I've totally had it with the hypocritical people out there who allegedly support free-marketism and consumer choice, and who then slam home solar and net metering and people with home solar as free loaders and anti-free-marketers.
I finally pushed it too far with my 2014 Nissan LEAF last night. My SV and me and my two daughters came up 300 meters short of our home, running out of charge just about 50 meters beyond a very dangerous left turn we have to make across three lanes of traffic with cars traveling 55 to 60 m.p.h.
This happened at precisely 12:15 a.m. Denver time. I had to wake up my sleeping kids, pull them out of the car, roll the car backwards down a hill I wasn't going to make it up, and park it on the street.
We then trekked 300 meters home in the chilly January air, and hopped into bed.
Well, I didn't hop into bed, I hopped online and mused over whether I should finally get an Aeroenvironment AV TurbCard 240 Volt portable plug-in EV charger, which can charge my LEAF three times faster than the trickle charge I am using exclusively now.
I hope the headline for this blog entry attracts some attention -- because I'm frustrated about all the headlines on how solar is coming down in price.
Solar is coming down in price -- BUT solar rebates are dropping, typically faster than the price of solar itself. That's what's happened here in Colorado in Xcel Energy territory.
I've been saying for awhile in this space that people seem to think hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles will be made from thin air. Now, I've got some hard evidence that I'm right. Check out some of these Facebook responses to an article posted by ClimateProgress.Org about how Toyota is going to release its patents on the fuel cell vehicle.
The responses indicate the validity of my "Hydrogen Fairy" thesis, which holds that people, lots of them, think hydrogen will be made from thin air, rather than by the burning of fossil fuels, which is the most likely scenario. Here goes, check out the ignorance for yourself -->
It's pretty clear what the problem is with the Big Utility Model in the United States, where utilities are trying to throttle down on homeowners' right to generate their own (solar) electricity by pushing back against net metering -->
The same guys who produce the electricity ALSO own the distribution network over which that electricity runs. That's gotta change -- yesterday!
When the same entity owns the means of production AND distribution, it can clamp down/shut down the network to stifle competitors.
So, I've been getting into with a commentator, "Dig Deeper", in a comments stream below an article on TransportEvolved.Com comparing hydrogen fuel cell cars to EVs. "Dig Deeper's" been pushing the typical EVs and solar are too expensive, innefficient, etc. compared to a centralized fueling/electricity system argument.
"Dig Deeper" thinks he's right about hydrogen, about EVs, and about the top-down, centralized utility model being "cheaper", more "efficient" and "better."
I think he's wrong on all counts. And and he seems to think I'm an idiot for not thinking the way he does -- "do your research", "I don't think you understand" and "the reality is..." are the way he frames his comments. I find this to be patronizing -- you can make an argument against EVs, against rooftop solar, etc. without having to insult the intelligence of your opponent.
In any case, he seems to think all EV-heads are pretty much idiots.
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