Talk About Narrow Minded Bigotry

 

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By Al Lococo

Is it possible that anyone and everyone who voted for Trump is an ignorant racist? I don’t think so. They say all universalities are false, perhaps including this one.

 

Clearly a very large number of those who voted for Trump are one or the other or both. But those folks alone could not have gotten him elected.

 

I make these remarks not to defend Trump, his rhetoric, his actions or his appointments, but to bring attention to the reasons for his winning votes that had nothing to do with Republican voters ignorance or racism. Neither is my point to deny that racism is a factor. It is simply not the only factor or the the most important factor in terms of number of votes in my opinion. That is not to say racism is not important. For those who think this upset is all about racism or mostly about racism among Trump supporters, then the upset has nothing to do with mistakes made by the Democratic party. There simply nothing that can be learned and no need for change in the Democratic party because they did everything right.

 

To assume ignorant racist describes the monolithic group that voted for Trump is a cop out that allows a Clinton supporter to believe all the the things they believe about the nature of our current circumstances and our future under a Trump or Clinton Presidency. Clearly this characterization of Trump supporters is an oversimplification that overlooks the very real problems in this country being ignored by both parties and given only lip service by the Democratic party.

 

Clinton supporters are making predictions about the future of our nation as ridiculous and unlikely as Republicans made about Obama. Obama was coming to get your guns. Obama will be the first third term president since FDR. Clinton will effectively be the third Obama term.

 

Actually, Obama did a pretty good job of being Bush’s third and fourth term surrogate. He signed the extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. Obama signed the extension of the Bush Patriot Act after it expired. Obama signed the NDAA giving the President the power to imprison citizen “terrorists” without trial indefinitely.

 

The Bush policy of preemptive wars is thriving under Obama.

 

Obama gave us the all of the above “Clean” energy policy which gave us off shore deep water drilling, fracking, drilling and mining on federal lands and the LNG terminal. These policies resulted in almost doubling US oil production and dropping the price of gas from $4.00 to $2.00 per gallon exceeding the dreams of Bush and his cronies Gingrich and Bachmann. Both Obama and Clinton have ignored the North Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.

 

Obama has increased the rate of deportation over those of Bush and done nothing to eliminate the mass incarceration of blacks.

 

Much of the worst of what Democrats deplore about Republican policy we got under Obama and certainly would have continued under Clinton and will continue under Trump. Only the rhetoric under the Democrats would differ.

 

So, if Democrats assume this election was about racism and racism alone, and if they assume that if Clinton had won the election, things would be very much improved, they have missed the point. You can not field a Democratic candidate like Clinton who is a Republicrat or a Demopublican, I’m not sure which. But in either case, she is a corporatist, interventionist, elitist, plutocrat oligarch who convincingly delivers populist rhetoric. The Democrats need to field a populist, progressive, environmentalist who will deliver the policies and programs that are consistent with the rhetoric of the party.

 

As long as Democrats believe their Republican opposition is always and only racist and Democratic party policies and practices are always and only just, and as long as Democrats are blind to the injustice they practice and ignore, which is endemic in our criminal “justice”system and economic polcies, Democratic voters will not turn out in sufficient numbers to win elections.

 

As long as Democrats are indifferent to the needs of the working class, Democratic voters will not turn out in sufficient numbers to win elections.

 

As long as progressive and environmentalist Democratic and Independent voters perceive little difference between the candidates they have to choose from, these voters will not turn out in sufficient numbers for Democrats to win elections and Republican voters will remain vulnerable to Republican party racist scapegoating.

 

As long as Democrats see all Republicans as racists and candidates like Clinton as a clearly superior alternative to candidates like Trump, little attention will be given to our real problems which are:

  • Bias in the media resulting from the fact that six corporations control the information that US citizens see.
  • Super-delegates in the primary.
  • Debates run by the two party duopoly barring third party candidates on the ballot.
  • Lack of Ranked Choice voting encouraging third party voting.

 

Democrats need to own up to the shortcomings and lack of differentiation in policies of their candidate and failures of the process to encourage meaningful alternatives and not make their loss all about racism. Racism exists, but it is not the sole cause or even the most significant part of the cause for this upset. Democratic party policies and choice of candidate resulted in votes for Trump and lack of turnout for Clinton.

