After Fossil Fuel

Come take a walk on the beach

So, let’s say that one day, tomorrow perhaps, we all stopped using fossil fuel. What do we do then?

In this future scenario, we somehow all have electric vehicles to drive. Perhaps we’ve converted our gas guzzlers. Or perhaps we all take electric public transportation. Perhaps we ride bikes or e-bikes.

There are no more gas stoves or fireplaces. Sure, there are simulated ones powered by electricity, preferably from the sun or perhaps geothermal energy.

Neither natural gas nor propane heat our homes. They’re passive solar, perhaps partly enclosed in the earth to keep the heat in. Perhaps they’re made with straw bales so that they’re super-insulated.

And power-plants no longer burn natural gas or coal to produce energy. Perhaps they burn hemp instead. Or perhaps they don’t burn anything and use renewable resources like sun, wind, and waves.

Whatever else we’re using fossil fuels for, we’re no longer doing . Take plastic, for instance. It’s now all bio-plastic. Bio as in made out of bio-materials. Bio as in bio-degradable.

So, question remains. What do we do then?

We’ve just put millions of people out of work. Those working for powerplants, we retrain to work for green energy. Those drilling the oil, we retrain for other construction work. Those who work at gas stations are probably working in the convenience store part and they’ll still be working in the convenience store part when these service stations have Electric Car chargers rather than gas pumps. Perhaps this is the easiest part of this question to answer.

What do we do with those gas pumps? What do we do with the many, many miles of pipelines? What about all those gas engines that we took out of vehicles to make them electric? What about the tanker trucks and ships? What about the refineries and drilling rigs? What do we do with all those.

Do we do nothing and say, we’ll we’ve gotten the warming of the planet to stabilize and maybe even decrease. Now, climate change won’t be a problem. We know that it will be a problem, it just won’t be such a problem.

Perhaps we need to do something else instead, like help those places which still suffer from climate change. Maybe we start with places with coastline destruction and nation islands which are submerging. Maybe we restore the forests.

And maybe we should. But what about all those fossil fuel relics of an age past? Are they ok to just leave as they are? Or will they deteriorate to the point where they harm the earth further? What can be done about them?

Is anybody already working on this? It might take a particular mindset, like those who work on brownfield remediation. Is it too early to start? It’s always good to invest in our future. Perhaps this is a good investment strategy for some companies, to start figuring out those solutions now.

Xpanse Solar RV Awning

I recently talked with the folks at Xponent Power about their Solar RV Awning. It was a blast. They have a very good FAQ on their website, it should answer most of your questions. If not, just contact them.

 

Solar RV Awning

Their Xpanse Solar Awning holds several solar panels and fits right on top of your RV.  This is great because most RVs only have room for a few solar panels. The awning also adjusts automatically to lessen wind drag caused by the awning. The awning will be available late 2022. You can pre-order now at their website.

The folks at Xponent Power first thought about adapting this idea for cars. But they found much more enthusiasm about it in the RV community. So that’s where they’re going to produce this awning first. Then they might look into other applications, if they get enough interest.

That’s what I wanted to talk with them about – other applications – solar farms for off-grid, community-grid, and farms. One of the main attractions, I think, of this awning is it’s plug and play ability. Just think, if you had an EcoFlow Delta Portable Power Unit or possibly a Tesla Power Wall. And imagine if the Xpanse Awning was available in a format where you could plug all that solar power directly into that unit. You could power your off-grid home off solar power, with very little DIY. Now wouldn’t that be groovy?!

Electric Cars – New Book, Website, Info

Electric Car

I know I haven’t posted in a while.

Why not?

Been busy.

Busy with what?

Work, mostly. Then there was this pandemic. But I did write a new book.

EV – Electric Vehicles Come Home is full of information about Electric Cars and other Vehicles around the world. There are cars, trucks, SUVs, boats, planes, skateboards, etc. Yep, there’s an electric skateboard.

