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  1. Larry M

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    Here's my point on the making of my 2007 Prius. I'll admit about the problems with the making of the batteries. But here's my point. Giving the making of the battery problem my car will have a smaller carbon footprint over the last twelve years then a comparable internal combustion with the same size engine.
    IC cars are also causing problems with oil spills, Exxon Valdez and the gulf oil spill. I don't know for sure but just off the top of my head I would say that the vehicles are the biggest users of oil, but don't hold me to that.
    I don't know if you are old enough to remember all of the smog in Southern California, the horizon over the ocean was a brown haze and you couldn't take a deep breath without you lungs hurting.
    This was in the fifties. I could be wrong but most of the air pollution came from IC vehicles. Of course modern vehicles are much better.
    Nothing is perfect, sometimes pollution happens when the overall products are better for the environment in the long run.
    I for one didn't need the incentive to install solar, but if they are going to give it to me I'd be a fool not to take it. I'm not going to feel guilty about it.
    Question, if you were buying an IC car and the dealership was going to give you a rebate would you not take it.
    Did you know that SDG&E at the beginning was pushing for people to install solar and said that it would help. Maybe they didn't realize how many people would take them up on it.
    Then their opinion changed when it hurt their bottom line.
    I worked for SDG&E for two months shy of 45 years. 35 of those years as a substation electrician and worked at SONGS, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station for months on end.

    On a more friendly note. Most of the country's that we went to was on vacation from our base in Italy. My friend and I would take 30 days leave each year for two years. He had a VW bug and we would travel. We would do the tourist thing but the best part was just talking to the locals, except for Paris for the most part they were just a bunch of you know what. Most people there spoke English, those that didn't would show us things.
    When visiting Normandy people would take us to the burned out German vehicles and bunkers and tell us how it was to live through all of that. Much better then a history book. Ireland was the best, sitting in a pub listening to the elders telling stories while drinking beer.
    Bottom line I really don't have hard feelings against you, but when someone tries to put me down by saying that I'm ripping people off I won't just sit there and take it.
    Probably the Irish and Italian mix in me.
    Have a good one.
     
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    OK, thanks Larry, my fault the way I expressed myself on the subject, sorry again for that. You've been more in Western Europe than me. Not to diminish your experience but for me living in a country meant learning the local language, having a job, paying yearly taxes and sving, visiting doctors and dentists, buying and repairing a car, having local friends not just for a drink but who invited me to their parties and presented me to their families. Someone here called me a racist but I actually like Latinos. I'm learning Spanish, listening AM950 during commute, and won't miss El Latino issue besides The Log. Preparing to go more frequently South after I retire.
    Having experienced myself the heavy smog, I share also your disgust from air pollution but while reducing the IC emission has gone a long way, now EPA runs to unnecessary and costly extremes and government mandated restrictions actually are ruining the car industry. Eric Peters explains it all much much better than I would ever be capable, he is professional after all and maybe you'll appreciate the know the other side of the story. There are also plenty materials about the real motivation behind all that AGW crap trumpeted by governments left and right, just search the alternative media before they shut it down.
    As for solar panels getting more efficient, the physical limits of poly-silicon is almost reached and crystalline is also not far away better at inevitably higher cost. I also have a small four-panel array (cost $160) for minor needs.
    Cheers to you as well:)
     
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    Thanks for replying. It's better to respond to each other in a cordially manner. I do appreciate that. Living in a foreign country and making it must of been hard. I too have learned to adapt, not as severe as you through. Four different high schools in three different states. After completing the 11th grade I joined the military just to get away from my situation at home. I've done pretty well for myself after that move. I've tried to learn a foreign language but I just don't have the knack nor the patience for it. My wife on the other hand speaks French, and when our son married his wife, who is Japanese, she learned the language and gave a speech in Japanese welcoming her to the family at the reception.
    I, on the on they other hand barely speak English. LOL.
    We have a four panel solar system that I bought from Harbor Freight, last time we took out our travel trailer it did very well at keeping the batteries charged up.
     
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    In today's paper, San Diego UT, there's an article about TOU (Time Of Use) that will effect everone, those with solar and those without. It's in the business section.
    There will be a few TOU plans to choose from.
    Since I'm grandfathered in I'm staying with my socialist tiered plan until my twenty years from date of purchase is over.
     
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    I’m about ready for solar for some reason I’ve been paying 3-600 a month..
     
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    If you can read the article in the paper, it talks about future people getting into solar and the cost overall.
     
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