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Green Drive Expo - San Francisco, CA, Oct 9

Eric has extended FREE GreenDriveExpo admission to MileageQuest readers. Use code: GDEMQ

The Bay Area's first consumer expo dedicated to hybrid, plug-in, ev and other high-tech, ecofriendly vehicles.

Craneway Pavilion, Richmond, CA

* Saturday, October 9, 2010
* 10am - 5pm

SEE the latest in fuel-efficient and clean-energy vehicles!

DRIVE new cars and compare!

LEARN from expert speakers and hands-on exhibits

Dancin' Tyson Chickens

I'll be smoking some dancin' chickens tomorrow for a family get-together and they'll be the Tyson All Natural Family Roasters (with the popup button). Why did I choose the Tyson ANFRs?


Neil Young and John Tyson to Help Gulf Coast Residents; Musician, food company chairman team up to fight hunger

The Kestrel -- A hemp bodied electric car by Motive Industries, Canada

An electric car with the body made of hemp is being developed by Project Eve, a group of Canadian companies in collaboration with an Alberta Crown corporation.

The Kestrel will be prototyped and tested later in August by Calgary-based Motive Industries Inc., a vehicle development firm focused on advanced materials and technologies.

- The Kestrel is an electric 4-passenger compact vehicle.
- Projected top speed is 90 kilometres per hour and a range of 40 to 160 kilometres before needing to be recharged.
- It will be powered by a motor made by TM4 Electrodynamic Systems in Quebec.
- The hemp material is being supplied by Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures.
- Polytechnic schools in Alberta, Quebec and Toronto will help build the car.
- Hemp can be readily grown in Canada and has about twice the strength of other plant fibers.
- Canada has market advantage since hemp production and hemp fiber imports are (still) illegal in the U.S.
- Henry Ford built a car made of hemp fiber and resin more than half a century ago.

Personal notes: Go Canada! How hemp got lumped into the whole Schedule 1 "marijuana" prohibition in the '30's in the U.S. is maddening -- and probably criminal at its commercial core. But that's an argument for another day. Kudos to Canada and Motive for exploring in this area. I'm pulling up a chair for this project.

As you may have gleaned from this site, I get really excited about addressing conservation of fuel on the daily commute. Collectively, it accounts for a significant percentage of our personal fuel use (no, I don't have that number). But I do know that I now burn more fuel in my garden tractor on a monthly basis in the summer, than I do in my car on my normal daily commute over the same period -- and I like it.



I shot this today. I originally found the irony entertaining. But now that it's in the can, it's not.

The top sign smacks of Guido the copy writer. The bottom sign... filed under: Open mouth, insert worlds worst oil spill

Stop the bleeding.


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John Trudell


HEY BP -- Expect some consequences

It sucks when things go wrong. I mean, sometimes things can go SO wrong that it's overwhelming. Sometimes we just lock up for a while, when things get too out of hand. It happens. Accidents happen. Surprises happen. Shock happens.

But let's face it, when you create a problem that negatively affects the lives of others, and you start screwing up our planet, you have a responsibility to make it right. Especially (in my opinion) if you've created that problem in the process of cashing in on a natural resource, like oil. I mean, it's underground. Sometimes it's not only underground, but underground beneath an ocean. We're safe from it while it's down there. Mother Earth has seen to it. We ought not go down there.

But if you decide to go punching holes in the Earth to bring the oil from there to here, just so you can turn it into money (or numbers), then you become responsible for any mess you make in the process. Seriously. It's really simple and most of us learn it at a young age; you make a mess, you clean it up. If you don't want that responsibility as adults, find a different line of work -- even if it pays a few billion less per year.

This BP disaster in the gulf... they need to be responsible. Exxon was not a responsible citizen in their actions following the Exxon Valdez. They left an environmental disaster for time to clean up. A mess for others to deal with. Life changing messes. Life ending messes.

Oil companies have been recording record profits while many responsible businesses struggle and even die trying. This mess in the gulf is going to be an expensive one to fix, IF they choose to make every effort to fix it. So will they? Or will this be a repeat of the lip service following the Exxon Valdez spill? It's a safe bet that oil executives and consultants have kept excellent notes over the past 20 years on how to 'manage' public perception, the legal system, and protect their ass-ets. Exxon muddied things up in court for 20 years. If you think BP is pumping mud now...

There are BP stations in most of our towns -- Exxon's too. That's where we (the people) cast our votes. That's where the oil becomes money. Many people cast their vote once a week, I generally vote once a month.

