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Returning from our morning walk, my wife turns to me, “Pat, the field is looking seedy. Should we mow it?” “Yeah, let’s mow it,” I say, wondering if there’s enough gas. Hmmm, I think I’ll try the new EGO battery mower to see if it’ll work on the thicker grass. To my surprise it works well.
We usually mow the field with the big DR Brush cutter. It’s about 11 hp and uses quite a bit of gas, so I was very impressed that the EGO cordless mower could handle this thicker and taller grass.
With the advances in battery technology, it’s exciting to be able to do more and more things without using fossil fuels. If it’s true what most scientists are saying, then our grandchildren are facing a future of mass starvation, cities underwater, and out of control wildfires. With that being a possibility, we are very willing to reduce our carbon emissions as much as possible.
The hypericum above started off as a cutting. In December, I sliced off the stem and jammed it into the corner of this planter. It looks like it took…but what am I going to do with all this hypericum???
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At about 12 minutes into the video, you can see that Sam Bond’s Brewing played a role by providing a gathering place for the kids fighting climate change.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Clean Technica, Climate XChange, Electric Buses, Electric Cars, Electric Trucks, Elon Musk, gigafactory, Model X, solar oven, Solar panels, Solar power, Sustainable transport, Tesla, Tesla Robots on November 29, 2015| 13 Comments »
That’s right, I bought a raffle ticket for a Tesla Model S or Model X.
Anyone who has read my posts knows that I’m passionate about sustainable living and solar energy.
When I read the notice on Clean Technica, that a Tesla would be raffled off to raise money for ClimateXChange, I just knew I had to buy a ticket.
Through the daily headlines at Clean Technica, I’ve been able to follow Tesla a couple of years. They are building electric cars in Fremont, CA. The company bought an abandoned car factory for very little, painted the interior white and where possible constructed skylights to let in more light with the idea being that happy workers will build quality cars. There are about 160 robots painted bright red that do the repetitive work including picking up and painting car bodies.
Visionary Tesla CEO Elon Musk knows we must reduce our carbon footprint or face a world that will be much hotter for our grand children. Transportation contributes a huge percentage of carbon emissions. He can imagine his future grand children asking…”Didn’t you have any warning that you should reduce carbon emissions before it was too late?” What did you do about it?” I can imagine that conversation too. That’s why I’m happy to learn Tesla’s mission is “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport.” Tesla is even giving away many of its patents to other car manufacturers to help facilitate the electric car revolution. Indeed if you look at the other big manufacturers, you can see they have at least one line of electric cars in production.
Since there will be a huge demand for batteries, Musk is building a giant battery factory in Nevada. Coined the gigafactory, it will boast ZERO EMISSIONS. Tesla made the decision to NOT run a natural gas pipeline to the plant. The gigafactory will be powered totally by renewable energy.
I respect what Musk is doing. I love the fact that he is building the factory in the US…not China. Tesla is already employing 13,000 workers and is building a supercharger network. They realize electric cars will have to be charged over long distances. The charging stations are going in at the rate of one every 24 hours, in the US, Europe, and Asia.
The raffle ticket will give me a 1/2000 chance of winning my choice of a Model S or Model X and whatever options I choose. (I’d like the Model X with a 5000 pound tow package, autopilot, dual motors, and a range of 257 miles.)
One in 2000 are not bad odds, but there are 6 other prizes too. Most importantly, I’ll have bragging rights to say I contributed to the first bill in the nation to impose a fee on the use of fossil fuels… Climate XChange is sponsoring a bill in the Massachusetts Senate proposed by Senator Mike Barrett (S1747) which would impose a fee on the use of fossil fuels so they reflect their true cost to society, including any environmental damage and health costs. When enacted, it will help Massachusetts meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gasses 90% by the year 2050. After all we can’t all sit in a Model X until the air gets less polluted. Yes, the Tesla Model X has a bio-weapons defense mode button (at around 8 min.) that will make the air in the cabin as clean as a hospital operating room. If Massachusetts can get this bill passed, it’s possible my state of Oregon will follow the lead as well as Washington and California. GO CLIMATE XCHANGE!!!
Think about buying a raffle ticket or donating money to Climate XChange so we can tell our grand children that “we were warned about climate change and chose to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.”
Did Tesla start an electric transport revolution? You decide…
I said goodbye to my German printing press today. My wife has been after me about it for years. “You only run it once or twice a year. You don’t want our kids to have to move it after we’re gone…we better do it while we still can.” I knew she was right but I still hated to see it go. We had gotten that press in 1989, because we wanted to run larger printing jobs. It was slow, but oh, so accurate. We ran yearbooks for 20 years, full color brochures, greeting cards, books, posters, postcards. This was before digital photography. I always liked taking photos. Back then you used transparency film, waited a week to have it processed, then assessed the results to see if they would work for a brochure or a postcard. I sold over 80,000 postcards. That was back when I worked 16 hour days. Owning a mom and pop print shop meant you work all your own hours…(all of them). My wife was the front part of the shop. Since we didn’t work in town, she went out to talk with clients, did all the artwork, home schooled the kids, cooked the meals (usually from our garden), cleaned the house and delivered the print jobs. In the evening she would read to the kids. I’d take a nap after dinner, then I could work until 2 am.
When I was running yearbooks, I’d work all day, all night, take a 3 hour nap and do the same thing again. My stay awake drug of choice was a half pound chocolate bar. I’d have 4 squares at 10 pm and be good until 2 am. Then a few more and I’d be watching the sun come up through my east window. But there came a time when eating chocolate bars gave me intense headaches the following day. I had to quit the all nighters.
Both kids learned how to run the ‘baby press.’ This was a 1250 Multi. My son started at five years old. Through the years he became a good pressman and I could let him work by himself, but when he went to college, I thought I might have to hire a pressman. My daughter says, “Dad, I can learn the press.” “Really? Do you want to learn the press? That would be great.” She did that very thing. She ran the press until she too went off to college. Now she’s an editor so you could say she’s still in ‘the trade.’ That 1250 Multi and an 1850 Multi are the presses I still run today. They are faster and easier that the big German press, but they can’t do the fine quality work for sure.
Shaun Earle is the new owner of the press. He is my friendly competitor in the bigger city to the north. Sometimes I ask him to do things that I can’t do in my shop. I was impressed with the work he did. When he moved into a bigger shop, we joked that he might have enough room in it for the Heidelberg press. The last time I ran that press, I got into trouble with it and scrunched some parts. I called him up. “Shaun, you’re not going to want this press, I think I just killed it.” He says, “Pat, maybe it’s not as bad as you think. I’ll come down on Saturday and let’s see if we can sort it out.” On Saturday, we work on it 4 or 5 hours and get it working again. I finish my print job and that’s the last time I run it. My thinking is I have gotten my money out of it. This press, being 40+ years old has some issues, but there’s a lot of life left in it and it looks like Shaun is the person who can deal with it. I tell him, if he can move it, he can have it.
This press ran some really nice print jobs. While I was cleaning up around the press, I came across some samples.
The press room has more space in it now, the kids have moved out long ago, and the Mom and Pop print shop has slowed down a bit. We don’t work 16 hour days anymore and ARE GLAD OF IT!!!