I try to keep all that information not so boring. To help, I included some stories about my visitors from another planet. They came looking for information about Electric Vehicles (EVs). They figured, since I’ve been researching them for 50 years and had written one book about them (Select Your Electric Car), and was working on a second, that I would be their best source of information.

There’s also a story about Whistlethwaite, the legendary EV owner and his standoff with Jake – owner of a Monster Truck. Plus a couple of fictional stories about planes.

EVs have come home. Sales of Electric cars are outpacing sales of other cars. In Norway, most of the vehicles sold are electric. Sales are heading that way in other countries. If you don’t already own an EV, you’ll want to get in on this wave. If you do, maybe you want to upgrade.

EVs now have plenty of range (you can drive one for your daily commute and then some before having to charge). Charging can usually be as quick as you want. It’s always easy. It will save you money over buying and owning a petrol-powered cars. And there are plenty of vehicles to choose from. Plus, you’ll be helping to save the environment.

And, to paraphrase President Biden, These suckers are quick!

And I have a new website for Electric Cars – https://electriccarconcierge.com/

Eco-Friendly Technology That Can Help You Live Greener

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Is eco-friendly technology really all that important? Well, when you consider that the U.S. population uses up 25 percent of the world’s resources and produces 258 million tons of waste, half of which winds up sitting in a landfill, it’s easy to say that going green is pretty important. It slows the progress and effects of global warming and pollution, creates clean energy, and creates an overall lifestyle and mindset that is conducive to a cleaner and happier planet. If you’re looking to incorporate some green tech into your home, the following are some great ways to start:

Smart Thermostats

One of the biggest reasons homeowners switch to a smart thermostat is for the savings on their pricey energy bill, but a smart thermostat helps the environment, too. A smart thermostat is able to learn your temperature setting preferences and general routine over time, and automatically adjust your temps throughout the day. “This allows them to reduce energy consumption at peak times of the day, lower electricity bills, and reduce carbon emissions into the environment,” Climesense explains. There are plenty of smart thermostats on the market such as the Nest, Honeywell, and Ecobee, so your decision ultimately lies in their reviews and your budget.

Streaming Devices

Who knew that the way in which you choose to stream your favorite shows and movies could be helping the planet? According to research by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), streaming devices use between 2.3 and 3.3 watts of power, which is 10 times less than a traditional DVR system. By switching from your regular cable box to a streaming device, you can save energy as well as reduce power plant pollution, not to mention you can save money by lowering your cable/satellite bills. You’ll also benefit from having a much smaller device that you can take with you and use pretty much anywhere, unlike a DVR box.

Energy Star Appliances

Have you ever thought about how much your daily appliances cost you? A 300-watt dishwasher averages 34 cents per month, the coffee maker runs you a monthly bill of 60 to 85 cents, and your refrigerator comes in the highest at $5.90 a month. Sure, they’re small amounts, but they add up when you consider the annual cost. If you want a clearer picture of your energy cost, use an appliance energy cost calculator. It factors in your average daily kilowatt hours (KWH) for any given appliance as we well as the cost per KWH set by your electric company. There are ways to lower costs, increase savings, and save energy, one of which is with Energy Star appliances. Your washer and dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, and other appliances can be made more energy-efficient if you replace them with certified Energy Star appliances..

Change the Toilet Game

What’s something you use every day, multiple times a day? The average toilet uses 1.6 gallons per flush, which adds up to a lot of water when you consider your household size and the number of times you go. Switching to a high-efficiency toilet could lower that number to 1.28 gallons, but that will require a new toilet completely. Another water-saving option to consider is a dual flush toilet. By installing a valve in your current toilet, you only use about 1.6 gallons for solid waste and 0.8 for liquid waste, reducing your overall water usage by as much as 30 percent. In addition, make sure you educate yourself and your household on what items not to flush to cut down on the objects that end up in sewage plants and ultimately make their way to rivers, lakes, and wildlife. Some of the common culprits include wipes, medication, paper towels, and feminine products. Just like we all strive to lead a healthy lifestyle, a green lifestyle should be an important goal as well. Make that goal a reality by incorporating some eco-friendly technology in your home. Not only are you saving the planet, but you’ll also save money in the form of major energy savings. It’s a win-win!

