Daniel and His Electric Car

Submitted by Charles Frost on Mon, 08/20/2007 - 12:07.

Daniel turned five years old the other day. He was very happy about being five, because he was big now and no one could treat him like a baby. Daniel's daddy came in his room to wish him a happy birthday and said, "How would you like to come with me to look for a new car? Our family needs a new car, and since you are five years old now, I would like your help in deciding what to buy."

Daniel was very excited. He had never gone car shopping and he knew this would be a real adventure!

 

All day long, Daniel and his Daddy went in and out of stores that sold new cars. They looked at big cars and little cars, they looked at red cars and blue cars and yellow cars and green cars, but they couldn't decide what kind of a car they wanted.

When Daniel got home, he told his Mom about all the cars they had seen. "We don't know which one to buy," said Daniel. "This is a very hard job!"

"Well," said Mommy, "let's try to make it a little easier. Let's think about what kind of a car we really need. Do we need a big car or a little car?"

"I think we need a little car," said Daniel, "your car is very big Mommy, so Daddy's doesn't have to be big too."

"Good thinking!" said Mommy "So now we know that we just need a little car. What color should our little car be?", asked Mommy.

"I know, I want a red car," said Daniel.

"Wait a minute," said Daddy, "I think I want a blue one."

"Ok," Daniel said, "I guess blue is good too."

"Good," said Mommy, "so we are looking for a little, blue car. Now, what are we going to use this car for?"

"Well," said Daniel, "Daddy can take it to work every day and he can take me to school and we can go to the grocery store in it."

"So," said Mommy, "if we use the little car for our short trips every day, my big car can be used for our long trips, like when we visit Grandpa in Ohio."

So now we know we need a small, blue car that we can use for all our short trips every day. That wasn't so hard. was it?"

"Thanks," said Daddy, "that helped a lot. Let's go out again tomorrow and see what we can find."

The next day, Daniel and his Daddy went back to the car dealer. A very nice lady came up to them and said, "Can I help you?" "Yes," said Daddy, "we want to buy a car."

"What kind of car are you looking for?" said the lady.
"I know", said Daniel, "we are looking for a little, blue car that can go on short trips."

"Oh my," said the lady, "you have done some thinking about what kind of car you really need, that's very good."

"Yes," said Daniel. "We figured it out before we came, my Mommy helped us."

"Well, let's see, we have a lot of little blue cars here, but I think you might want to look at a really special little car," said the lady. "A car that runs on a battery. It is called an electric car."

"COOL!" said Daniel, "I want to look at that one."

"Ok," said Daddy," let's look."

It was a bright, shiny blue car. It had silver wheels and pretty gray seats. "Can we drive it Daddy?" asked Daniel.

"Can we?" asked Daddy.

"Sure," said the lady. "Here are keys."

Daniel, his Daddy and the lady all got in the car and Daddy drove it out to the street.

"Wow!" said Daddy. "I can't hear the engine at all."

"That's because it doesn't have moving parts like other engines," said the lady. "The battery doesn't make any noise."

"Can it go fast?", asked Daniel.

"Oh yes," said the lady. "It can go very fast, but you must always remember that when you are driving, you must obey the speed limits."

"I like this car," said Daddy, "but how do we put fuel in it?"

"Let's pull over to that electric fueling station and I'll show you," said the lady.

The lady got out and walked to the front of the car. Daddy and Daniel followed her.

The lady reached down and opened up a little slot on the hood. Then she went over to the electric fuel station and pulled out something that looked like a handle.

"What is that?" asked Daniel.

"It's called a paddle," said the dady. "Electricity goes from this fueling station, into the paddle and then into your car to charge the battery. See, you just plug it in-it's easy!"

"And you know," said the lady, "this car is good for the environment because it doesn't burn gasoline and pollute the air."

"You mean this car is good for keeping our earth clean?" asked Daniel. "My teacher, Ms. Smith, says that everyone has to do their part to keep the earth clean."

"Well," said Daddy, "I guess if we bought this car, we would be doing our part wouldn't we."

"Just how much does this car cost?" asked Daddy.