 

If Democrats continue to make this upset about Republican racial injustice and Republican ignorance while the Democratic party ignores the weakness and failings of their candidate and their policies, the outlook for the Democratic party and the country will continue to look grim.

Why I voted for Jill Stein

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By Al Lococo 10/31/2016

The Green party platform supports the policies I believe will take us to a future necessary to the well-being of my children and grand children.

 

These policies address forgiving student debt, free college tuition, single payer health care, promoting solar, wind, electric private and public transportation and infrastructure maintenance and improvements that will create jobs that strengthen the economy, clean up the environment and mitigate climate change. Promoting the $15.00 minimum wage, a tax on carbon, elimination fossil fuel subsidies, ending for profit prisons and mass incarceration of blacks, demilitarizing police for racial justice, cutting military spending by closing foreign military bases, ending wars in Middle East by ending financial support and cutting of supplies of weapons.

 

Why I don’t support Hillary Clinton

Many Clinton supporters are motivated by their opposition to Trump who they see as the greater evil. They see Stein as not being able to win and a vote for her as a wasted vote or worse a vote for Trump.

 

By that logic a vote for all but the winning candidate is wasted. All the votes that went to losing candidates apparently have no value and are wasted. Apparently democracy is a process by which we look at the polls to see who the winner will be and vote for that person if we don’t want to waste our vote.

 

With regard to the greater or lesser evil, I never for a moment considered voting for Trump. I was early on a Clinton supporter, impressed with rhetoric and happy with the idea of a woman president. As Bernie Sanders emerged I found myself aligned with his polices, principles, honesty and history. When he lost the democratic primary, I found Stein to be a candidate that embraced the same policies and principles as Sanders. This combined with a deeper understanding of the differences between Clinton’s rhetoric and actions and the general political direction and corruption  of the democratic party, convinced me that  my vote for Stein was sealed.

 

I find myself in a position similar in one way to that of many Clinton supporters. Part of my reason for having voted for Stein is my opposition to Clinton which parallels Clinton supporters in their opposition to Trump as an important motivator.

 

I find many Clinton supporters find it easy to dismiss the Democratic party’s or Clinton’s unfavorable policies or insavory practices. I find it particularly difficult to understand how long term progressive and environmentalists can vote for Clinton given her support for fracking for example.

 

So I have voted for Stein because of her policies and principles and ruled out Clinton for the same reason. I feel the need to elaborate on the reasons for my opposition to the Democratic party and their nominee for president. Not all of the failures in policy are Clinton’s alone, in some cases the DNC, the Clinton Campaign and other party operatives are directly responsible. I hold her culpable wherever the failure may lie for her reluctance to speak out against it or take steps to mitigate the effect or prevent its recurrence.

 

Clinton Policies

I find as a progressive environmentalist I can not turn my head and look the other way in the face of policies or corruption. First, let me count the polices supported by Clinton directly or supported by the Democratic party and condoned by her.

 

1)      Clean Energy Policy – Includes limited duration subsidies for Solar, wind and electric cars which is good while at the same time supporting long term subsidies for fossil fuels. Her Energy Policy also includes fracking which includes dumping toxic and radioactive waste water in aquifers and irrigation of crops, off shore drilling in the Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific which includes dumping toxic and radio active waste water in the ocean, drilling, fracking and mining on public lands, pipelines and shipping oil by rail which is responsible for leaks, spills, fires and explosions, LNG Ports, all of which is bad.

 

2)      For profit private prisons – Clinton has taken money from private prison corporations who have as a business model incarceration quotas. Democratic party policies have led to the mass incarceration of blacks.

 

3)      Militarization of police force – Our citizens in cities are looking like subjects of military occupation as local police forces become increasingly militarized.

 

4)      Patriot Act – The current Democratic administration has been instrumental in extending Bush Administration policies and further limiting civil rights by approving the extension of the Patriot Act and approving the detention of citizens accused of terrorism without trial Under NDAA.

