The Doldrums?

July 17, 2010 10:37 by Green Blogger
Not the most exciting title for a blog, but it seems fitting for the current state of the economy. It's not bad, it's not good, it's just sort of... there. Similar to how $3 per gallon gasoline prices have become yet another facet of daily life, so has uncomfortably high unemployment coupled with swings in overall commerce stability. Unfortunately, being stuck in this kind of rut may not seem harmful due to the utter boredom of it all, but like a shark who stops swimming, we must press on, or face dire consequences.

Right now, several companies are growing what will hopefully become a continuing trend in the automotive industry: sustainable sports cars. Up until just a few years ago, saving gas and maintaining a thrilling driving experience were mutually exclusive concepts. Of course, there have often been compromise sports vehicles that were light in weight and engine but heavy on fun, but this modern trend of No Limits, including on skyrocketing fuel efficiency ratings, is quite beneficial for everyone.

The Fisker Karma, scheduled to be released in early 2011, features under 6-second 0-60 times combined with nearly 100 mpg fuel efficiency. And even a heavyweight such as Porsche is getting in on the game, with their 918 Spyder concept vehicle that claims 78-mpg with a 3.2 second 0-60 time. What might be most impressive is the Tesla Roadster, a completely electric sports car currently for sale around the world. With a 3.7 second 0-60 time along with a whopping 120 miles per gallon equivalency, this vehicle is proof that the sky truly is the limit.

Speaking of getting up and out to somewhere interesting, Mr. Green has recently secured another grease collection contract! Come visit Cowgirl Cafe II and tell them Mr. Green sent you. It might not get you a free meal, but it could spark an interesting conversation.

2859 Hamner Avenue
Norco, CA 92860-1931
951-371-5465

No photo op this time, but hopefully soon enough Mr. Green will have an entire gallery full of such things. Until next time!

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The Heat Is On

June 20, 2010 14:34 by Green Blogger
Ah, warmth. Nothing quite says summer like the e'er increasing temperature level, and here it begins once again, for this particular hemisphere at least. Time to hop in the car and head for your favorite outdoor seafood restaurant... and, well, maybe just that first part this year.

The ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill is currently estimated to be gushing between 1.47 million and 2.52 million US gallons per day into the Gulf of Mexico. It is true that numbers get tossed around quite a bit during such catastrophes, but at 2 months in, this is a far cry from the 42,000 gallons per day originally estimated by BP. To place things into the public eye's perspective, the entire Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 totaled 10,800,000 gallons. Even using the conservative side of the latest estimate, this current crisis becomes yet another Exxon Valdez every single week. Since he environmental effects in Alaska are still being felt 21 years later (and counting), one can only imagine how much longer this current event will wreak havoc in numerous ways.

As alternative fuels stand right now, there are nothing but positive reasons to engage upon the growth of such an industry. What sounds easier: Digging a giant hole, in the middle of the ocean some 3 miles deep under the surface of the sea, hoping to find the remnants of what oil remains in this earth, while at the same time avoiding (usually) the massive risks entailed to humanity, the environment, and all of our pocketbooks? Or, alternatively, perhaps utilizing a potential energy source that is readily renewable, one that already exists and we currently throw away anyhow.

Oversimplification may not always the most enlightened path toward new horizons, but there are times when the easiest solution really is the best. Today we still have the luxury of time on our side, but for how much longer? Incidents as shown above can become absolutely devastating within only a matter of days, and there will come a time when we as a populace can no longer afford to suffer such chaos.

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