"Well," said the lady," it is more expensive than regular gasoline cars, but if you fuel it at night when everyone is sleeping and no one is using a lot of electricity, you can fuel it very cheaply. And by the time you wake up in the morning, it will be ready to go."

"And don't forget, Daddy, it will help the earth," said Daniel.

"Well," said Daddy. "is this the car we should buy? Let's see. It is little, it is blue, it is good for short trips and it helps keep the earth clean. It sounds like it is exactly what we need! What do you think Daniel?"

"YES" said Daniel. "This is the car we need."

"Ok," said Daddy," I think we have a new car."

Daniel and Daddy drove the new car home. Daniel showed his mother how the car ran, and how to fill it up. Then they took a ride in it. It was the BEST car Daniel had ever had.

Now, here's an electric car for you to color! What color do you want your car to be?

http://www.eere.energy.gov/afdc/resources/evbook.html

Full Life Cycle

I like this dandy ditty, but I think it's incredibly important to understand the full life cycle we are talking about here - it's alluded to by mentioning the time at which charging takes place but until the electric companies move toward greater cleaner and renewable generation of said power, we are still supporting fossil fuel (mainly coal) consumption.  To me clean coal is a panacea and the oil and coal lobbies are clearly resistant to this change because it means the inevitable end of their source of wealth and power.  We have to realize, of course that it would also mean independence from unstable foreign powers like those brewing in the Middle East and stop lollygagging on this.  Hybrids help but a truly independent fuel source we control is the best solution.  I proposed an ethanol economy for Northeast Ohio back in February - why haven't we significantly moved there by now?   We are still stuck on the wrong sources, like corn - as well.   I refuse to throw my hands up at our region's conservatism and laggard adoption of innovation just yet!

  Where are the NEO progressives?

Daniel doesn't need a car

Stop the madness somewhere.  Yes--we have a car--actually two cars--used cars that we barely use, but cars nonetheless.  Big stupid, hunks of steel, loaded with toxins, spewing CO, NOx and VOx into the air (I spew carbon dioxide) and destroying our land and waters .  Living without them is hard, but it's possible.  As they die off, we are not replacing them.  I can still ride a bike and if my employer gets on the bandwagon--
I can get a significant commuter discount on RTA.

History of lead in gasoline, Fascinating!

Laura,

The link you left us has a great article detailing the almost century old history of lead in our corporate environment (and our air, soil, water, animal and human environment worldwide.

The Secret History of Lead: Special Report

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

This should be required reading for everyone concerned with health and the environment. It is from 2000. Imagine what the 2007 update might be. Yes, siree! Ohio is implicated!

It might be a good idea to see if there are enough people in your neighborhood who would let their cars die and switch to CityWheels, bikes and public transport.

Running on Fumes (from the New Yorker)

Books

Running on Fumes

Does the “car of the future” have a future?

