Car-Ready Homes

Net Zero – of electricity or water – essentially means 100% of that commodity plus storage.  Nature provides sunlight and rain when it wishes.  We need those commodities when we wish.  Residential water storage is relatively easy – from the old western rain-barrels to today’s cisterns.  Electricity storage is more difficult and batteries are expensive.

Recently, someone noted that our e-cars have huge batteries.  Why not use the battery in our e-car – for which we’ve already paid – to power our home at night? … Keep reading

235% Profit Jump for Big Oil

Here’s a report I find incredibly depressing.  Not just because someone or some industry made a lot of money, but because they’ll use that money to continue producing more fossil fuels – with the periodic oil spills from ships, or leaks in their pipe lines, or failures in their off-sea platforms – to thoughtlessly continue to provide energy that’s leading to the disaster of Earth.  And as the report states, they also use their money to control legislators, to keep the system going. … Keep reading

Water Becoming Unaffordable

Here’s a growing problem facing millions: Many are becoming unable to pay their water bills.  As the cost of finding, treating, and delivering potable water increases, so will your water bill.  But – it’s doing so at an alarming rate.  Without water, what’s life like in your home?  Comments afterwards.


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Revealed: millions of Americans can’t

afford water as bills rise 80% in a decade


Exclusive: analysis of US cities shows emergency on

affordability of running water amid Covid-19 pandemic


Nina Lakhani

The Guardian

23 Jun 2020


More than two-fifths of residents in some US cities live in neighbourhoods with unaffordable bills.… Keep reading

Water Wars Ahead

In tales of the Old West, if one rancher had water and another didn’t, if they couldn’t work out a trade, then a water war – often with shooting – broke out.  A few decades ago, Kansas sued Colorado because they believed that dams and other structures built in Colorado diminished the supply of water that flowed to Kansas.  A few million dollars in environmental studies and legal fees later, it turned out that Kansas actually had more water now.

I recall an incident in which a Colorado town ran out of water. … Keep reading

Buying & Scrapping Gas Cars

Here’s a breakthrough:  A government that’s finally taking positive action to reverse the effects of climate change by attacking its cause:  fossil fuel use.


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Help to buy EVs in ‘landmark’

New Zealand net zero climate plan


Lower and middle income families will benefit from ‘scrap and

replace’ scheme, while 20% cut in car, van and ute trips sought


The government says its plan will put New Zealand on track to make

zero-emissions vehicles 30% of its light vehicle fleet by 2035.… Keep reading