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USA: Change Starts At Home

Here we go again, fuel prices are over $4.00 per gallon, due to arbitrary world market speculative pricing. Every day, our country spends a BILLION dollars on foreign oil. We have seemingly no control over gasoline prices, heating costs and electricity rates. We’re stuck in a cyclic rut, at the mercy of big oil, big utilities and foreign countries who don’t like us.

What if we could change the status quo? Wouldn’t that be worth considering? The definition of insanity is repeating the same actions and expecting a different result. Isn’t that what we are doing when it comes to our energy usage? Why not try something different? Yes, change is scary, but if you look around, you’ll see neighbors who have made a change. Neighbors that have installed solar power on their roofs, even some who are driving electric cars. We have two neighbors who went solar in part due to our efforts promoting solar in our neighborhood. Our street has two Nissan Leaf EV’s. Friends of ours bought a Nissan Leaf in part due to our doing it first.

Sure, many people will tell you that “solar power isn’t practical”, “EV’s aren’t a viable transportation solution”, “solar is expensive”(PV panel costs have gone down about 50% in the past few years, zero dollar down leases are very popular), “EV’s are too expensive and run on coal”(Nissan Leaf costs the same as an average ICE car after incentives, and can be leased for not much more than the monthly cost of gas, California uses coal for a small percentage of its power, solar is clean), “range is limited”(current EV’s have enough range for the majority of people for normal daily driving). There are always exceptions that prove the rule.



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