Use less gas. Vote less often. It's actually a lot of fun. And if these oil companies choose not to act as responsible citizens, support something that does. Show some discipline. The alchemy of turning oil into gold is vulnerable at the pump and YOU call the shots, there.

Back to the basics -- if BP doesn't effectively fix this mess they've made, they should expect consequences. The best place to really get their attention is when you vote at a gas pump -- or don't.

Black Wave - The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez - 507 million reasons to care about your MPG

Sometimes people look at me funny. I drive a funny looking little car. And I'm passionate most days, about using less fuel. And yeah, I'm a little negative when the subject of Big Oil, (and Big Pharma, and Big Business in general) come up. I guess I'm a little jaded. My trust in the system has waned as I age. But what the hell? How could you be aware of the things that go on at the top and not be moved by them? Upset by them. How could you not want to change them? I mean, you ARE aware, right?

Why then, when the topic of simply using less oil comes up, do so many people blow it off? How is it not a good thing to use less fuel?

Well, it's not better if you're in the oil business. And it's easy for many to simply let things roll as they have for decades, trusting Big Oil, trusting our governments, and not taking the time to learn about what we're doing to our planet and its future. Life just goes on, right? I mean, we couldn't possibly screw this all up, could we?

Here's a simple challenge. I challenge you to take 45 minutes out of your busy schedule and watch a documentary titled "Black Wave". Watch it through to the end. It's a documentary on the fallout and results from the Exxon Valdez disaster. Remember? The oil spill? Drunken tanker captain? Images of dieing wildlife covered in oil? Images of beach cleanup? It was twenty years ago. Take some time to figure out how the wheels really get greased.

Watch the documentary. And encourage someone else to do the same -- someone who doesn't seem to care about their MPG. Learn about failed corporate promises that things will be OK and will be "made whole" for the people in Cordova Alaska. It's sad. But the remaining environmental effects to the area and wildlife in the area -- to this day -- are flat sickening. All the while, Exxon is enjoying record profits in recent years. I'm willing to bet the Exxon execs are not vacationing in Cordova Alaska.

"Black Wave - The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez" reports that in the final judgment, some 18 years later, Exxon paid the equivalent of 4 days profit.

Just watch the documentary. Discovery has been airing it lately. Then decide where and how much gas YOU want to buy in the future. I hope it's somehow less than you're using now. Yeah, it's negative, but in my opinion this is never going to be fixed at the top.



Cool news from Lincvolt! Out with the rotary and in with a Capstone micro-turbine. I'm thrilled to hear this. I was a little critical of the rotary (my son had one... PIA). Cool engine and all but I was never too keen about it in this application. And let's face it, a turbine is multi-fuel and is going to sound way cool. Anyway, check the latest Lincvolt Gazette for the news and a hint of more live video feeds on the horizon. Man, I want a micro-turbine.

Lincvolt loses Larry Johnson, a Champion for the cause

Larry (L.A.) Johnson, Shakey Pictures Producer and a Champion of Lincvolt passed away January 21, 2010.

I'm saddened to hear the news and extend my sincere condolences to family and friends. I had the opportunity to work a bit with Larry on the Lincvolt project. It was obvious he was behind Lincvolt 100% and was always prepared to dig in and make something great happen. I've also enjoyed his work with Neil and Shakey Pictures, musically and visually, for decades.

Thanks for all you've done, Larry. Your work changed my mood for the better, many times over the years. I've always been able to count on that. In fact, I'm off to watch some things you've done right now.

Rest in Peace, Larry. I'll miss you asking how my mileage is doing.

Short trip

Takin' a trip across I O A
Gonna see some corn pickers along the way
It's harvest time

Yup. I haven't made a trip outside the daily commute in the car since summer. This will be 300 miles or so, round trip. Hoping for 70+ MPG. Car is clean and ready, tires at 48.5 PSI. Playlist for today is Fork In The Road and Year of The Horse. You can't beat Big Time for road music. Should be a nice ride across Iowa to a meeting. Farmers are getting their crops out now. It's always cool to see a string of unlike Combines going down a road. It means farmers are working together to get each others crops out while the weather is right.

Anyway, I'm out!

Update: Pretty much blew out my mileage. I left late and ended up running 75 much of the way out. Trip average was still 63.4 MPG. Return trip was interesting. I stopped by a place I've driven by a hundred times. Never had time to stop until yesterday. I learned that it's official name is "Old Cars on the Hill", which is fitting, but I failed to photograph their sign. It's a farm and home of a collector in Iowa, visible from Interstate 80. A couple quick phone pics follow. Very cool place. The owner was out working in the fields but the nice lady in the house let me look around. It's peaceful walking among old iron. If only these cars could talk.

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