 

5)      $15.00 Minimum Wage – An example of Clinton incrementalism and half measures is her support for the $12.00 minimum wage.

 

6)      Single Payer Health Care – Clinton wants to enhance the Affordable Care Act believing a single payer Medicare for all system will never work in the United States. Another example of her incrementalism and half measures.

 

7)      Student Debt – The Democratic party supported the bailout of the Big Banks and auto corporations like GM and Chrysler but not students who have been burdened with a lifetime of debt on the promise of a good job at graduation. These jobs were lost to them due to an economy crashed by the banks. Clinton believes students should pay their debt.

 

8)      Wars in the Middle East – Clinton personally voted for the war in Iraq, as Secretary of State was instrumental in unfolding events in Libya and Syria. There is nothing good about these wars with tens of thousands of Muslims killed resulting in desperate survivors becoming refugees or terrorists.

 

9)      Overthrow of democratically elected foreign governments – As secretary of state Clinton was instrumental in forming US policies after the coup that ignored the Honduran public and in effect legitimized an illegal takeover.

 

10)      Immigration – The current Democratic administration has increased the rate of immigrant deportations while Clinton was Secretary of State. In addition child immigrants from Honduras were detained by the US at the Mexican border and deported back to Honduras while Clinton was Secretary of State.

 

11)      Syria – Clinton now wants to establish a no-fly-zone over Syria putting the U.S. in direct confrontation with Russia who is routinely bombing Syria from the air. The consequences of such a confrontation between the worlds two greatest nuclear powers could be catastrophic.

 

Clinton Corruption

My discussion would not be complete without discussing Cinton and Democratic party corruption. The Clintons have a long history of unsavory business matters and other affairs. They seem always to come out looking clean with the exception of the Lewinsky matter which after a long period of denial seemed to hang on the definition of ‘is’. Clinton supporters seem to find a great deal of comfort in what they refer to as a 30 year vetting process.

 

The fact that the couple in general but Hillary in particular always maintains plausible deniability but is always clouded by the fact rhat she is usually the beneficiary of the wrong doing.

 

Let us count the instances of corruption that make it impossible for me to turn my head and look the other way.

 

1)      DNC collusion with the media during primary – We learn from leaked emails that Debbie Wasserman Schultz collaborated with the media to undermine the Sanders campaign. There is no evidence that Clinton herself had anything to do with matter but her campaign benefited from the matter. Clinton was not outraged by the matter. She did not condemn it but instead gave Schultz a job on the campaign.

 

2)      Rigged Primary election – There were some strange activities happening during the primary all of which benefited Clinton. Bill Clinton appearing at several polling places with his secret service in Massachusetts disrupting the voting process.  I can’t imagine what legitimate motive he could have or what he thought the consequences might be.

Then there were the mysterious 100 thousand registered Democrats in Brooklyn who were discovered to be registered Republicans on primary day and thus unable to vote for Sanders.

In Arizona of 200 polling places 140 were closed forcing people to drive long distances to vote causing some to stay home. Those who drove to the polls spent long hours in line late into the night and discouraging others.

In California poll volunteers were instructed to give voters registered as independents an NPP (No Party Preference) ballot which does not allow them to vote for presidential candidate. They were further instructed not to advise such voters the were permitted to ask for a crossover ballot which would allow an Independent to vote for Sanders.

We have the conflation of terms such as Voter Fraud, Election Fraud, Voter Suppression and Rigged Election. I have listed some examples of unsavory practices by perhaps overenthusiastic polling officials. This list is by no means exhaustive. We have the Stanford And Harvard studies which have been debunked and followed by debunked debunking. These studies give examples of polls prior to primary day and exit polls which are inconsistent with election results. In many cases election results are biased to Clinton. They point out that in states where election machines can be tampered with and no paper trail exists for recounting, Clinton is more likely to win. The Stanford study goes so far as to say Sanders would have won by a landslide if this is to be believed.

Sanders himself denies any likelihood of election fraud or rigging, but criticizes Democratic party rules that create super delegates and closed primaries that prevent registered Independents from voting for him.