by Elizabeth Kolbert November 5, 2007
On September 29, 1993, President Bill Clinton, Vice-President Al Gore, the chief executives of G.M., Chrysler, and Ford, and the head of the United Auto Workers gathered in the White House Rose Garden to talk about cars. Clinton opened his remarks by reminiscing about his first—a 1952 Henry J that his stepfather had salvaged from a fire—and then about one of his “most prized possessions”: a 1967 ice-blue Mustang convertible. “I think when I left my home it was the thing that I most regretted leaving behind,” he said of the Mustang. “The other people who drove on the roads in my home state, however, were immensely relieved.
“I think that all of us have our car-crazy moments and have those stories,” Clinton went on. “Today, we’re going to try to give America a new car-crazy chapter in her rich history—to launch a technological venture as ambitious as any our nation has ever attempted.” The aim of the venture, the President explained, was to “develop affordable, attractive cars that are up to three times more fuel-efficient than today’s cars.” In addition to being moderately priced and energy-efficient, the new cars were supposed to be safe, comfortable, and recyclable. The automakers and the federal government would design the vehicles jointly—the government would provide much of the funding, and make available technologies that had been developed for military use—with the understanding that at the end of a decade the manufacturers would build prototypes of sedans capable of getting eighty miles to the gallon.
The project was formally known as the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles, and early reports from those involved were promising. By 1997, participants had settled on the specs of the “super car,” as it became known: the sedan would be a lightweight, diesel-electric hybrid. (Diesel engines, because they use a higher compression ratio, consume less fuel per mile than gasoline engines do.) By 2000, the Big Three had all produced concept cars, which were unveiled with much fanfare at the North American Auto Show, in Detroit. G.M.’s car, which was called the Precept, came equipped with two electric motors, one mounted on each axle. Ford’s Prodigy featured an aluminum body and rear-facing cameras in place of side-view mirrors, and the Dodge ESX3 was made in large part out of plastic.
The concept cars were wheeled out, then wheeled away, never to be seen again. In January, 2002, just months before the prototypes of the vehicles were supposed to be delivered and after more than a billion dollars of federal money had been spent, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced that the Bush Administration was scrapping the project. When he delivered the announcement, Abraham was flanked by top executives from the Big Three, at least one of whom—G.M.’s chairman, Jack Smith—had stood next to President Clinton when he launched the program, eight years earlier. Abraham explained—and the auto executives seemed to agree—that the program had been based on a fundamentally flawed premise. The future of the car didn’t lie with diesel hybrids or any other technology that would allow vehicles to get eighty miles to the gallon. “We can do better than that,” Abraham declared. The Administration and the automakers, he said, were undertaking a new, even more ambitious venture, called FreedomCAR. The goal of this project was to produce vehicles that would run on pure hydrogen.
So will a “super car” or a “FreedomCAR” or a “hypercar” or any of the other revolutionary new cars that have been proposed ever get built? Iain Carson and Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, the authors of “Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future” (Twelve; $27.99), answer this question with a qualified “yes.” Carson, who covers the transportation industry for The Economist, and Vaitheeswaran, a writer who holds an engineering degree from M.I.T., are “techno-optimists,” as opposed to the “eco-pessimists” they sometimes deride. Yet their argument rests on an account of global trends that is nothing short of terrifying.
Consider what’s happening in India and China. As Carson and Vaitheeswaran point out, car ownership in both countries has been and still remains, by U.S. standards, almost absurdly low. There are nine personal vehicles per thousand eligible drivers in China and eleven for every thousand Indians, compared with 1,148 for every thousand Americans. But incomes in the two countries are rising so rapidly—the Chinese economy grew by eleven per cent last year and is expected to grow by the same amount this year—that millions of vehicleless families will soon be in a position to buy automobiles. Assuming that incomes continue to rise, in a few years tens of millions of families will be buying their first cars, and eventually hundreds of millions. (To satisfy increasing demand in India, the country’s second-largest auto manufacturer, Tata Motors, is set to start producing a four-door known as the one-lakh car—a lakh is a hundred thousand rupees—that will sell for the equivalent of twenty-five hundred dollars.) Were China and India to increase their rates of car ownership to the point where per-capita oil consumption reached just half of American levels, the two countries would burn through a hundred million additional barrels a day. (Currently, total global oil use is eighty-six million barrels a day.) Were they to match U.S. consumption levels, they would require an extra two hundred million barrels a day. It’s difficult to imagine how such enormous quantities of oil could be found, but, if they could, the result would be catastrophe. “Just consider the scale of the potential problem—for instance, the effect on global warming of seven hundred and fifty million more cars in India and China, belching carbon dioxide,” Carson and Vaitheeswaran write.
