"He should have done a bit of study...." RShultz210--perhaps you should have a done a little study yourself. "He" is a "she". Pam Sohn has been an award-winning reporter and editor in Chattanooga for 28 years.
You guys are so ignorant, this is probably the last time I'm posting here.
The laughs on you "soakya"--I didn't buy my LEAF, I leased it.
And yes, I charge it with solar panels on my home. "Jt6gR3hM", that fuel comes from sunshine, not coal. My EPB power bill for August was $14.26
And "conservative", are you aware of the millions of dollars the government gives to Big Oil each year in the form of subsidies, tax breaks and write-offs?
I don't see myself as a "taker" at all. I see myself smart enough to know a good deal when I see it. A good deal for myself, the environment and the country. Greedy thief, indeed!
A liberal from the real world here.
I guess you detractors missed the significance of the SEJ convention being in Chattanooga. Volkswagen flew the XL1 directly to our town for the North American debut of the car in front of some very influential journalists. Get that? First time where you could see it, touch it and sit in it without going to Europe. Price? Well, the current car would have to be highly modified to meet US standards, so you just missed your opportunity to probably ever view the XL1 again here.
By the way, after 2.5 years, I still love my 100% electric Nissan LEAF. Leave the last century behind and try something new for once. You might surprise yourself that dinosaur juice isn't really necessary any more.
I think Weston has some valid points. Instead of defunding or repealing Omamacare, why not fix it? I remember about 10 years ago when my health plan went up 40% for no reason. I dropped it, not realizing that Blue Cross and everyone else wouldn't give me coverage, because I now had pre-existing conditions. I'm now on Medicare, and just had my "death panel" health assessment a few weeks ago. Very comprehensive 1.5 hour question and answer session with my doctor's nurse practitioner.
As far as the Walgreens, Home Depot, Trader Joe's decision to let part time employees fend for themselves, there are actual some who think that it is a good thing for the employees: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/the-exchange/part-timers-losing-healthcare-insurance-may-want-thank-210354500.html
As I've stated in previous comments, I personally have solar panels on my home in Chattanooga for most of my electricity needs--and yes, air conditioning and heating with a heat pump, so I'm not lacking any comfort. In addition, the sun charges up my Nissan LEAF 100% electric car, which I've had for two years now. Shine, baby, shine.
Excellent thoughts, Pam.
Now for the quotes: "Do Climate Alarmists have any idea how ridiculous they look? Only a low information voter could fall for this stuff." "The looney left has had so many monsters".
Well I don't think I'm a "Climate Alarmist" but I don't like being called "ridiculous," a "low information voter," and a member of the "looney left" because I happen to agree with climate change or global warming, or whatever you want to call what is happening with weather and storms, worldwide. You can disagree with me and my fellow travelers, but please don't belittle us for our opinion.
I guarantee my IQ is bigger than my shoe size.
Just for grins, you guys need to take another look at Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" from 2006, now seven years old. My, what ridicule and scorn he still receives. But just look how many of his laughed-at predictions have actually come true!
Since natural gas prices were at a ten-year low March of 2012 and we supposedly have a glut of the stuff now, I never understood the big push for fracking---until I found out that all the Big Oil and Big Gas companies can get four times as much money for LNG overseas. There are over 20 applications pending with the government to build export shipping terminals on our coasts right now. So much for the big fracking push to make our country energy independent. Ya, right.
Since natural gas prices were at a ten-year low March of 2012, I never understood the big push for fracking---until I found out that all the Big Oil and Big Gas companies can get four times as much money for LNG overseas. There are over 20 applications pending with the government to build shipping terminals on our coasts right now. So much for the big fracking push to make our country energy independent. Ya, right.
The real "losers" are the electricity users of the Tennessee Valley, and our future generations. Yep, I did what you suggest, and bought the panels last year, when there were rumors of cutbacks to the TVA Green Power Program. My home system produced $133.87 of electricity in Chattanooga under cloudy, rainy skies this April. In addition, I power my 100% electric Nissan LEAF car with the gallons of sunshine that fall from the sky. Now, who is the real loser?
To rick1 --
I guess you didn't read all of my post. I indeed do drive a 100% electric vehicle. It's a Nissan LEAF, to be built in Smyrna Tennessee by 1,300 newly hired Nissan employees at the end of this year. The electricity to run my LEAF is generated by a 4.9 kw SunPower solar array. So I didn't just talk about being green, I did something about it. Yes, I still have a gas-powered vehicle for road trips. But it just sits idle in the garage about 80% of the time.