The role of media practices on the outcome of the Democratic primary is obvious even to the casual observer. This fact is further confirmed by email evidence. The most blatant attempt by the media to influence Democratic Primary outcome is the Associated Press announcement on the eve of the California primary that Clinton is the presumptive nominee. On May 23rd Chris Mathews had predicted a media  announcement on the day  following the AP announcement, June 7th, the day of the primary at 5:00 pm Pacific time. How is it that Chris Mathews knows on May 23rd what news will be reported on June 7th not only by MSNBC, but other news organizations as well? What we have here is corruption that quite conveniently and coincidentally benefits Clinton while at the same time she maintains plausible deniability.

Clinton supporters say there may have been some misdeeds by local officials but it would not have affected the outcome. Nothing to be concerned about, just politics as usual. And besides that it is most likely all Republican lies anyway.

 

3)       Email server – Quite interestingly Clinton claims the server in her basement was never compromised. She says there were no classified emails on the server that might be vulnerable to hackers. Clinton deleted  33 thousand emails. She says these were personal and none of them were classified.

Some of these statements may be true, but are hard to believe. Are none of the hacked emails, now public, from this server? Is it possible for the Secretary of State in her entire term to never have sent or received a classified email? Is it possible for anyone to have that many personal emails?

In Clinton’s defense her supporters say it is not unprecedented for someone in her office to have a private email. A private server in your basement is very different from a private email account. Her supporters justify her email deletions by referring to the Bush email deletions. An attempt by a previous administration to remove government proceedings from the record does not justify a second transgression.

 

4)       Public and Private Positions – The Podesta emails reveal the need and value of Clinton holding both a public and a private position on issues. In the last debate she admitted her duality and justified it with a reference to Lincoln. She did not challenge the validity of the email although other Democrats like Podesta and Brazile have referred to altered emails without being specific. Clinton in the debate went on to object to Russian interference in our electoral process by hacking and exposing her emails.

The only evidence I have seen is of alteration  of leaked email meta data that contains the code name of a former KGB agent recorded in Cyrillic font. This constitutes the Russian fingerprints referred to by Democrats when changing the subject from email content to email origin in Russia. An alteration to unseen meta data is quite different from an alteration to  the data that makes up the content of  email seen by anyone other than a computer scientist who knows what meta data is and has the tools to read or change it. It is possible and highly likely that the hacker responsible for liberating the email is not Russian and the meta data change was made  out of a sense of ironic humor as anyone in computer business might guess of a hacker.

 

5)      Poll Rigging and Oversamples – In another Podesta email we have evidence of poll rigging. This email contains a virtual very lengthy handbook on the technique of oversampling to achieve the desired poll results. This poll manipulation serves to give Clinton apparent momentum where there is none.

 

6)      Clinton Foundation – Charity Navigator gives the Clinton Foundation a score of 94.74% out of 100%. They say 88% of donations go to charity.  Of course these figure and rating vary from year to year. Charity Navigator stopped rating the Clinton Foundation entirely in 2014  because it said changes in the foundation’s business structure were incompatible with the way Charity Navigator calculates its ratings.

 

           In the tax return for  the year 2013, depending on your analysis of the return, between 10% and 30% went  to charity. Other years tax returns do not support charitable donation approaching 90 percent.  Judge Jeanine Pirro has called the foundation a money laundering scheme.

 

           There is circumstantial evidence that the Foundation is part of a “pay to play” scheme. What many suspect from circumstances is confirmed by email evidence where the term is actually used in an email, much like the DNC emails showing, not surprisingly, collusion with media.

 

           Let’s for the purpose of example review the most popular case of “pay to play” or quid pro quo. What started out as Canadian deal with a Russian company for uranium and ended up with a 100 percent ownership by ARMZ a subsidiary of the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom. holding 20 percent of U.S. uranium reserves.

 

The story starts with a trip to Russia in September of 2005 by Bill Clinton and Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining financier who then wins a uranium deal in Kazakhstan. Sometime in 2006 Giustra makes a $31.3 million contribution to the Clinton Foundation. Over the years the deal evolves as the original company becomes Uranium One then expands into the U.S. Followed by investments from ROSATOM, the Russian Atomic Energy Agency. Each step along the way requiring U.S. State Department approval and resulting in additional millions in contributions to the Clinton Foundation from benefiting parties involved. One of the highlights of this eight year process is when Bill Clinton is paid $500 thousand for a speech in Moscow by a Russian investment bank with ties to the Kremlin that assigned a buy rating to Uranium One stock.

