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I want a hybrid or an EV

January 7th, 2007 at 06:01 am

Here in the northeast, it has been a very mild winter. Temperatures have been consistently hovering in the 40's and 50's.

New York City broke the records for latest appearance of snowfall. And here in CT, except for a light flurry in the first half of December that lasted for only few hours, it has also been snowless.

Cherry blossoms are blooming in Brooklyn, because the wildlife think that it is spring.

Earlier, I placed my new cilantro plants outside on the deck for the day, where it was 61 degrees, because I was worried that it was too warm in my room, as cilantro is a cool-weather herb, and will bolt to seed when soil temperatures rise above 75 degrees.

And in the context of An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore's documentary on climate change (which I've already watched four times), all of these signs are quite, quite disturbing.

Currently, I don't drive, and I'm rather enjoying the monetary savings. The occasional hassle of having to take public transportation or carpool or walk is worth not having to pay for insurance, gas, parking, and maintenance expenses every month.

But I'm also a bit of an environmentalist, and burning one gallon of gasoline adds 19.8 lbs. of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. And if I don't absolutely HAVE to do that, then I WON'T.

I'm going to delay getting a car for as long as I can bear it. If I can hold out for a few more years, hybrids will hopefully drop in price. If electric vehicles (EVs) become widely available by then, even better. I'm willing to pay a little extra if it means lower emissions (and lower gas expenditure!).

I'm also lusting after solar panels (or hydrogen fuel cells) for generating my own electricity, and growing my own food organically.

Someday. If the world doesn't end, first.

3 Responses to “I want a hybrid or an EV”

  1. caro Says:

    I'm looking into buying a Toyota Prius when it is time to buy a new car. Some of the rumors are that the 2008 model is going to be a lot less expensive. Supposedly they are working on a 3rd Gen Hybrid drive that is less expensive and better all around. On this site www.soultek.com they even speculate that by the time the 4th Gen comes around it might be closer to regular car prices. When I lived in the City I used Public Transport and I felt a lot better about my impact on the environment. Good Luck.

  2. dickyvman Says:

    I too agree with you! I believe we are experiencing global warming and am going to do everything I can to help reduce CO2 emmissions! Great job and keep up the great work! Let us know if you end up getting an Hybrid or EV.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    I want my own windmill in my back yard. It's windy enough in my backyard I think to generate my own household needs the majority of the time. And solar roof panels or possibly geothermal piping. Some day. Of course, I can't have a windmill in my backyard, though. It's against the CC&R's of the division.

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