Plug-in Cars Are Close; Let’s Address The Obstacles

This article, published by HeraldNet, mentions the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute:  A conference in Redmond last week, sponsored by the Seattle-based Discovery Institute’s Cascade (sic) Center, attracted more than 300 enthusiasts.  The rest of the article can be found here.

Fueling Inertia

Today's battery technology would allow drivers to travel 20 to 30 miles before burning any fuel, if they could plug in their cars overnight. That would cover many people's daily commutes. But because it is uncertain how long the batteries would last under those conditions, the government has insisted on long-term warranties. In turn, auto companies point to that obstacle in explaining why PHEVs are taking so long to produce....Car companies and politicians like to hide behind public opinion when it comes to justifying inaction. They note that the public wants a car that can zoom up to 120 miles per hour (even though that's illegal) and deliver power on demand...Would a maximum of 90 mph be acceptable if it were coupled with 80 to 100 mpg? If so, tell your automaker. Tell Congress. Read More ›

The True Environmentalists, Linking Ownership to Values

Farmers on the lower Skykomish River were trying to keep farming in the face of tougher regulations and urban development. Foresters on the Olympic Peninsula were worried about the number of mushroom pickers entering the woodlands, so they developed a certification program for migrant workers that validated their harvest and ensured both the work and the crop. Other examples follow, Read More ›