 

No, this story is not Republican lies. This is right out of the New York Times. This story would be very hard to grasp at any point along the way as it was unfolding. Where these sometimes seemingly unrelated events were going to end up would be hard to imagine, perhaps even for some of the parties involved. It is like a chess game. Each player has a strategy, but not all strategies will be fully realized. Of course there is always one guaranteed winner, that is the Clinton Foundation.

 

7)      Misc. Mysterious History – In the Clinton’s distant past are unsavory matters easily forgotten over time recalled by headline phrases such as Cattle Futures, Whitewater, Travelgate and Filegate.

 

Hillary Clinton made $60 thousand in cattle futures while her husband was Govenor of Arkansas. This came into question because she was unable to cover her losses and as her account fell below margin, no margin call was issued and no cash was deposited in her account.

 

In the matter of Whitewater, it was the Clinton’s friends and partners who ended up in jail. The Clintons were never charged with wrong doing. James McDougal died in jail after writing a book which openly implicated Clinton in Whitewater. In the book he claimed Clinton promised to give a presidential pardon to his wife. The Clinton administration denied the claim. One of Clinton’s final acts in office was to pardon McDougal’s wife.

 

The ethical matter of Travelgate involves the unjustified dismissal of seven employees at the White House Travel Office. Although the President has the authority to dismiss without cause Travel Office employees, the practice was unprecedented due to the non political nature of the office located in the Old Executive Office Building. For this reason the Clintons felt the need to justify the dismissals with an investgation of the Travel Office. Head of the Travel Office Director Billy Dale was charged with embezelment and aquitted. The reputations of other employees were damaged unjustly. Investigations into the role of the Clintons in this matter found no evidence of wrong doing.

 

The Filegate matter involves the acquisition of hundreds background reports from the FBI on former and prospective White House officials and employees in violation of privacy. Although several investigations resulted, no evidence of wrong doing was ever proved.

 

The untimely death of Vince Foster has been one in a series of deaths which has been fodder for what has been characterized as “conspiracy theories”. Personally, I believe the circumstances of his death are quiet clear. He clearly committed suicide. That was Ken Starr’s conclusion. A draft letter of resignation torn into 27 pieces found in Fosters briefcase is said to serve as some sort of suicide note. I have read the content of the note. It didn’t appear to me to be much of a suicide note. More interesting is an actual letter of resignation written by Miguel Rodriguez, investigator for Ken Starr. Unsatisfied with the interference in his pursuit of the facts in his investigation he submits his resignation to Starr mentioning among other things a second wound in the right side of Foster’s neck.

 

It is obvious to me that neither of the Clintons is guilty of murder in the case of Foster or any other case. Have they ever been implicated as accessories either before or after the fact? In this regard we have only speculation and no charge and no conviction. In the case of Foster, it is not even clear that there was a murder. Most importantly, if Foster was murdered with the Clinton’s being implicated before the fact, what was their motive? To simply say Whitewater without more specifics is not satisfying to me.

 

The only fishy thing about Foster’s death is that during the 59 minutes before his office was secured three White House employees spent time in his office looking for a suicide note. A uniformed Secret Service Officer said he saw Margaret Williams, Hillary’s Chief of Staff exiting Foster’s office carrying file folders in her arms ans hands which she carried into her office after struggling to open the door. He said she then exited her office empty handed and closed the door.

 

There is also, on a less serious note, the matter of $190 thousand worth of furniture removed from the White House at the end Bill Clinton’s second term. In the end $48 thousand worth of furniture was returned and $86 thousand was paid to the government for other items retained by the Clintons, but belonging to the government. So of the $190 thousand worth of items removed from the White House, $134 thousand worth of items did not belong to them. Only $56 thousand worth of the $190 worth of things removed actually belonged to them. Apparently the two Clinton lawyers were unable to understand exactly what was theirs and what wasn’t. No harm done. In the end with restitution and returns all was set right.

