According to TreeHugger your daily commute isn’t killing the planet, it’s killing you

Really TreeHugger…

Jane E. Brody at The New York Times counts the many ways long commutes and dependence on automobiles is bad for our health, such as “losing hours a day that would be better spent exercising, socializing with family and friends, preparing home-cooked meals or simply getting enough sleep.”

If you have a longer commute to work and need to leave the house early in the morning and are worried about not getting enough sleep,here’s a novel idea. Go to be earlier.

It’s painfully obvious TreeHugger is run by a bunch of clueless hipster 20-somethings who’ve never had a real job.

The hipster’s article concludes.

The solution are the things TreeHugger is all about. Bikeable, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods with short commutes and good public transit for getting around the city or to visit surrounding areas. As time goes on, both the science and the people are supporting this sort of urban design.

Uh, o.k.

It seems that in TreeHugger world do you uproot your family and sell your home every time you find a new job rather than drive an extra 45 min’s a day.

Cash for Clunkers: $1.4 million per job is not exactly the most efficient way to create jobs

Free markets are the only way to go:

A Brookings Institution study found the $2.85 billion program “provided a short-term boost in vehicle sales, which were pulled forward from sales that would have occurred in subsequent months. There was a small increase in employment but the implied cost per job created ($1.4 million) was far higher than other fiscal stimulus programs.”

The study — from researchers Ted Gayer and Emily Parker — said the “Car Allowance Rebate System,” or CARS did little to boost employment. This is at least the fourth major study since 2012 that has raised questions about the value of the program.

The study said far more jobs could have been created using other government stimulus programs — increasing unemployment benefits (at $95,000 per job); $80,000-$133,000 per job created for cutting employers’ payroll taxes; $222,000 per job created for reducing employees’ payroll taxes; $200,000 per job created for providing additional Social Security benefits; or $222,000 per job created for allowing the expensing of investment costs.

The study estimates the sales led to 3,676 “job years” — sales supporting a job for a single year — between the automaker and auto parts sector, or at a cost of $1.4 million per job. “This suggests that the CARS program was far less cost effective at creating jobs than other fiscal stimulus programs,” the report said.

None of those other ‘stimulus’ programs were very cheap either.

Heaven forbid they pass a tax cut to get more economic activity. I guess they are afraid people will get use to spending their own money rather than politicians spending it for them.

Eight governors spending our Money on EV ‘Infrastructure’ ostensibly to spur EV demand

Bastiat is rolling in his grave at this moment…

San Francisco — The governors of eight states including California and New York pledged Thursday to work together to create charging stations and other fueling infrastructure needed to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on those states’ roadways by 2025 to curb greenhouse gas pollution.

Representatives from all eight states were gathered in Sacramento to sign a memorandum of understanding that would create a task force meant to help increase charging infrastructure, roadway signs and other changes in an effort to buoy the market for electric cars, hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. By 2015, there are expected to be more than 200,000 zero emissions vehicles on roads across the U.S.

The other states involved are Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont. The eight states together represent about 23 percent of the U.S. auto market.

The idea of where spending public money replacing ‘infrastructure’ for cars when we already have more than enough ‘infrastructure’ is laughable. What the governors are proposing is a classic example of Fredric Bastiat’s broken window economics parable and unfortunately a much too large portion of the electorate buys into this nonsense.

This story illustrates the reason why people in government love the global warming hoax. Politicians and bureaucrats can implement all kinds of new spending, regulations and taxes that will line their donors pockets combating a (non) problem that will supposedly manifest itself years in the future, and the politicians and bureaucrats responsible for the massive scam are long gone.

One last point, if our intrepid clutch of leftists governors get anywhere close to their goal of 3.3 million EV’s on the road, it will be fun watching all the little eco-warriors lining up at the recharging station for hours waiting for drivers ahead of them to complete the charging process.

Sitting for an hour or two at a ‘charging station’ waiting for your EV to charge doesn’t sound like a good time. Especially when you have places to be and things to do.

Going Green without thinking it through: Iowa city spends $16K on EV chargers, sees a $13 return


The city of Des Moines, Iowa has only seen a $13 return on its investment so far after spending $16,000 last year on three electric car charging stations.

The ChargePoint units, installed in front of the Franklin Avenue Public Library and funded by a mix of city, state and library money, have been used just 13 times since last spring, the Des Moines Register reports. Each use generates one dollar of revenue.

A thousand+ year payback isn’t exactly considered a smart business plan…

Environmentalist Holding Their Own “Green” Cruise To Raise Awareness Of Bicycles

A week before one of Michigan’s signature events, the Woodward Dream Cruise, several environmentalists are holding their ‘green’ cruise:

As fans of gas-guzzling classic cars prepare to cruise Woodward Avenue next week, a group of environmentally conscious individuals gathered Saturday in Ferndale to promote human-powered vehicles.

The Green Cruise returned to the city for the ninth year with a myriad of events for those more inclined to hop on a bike than to hop behind the wheel.

Sound like a very dry event. I bet they are trying to raise awareness for their cause. Environmentalists are always trying to raise ‘awareness’ of one issue or another.

The cruise was formed nine years ago when a Ferndale mother living near the route for the Woodward Dream Cruise organized some of the neighborhood children on their bikes and went for a ride. Her goal was to raise awareness for green transportation.

The article goes on to say that about fifty…. Only fifty cyclists are participating in the Green Cruise.

Aside from the fact that environmentalist are wrong about nearly everything, one big problem is they are not very much fun. If they are not haranguing people about the evils of excessive toilet paper use, trying to raise awareness about the plight of the spotted owls they are always worrying about peak oil, global warming, global cooling, population growth, or some other made up disaster that never happens. They really are a miserable bunch of people.

What would you rather do? Pedal a bike to ‘raise awareness’ of bicycles as a form of transportation (as if no one has ever ridden a bike before) or hang out watching awesome vintage cars listening to old time rock and roll music with thousands of your closest friends?

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I know where I’d rather spend my time…

Videos: First Drive Impressions of the new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray

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Here is a roundup of several ‘first drive’ impressions of the new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray. Aside form the first driving impressions of the new Corvette Stingray, is the different approach each review team takes with their video.

First up is Motor Trends ‘Top Gear- Lite’  review complete with several glamour shots of the new ‘Vette:

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Next up is Car and Drivers no nonsense nuts and bolts review that looks like it was filmed in my neck of the woods. This video captures the best engine sound:

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Last up is Edmunds. They strike a decent balance in their reveiw between MT and C&D. Unfortunatly they slide a little too heavy into the Ruin Porn toward the end.

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The take away from all three video reviews is the new ‘Vette lives up to the hype.

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Video: 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo 0 – 280 km/h Test Run

FYI, 280 km/h = 174 mph.

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Via YouTube:

Driving impressions and launch control acceleration 0-280 km/h of a 911 Turbo S Prototype during a test run in extremely hot, humid and high conditions in South Africa. More in sport auto 8/2013.

I need to find a 2014 Corvette (C7) video for comparison…