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Lulu KC

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I shouldn't have been surprised--EVs and government facilities

I was talking to someone last night who works for the U.S.government at a huge center with thousands of employees. I think the building might be LEED certified. It was built about 12+/- years ago. I asked where the chargers are for employees with electric vehicles. There are NONE.

I remember a time of prominent sustainability experts working on the "Green White House" in the late 80s/early 90s. I looked this up and realized it is, of course, dead in the water thanks to you-know-who. Why am I surprised? Not only are they not encouraging the use of evs for employees, opportunities for cost savings and policy having anything to do with climate change are over, too.

https://www.sustainability.gov

Love, Debbie Downer

Russia and Ukraine

I am not seeing any interest yet at DU about this, but for anyone else who is noticing it, we are not alone. An understory in the transcript and all of the recent engagement with Zelenskiy is a genuine change. Based on what I'd followed during the Mueller investigation, I'd assumed that Zelenskiy is a friend of the Russian Federation. But everything I read that he said did not conform to that.


Twitter has people analyzing it.


A good one: Michael MacKay
@mhmck

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The so-called 'transcript' indicates that Volodymyr Zelenskyy isn't a 'Servant of the People' (as his party name says).

Zelenskyy is an eager participant in corrupt schemes pushed by Putin-Trump.

Coupled with his surrender-to-Russia moves lately, I think Zelenskyy is finished.

Basic question about Ukraine and Russian Federation: What does Putin think?

I did a good job of keeping up during the days of the Mueller investigation, but find myself stumped by a basic thing as I read the transcript this morning.

ZELENSKIY is talking about how much he wishes Germany and France would do a better job of enforcing sanctions against the Russian Federation.

TRUMP is talking about how very helpful the US has been to Ukraine.

However, one of the driving forces behind the Trump Tower meeting and so many other things has been Trump's desire NOT to enforce sanctions against RF. (For fascinating background on all of that, I cannot over-recommend Bill Browder, btw.)

So in addition to everything else that is going on within the U.S., it appears to me that DT is also trying to play both Ukraine and RT. With a quick review of the Google, I'm finding no indication that Putin and Zelenskiy are actually friends.

Thoughts?

Ryan last night

I had paid zero attention to him before, but he seemed to be the only one who actually had any answer about fossil fuel that sounded positive. He had me at electric cars. Then he talked about regenerative agriculture! How refreshing! Ahead of the curve!

I'm not saying he should be president, btw. Just enjoyed that part and not seeing anyone on Twitter with anything nice to say about it so here I am.

Worth watching--Interior/Climate Change

Maria Caffrey and other Interior whistleblowers. Hold your nose during Rob Bishop's statements.

https://naturalresources.house.gov/hearings/when-science-gets-trumped-scientific-integrity-at-the-department-of-the-interior

ICE in Kansas City break car window to arrest man without a warrant

and with a child in the car.

And the KCMO police, who have plenty of other things to do, helped them.



https://www.kcur.org/post/shared-live-facebook-immigration-agents-kansas-city-smash-car-window-arrest-man

Shopping for our first EV--updated


2015 Leafy is in the garage, all charged up and ready to go about 80 miles. I think we got a good deal. Now if I can only figure out how to work the XM radio. We must be at the end of the previous owner's subscription. Lots of learning with this car already; probably good exercise for the brain.


Anyone out there already worked through all this, eager to share your own insights?


Where we are after three days:
Tesla: No, thanks. Personal bias against Elon Musk.
Chevy: Need to go try the Bolt, but would prefer a higher seat.
Leaf: Heavy duty lease talk from new car dealer depicted them as becoming obsolete after three years, so he'd be "eating the depreciation for us." Handed us the keys to keep the car for a couple of days and fall in love with it. Yes, I have fallen in love with it, but he totally manipulated us and also insulted our intelligence btw. I think the smartest thing to do would be to buy a 2015-16, including some that just came off a lease. They are available for around $10-12k. Yes, we'd lose all the credits for new cars, but it still comes out to be much less and we don't need a bigger range. (9-year old Prius going strong for longer trips.) My understanding is that batteries were sketchy prior to 2014.
Kia Soul EV: I like the look of the Soul but can't find any near me to check out.
VW e-Golf: Can't find any nearby to check out.

What I have heard from friend with Leaf is that Carvana, CarFax, and CarMax are the ways to go for EVs.

Once again, Bob saw it coming

https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/news/speeches/the-evolving-organized-crime-threat
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