It’s tough for Americans (or, in the case of Carson, a Scotsman) to argue that, for the sake of the planet, citizens in developing countries shouldn’t buy cars. It’s very nearly as tough to imagine Americans deciding, for the sake of the planet, to give up driving. Since the planet can’t handle ever-increasing numbers of gasoline-consuming, CO2-emitting vehicles, it follows, Carson and Vaitheeswaran argue, that a radically new kind of car will have to be invented. They aren’t particularly clear on how this car will work—they are keen on a number of (mostly unproved) technologies—or on who, exactly, will develop it. But they are convinced that once the right steps are taken—Carson and Vaitheeswaran advocate a stiff carbon tax, and urge Americans to support any politician with the courage to propose such a measure—it will appear. Indeed, they maintain that the “race” to create the “car of the future” is already under way.
“The good news is that a promising suite of technologies—ranging from flex-fuel ethanol engines to plug-in hybrids to hydrogen fuel cells—finally offers a way to move beyond oil and the internal combustion engine,” Carson and Vaitheeswaran write. In keeping with their book’s generally upbeat mood, the two manage to tell the story of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles as a kind of automotive comedy. Japanese automakers, excluded from the project, mistakenly took Detroit at its word. They assumed that the Big Three actually intended to develop super-efficient vehicles, and, to protect themselves, they stepped up their own research efforts. Within a few years, Honda had introduced the Insight, and Toyota had introduced the Prius; both got nearly fifty miles to the gallon. (Carson and Vaitheeswaran are adamant that the Prius is not the car of the future, though they give Toyota high marks for forward thinking.) The Big Three were then forced to play catch-up: Ford eventually licensed hybrid technology from the Japanese. However “the car of the future” functions, the book predicts that its appearance will transform the American auto industry, either by reinvigorating it or by finally killing it off. In the words of Lee Iacocca, Carson and Vaitheeswaran urge the Big Three to “lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
“Auto Mania” (Yale; $32.50), by Tom McCarthy, comes to the car of the future via the car of the past. McCarthy is a professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy, and his book is based primarily on archival records kept at places like the Michigan Historical Center and the Automobile Club of Southern California. (McCarthy notes that, in the course of his research, he put nearly two hundred thousand miles on his car.) The book is structured around a series of decisions that were made by the auto industry between 1900—the year the first national automobile show was held, in New York—and the present day, and it makes the techno-optimism of “Zoom” seem almost dangerously naïve.
Typical of the tales that McCarthy tells is the story of leaded gasoline. The earliest automobiles were designed to run on ordinary—which is to say, unleaded—gas. But in the nineteen-tens, as automakers began to experiment with higher-compression engines, the problem of “knock” arose. (Knock, which can cause engine damage, occurs when the fuel in a cylinder ignites before the piston has reached the top of its cycle.) In 1921, a team of G.M. researchers looking for a way to prevent knock discovered that by adding small amounts of tetraethyl lead, or TEL, to the fuel supply they could solve the problem.
By that point, the toxicity of lead was already well known. Indeed, one of the G.M. researchers behind TEL, Thomas Midgley, very nearly poisoned himself while working on the additive, and several workers at a plant experimenting with TEL died gruesome deaths as a result of exposure to it. (Midgley went on to invent Freon, which was later discovered to be destroying the ozone layer.) In response to an outcry from public-health experts, G.M. and Standard Oil, which had formed a joint venture called the Ethyl Gasoline Corporation to manufacture leaded gas, launched a P.R. campaign. Among the arguments the companies made was that there simply were no alternatives to TEL, a claim that, according to McCarthy, there is reason to believe they knew to be false. (Already in the twenties, chemists proposed eliminating knock by increasing the octane level in gasoline, as was eventually done). The Surgeon General was concerned enough to appoint a commission to look into the matter. The commission punted, with the result that leaded gas, heavily promoted by the Ethyl Corporation, soon became the standard at American filling stations. It took the federal government until the mid-nineteen-seventies to order its phase-out. By that point, G.M. had sold its interest in Ethyl, and automakers in general had turned against TEL, not because it caused brain damage but because it interfered with the operation of catalytic converters, an innovation that car manufacturers had also long resisted. It is estimated that by 1996, when the sale of leaded gasoline for use in cars was finally banned in the U.S., seven million tons of lead had been released from automobiles’ exhaust pipes into the air, and nearly seventy million American children had been exposed to what would now be considered dangerous blood-lead levels.
At the start of “Auto Mania,” McCarthy writes that his is “not an angry book. We don’t need another angry book about automobiles.” In fact, as he acknowledges, many of the stories he recounts have already been told (and, arguably, told better) in earlier, more indignant works, like Jack Doyle’s “Taken for a Ride” (2000) and Keith Bradsher’s “High and Mighty” (2002). What distinguishes “Auto Mania” from these works, besides its tone, is the scope of its indictment. McCarthy doesn’t blame Detroit for the ills of Detroit; he blames all of us.
