Jun 24, 2005 (From the CalCars-News archive)
I've been in NYC and Washington, and haven't had a chance to update the website appropriately for some of the following, or to respond to individual emails.
Status on the PHEV amendment in the Senate: Though the amendment was filed, it was not offered because the Senate voted to close debate on its energy bill, with a vote likely for next week. (The bill, with its many pluses and minuses, then has to be reconciled with the House version--look to the public policy and environmental organizations you support to get their updates and evaluations.) Advocates of PHEVs / GO-HEVs may be able to offer the amendment as a standalone bill or as a rider to another bill if possible. The growing attention to the technology at so many levels, especially in Washington and in the media, is very encouraging.
C-SPAN clips of Senators Landrieu (D-LA) and bill Nelson (D-FL) talking on floor of the Senate about PHEVs
Excerpts from debate on the Energy Bill in the Senate on Sept. 16 include Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO) on PHEVs, on pages 37-38, Congressional Record numbered pages S6707-6708 By the way, I inadvertently trimmed from Wednesday's admirable Action Alert Memorandum the fact that it was prepared by CalCars Senior Advisor Gail Slocum, former Mayor of Menlo Park, CA.
CALCARS' NEW INITIATIVE:
From Silicon Beat, the blog of San Jose Mercuy News venture capital reporter Matt Marshall, further thoughts after his print story (includes links to that story)
CalCars Seeks Entrepreneurs for a Unique Environmental Opportunity CalCars' initial one-page description (PDF) on the opportunity we see for entrepreneurs and investors in starting a company to partner with a major auto manufacturer in meeting future fleet demand.
CONVERSIONS: A few handy URLs:
With 446 messages on the PRIUS+ Plug-In Hybrid Conversion Group at Yahoo, we've produced a Chronology that lists and provides citations of the key postings
How EDrive's Prius retrofit business affect CalCars projects (we'll update this soon)
How and when can I get an EDrive Systems Prius
Initial stages of a CalCars page with key links on global warming issues and technology
“CNN Presents – Melting Point: Tracking the Threat of Global Warming” (which ended up getting preempted April 2 by news of the Pope’s death) will be shown this Sunday, June 26, Pacific Time at 5,8 and 11--check for local listings
Secure America's Energy Future: you'll be hearing more from this new group. Yesterday, I attended their Oil Shock Wave Executive Crisis Ssimulation in Washington, a six-hour event with the participation of top former US cabinet members from both parties, excerpts of which will soon be broadcast nationally (details will follow)
Don't Crush: latest events of the campaign to save production electric vehicles
Freedom From Oil: Information about the Declaration of Independence from Oil