 

Benghazi

Because Benghazi has been such a major recent and ongoing matter in the news, I want to mention it. Absent the attention it has gotten, I would ignore it. It is not otherwise worthy of mention in a discussion of Clinton or Democratic party ethical misconduct or corruption. The Benghazi investigations tell us more about the character of the Republicans conducting or calling for the investigations than the character of Clinton. If anything they highlight her strength and endurance. These proceedings constitute nothing more than unjustified abuse of the Secretary of State and played no part in my decision not to vote for her.

 

If there is blame to be placed for Benghazi, it lies with the Republican decision to limit embassy security spending. From 2008 to 2012 the administrations requests for embassy security funding were underfunded by $772.9 million. Actual funding during the period amounted to over 15 billion.

Ultimately, responsibility for the deaths at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi lies with the terrorists who perpetrated the act. In the confusion of the immediate hours and days following the attack there may have been some misjudgments about the nature of events in Benghazi, but such mistakes in no way indicate Clinton was in any way responsible for what happened. Clinton’s exoneration in this matter in no way excuses her culpability in other matters. This is not an example of how she or her party have been unjustly investigated without cause.

 

Conclusion

It has been my intention with this paper to say why I voted fo Jill Stein. That reason is easily stated in simple and straight forward terms about the Green party platform. This is the sole and total justification for my decision.

 

But for my family and friends who support Clinton the question will be why not vote for Clinton, Stein can’t possibly win? It is for this reason and for the benefit of my grandchildren should they want to understand my position as the consequences of this election unfold over time, since they will bear the burden of those consequences.

 

I cannot understand how progressives and environmentalists can support the policies of Clinton. She will oppose an end to fossil fuel subsides and a tax on carbon, both of winch are essential to arrest the advancement of global warming and the resulting catastrophic Climate change.

 

Further she supports fracking and the disposal of toxic and radio active waste water in the Gulf of Mexico, dumping this waste in aquifers, using it to irrigate crops and sequestering it in deep underground storage wells resulting in earthquakes. She supports pipelines and shipping by rail which regularly result in leaks, spills, fires and explosions.

 

She supports the TPP and other trade agreements that infringe on the sovereignty of nations and their ability to regulate corporations that pollute the air land and water or threaten the general welfare of citizens in any other way.

 

So many progressive environmentalist Clinton supporters are able to look away from these policies and others listed earlier that I fear after eight years of her policies, our window of opportunity to mitigate all but the very worst effects of climate change will be lost.

 

One of my most intelligent environmentalist friends said, “When I heard Jill Stein was anti vaccine she lost any possibility of getting my vote.” It amazes me how such an intelligent leader in the environmental movement can take a Clinton talking point which completely mis-characterizes Stein’s position as sufficient reason to dismiss the Green party platform while looking the other way on Clinton’s positions on the environment.

 

If policy were not enough reason for progressives and environmentalists to shun Clinton, there is this record of corruption and seamy behavior which is so easily dismissed by otherwise inteligent rational people. Although Bill Clinton has his own kind of affairs, Hillary herself is at the center of all these ethical and corruption matters. In the Travel Office matter, there was no legal or ethical issue with dismissing seven employees. But to eliminate the appearance of violating tradition, she had to justify the dismissals by fabricating charges against the dismissed employees ruining their lives.

 

The Cattle futures episode was hers alone, it was her Chief of Staff seen removing files from Fosters office and she who removed $134 thousand worth of furniture from the White House.

 

Clinton supporters like to point out that she has never been convicted of a crime. This is a pretty low bar for a president. Bill Clinton was never convicted of a crime, but he lost his license to practice law.

 

Hillary Clinton compared herself to Abraham Lincoln at the last debate when asked about the Podesta email that revealed her dual public and private policies. Lincoln was working to preserve the Union and end slavery. Her duality might be more acceptable if she were working to establish a tax on carbon and end fossil fuel subsidies. Instead she is working with her duality to preserve fracking and put an end to the sovereignty of nations and their ability to regulate corporations.

