After reading about her new wheels in the Gazette last week, I was excited to find Dory and her Elf at the South Hadley farmer’s market yesterday. The solar- and pedal-powered bike doubles nicely as a baked goods stand!
Baker Dory Goldman with her Organic Transit Elf at the South Hadley farmer’s market, August 2013
I had imagined the Elf having floor boards, but there’s not much between the driver and the road except for the pedals. Very Flintstones.
Via Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog and NASA, a beautiful image of the Great Lakes steaming in the cold:
I especially like the streaks of snow downwind of the power plants. Once again, we change the weather without even really trying.
What happens when oil prices are pitted directly against the environment in a progressive state like California?
“Gasoline closing in on a record $5 a gallon prompted Governor Jerry Brown to direct California regulators to relax smog controls so oil refineries could increase supplies of cheaper fuel.” –Bloomberg
Cheap oil wins every time. This is what addiction looks like, and this is why I don’t have much hope for big political solutions to the climate crisis. When push comes to shove, our society doesn’t have the will to change course. Instead, the change has to come from the grass roots. We all have a choice to make about what sort of world we want to live in.