McCarthy argues—convincingly if, once again, not terribly originally—that, to Americans, cars have never been just a means of transportation. Our choices about what to drive have always had a social component—keeping up with the Joneses—and an antisocial one: outdoing the Joneses. Both impulses have, of course, been fostered or, if you prefer, exploited by automakers, but, in the end, responsibility for our decisions is our own. In the early nineteen-eighties, Detroit introduced new versions of several S.U.V.s, including the Jeep Cherokee and the Chevy Blazer. The timing seemed perverse; as McCarthy notes, “Americans who had grown up listening to Ralph Nader crusading for safer automobiles, who knew that automobiles caused smog, and who lived through the energy crisis in the 1970s, certainly understood that larger, heavier vehicles burned more gasoline and posed a threat to smaller, lighter vehicles in collisions.” Yet sales of the redesigned S.U.V.s were so brisk that even the automakers were surprised. The vehicles may have been dangerous, wasteful, and unnecessary, but what the hey, they were fun! “More smiles per gallon,” promised an ad for the Suzuki Samurai, an S.U.V. that enjoyed wide popularity until reports suggested that it was prone to roll over.
Like Carson and Vaitheeswaran (and just about anyone else who has looked at the numbers), McCarthy views current trends in car-making, car buying, and car driving as deeply problematic. But he sees little reason to believe that challenges like global warming and declining oil reserves and rising demand in China and India will be dealt with any more expeditiously than leaded gasoline was. McCarthy takes up the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles only long enough to dismiss it as an evasive tactic. By his account, the Clinton Administration initiated the partnership to avoid the more effective, but politically riskier, step of raising fuel-efficiency standards. Ditto for the Bush Administration and the FreedomCAR program. Talking up the car of the future, McCarthy suggests, is just another way Detroit has found to insure that it never arrives. It’s worth noting that the average new car sold in the U.S. today gets twenty miles to the gallon, which is virtually the same as it got in 1993, when the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles was launched, and—remarkably enough—less than Henry Ford’s Model T got when it went on the market, ninety-nine years ago last month.
Detroit has to change. Detroit won’t change. The two statements seem incompatible, and yet here we are. The Big Three still claim to be on the verge of introducing revolutionary new technologies—“Imagine: A daily commute without a drop of gas,” a G.M. ad touting a battery-powered car (still in the concept stage) exhorts—even as they continue to fight higher fuel-efficiency standards, on the ground that meeting such standards would be technologically infeasible. Their selective incompetence brings to mind Masetto da Lamporecchio, from “The Decameron,” who pretends to be a deaf-mute in order to screw the nuns.
It now seems clear—and both “Zoom” and “Auto Mania” present a compelling case on this point—that car design could be radically improved. Already the technology exists to more or less double fuel efficiency. (A great deal could be accomplished simply by trimming the weight of the average vehicle, which has increased by almost thirty per cent in the last two decades.) The failure of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles notwithstanding, tripling fuel efficiency also seems feasible. Such gains would have a huge impact in terms of oil consumption—passenger vehicles in the U.S. now account for forty per cent of the country’s oil use, and ten per cent of the world’s—and greenhouse-gas production.
But improving gas mileage will take us only so far. Once the Chinese and the Indians really start driving, doubled or even tripled fuel efficiency won’t suffice. This is why Carson and Vaitheeswaran regard the Prius merely as a stopgap: the true car of the future has to accommodate everyone, which is to say six and a half billion, soon to be nine billion, people.
Hard-core techno-optimists insist that this goal, too, could be met, if only automakers and politicians would apply themselves to the task that up to now they’ve taken such pains to avoid. This is a comforting argument; unfortunately, though, it assumes precisely what’s at issue. After all, just because someone has never bothered to enter the New York City Marathon doesn’t mean that if he runs in it he’ll win.
Ultimately, designing the car of the future is such a daunting challenge because it’s bigger even than cars. As anyone who owns a BlackBerry or a cell phone or a flat-screen TV knows, technological change, when it comes, can come fantastically rapidly. But when we charge our video iPod nanos we are drawing power that, for the most part, is still generated as it was in Thomas Edison’s day. It’s true that hydrogen cars, which the Bush Administration and the Big Three claim to be working on, don’t need gasoline—the “freedom” in FreedomCAR is supposed to represent “freedom from dependence on imported oil”—but they do need hydrogen, which has to be produced using energy from somewhere. If that energy comes from, say, burning coal, as nearly half the electricity generated in the U.S. does, then the puzzle hasn’t been solved; it’s just been rearranged. The same catch applies to plug-in cars and cars that run on ethanol. (Ethanol made from corn takes almost as much energy to produce as it yields.) If someone, somewhere, comes up with a source of power that is safe, inexpensive, and for all intents and purposes inexhaustible, then we, the Chinese, the Indians, and everyone else on the planet can keep on truckin’. Barring that, the car of the future may turn out to be no car at all. ♦