 

To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen, I am a student of history, I know Lincoln, Lincoln was a great man, you Secretary Clinton are no Lincoln.

 

I am not sure what most people think this election is about, but for me it is first about mitigation of climate change. I am reminded of the example of the petri dish. It starts out with a small population of bacteria and abundant agar which serves as food. It is the destiny of this population to at first grow and thrive consuming their limited resource and polluting as they grow. Soon the pollution begins to limit growth and eventually their resource is exhausted and they die.

 

Our environment is much more complex. And we have renewable resources. But if we confine our consumption to limited resources that pollute our environment, the petri dish serves as useful model for our destiny. We cannot continue to consume and pollute indefinitely.

 

We need leaders that understand the crisis at hand. We have not a problem to solve but a task to complete. The Green party and Jill Stein have a platform that meets our requirements. The Democrats and Republicans offer a program of continued insane consumption of limited resources and the associated pollution.

 

My wife and I each own and drive an electric car. We have a 5.4 kw solar array at our home. We voted for Jill Stein. I believe the choices we make shape the future.

 

#WhyStein

 

Why are used electric car prices so low?

IMG_0828Three factors affect resale value on electric cars. First isthe federal tax credit and in some states a state tax credit and other incentives. Also electric car prices have fallen since introduction in 2011. And finally electric cars are improving functionally as new models are introduced.

The upside is for those who can’t afford a new car or don’t qualify for tax credits, used electric cars are very affordable. You can buy a low mileage used LEAF for less than $9,000.

If you calculate used electric car prices based on MSRP, depreciation may seem high. But you must remember most new car buyers and dealers leasing these cars got a the federal tax credit of $7,500 and sometimes addition state tax credits. California has had a $2,500 and Georgia a $5,000 incentive for example. While such incentives are in place, used car prices will be correspondingly depressed ed. Used car prices may increase as such incentives are discontinued.

In addition new electric car prices have dropped by $6,000 or more. This puts additional downward pressure on used car prices.

And finally there are functional improvements to range and charge time along with other features like more trunk space in the LEAF among many minor improvements like lighted charge port in the LEAF.

All the factors combine to make it more attractive to buy a new electric car compared to a used one priced at traditional depreciation rates. If you want to sell your used electric car you need to lower the price to account for the fact that newer models are cheaper than what you paid and have better function and more features.

On the other hand if you are buying there is good value in used electric car.

You’ll love your used electric car. Here’s why.

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Things you’ll never say to a mechanic about that four year old electric car you just purchased.
• She won’t turn over.
• She turns over but she won’t start.

• The clutch is slipping.

• When the transmission shifts it makes a loud clunking sound.
• She’s running rough.

• Can you turn down the idle?

• I SAID, I HAVE A NOISEY MUFFLER.

• She won’t shift into third.

• She’s only getting 10 miles per gallon.

• I hear this knocking when I’m climbing hills.

• Do I have to use high test?

• The alternator light won’t go off.

• My tail pipe is dragging on the ground.

• She hesitates when I press hard on the gas.

• I need an oil change.

• How much will it cost to replace my leaking valve cover gaskets?

Things your mechanic will never say to you about that four year old electric car you just purchased.
• How long is it since you changed your air filter?

• Some teeth are broken on your flywheel.

• I thought it was the purge valve, but it turns out, it was the mass air flow sensor.

• I had to replace the fuel pump.

• Now she’s purring like a kitten.

• Your carburetor is gummed up.
• Your fuel injectors need cleaning.
• There’s radiator coolant in your oil.

• You blew your head gasket.

• The block is cracked.

• Your exhaust manifold is cracked.

• The water pump is leaking.

• You need to have your timing belt replaced.

• Your serpintine fan belt is worn.

• We have to replace your exhaust gas recirculation valve.

• You need a new automatic transmission

Florida to New York Electric Car Road Trip makes Current Events

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One of the benefits of being a member of the Electric Auto Association is that each month we receive “Current Events”, our monthly electric car news magazine.