Article by Ginger Reid, Our Precious Resources.org

30 Years is not that Long

It’s no longer political, it’s a matter of life (and death). According to most of the scientists in the world, we have 30 years or less to reverse climate change, to keep the earth from getting to hot to support life. What if they’re wrong? Do you really want to take that chance? I don’t. This is an emergency.

CNN hosted a climate change town hall, because, Hey, it’s a real thing. And also, it’s a litmus test for becoming the democratic candidate – you have to have a plan. However, only a few of the candidates treated climate change like it was the emergency it is. Some refused to ban fracking, which is like mountain top coal mining 2.0. Others endorsed nuclear energy. There is no safe way to dispose of that hazardous waste – it will be with us for millennia.

The commentators (afterwards) didn’t seem to get that this is an emergency either.

We’ve got 30 years, probably less. We all need to act, if at all possible. We need to act individually and collectively. And we need to show that this can be fun.

Not sure what to do?
1) Buy the book Project Drawdown – choose 1 of the 101 ideas to champion
2) Buy one of my Earthwise books for more ideas (and some humor)
https://stubbart.com/environmental_consulting.html
3) Go to the above link and request my consulting services
4) Join a local eco non-profit
5) Get others on board.

We Can Reverse Climate Change

My new years resolution for this year is to single handedly stop climate change. If we all made that our resolution, we could reverse climate change. So as part of my effort to do that I launched the website We Can Reverse Climate Change.com.

This is a website where people can post what they’re doing to reverse climate change – that may be a blog post, perhaps a video. It might be an ad for a product or service. I just started the website, so if you purchase a link or an ad, I’ll throw in the rest of the month of March for free.

You can also learn about my earth-wise books there, including Select Your Electric Car.

Every day I read about efforts to reverse climate change, so there’s a lot going on in this area. I hope people will use my website as one means of getting out the word.

Dale Stubbart

Latest Audio Books

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Betty Johnston just finished narrating The 1/2 Lot Project – A 5,000 Sq Ft Life for me. In this book, I start with 1/2 a city lot (5,000 sq ft). Then I proceed to see what kind of house I can build on it. The house has to be 1-story, large enough for the average US family (three people), and livable. In the end, we come to the conclusion that half a lot is really quite a lot.
While we came to that conclusion quite quickly, there really is a lot of information in this book. Most of it is about saving space in your living space.
I also include several inventions (conceptualizations really) about saving space.
If you want to save even more space, check out this article from USA Today about Tiny Houses in Hawaii.

Gareth Johnson just finished narrating The Wizard Without a Wand – Book 3 – Oscar Henry’s Summer. This third book in the Wizard Without a Wand Series is about Oscar Henry’s (the gentle giant) summer after his first year at Wizard School. During this summer, he grows another three feet and needs to leave home to find his own way in the world. He meets a couple of friendly Hobo’s and they have a wonderful adventure.

Michael Hope just finished narrating Generation Q. Generation Q tells about the split of the earth into parallel worlds in the year 2000. In the parallel world a generation of special children are born. These children, their parents and mentors must stay hidden from the rest of the world if they want to live. In this parallel world though, the desire for war fades to the point that there are no more wars. And finally it is safe for these children to show themselves. Once they do, they help to save the world. But that is not the big surprise at the end of the book. My wife said when she read this book, you are the only person I know who can write a novel in one page. There are several novels in this book.

Mushrooms, Frogs, and Axes

I’m a little bummed that my plain earth tongue mushroom hasn’t come up this year in my backyard. But it is still early November. It might just show its head, or rather its black tongue later this month.

But, the frogs were singing so cheerily, to the tune of my wife and I splitting firewood into kindling (or at least trying to do so). That my joy couldn’t be dissuaded for long. Especially not when we spied all these lovely mushrooms growing in our backyard.

