TH: Participation is Necessary...(or <i>Syriana</i> is an opportunity...)

Today, launches its campaign for Syriana: Oil Change, the soon to be released "oil" movie with George Clooney and Matt Damon, has a community website/blog where actors, producers, guest bloggers and regular visitors can post and discuss things related to the subject of the movie.
As Mike from Treehugger suggests:

Participant Productions are doing good things and bringing important issues to the mainstream consciousness.  I seriously encourage people to see their movies (and bring friends).

So, go over to check out Jamais' and Mike's work over there.  Of course, don't forget to wave the TOD flag a bit too...

Check out George Clooney's new car:

Run's 12's in the 1/4 mile.

60-80 miles per charge.

Seriously; how many miles per day do you drive?  It's less then you think and charging in your own garage over night is more convenient then hanging out at a gas station sniffing fumes(in the cold).  Also the freedom from not being effected by an oil shortage like the one in 1973 is nice too.

If you need a lot of range, it CAN be done(it has!).

If you like a good conspiracy article....

The thing about battery powered vehicles is that the battery pack could be swapped with a hydrogen fuel cell if those even become a reality and use your same motor and controller.

Pull out the batteries and the charger and replace with a few hydrogen tanks and fuel cell(if that's what you want).  Either use electricity to charge batteries or make hydrogen...

I'd also like to share with you, all the links I have found on the net if you would like to convert your current vehicle over to battery power(because we can, unlike with fuel cells), or any other vehicle you want.  How fast do you want it and how much range?  If you've got the money, there are people on the EV List linked below that would be willing to convert it for free!  Or that cloud electric or electro auto will do it too.  So will the place in Canada.

These are retail, electric vehicle parts stores in the U.S.

In Canada:

A lot of pictures/info on conversions:

Electric Vehicle magazine:

Items for sale:

Very powerful DC motor controller:

Very good battery charger:

DC motors for EV conversions:

You should join this active email discussion list:

Can read it here:

Maybe consider joining this too:

And this:

Current, active personal sites:

Some more details about the above car:

Other electric cars:

A couple of good old sites:

Some soon to be marketed EV's:

Good luck on your electric vehicle efforts.


Ok, the electic car sound nice but what do we do when demand of electricity goes up?? Burn more coal and natural gas to run the power plants??
Nuclear, hydro, solar, and wind.
+ Conservation, efficiency.

Just by getting serious about these two we could probably create more "new" power than we need for a long while.

Nuclear, hydro, solar, and wind.

All are going to take energy to build. Not to mention, building more nuclear plant will exhaust our finite supply of uranium. Hydro, solar and wind will not even come close to supplying us with enough power either..

Waste not Want not

absolutely not

Waste more Want more

Waste more Want more ,has performed remarkably well for the Boomers
"EV Confidential has been sold to Sony Pictures for an undisclosed sum of money for distribution to theaters.  It must be a great documentary to make it to the public screen?"

Interesting comment from a Yahoo group, via the Energy Bulletin:

Campbell's depletion is well known to US officials
Eugene Marner, energyresources Yahoo group

Recently I organized a talk by Richard Heinberg in Oneonta, NY. Beforehand, we invited the local pols and business pooh-bahs to come to a reception with Richard or to the lecture.

A few days before the event, I got a phone call from Sherwood Boehlert, who is the Congressman for Oneonta and the Chairman of the House Science Committee (of which Roscoe Bartlett is also a member). He apologized for being unable to come to the reception or the lecture but talked for a while about how informing our fellow citizens about Peak Oil is the most important etc. etc.

I told him that he has to give ordinary folks like me credibility by attaching his name to the words Peak Oil. He said that he is doing that and had recently made a Special Order presentation with some colleagues, including Roscoe Bartlett, on the floor of the House. I asked him to educate his colleagues about Peak Oil and he replied that THEY ALL KNOW BUT IT IS POLITICALLY INCONVENIENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE OR DEAL WITH.

I guess I was a little intoxicated by getting a phone call from a Congressman, because I came away from the chat with the notion that we can get through to our representatives. When I thought about it later, however, I realized that he had told me that we are on our own. I think I knew that all along which is why I've been trying for years to get people to do something about rebuilding local economies and community solidarity on the grounds that state and federal governments won't do anything, but Boehlert's remark was a grim reminder.
(20 November 2005)

I have written my congressman twice and I am still waiting for a reply!  
... am still waiting for a reply!

This is exactly why Peak Oil is symptomatic of the fact that our social structures are dysfunctional, namely, incapable to dealing with known, coming calamities.

Your Congress-person has to deal with getting re-elected. Survival is the first rule of all creatures. If enough of his voters are not clamoring about Peak Oil, then it becomes a non-issue for him. He can't afford to waste his time on it. There are too many other "voting issues" as Bill Clinton phrases it, competing for his limited time. Really important issues, like whether pro-life-ism begins at the 3rd trimester, or at conception and whether "under God" should be part of every child's daily pledge.

In the mean time let us give Thanks and pardon all witless turkeys. You are forgiven George. You are unforgivable Rummy. :-)

My congressman is Mark Udall (D, Boulder, CO) and he's on board with Roscoe. He even introduced him at ASPO-USA. His brother Randy is a co-founder of the organization. As for almost all of the other people in congress, I agree with you, westexas, we are entirely on our own, every person for himself.

Syriana looks really good from the trailer, I can't wait to see it.
happy thanksgiving to all fellow TOD's...i am thankful for my friends and family..and that i'm out here and all the turkeys are in washington...may god have mercy on their pointy little heads.
Biofuels are still a small part of the energy supply but they are already creating problems:

Forests paying the price for biofuels
THE drive for "green energy" in the developed world is having the perverse effect of encouraging the destruction of tropical rainforests. From the orang-utan reserves of Borneo to the Brazilian Amazon, virgin forest is being razed to grow palm oil and soybeans to fuel cars and power stations in Europe and North America. And surging prices are likely to accelerate the destruction
The rush to make energy from vegetable oils is being driven in part by European Union laws requiring conventional fuels to be blended with biofuels, and by subsidies equivalent to 20 pence a litre. Last week, the British government announced a target for biofuels to make up 5 per cent of transport fuels by 2010. The aim is to help meet Kyoto protocol targets for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

The European idiocracy (in this case meaning the crossover between idiotism and bureaucracy) does it again! I wonder what it would be 5 or 10 years after peak if we go this way.