Here is a link to the August issue which has at the centerfold an article about the 1,057 mile East Coast trip my wife and I made in May in our RAV4-EV.
http://www.mlppubsonline.com/publication/?i=223200

Here is a link to the trip account.
http://www.evprogress.org/New%20York%20Trip%20Account.pdf

Space Coast Drivers July’s EV Event Recap

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Members of SCEV Drivers pose for a photo at the July EV meet up while at Panera Bread in Palm Bay, FL

Each month the Space Coast Electric Vehicle drivers host an informal Electric Vehicle drivers meet up at Brevard County area establishments located within walking distance of a public charging station. These events usually take place the first Sunday of each month, with the exception of months with holidays falling on or close to the date (such as July 4th). For those who couldn’t make it we post an event recap for each month to keep you all up to date!

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Two Chevy Volt’s parked in EV designated spots at Kohl’s in Palm Bay, FL

 

 

 

The Kohl’s, which is walking distance to Panera has two designated EV parking spaces with a single J1772 Level 2 charger and a 110V outlet. Unfortunately the charger was giving some of our members a hard time and it took quite a while to switch it from one car to another. Luckily one of our members who frequents this charger gave it a little tough love and solved the problem.

We welcomed one new local member with a Chevy Volt and had the pleasure of meeting Al Lococo and his wife, of the Central Florida and Sun Coast EAA who drove their Toyota RAV 4 EV all the way from Winter Haven, FL to attend July’s EV event.https://i1.wp.com/www.spacecoastevdrivers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/IMG_0117.jpg

A Toyota RAV 4 EV from Winter Haven, FL attends the July SCEV Drivers meet up.

 

 

 

If you are counting rare EVs in central Florida this is the second 2nd generation RAV 4 EV to attend a Space Coast Electric Vehicle Drivers meet up. Pretty impressive when you consider they were never sold in the state of Florida, Toyota has only sold 1,594 of the 2,600  2nd generation RAV4 EVs produced and Toyota has announced they will not be producing any more of these SUVs in favor of other technologies.https://i2.wp.com/www.spacecoastevdrivers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/IMG_0124.jpg

Chevy Volt parked in an EV designated spot at Kohl’s in Palm Bay, FL

 

 

 

At the meet up we discussed efforts to place more local charging stations in and around Brevard, Melbourne BMW’s new dual level 2 dealership charger as well as handy, printable window displays for your EV.   Brenna discussed the early development stages of an official SCEV Drivers logo for the use on future signage, business cards, t-shirts and more. Brenna and Josh gave an overview of progress for Melbourne’s National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) event which will take place September 20th 2014. Please make sure to register to attend or volunteer at the NDEW event! But one of the highlights of the afternoon was that event attendees were able to take home copies of Al’s book Turning Point in History an “exploration into the subject of Energy and Transportation and how they affect our lives, our economy, our politics and our future.”

Overall it was a great meet up and we are looking forward to next month! The next meet up will take place on Sunday August 3rd from 2-4 PM in Downtown Melbourne. We will be parking at the L3 charger at City Hall and then walking over to a local restaurant TBD. We look forward to seeing you there and thanks for supporting the Space Coast EV Drivers!

The total area of solar panels it would take to power the world

 

I wondered about this, so I did the math. Of course this doesn’t allow for panel spacing or power distribution etc. Still this puts solar power space requirements in perspective. This graphic is a reasonable presentation of solar space requirements all pushed together in one place.

Maximum output of area 350 sq km
350 kilometers on each side
× 3,280 feet per km
= 1,148,000 feet
x² 1,148,000 squared
= 1,317,904,000,000 square feet
÷ 15 square feet per solar pamel
= 87,860,266,666 solar panels
÷ 1,000,000,000
= 87 Billion solar panels
× 300 Watts per panel
= 26,100 billion watts or 26 trillion watts per hour of sunshine

Global usage of electricity
8,180 Watts per person per day
× 6,784 Million people
= 55,493,120 million watts or 55 terawatts
× 1,000,000
= 55,493,120,000,000 watts
55 trillion watts

The total area of solar panels it would take to power the world, Europe, and Germany
boingboing.net
(via Cliff Pickover’s Reality Carnival)

http://boingboing.net/2014/06/12/the-total-area-of-solar-panels.html