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  1. Interesting thing is there is a tactical reason for this even if they felt there was no difference between the two. Labour are the underdogs, and it's in the Lib Dems interest for the election to be close in order to get a hung parliament. But the Warrington Lib Dems are so over invested in this that they are totally out of touch with reality.
  2. The short answer is, I don't know. Might be electric, but quite different from present battery powered ones. Might be more indirectly electric like hydrogen. My point is that I don't think present style EVs should be critiqued as if they were intended to be the ultimate future in transportation. They need to be seen as a present day answer to an unacceptable transportation system. Driving petrol cars is like everyone burning their own rubbish on the street and paying terrorists for the fuel to ignite it.
  3. I don't actually think EVs are the long term solution. I think they are the short term solution. That's one thing that annoys me about the governments plans with regards to them. They are too sluggish. EVs are the quick and imperfect way to get away from oil dependence and clean up our in your face pollution now, not something to faze in in 50 years time. You know why the G-wiz got developed in India? Because they simply banned petrol cars in certain cities. An instant market for EVs was there. If people wanted to drive in certain areas, they had to have an EV. While I'm not so sure I would recommend anything as draconian as that, the attitude needs to be taken that this is today's solution, not some lofty futuristic one. After all EVs are old technology. The earliest cars were electric. Watch "Who killed the electric car." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39K36Rw7LYc&feature=related The charging infrastructure is dead easy even for people who don't have at home facilities. London has plenty of public charging points. You just plug in when you park on the street. There are special parking places with little posts with plug points in them. Cold places have had infrastructure for EVs for years in major parking lots. Years ago when I thought about applying for a job in Duluth the scare story I was told was that they had plug in points in all the parking lots there. That was a sign of how cold it was, because people needed them to plug in engine warmers, because otherwise their cars might not start up in the winter. EVs have computer systems to keep them from overcharging, so you don't forgot to charge them, because you just leave them plugged in whenever you are not using them.
  4. Too bad you can't just screw them in like you do with track shoes. The ones you put in shoes aren't that expensive. Just lately discovered bags of extra ones here from having lost them and then bought new ones. But I guess it would take more than 6 per tire and get pretty fiddly. And the vaseline that you put in the holes when you take them out would certainly mess up the roads.
  5. The other solution that Renault and project better place seem to be going for is for you to own the car, but rent the batteries. The plan is for it to be like a mobile phone contract. That's what allows them to do the battery swapping. You buy miles like buy minutes on a mobile phone.
  6. Probably not. My general remedy for snow and ice is to go slow and not do anything sudden. They are more efficient at low speeds than petrol cars, so that should be a plus in snow. Talking about ice and snow, my solution for running is to wear track spikes. It makes a world of difference. I few days ago I went out running in regular training shoes and was slipping all over the place. Next day I wore spikes and the cars were having trouble keeping up. Could we put spikes on car tires?
  7. You are definitely right about that and what you are saying is important. The analogy is a good one in that way too. I just get tired of the there's no difference lines, which get us nowhere. Moving the problem to the power plant is an important first step. It cleans up our living area in the same way that putting rubbish in the bin does. It gives some chance for reducing car use, because more people would walk or cycle if they didn't have to breath exhaust while doing so. Plus there is economy of scale at a power plant. Can you imagine putting the kind of scrubbers they have a Fiddlers Ferry on a car? You are very right, but at the same time it is very important to not sacrifice the good in search of the perfect. (one of my favourite Obama quotes) Having campaigned for Democratic Party in the states for a number of years I know all too much about the there's no difference lines. For example, there was a difference between Gore and Bush, still is, and if there hadn't been so many people saying there was no difference (perhaps a hundred or so in Florida) the invasion of Iraq might have not happened. Naysayers may give themselves a great sense of superiority, but they are the enemies of the progress they pretend to support. We never learn. The same thing is going on this country right now, and it's a good thing only if you support the Tories. About EVs looking goofy, the main reason for this is the need to start at the low end, because people will be hesitant about investing a lot of money in new technology figuring something better will be out next year. But when I actually looked carefully at Renault's site, only one of the cars looked goofy to me, the low end neighbourhood vehicle one. The largest one looked like a pretty normal car and the compact Zoe practically looks like a sports car.
  8. So why not just throw your rubbish on the street? It's only transferring the problem to the landfill to put it in the bin. Also what you are saying is only partly true. Even with present energy mix, going to electric cuts the pollution in half according to even the most conservative of analyses. Okay, that's no better than LPG, but the advantage is that it is flexible, represents diversification, and will improve. Lovely advert. It's about time the car companies started marketing EVs seriously before making claims that there's no market for them. Their ZOE quite appeals to me. Looks a lot like GM's old EV1. They claim they will be affordable. I wonder what they mean by that.
  9. This is exactly Project Better Place's plan. The trick is, you own the car and lease the battery. It's a plan inspired by mobile phones. You buy miles. The swap is a bit more elaborate than filling a tank, but keep in mind that with 100 mi/charge you only need it for long trips.
  10. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#31416478 Any Iranians in Warrington?
  11. Shelley

    Iranians

    Any Iranians in Warrington? I'm hosting a discussion about recent events in Iran at the Unitarian Chapel on Cairo Street at 3 pm on the 28th of June. All are invited. I would especially like to hear privately from any Iranians would like to come and give us your perspective on what's going on. For those who haven't been following it, Rachel Maddox can give you an overview of just how big the news is. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#31416478
  12. The problem with this is that no two nutritionists can agree on what's healthy food.
  13. Interesting hearing peoples' stories about the war. Made me try to think what my family was doing. I think my father's father fought in it, but I don't know any details, because he died of cancer when my father was 4. My mother's father I think was in the military somewhat before the war as a poor Hungarian immigrant to the US out of work, but I think he was out of the military by the time the war started. But I think his job in the shipyards of Newport News, Virginia was connected in some way with the war. My Grandmother's baby sister who was born in 1913 in Hungary has a few vague memories of soldiers at the house in connection with the war. I know a lot more about my families connections with the 2nd world war. Dad really wanted to go, but was 4F (physically disqualified) because the effects of a childhood illness looked like TB on the xray. My mother, however, got veteran status from her membership in the Coast Guard SPARs, the special wartime women's branch of the Coast Guard set up to do the usual peacetime Coast Guard activities while the men became part of the navy. She was a clerk, so we always joked that she shot a typewriter during the war. Her brother, my uncle, was a bit higher up. He was in the army core of engineers, and became by the end a lieutenant colonel. He probably didn't risk his life much either, so we're all a bunch of wimps. Then again, my mother's family back in Hungary, my great aunt who stayed behind, great grandmother, etc. definitely had their share of adventures in WW2. I visited my great aunt a couple of years ago, and it was not pleasant going through the family tree getting the same answer over and over again of what happened to various relatives. Killed by the nazis, died on the march, died in the camps, and she didn't want to talk about the details. She managed to get a false ID from someone and to hide in a Christian house in exchange for teaching the children.
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