Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It's a matter of National Security

Personally, I am a Tree Hugger.  I love them all.  Cyanobacteria, Ferns, Angiosperms, Gymnosperms, Grasses — wait, is Corn grass?

Anyway, I don't mind sharing that with y'all on this blog but my point is there's no need to fight it on the green front.  The Nissan LEAF lessens our dependence on petrol products from places like Saudi Arabia, a country where the bin Laden family got rich off the stuff and one of their sons planned something awful with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.  I think every rational person can get behind that sentiment.

Also, from a political point of view, I don't like Ethanol and the reason is simple: using corn for gasoline means the price of corn rises which means the cost of the most staple food of Mexico rises which causes mass starvation in Mexico which causes instability in Mexico which causes a secondary, black economy to be enhanced which, as anyone on the other side of Heroica Nogales and Tijuana can tell you means a lot more drugs and guns.  Not saying the price of Maize is the only reason for this, but it is one of the primary factors.

It's all about National Security, folks!

A version of this article first appeared in the My Nissan LEAF forum as a reply to the Batteries Included: No War Required thread.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Facebook advocacy for the 6.6kW Charger upgrade in the Nissan LEAF

I'll try not to make a habit of this folks, honest!  But I know I'm not alone in my concern over the lack of an option to use a full 6.6kW charger in the Nissan LEAF.  I don't want this used as anti-LEAF propaganda and I do need to say for most people 3.3kW charging is sufficient, and for many even Level 1 charging with a standard 15A 110V (NEMA 5-15R) outlet will do.  But if you're a shift worker who starts or ends in the middle of the night or, like me, just like to hit the gym really early to beat the crowds (and traffic), then you need 6.6kW quick charging!  And for us, there's now a Facebook group!