 

 

This printable version from: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2007/11/05/071105crbo_books_kolbert?printable=true

 

reverse engineering, get the lead out

If you acquire the secret of the philosopher's stone, you CAN turn LEAD into GOLD.

It is a little phrase written in the margin of the alchemist's handbood that says, Add some lead, gold will come.

It is impossible to transmute lead into gold but lead has the ability to stand-in for more costly life friendly substances.

As an effective and cost saving ie cheap alternative (ignoring the consequences of use) it attracts gold (profits).

What the heck, I get rid of lead based paint only to find internal combustion engines all over the world are turning us into idiots. You think the Chinese and Indians are so smart, wait till they all get cars.

We will need bio-engineered body suits that filter out lead and other contaminates. Of course the chance the suit will mutate, root to our body and turn us into ugly aliens is always there. We will spend huge cash reserves to counter technology with more complex technology when we could just STOP.

Stop burning stuff to access energy. Make lead a banned substance. Is there a test to see if really smart people are more lead tolerant than the rest of us? Then get rid of lead and we all will be smarter, both behavior and test scores should improve. Even Issac Newton was crazy after bending over his lead fumes all day, brillant man gone wild!

More miles per gallon but you'll be closer to death when you get there.

I'm being silly but painting some thought pictures. And it's worse than it looks!

Easier than that - Damn Senator Voinovich to hell forever, NOW

Easier than that - Damn Senator Voinovich to hell forever, NOW, as he deserves.

Early warning to the Voinovich family... my obit for your patriarch shall not be loving - I write it now, today - I consider him evil

The parasitic politician most responsible for the death of Northeast Ohio, the lead poisoning and contamination of 1,000,000s of people - including two of my children - and the failure of our state to be competent for the new economy, is George Victor Voinovich, on a slide to hell before retirement, as reported in the PD today he is calling for the EPA to slow down implementing a lead safety program that we as a community have already been properly pre-implementing for several years (not remotely thanks to the Cleveland Foundation, as the PD deceivingly plants in idiots' heads... these people have no shame).

Voinovich and his supporters are corporate tools causing significant human suffering and shall not be forgiven - he is most responsible of all for the lead poisoning of my children, and I damn him to hell forever.... I'm even going to see how to edit his Wikipedia page, as information on his lead poisoning of children should be there too, as part of his official record:

George Victor Voinovich (born July 15, 1936) is the senior United States Senator from the state of Ohio, and a member of the Republican Party. Previously, he served as the 65th Governor of Ohio from 1991 to 1998, and as the 54th mayor of Cleveland from 1980 to 1989. Voinovich will retire from the Senate in 2011 when his current term expires.

I'll write more on this later.

Disrupt IT

Environment Ohio Scorecard: U.S. Sen. George Voinovich is a zero

Sutton, Boccieri get perfect score from eco-group

By Bob Downing
Beacon Journal staff writer

POSTED: 06:16 p.m. EST, Jan 20, 2010

U.S. Reps. Betty Sutton, D-Copley Township, and John Boccieri, D-Alliance, both got 100 percent grades for their voting on 15 environmental and green-energy issues in a report card that Environment Ohio released Wednesday.

