May 13, 2007

In The News: "Jump Start" Conference On Hybrids, Flex Fuels

Matt Rosenberg

Monday, May 7th's "Jump Start To A Secure, Clean Energy" conference - staged by our Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute with the cooperation of co-sponsors and event host Microsoft - garnered front-page, top-fold coverage the next day in the Seattle Times. The article was titled, "Fans Of Plug-in Cars Build Their Power Base." The same story, by reporters Hal Bernton and Mike Lindblom, ran in the Yakima Herald-Republic.

The Seattle-Post Intelligencer's Robert McClure covered the conference as well; in "Visions Of A Northwest Hybrid Car Future Abound."

Crosscut publisher David Brewster provided reportage, background and analysis, in "Will Plug-in Cars End The Age Of Oil?"

Along with several other newspaper editorialists and opinionators, Gary Crooks of the Spokane Spokesman-Review attended "Jump Start" - and weighed in with this editorial; "Fueling Inertia." Crooks' colleague Rebecca Nappi, the paper's Associate Editorial Page Editor, wrote a Sunday May 13 column drawng on our event and her experience as a Toyota Prius hybrid owner, "Hybrids Arrive As 'The Cool Cars'." The Everett Herald's editorial page editor Bob Bolerjack was also in Redmond for the event, and penned this Sunday May 13 editorial, "Plug-in Cars Show Promise; Let's Address Obstacles."

Seattle's all-news KOMO-AM 1000 came, and on May 7 aired several iterations of a story filed by reporter Sue Romero - audio clips here and here. A brief item aired on KING-5 TV 11 p.m. news May 7. TVW, Washington state's public affairs cable channel, taped the day-long event live and began airing the seven segments last week. The TVW segments are available for viewing here.

At Cascadia Prospectus, live blog posts from the conference were "Your Ride Shapes Our National Security, Environment;" and "Driving To A Cleaner Future." Seattle Times senior tech writer and columnist Brier Dudley also wrote about "Jump Start" on his blog, in "Beyond The Prius: Plugging In To Green Transportation."

Scroll down to "Speaker Slideshow Links" here to get key informational points presented at the conference.



The Photovoltaic Industry has been around for the past 30 years or more. Why not invite them to the next Plug In Conference. By doing so, you could stimulate both industries by promoting the Sun to produce a great deal of the electrical energy needed to help keep pollution to a minimum and reduce the dependence on oil from terrorist states. The PV and Auto Industries should begin to work togather to market the concept of becoming almost completely energy independent from the oil industry and electrical power grid that everyone seems to be concerned about overloading using larger numbers of EVs or PHEVs. We wouldn't need to build more coal powered generating plants or build monsterously large powerlines which are already on the drawing boards in both the eastern and western regions of the nation. I for one plan to install a large enough PV system at my home next year that will essentially take care of almost all of our homes energy needs and have enough left over to recharge the batteries in my EV or PHEV and become an Individual Energy Independent Producer(an "I.E.I.P".). Because of the elevated costs associated with such a goal, and the lag time until such vehicles become available in the consumer market, I hope to achieve this goal by the end of the year 2010. When you factor the future projected costs of energy prices and supporting terrorist states, staying where we are today is not an option.

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