegal alien debate has become. Actually, debate itself is next to impossible these days with Fox news watchers shouting whatever they have seen or heard from that one 'information' source. California has threatened to boycott Arizona power purchases as a result of Arizona's new 'knee jerk' immigration law.
Image from sustainablog.org
PG&E has placed a proposition on the California ballot to block municipalities from forming or expanding their own power companies. It's called Prop 16. It would effectively help PG&E to monopolize California's utilities. It would pull the rug out from under our local, and less expensive, Redding Electric Utility, if enough people are dumb enough to vote for Prop 16. PG&E has spent $35,000,000.00 so far to convince people to vote yes on 16.
Lassen from the Treehouse parking lot. 5/20/10
The day is still young, and I think I heard someone mention a Mexican dinner, later.
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