My name is Joe Galliani, I’m 52 years old and I’ve lived in Southern California for 33 years.
Since 1993 my wife and I have lived in Torrance California, just a half mile from the beautiful beach and the Pacific Ocean. We feel very fortunate to live here at the base of the gorgeous Palos Verdes Peninsula, but today we’re breathing a big sigh of relief learning that the Palos Verdes Wildfire was 100% contained this morning. What we’re not breathing is clean air, because the smoke from the La Canada-Flintridge fire, about 38 miles from here, is still making air quality hazardous and people in the L.A. basin are being advised not to spend too much time outdoors and to keep their doors and windows closed and their air conditioners running.
This is the summer I totally got my groove on. And I have never been more all now or totally happening.
While lots of folks took the month of August off, or participated in the greatest display ever of America’s mental health crisis – by aggressively acting out in public Town Halls enraged over their own painful ignorance – your Creative Greenius has devoted 100% of my time to pro bono volunteer work that makes a difference.
I’ve never made less money or had a more rewarding time.
I am now chairing the South Bay Los Angeles 350 Climate Action Group and we are off to a flying start getting a big “YES!” to every group and individual we talk to about support.
I am inviting ALL of Los Angeles to come on down to Manhattan Beach pier on Saturday, October 24 to join me and the dozens of local organizations and thousands of your fellow concerned So Cal citizens to demonstrate our support for a 350 ppm limit on CO2 emissions in our atmosphere.
There is broad support for a cleaner climate and renewable energy use and we’re going to prove it for all the world to see.
As if I don’t have enough environmental trouble to worry about here in ToxicTown, Torrance, California, my home for the past 16+ years, what with the evil Exxon Mobil Refinery using 750 prime acres of our real estate to spew greenhouse gases and other climate changing emissions day and night with the blessing and endorsement of our City Council, Mayor and easy to please Environmental Commission.
But today my friends at Greenpeace released a new reason to worry about the environment here in Torrance. They put the bulls-eye on JCI Jones Chemical as the posterboys for needlessly dangerous chemical plants that put 4.5 million women, children and men at risk. I’m one of those men and I take it personally …
When I first met Elizabeth I had no idea that there were so many Tongan Americans living in large communities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Dallas and other cities across the USA. Elizabeth is producing a documentary film on the history of Tongans immigrating to America and she knows a lot about the subject.
But surprisingly, a subject Elizabeth didn’t know a lot about is Tonga’s frontline role as a victim of the climate change crisis.
Dan’s been a big help to California Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s efforts to get AB 920 turned into the feed-in tariff law that will drive sales of solar literally through and onto every available rooftop in the Golden State. And if you talked with Lawrence Cooper he’d probably tell you it would be a big help in getting to 33% renewable energy in California. Lawrence Cooper works with Assemblyman Huffman, and AB 920 is one of his big responsibilities.
I heard from Cooper a couple of times this week with updates on the progress of AB 920 which is expected to be heard on Monday in Senate Appropriations, where it will be referred to the suspense file due to the cost. Cooper and his team will then start to work to get the bill out of suspense.
Cooper has already worked long and hard, including setting me straight about SCE’s support for the bill. I had gotten that wrong in my piece on Monday and Cooper was kind enough to correct me without beating me up.
Just about one year ago on July 2, 2008 I was on Larry Mantle’s “Airtalk” (KPCC-FM 89.3 Pasadena) talking about getting my electric car and my solar panels. I’m a member supporter of KPCC, my favorite NPR station, and I think Mantle does one of the most intelligent shows on the radio. I wasn’t on as an official guest, I called into the show to drop some Greenius on L.A. radio listeners.
One year later, I’m still learning how to do my own solar installation after having taking classes and working with GRID Alternatives to install solar as a volunteer on low income and Habitat for Humanity homes. And we’ve now cut our electric usage in half through efficiency measures so the size of the solar I need is half as much.
And I’ve learned and written an awful lot about electric cars & the whole new emerging EV industry.
But listening back to this clip I realize how little talk of these subjects you hear anywhere on the TV or radio airwaves today. While the Confederacy of Dunces rules the media spotlight, the climate crisis has only worsened since the days of $4.60 a gallon gasoline. One year ago I said we only had about 12 months to turn things around:
Here’s the audio clip of what I had to say on July 2, 2008:
This one might actually get MORE than 230 mpg in the city seeing as how it has no doors, windows, seats, any interior, hood, roof, underbody or trunk.
You’ve just got to take it on faith from the OG who snuffed out their last electric effort with extreme prejudice and who have showed the good judgment to run their company into bankruptcy and to bring Bob the Putz Lutz (“Global warming is a crock of shit!”) back from the dead and back on board for one more round of Paula Abdul level-crazy soundbites on what he knows about the 21st century marketplace.
At least GM did a Disney display. Ford and whatever it is they call Chrysler this week didn’t even bother to show up. Luckily no one was really at Plug-In 2009 to hear the Three Car Stooges at this point, they don’t have any pleasant surprises in store for us. But what did surprise this reporter was the absence of Honda, Toyota, BYD, and a lot of the other players listed on the Plug-In America car tracker.
Here’s a few shots from yesterday first full day of the Plug-In 2009 conference in Long Beach, California. I’ll be back there today for more Greenius coverage to be published later this week.
The Creative Greenius with the new Nissan Leaf flat lithium ion battery. They’ll be making Leafs in Tennessee and they will be making many more batteries than cars. The Nissan spokesman told me they will be selling the battery as a standalone product too. I’d like a set to convert my 1997 del Sol to an EV.
AB 920 + AB 811 = Solar Powered Electric Cars & PV Powered Charging Stations
I used to get frustrated with people when they couldn’t grok what was so blatantly obvious to me. The dots that other folks were failing to even see, already looked pre-connected to me – like those incredibly real artificial Christmas trees with the lights already set in place and ready to plug-in.
It took me about five decades to realize that I was just wired to see things a certain way and that most other people come at the same things from a very different angle.
What I’m seeing plain-as-day right now is the simple and obvious solar solution to all of California’s budget and growth problems.
But I’m also seeing something even bigger and better than that. And you’ll be seeing it too, right after the jump…