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A Call for Rational Climate Action (Environment and Preservation)
San Juan Islands
December 2, 2019
Posted by Bill Appel, Waldron Island

You attend lectures, subscribe to emails, newsletters and magazines, and buy books describing environmental degradation and the resulting death, destruction and misery suffered by all forms of life, and the sometimes heroic, sometimes illegal, and sometimes quixotic, actions of those on the front lines. You donate to environmental causes. Your most simpatico friends do the same. You see them at gatherings and protests to which many drive. Do you?

If you do, look around the parking area. Do you see any EVs there? Is one yours? If not, ask yourself why not. For many of us the up-front barrier is financial, even though over time ownership and operation, repairs and fuel cost less than the alternative.

For those of us who can afford to rent or buy an EV (used ones are far less expensive) our habitual and therefore unthinking reliance on fossil fuels nevertheless runs deep. The barrier is a state of mind fed by “range anxiety,” that curious fear of mindfulness that makes us behave reactively rather than proactively.

As you already know, this state of mind is very expensive for the environment. If it’s time to replace your current vehicle, you know what to do.


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Brenda Asterino (Lopez): A Call for Rational Climate Action

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On one level, re: cars, Colin, I agree. On another, there really isn't a lot of time to make change. We've been pretending we can take as much time to intellectually quibble as we want... and we can... our grandchildren just will have a much.... Read all
Colin Doherty (Lopez): A Call for Rational Climate Action

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I also agree that consumerism is not the answer. Everybody buying Teslas is definitely NOT the answer.

We live in a society that is shaped around cars, however. We need to change our energy economy, but people can't just stop using cars.... Read all
Brenda Asterino (Lopez): A Call for Rational Climate Action

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Should we also take this a step farther and demand newer, more climate friendly ferries, walkers instead of drivers, and fewer round trips. It means a slower and more conscious life. How many would go for that? And what about an electric.... Read all
Elisabeth Robson (Lopez): A Call for Rational Climate Action

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I agree with Horse Drawn 100%. Electric cars are not the solution. The solution is to use a whole lot less energy, and bike & walk a lot more (which has the side benefit of also making us a whole lot healthier too!).

Electric cars and their.... Read all
Ken Akopiantz (Lopez): A Call for Rational Climate Action

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So the solution is to pollute the planet with electric cars. If we want to be real about change buying a EV to haul ourselves around is at best a band aid and more likely just a way for us to buy something to make us feel good about our gross over.... Read all
Cass Clark (Lopez): A Call for Rational Climate Action

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Some time ago, I read in an auto column that buying a new car, even an EV, results in a negative environmental impact because of the environmental cost of manufacturing a new vehicle. If that's so, an important point that you make is "if.... Read all
Kirman Taylor (Lopez): A Call for Rational Climate Action

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We leased a new Leaf in 2012 and had one for 6 years before we got our Tesla. They are the perfect island car with a range of nearly 100 miles (new ones have higher range) They charge overnight on 110 volts. We saved at least $1000 per year in gas. The.... Read all
Colin Doherty (Lopez): A Call for Rational Climate Action

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I totally agree, we all need to change our lifestyles. We all need to wake up to our complicity in the dismantling of our biosphere and agree that we care about the future. We are an adaptive species, are we not?
Karen Allen (Lopez): A Call for Rational Climate Action

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Another great option if you can't afford an electric car right now is an electric bicycle. They are far cheaper, require no insurance, and they make hills flat! You can even get an electric cargo bike that can haul children and groceries. Best of.... Read all