The eco-group gave U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, a 71 percent grade. U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, a Republican, got a zero.

Brown and Voinovich were rated on seven Senate votes on the environment and clean energy.

Also getting perfect scores in the Ohio delegation were Reps. Zack Space, D-Dover; Mary Jo Kilroy, D-Columbus; and Steve Driehaus, D-Cincinnati.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, got 93 percent on votes over the past 18 months.

Rep. Steve LaTourette, R-Bainbridge Township, got a 67 percent; Dennis Kucinich, D-Lakewood, received an 80 percent; and Marcia Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, got an 83 percent.

Forty senators and 144 representatives got perfect scores.

In addition, 26 senators and 17 representatives got zeros.

The votes included legislation to protect the Great Lakes, to cap global warming gases, to block new offshore drilling and to invest $80 billion in clean energy and transportation.

The score card from Environment Ohio is available at http://www.environmentohio.org.

Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or bdowning [at] thebeaconjournal [dot] com.

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And no, that is not a threat... don't bother sending the FBI

And no, that is not a threat... don't bother sending the FBI - I am stating this in recognition that Voinovich is in his 70s and can't live forever... should have retired at 65 to make way for the next generation, and he wouldn't look like and be the devil now - when he dies there will be a massive movement in this region to celebrate him as a hero - I don't want to have to throw cold water on the festivities then, so I point out the obvious now.

Disrupt IT

EPA doubts the effective date will be delayed or extended

From the Contractor Coaching Blog, showing the indusrty is not as stupid as some politicians, and are not playing political games regarding lead eradication... lead poisoning is the result of failed old politicians who don't take responsibility for anything.

Mission Statement of The Contractor Coaching Partnership

To provide laser targeted business training and coaching to small and large contracting business' servicing the homeowner residential construction market. We will help residential contractors become profitable and successful by providing assistance with marketing, sales, production and administration systems. We shall promote strong ethics, system building, professionalism, and industry best practices to help our clients provide better products and services to their customers.

Senators write letter for contractors to delay EPA RRP Lead Rule

 

Update for contractors on the EPA RRP Lead Rule effective date. Senators signed a letter to the OMB urging the delay of the effective date unless the goals of the law have been reached.

I met with the Boston EPA Region 1 manager and RRP Coordinator twice last week and they doubt the effective date will be delayed or extended. This was based on their most recent information form their superiors. They said it was highly unlikely to expect extensions unless there was considerable pressure. The letter says it is bi-partisan but only one democrat signed the letter with 7 republicans. Giving the recent health care bill passsage I would be shocked if this final attempt will work. Time will tell. In the meantime I urge all contractors and property owners to schedule their training and certifiy their firms as soon as possible.

Here is the letter;

Senators Send Bipartisan Letter Urging EPA Action on Lead Rule March 26, 2010

Contact:

Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey [at] epw [dot] senate [dot] gov (202) 224-9797

David Lungren David_Lungren [at] epw [dot] senate [dot] gov (202) 224-5642

Senators Send Bipartisan Letter Urging EPA Action on Lead Rule

Jobs, Health At Risk, As Thousands of Contractors Have Yet to Be Certified

Link to Letter

WASHINGTON, DC - Several United States Senators last night sent a bipartisan letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging OMB to ensure compliance with EPA's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The Senators wrote, "We strongly urge OMB to take whatever actions necessary in the next 26 days to ensure that when this rule goes into effect, there are enough certified renovators available to meet the compliance goals of the rule."

Starting on April 22, 2010, renovation work that disturbs more than six square feet in target housing must be supervised by a certified renovator and performed by a certified renovation firm. In its economic analysis of the rule, EPA estimated that it would need to certify 236,000 renovators between April 2009 and April 2010. According to EPA, the agency has certified only 50,000 renovators, well below EPA's estimated 236,000 needed to meet the requirements of the rule.  Additionally there are several states-Oklahoma,  Louisiana, South Dakota, Wyoming, West Virginia--and the District of Columbia, which currently have no approved trainers.

