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Report On the Chevy Volt

September 30th, 2012 · 5 Comments · sustainability, transportation

I took a Chevy Volt on a work road trip this past week. My friends and colleagues were eager to hear


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Our New Honda Hybrid

May 14th, 2008 · 3 Comments · sustainability, transportation

We researched ad nauseam what fuel-efficient, low-emissions car we should buy. We finally chose the Honda Civic hybrid for its great ratings all around, plus its state AND federal tax credits. We waited and waited for it to arrive at the dealership. Last night we finally brought it home.


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Food For Biofuel? Wrong.

May 8th, 2008 · 4 Comments · food & drink, sustainability, transportation

While President Bush and the biofuel industry are happy with the growth of biofuel, Columbia economics professor Jeffrey Sachs is not. Neither, it seems, are millions in the world currently starving who weren’t starving prior to the push for biofuel. The food riots in at least eight countries over skyrocketing food prices may have been [...]


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Stampede To Small Cars?

May 2nd, 2008 · No Comments · sustainability, transportation

The New York Times has a front-page article today about Americans making a stampede to small cars due to rising gas prices. I read it avidly since our transportation choices form such a high percentage of our national carbon footprint (and carbon emissions are the primary cause of global warming). It turned out that one [...]


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Driving A Prius In The Wild West

April 22nd, 2008 · 5 Comments · sustainability, transportation

My job in transportation options has taken me, in a new Prius, to the high desert town of Bend, Oregon (recently named by American Cowboy magazine in its Top Ten list of wild-west towns). The Prius, mud-splattered from the Santiam Pass, is now dusted with snow as well, so it reminds me of an Appaloosa [...]


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Happy Hybrid Easter!

March 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · home & garden, nature, spirituality & religion, sustainability

Hybrid: a result of cross-breeding. Easter: a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Christ — celebrated the Sunday following the first full moon of the vernal equinox.

Wait a minute. Easter is famously Christian, but its timing is completely earth-centered, ruled by nature, which is to say it is pagan. Easter is a hybrid holiday. Christianity has been shown by scholars to have deep roots in the earlier earth-centered religions


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Doing The Unthinkable

March 21st, 2008 · No Comments · sustainability

Every household has its own little culture. Within Thor’s and mine, I did the unthinkable last night: I drove (did not walk) the 3/10 mile from our house over to choir practice.

This was not even in the Prius or other hybrid we have yet to purchase, but in our 1993 Nissan Sentra. As I was stepping out the door to walk to the church, I realized there


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Our Next Car: Prius Or Honda Hybrid?

March 2nd, 2008 · 8 Comments · sustainability, transportation

With my new, longer commute we’re going to finally replace our single car, a 1993 Nissan Sentra, with a newer car. The question is: what car makes the most sense, given both that we’re thrifty and that carbon emissions are prime drivers of global warming (no pun intended)?

We sized it up last night, now that we’ve finished doing our taxes (we’re early this year). The Prius can get 50ish


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