Bachmann: I'll get gas under $2

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Registered: 11-27-2009
Bachmann: I'll get gas under $2
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Wed, 08-17-2011 - 12:47pm

It's a nice thought, a nice campaign sound bite, but I don't think it's realistic.

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 11:59am
I like that my area is 'growing' alternate means of transportation. The trains/light rail are still in their infancy here, but I'm hoping that they will continue to grow. They're full every day, so people are using them! And, they will run special trains when the Seahawks or Sounder have games at home.

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 12:06pm
We have Park & Ride lots & Transit Centers all over our area. We also have a transit run carpool program. And Flex Cars are great for those who only occasionally need cars. The entire fleet of Flex Cars is made up of hybrid cars. Oh, and all of our buses are either hybrid or electric trolley. Our electric power comes mainly from hydroelectric at this time, but our state has been installing more & more wind farms & we're also experimenting with tidal electric generators.

I grew up without a car. My mom didn't drive, so, even though we lived in the suburbs, we took Metro or we walked. Occasionally, if we needed it, one of the neighbors would help out.

In fact, until I was 32, I only owned a car briefly - for about 3 yrs. I lived in-city & you had to pay extra for parking in our apartment complexes (IF they even had parking), & with our transit system, it was just easier to go without.

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 12:16pm
FYI, there are more & more electric cars in my area. I see Nissan Leafs driving all around...but then, we've been focused on using alternative fuel/transportation sources for a while now. Many of the cars in the city fleet have been changed over to all-electric. Electric charging stations are being installed in parking lots.

There's a waiting list for electric cars here. I'd say that people are buying them.

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 12:23pm
As a kid growing up in the 'burbs of Seattle, I walked or road my bike everywhere too. The only days we got rides to school were when the weather was especially nasty. Sometimes I'd ride with my neighbors or I'd walk over a couple of blocks & take the bus to my high school or to work (working while in high school & college). I had to take the bus or carpool to the UW because I lived too far away to do anything else.

I look at people today, and while we have a fair number of cyclists around here, so many think that they need a car to get anywhere! My DD was raised to take the bus, walk, ride a bike...not necessarily always jump in a car!

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 12:27pm
We have coyotes, raccoons, opposums, pica...and many large predatory birds (eagles, owls, hawks, etc.). We've even had black bears in our area! And other areas close by have had more regular visits by bears & cougars. We occasionally see deer down at the water - they're there to get salt. Keep in mind....I live in-city!

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 08-12-2011
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 1:53pm

Doesn't this happen under any disaster situation with fossil fuels too? The places with Large scale electricity outages usually have gas station supply problems too.

Probably...but the situation I was referring to, and not just disasters, is that with an electric car, when you want do use it you can't just "fill 'er up" and drive off.

Hurricanes give several days warning. Do you mean Tsunami?


Tsumani's would be good, but the Mayor of NO was late in giving the evac order when Katrina was coming.

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Registered: 08-12-2011
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 1:55pm

It is my

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 1:56pm

Did you see on my FB page?

Poor thing. :(

Connecticut mountain lion 'crossed US' before death

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14303496

A Connecticut state worker examines the dead mountain lion

The lion, shown here being examined by a scientist, was between two and five years old

 


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Registered: 10-11-2005
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 2:13pm
OMG, do they think the Cougar swam the great lakes? This is something.
~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Registered: 10-11-2005
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 2:25pm
Tree we are having a problem with the deer here in my town. They have just about destroyed my rose bushes, tomato plants, we have had to put a cage over our garden. Last yr they ate all of my Walla Walla sweet onions. We have found them sleeping in our flower bed in the front yard, sleeping in the neighbors yard, they eat our pears off the tree. I've been thinking how one of these deer would fit in my freezer, but then I found a doe & her fawn in my backyard. I just can't eat Bambi. :)
~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.

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