I don’t think that any of them (or the other two varieties which I did not include in the collage are edible). They’re probably toadstools rather than mushrooms. Perhaps they’re even poisonous or hallucinogenic.

I’s really like to know the name of that big red mushroom. And what’s up with the shroom which looks like bean curds or perhaps spaghetti?

Select Your Electric Car

Electric Car

Thinking about buying a new car? It’s almost the end of the year. 2019 models are arriving at dealers. You can probably find a good deal on a 2018 model. Whether you plan to buy a car before the end of the year or within the next few years, you should consider an Electric Car.
How long is your daily commute? If it’s less than 100 miles, many Electric Cars will take you there. Just plug it in at night, and you’re ready to go again the next day. If your commute is longer than 100 miles, there are still some Electric Cars that will probably go as far as you need. You may be able to charge your car while at work. And there well may be many charging stations along your route. Most families own multiple vehicles. Why not buy an Electric Car for your shorter trips.
Do you hate to pay the price at the gas pump? Or let me put it another way, when was the last time you enjoyed pumping gas? An Electric Car can save you lots of money over a gas car.
Do you want to save the environment? Right now, buying an Electric Car is likely to be the best thing you can do to save the Earth. Buying an Electric Car is good for the next generations.

For me, it was about time. Last year, about this time, I bought a Nissan Leaf. I had been studying Electric Cars for over 50 years. So, it was about time that I bought one. Besides, the price was right. I bought a 2015 model with 31,000 miles for $13,000. Needless to say, if you buy a new Electric Car it will cost you more than a used one. But the prices are in line with other cars.

In my book, Select Your Electric Car, I help you decide what kind of electric car you’re looking for and why you want it. I cover more than 10 Electric Car Brands in detail. These car brands are widely available in the US or they’re fun to talk about and will hopefully soon be widely available in the US. Tesla, Tango, Leaf, BMW i3, Smart, Point5, Sparrow, Bolt, FUV, GEM, and I-Pace.
I also tell you how to charge your Electric Car – kind of like pumping gas, but different.

If you’re still worried about cost, I detail all the savings that will come with your electric car. And I tell you ways that you can extend the range, to get a more miles out of every charge.

In 2018, electric car sales tipped over that magic number that now people say they’re a reality. In 2019, most major car manufacturer will have at least one electric car for sale on the US market. Most of those cars will not be limited to California. By 2040, at least 1/2 of the US Car Sales will be Electric. Now is the time to get in on the ground floor of this movement.

If you still have questions about Electric Cars after reading my book, you can rent my time to answer them.


Select Your Electric Car
. Available in Paperback and e-book. Audio version coming soon.
This book contains the information you need to decide which Electric Car is for you.

My other books about cars are 43 Miles Per Gallon and The Xybrid Vehicle – Advances on the Hybrid. Both of those are available as paperback, e-book, and audio book.

The End of Plastic Straws

Well, perhaps it’s not the end. Perhaps it’s only the beginning of the end. Hawaii is considering a ban on plastic straws. Some hotels there have already banned them. Seattle’s ban starts June 1. McDonalds considered a ban, however shareholders rejected that proposal.  Alaska airlines is banning them. Paper, aluminum, glass, and bamboo straws are available . Malibu also passed a ban on plastic straws and New York City may be next.

If you want to start your own ban, paper straws are readily available, just search the internet for them. The first few places I found selling paper straws were Aardvark Straws, Shops Sweets and Treats, and Just Artifacts. Aluminum straws are available at Amazon or Caribbean Creme. Glass straws are found at Hummingbird Straws, Simply Straws, and Strawesome. Bamboo straws are at Bambu Home, Brush with Bamboo, and Life without Plastic. Life without plastic also sells glass and stainless steel straws. They also sell a cleaning brush for straws. I know from experience that you can’t get a straw clean just by running water through it.

Alternatively, you could just do without a straw though it might be harder to drink that milkshake or smoothie without one. Actually, it won’t be harder; but it might be a bit messier.

And why ban plastic straws? They often end up as part of those plastic oceans which now cover vast portions of the ocean.