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222: Applying a Peak Oil Filter to Financial Choices

Monday, November 12th, 2012

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pm222_620.jpg“If peak oil occurs, it will dominate most everything else that we do, because energy drives everything.” Financial consultant Jim Hansen’s peak oil filter doesn’t just guide  investment decisions for his client portfolios. He applies it to his personal lifestyle (you may be surprised to learn what car he drives). He’s also concerned about community impacts when fuel prices are higher, like centralized hospitals dependent on people driving to them, rather than many smaller localized facilities. Jim makes an important point: “If I get it right but my community gets it wrong, it could overwhelm everything I’ve done personally.” [ravennacapitalmanagement.com]

 

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213: Two Households, One Car

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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At first Judy Alexander was reluctant to share a car with neighbors Richard and Sue Dandridge. But their invitation intrigued her, especially since her aging car felt unsafe for long trips. After a trial year, she found the arrangement freeing and sold her car. Judy and Richard discuss their process the agreement, scheduling, upkeep, and changing life circumstances. Beyond saving money on maintenance and insurance, there are a lot of unexpected benefits: shared errands, closer relationships, and simpler living.

 

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208: Sail Power Reborn - Transporting Local Goods by Boat

Monday, March 5th, 2012

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“We are revitalizing an ancient form of transportation … using just the power of the wind and the tides … to move goods and people,” says skipper Fulvio Casali. In their CSA (community supported agriculture), the Salish Sea Trading Cooperative uses nearly no petroleum to transport organic produce and other goods from the north Olympic Peninsula to northwest Seattle.

 

By sea they use community volunteer sailboats, and by land an electric delivery truck. Come on board with cofounders Casali, Kathy Pelish, and Alex Tokar, who are patiently redeveloping the skills and infrastructure for the return of “a whole fleet of sailboats blanketing Puget Sound” in the post-petroleum era. [www.salishseatrading.com]

 

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205: Undriving™ - Changing the Way We Think

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

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pm205_200.jpgBe the first in your group to get your Undriver License™ — it’s great fun! You pledge to reduce automobile use — yours or others’. Seattle founder Julia Field’s creative project is sparking imaginations and creativity by changing how people think about getting around — be it skateboards, sailboats, or just plain skipping the trip! Undrivers of all ages are jumping on the bandwagon, changing assumptions, and telling their empowered stories. (Janaia’s outrageous Undriver License™ goes wherever her bike goes. Read Janaia’s journal: Getting My Official Undriver License).

You can get your own Undriver License™ (or gift a friend!) at [www.undriving.org].

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182: Changing the World One Bike Rider at a Time

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

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pm182_150.jpgA weekly free bike coop where you can use mechanics’ tools and expertise to fix your bike? Free clinics where schoolkids or neighbors learn to maintain or build their own bikes from used parts? Chauncey and Dash Tudhope-Locklear make a living repairing bicycles, but volunteer projects support their mission of empowering “social change through bicycles.” With an eye to local food self-reliance, they even repair farmers’ bicycles for free. (www.ptrecyclery.com).

Listen to Audio. Read Janaia’s journal “At the ReCyclery, What Goes Around Comes Around” about taping this conversation.

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154: Bicycling on Three Wheels — Transportation of the Future?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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pm154_150.jpgIn Peak Moment’s very first field production, bicycle enthusiast Galen Shumacher takes us for a spin on a three-wheeled “tadpole.” This human-powered vehicle (HPV), built for competition by the Chico State University HPV club, has two wheels in front and a single in back. Janaia’s unrehearsed ride shows that it’s easy to learn, comfortable to ride, stable, highly maneuverable, and fun! Galen also shows us the improved model being built for the upcoming competition. (P.S. they won!)  Listen to audio. Read transcript.

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140 Transit on Demand (Have Cell Will Travel)

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

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pm140_150.jpgWhat if you could make a call at any time on your cell phone and have a vehicle come to you within minutes, take you to your local destination, and cost about as much as a bus ride? Allen Hancock’s notion of demand-responsive transit fills the gap between the private automobile and public transit.

Rather than fixed routes and schedules, smaller vehicles guided by intelligent software with gps (geographic positioning system), circulate to where riders are and want to go. Flexible, efficient, low-cost, it uses existing vehicles and roads. Where’s the town that will implement this exciting pilot project?

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114 “Team Fate” - Under the Hood of a Next-Gen Plug-in Hybrid

Monday, June 16th, 2008

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pm114_150.jpgTake a tour of a plug-in electric hybrid modification of a 1996 Mercury Sable, with UC Davis graduate students Patrick Kaufman and Bryan Jungers (interviewed in episode 113). Under the hood you’ll see modifications and some interesting new components. Unlike commercial hybrids — primarily combustion engines with an electric-motor assist — theirs is primarily an electric vehicle with a small combustion engine to extend its range beyond the all-electric 60-70 miles. Batteries recharge in 6-8 hours with electricity costing about 75 cents per gallon of gas equivalent (2006 prices). Don’t miss Janaia’s first-time drive of an electric vehicle. [www.team-fate.net]

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113 “Team Fate” - Designing the Next Generation Hybrid

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

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pm113_150.jpgStudents at UC Davis Hybrid Vehicle Research Center have been creating plug-in hybrids for national competitions for some time. “Team Fate” members Bryan Jungers and Patrick Kaufman describe how they “gut” the drive train of a standard vehicle, replacing it with an electric motor, a bank of batteries, continuously variable transmission, and some smart electronics. The resulting vehicle runs on electricity, assisted by a much smaller flex-fuel internal combustion engine only when needed. Bryan and Patrick also enlighten us on topics ranging from battery technology to hydrogen fuel cells. (They work with Professor Andrew Frank, who was profiled in Episode 107.) [www.team-fate.net]

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107: Plug-in Hybrids Power the Grid

Monday, April 28th, 2008

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pm107_150.jpgProfessor Andy Frank, Director of the UC Davis Hybrid Vehicle Research Center has a plan to power more than just our cars. In his vision, plug-in hybrid vehicles can be used as mobile batteries, contributing solar power to the grid, and helping to “load balance” the demand. Roofs built over our parking lots contain solar panels that charge the cars’ batteries in daytime. At home, the same batteries can help power a house, or feed energy back to the grid. The result: fewer power plants. (Meet two of Professor Frank’s students in Episode 113.) [www.team-fate.net]

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