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2008 Dodge Challenger

I guess something has to balance out the success of the hybrids... Looks like this beast will probably get single digit fuel economy in the city... http://www.stockmopar.com/2008-dodge-challenger.html

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Priming the Pump

Bank of America, Google, and Timberland are all offering their employees cash rebates if they buy hybrid vehicles. The rebate ranges from $3000 for Bank of America and Timberland to $5000 for Google. An employee, if eligible (Bank of America currently restricts which locations participate in the plan), from one of those companies, could also receive in excess of $3000 in the form of government tax credits. For example, a Google employee could purchase a brand new 2006 Toyota Prius, and get $8,150 back. If that doesn't make it cost effective to purchase a hybrid, I don't know what will. I'm thrilled to see companies doing this. These incentives are solving the age old problem of the early adoption costs preventing a new technology from being able to achieve economies of scale in a timely manner. It is priming the pump (pun intended) on the economies of scale needed for these new vehicles to be offered at a competitive price without rebates and tax credits. Read more here.

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Who Killed the Electric Car?

Dad spotted this trailer, and forwarded me the link... it is a documentery asking what happened to those electric cars that showed so much promise in the mid-90's. It opens June 28th.

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Scanning Fiend

Since Saturday, I've scanned nearly 7 GB of old negatives. Precisely, I've scanned 7,364,231,105 bytes. It occurred to me, that my first "real" computer, a Macintosh SE/30 came with an upgraded hard drive (I'm not counting the Atari 800 or the Commodore 128). It was 80 MB, as opposed to the standard 40 MB. Since saturday, I've scanned enough data, to fill that 80 MB drive over 87 times! It is amazing how much things have changed in 16 years (yikes, has it been that long). I'm starting to sound like a grown up who talks about the good old days. BTW, I've processed very few of those scans yet, but when I do, you can expect to see them on Flickr.

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Just Drill More

The Peak Oil disbelievers often claim that if we'd only invest more money in oil discovery, we'd have 25 or more years before a peak. Recently the UK's energy minister made such a claim (read more). I keep hearing this argument, but I've yet to hear an explanation of why one should expect so much undiscovered oil. Are there respected geologists who have scientific reasons to suspect there are still large discoveries to be made? Perhaps there is such a scientific explanation, but I haven't heard it. It sounds to me, that these optimists are relying on faith rather than facts. I'd rather see the investment in research in renewable energy. In the meantime, our government should provide incentives for energy conservation. I'd love to know how much the US spends each year on oil drilling as opposed to renewable energy research.

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