“If we prepare for climate change by building a clean-power economy, but climate change turns out to be a hoax, what would be the result? Well, during a transition period, we would have higher energy prices. But gradually we would be driving battery-powered electric cars and powering more and more of our homes and factories with wind, solar, nuclear and second-generation biofuels. We would be much less dependent on oil dictators who have drawn a bull’s-eye on our backs; our trade deficit would improve; the dollar would strengthen; and the air we breathe would be cleaner. In short, as a country, we would be stronger, more innovative and more energy independent.
But if we don’t prepare, and climate change turns out to be real, life on this planet could become a living hell.”
Here’s what was on my mind this morning at 11:30 am when I spoke with Tracy Young of CNN’s Headline News, Charter Local Edition.
This is the sneak preview of that interview. Photos and video clips from our historic October 24 Climate Action in Manhattan Beach will be added in post production. The interview will air multiple times starting on November 30 and running through December 6 – the day before the Copenhagen climate talks begin.
In August I covered the Plug-In 2009 Conference in Long Beach for Creative Greenius and provided exclusive photos and commentary.
On the final night of the conference, August 13, a public night was held featuring a forum with Bill Nye the Science Guy, Chelsea Sexton and “Who Killed the Electric Car” Director, Chris Paine. In this excerpt from the complete video provided by Plug-In America on YouTube, I ask the panel about the sense of urgency I felt at the 2008 conference but found lacking here in 2009:
If you’ve been wondering just how real the new Chevy Volt that gets 230 mpg in city driving is, well just take a look for yourself. Here’s what the brainiacs at General Motors sent the premier EV car conference on the West Coast.
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. Read more
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… Read more
I have seen the future and it is a new car electric car from Nissan.
Nissan is about to drink GM’s milkshake with a breakthrough, affordable, next generation electric car that will be beat the Chevy Volt to market, cost half as much and work twice as well. Plus it looks ten times cooler.
Check out the new Nissan Leaf on video:
If you’re like me you would have found yesterday’s gathering in Santa Monica a very sexy day at the beach. And by sexy I mean hot and arousing, the way I get when serious people talk serious talk about renewable energy, about the revolution that’s needed to respond to climate change and about the reality of current world situation. You know, the kind of stuff never discussed on television or in the newspapers anymore. The kind of stuff that transcends the bread and circuses offered to the masses today.
But let’s face it, I’ve got a pretty unconventional sense of sexy and as one of the ace marketers of my generation I know what brand of sex sells best to the people. That’s why I’d always like the features and benefits of any product I introduce to the mass market to be pointed out by someone like the young woman in the sunglasses above. Having the world’s greatest car is nice. But knowing how to sell it best is the kind of genius I can appreciate. Read more
As our climate change crisis worsens and spins out of control with each passing day there’s no time to spare for those of us whose job it is to educate and motivate our fellow citizens to actions that cut our greenhouse gas emissions. I’m talking about committed environmental journalist/activists like myself who believe we have a responsibility to play more than a stenographers role in covering the single greatest threat to our civilization of our lifetimes.
That’s just one reason I spent 12 hours on behalf of the South Bay Environmental Services Center talking to people at the Palos Verdes Street Fair last weekend. And when you hear the questions folks ask at events like these you instantly realize just how little people know and understand about what’s happening to our climate and their world. Most have no idea. It’s not their fault either – their local governments and the mainstream media have failed them big time. That’s certainly the case here in Torrance, California where I live and work.
The good news is that positive things ARE happening and our efforts are starting to make a difference. It’s all happening excruciatingly too slowly of course, and at the pace we’re currently on we are quite simply as doomed as doomed can be – but in the meantime it IS starting to happen and the first signs of momentum are now starting to show. As all Lakers and NBA fans know, if you’ve got Mr. Momentum wearing your jersey you’re going to go on a scoring run. It’s a slam dunk. Read more
That’s my friend, Dency Nelson, with his EV RAV4 at last year’s EPN Energy Fair. Dency charges his plug-in electric car using the clean, renewable energy he produces from the solar panels on the roof of his Hermosa Beach house.
Dency’s house is just one of 7 houses you can tour on tomorrow’s EPN Solar Homes Tour which you can check out on the EPN’s fabulous new web site.
They’re each great examples of how well solar works here in the South Bay, but only Dency’s house will feature your Creative Greenius as a volunteer docent. I’m just saying… Read more