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  •  We just bought a Volt (1+ / 0-)
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    We got it this week.  

    While I agree that solar in the third world, and other such investments, probably do more for the planet, we also want to walk the walk as much as we can. (We have solar on our roof as well, but are not off grid).

    In our case, my husband and I drive 17 miles each way to work We work in the same place, but because of kids we haven't been able to commute together until this year (staggered hours), but now we can drive together about half the time.

    The other half of the time he is now substituting the Volt for our old minivan, and I will continue to drive my Prius.

    So the Volt will significantly cut our fuel use. I don't think it will help our finances, as it is a more expensive car than we've ever bought before, but we can afford it, so we did it.

    We still have the minivan - our high schoolers drive to school in it, but that's only 2 miles from home (we live on a rural road, and neither the school bus nor biking is a viable option for them).

    We all do what we can.

    “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

    by SolarMom on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 08:40:07 AM PDT

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    •  Congrats! (1+ / 0-)
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      That's great that you got a Volt. I'm happy every time I see one driving around. Or a Leaf, or a plug in Ford. (Haven't seen a plug in Prius or a Tesla yet, but hope to soon!) Everybody chipping in bit by bit like that drives a sea change, and I think that's where there's a lot of value in making purchases like that.

      The more people see plug in and electric cars driving around and wind turbines and solar panels powering their lives, the process of fossil fuel divestment will become less and less frightening and more and more of an everyday thing.

      It also sends a signal to car companies and power utilities, which can only be a good thing.

      For now I'm going to try to get around to figuring out what are the various costs per ton of carbon emissions reductions, and hopefully I'll have time to post a diary for that.


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