Holiday parties feature solar electric vehicles

You probably had parties of your own. We did, too. Here are shots from the EVADC party where a full house, about 40 people heard from Ann Korin, speaking about her new book, Turning Oil Into Salt. Check out the reviews.
Here is an excerpt:
Not long ago, technology broke the power of another strategic commodity. Until around the end of the nineteenth century salt had such a position because it was the only means of preserving meat. Odd as it seems today, salt mines conferred national power and wars were even fought over control of them.

Today, no nation sways history because it has salt mines. Salt is still a useful commodity for a range of purposes. We import some salt, so if one defines independence as autarky we are not

Junior Solar Sprint

You could call me the “senior” Solar Sprint, but here is a photo of me talking to students and parents at the University of Maryland Shady Grove campus for Science Day. Jo Reyes and Michael Bonard were also there with their electric scooters and car. I am holding a solar racer built by junior high students. See www.evadc.org/kids/ for more details on Jr Solar Sprint racing for middle school students, all across America !jss

Optimism is an intellectual choice

That is a quote from my Mom. You can choose to be optimistic or not. It is up to you, not what happens around you. I am optimistic about stopping global warming and the future of clean energy and electric drive transportation. Stay on the sunny side !
Here is another spin on this issue:
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.
It is more important important thant ths past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successess, than what other people think or say or do.
It will make or break a company … a church … a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past … we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitutde …
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you … we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
Charles Swindoll

Copenhagen/Hopenhagen global warming conference coming up.

So, it is time for a reminder about climate change. Studies show that the concentration of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere has remained pretty much steady, at about 280 ppm for the past 10,000 years. From 1750 onward, concentrations have risen by about 38 percent, to the current 385.2 ppm level. More than 9 metric gigatons of excess carbon dioxide were released by industrial activity.
Jim Hansen, NASA, says that we need to reduce our level to 350 parts per million CO2, down from where we are now. Most of the bills in Congress are talking about keeping this level below 450 or 500 ppm. Not good enough. Go to www.350.org. Join the movement for a carbon-reduced world. www.1sky.org is another of my favorites and in the DC area, www.chesapeakeclimate.org.

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