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, joined Senators Mike Crapo (R- ID), David Vitter (R-LA), George  Voinovich (R-OH),  Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chuck  Grassley (R-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), John Barrasso (R-WY), Christopher Bond (R-MO) and John Thune (R-SD) in signing the letter.

Background

The letter echoes concerns raised in recent letters sent to OMB from Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Kent Conrad (D-ND), and a bipartisan group of members in the House of Representatives. Further, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) urged EPA to come up with a solution that will ensure that contractors have the opportunity to come into compliance with this rule and that children's health is protected at a recent hearing of the EPW Subcommittee on Children's Health.

The issue has also been raised before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In testimony before the committee on March 11, Bob Hanbury, speaking on behalf of the National Association of Homebuilders, raised concerns about "potential conflicts between Home Star and an environmental rule - e.g., the EPA's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP) - that may create a serious compliance problem whereby it becomes illegal to work on any pre-1978 without certification by EPA in Lead Safe Work Practices (LSWP) as of April 22, 2010."

The construction and renovation industry has lost nearly 2 million jobs since the recession started.  Unemployment in construction and renovation jumped to 24.7 percent, more than double the national rate of 9.7 percent.  The sector is expecting that another 5 percent of construction workers will lose their jobs in 2010.  Currently, EPA has only 184 accredited training providers and 50,000 certified renovators nationwide.  EPA believes it can train 100,000 renovators by the April deadline-this is less than half of the required 236,000, well short of what's needed to carry out millions of renovations annually.  In addition, EPA has stated that the certification process takes six weeks or more to complete.  Industry estimates that over 200,000 renovators still need to be certified before the April 22, 2010 deadline.

In addition to last night's letter, Senators Inhofe and Vitter have sent letters (here) and (here) to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson regarding the pace at which EPA was certifying trainers and training facilities. 

Text of the letter:

We are writing today to express our concerns about the impending April 22, 2010 deadline for implementing EPA's "Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule."  Starting on April 22, 2010, renovation work that disturbs more than six square feet in target housing must be supervised by a certified renovator and performed by a certified renovation firm, as outlined in 40 CFR § 745.85.

EPA, in its economic analysis of the rule, estimated that it would need to certify 236,000 renovators between April 2009 and April 2010, with another 94,000 renovators between April 2010 and April 2012. According to EPA they have certified only 50,000 renovators, well below EPA's estimated 236,000 needed to meet the requirements of the rule. The National Center for Healthy Housing estimated that it is taking EPA nearly eight weeks to certify trainers, and currently has only 184 certified training providers. In order to meet the compliance goals of the rule, many more training providers and training sessions are needed. Additionally there are several states-- Louisiana, South Dakota, Wyoming, West Virginia-- and the District of Columbia, which currently have no approved trainers.

We believe the new lead rule can only work if there are enough certified renovators to meet the rule's compliance goals. We strongly urge OMB to take whatever actions necessary in the next 26 days to ensure that when this rule goes into effect, there are enough certified renovators available to meet the compliance goals of the rule. These actions could include ensuring EPA has enough resources devoted to compliance assistance, speeding up the turnaround time for approving trainers, expediting public awareness and media campaigns and, if necessary, delaying the rule's implementation or phasing in the rule in areas where there are adequate certified renovators.

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Mark, 
Thanks for the information. 
I just put EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm logo signs on our company box and pickup trucks. The signs have the company EPA NAT number on them. Like you, I want to inform other contractors,the general public,and prospective and past clients. The signs can only help the cause and hopefully my business. Our trucks travel on Rt-1 and 128 every day. We shall see if we get any calls!!! 

Posted @ Sunday, March 28, 2010 8:17 PM by Richard Berry

Disrupt IT

Comments

Great job Rick. 
 
Keep us posted on what you here from contractors and homeowners.
Posted @ Sunday, March 28, 2010 8:55 PM by mark
Mark - has anything come of your meeting to try to require EPA certification to be able to pull permits?
Posted @ Tuesday, April 06, 2010 12:50 PM by Nancy