We've just heard about a Town Meeting at the Democratic National
Convention in Denver on Tuesday night (report below). We hope some
members of this list who are connected with Michigan's Governor
Jennifer Granholm or who are attending the convention will be able to
help ensure that the meeting includes a strong focus on plug-in cars.
And we hope they can help connect this event with the "Electric
Vehicle Rolling Showcase" happening outside the convention. Details
of both are below -- followed by the results of our request for
quotes about skepticism and inevitability.
"Dems tap Granholm for alternative energy session," reported by Mark
Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau
LANSING -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm will play a role in the Democratic
National Convention in Denver after all: She'll moderate a town hall
meeting Tuesday night on alternative energy, one of her favorite topics.
The governor was contacted late Thursday by the Barack Obama campaign
about leading the energy discussion, and unveiled the plans at a news
"Michigan was selected for that because we have been focused on
alternative and renewable energy," said Granholm.
Details of the energy session -- time, place, participants -- haven't
been determined, the governor's office said.
Granholm has been pushing an energy package that includes a mandate
that 10 percent of the state's electricity be generated by renewable
sources by 2015. But the legislation hasn't passed the Senate. She
has said the location of alternative energy businesses here depends
on passage of the bills.....She will remain in Lansing on Monday to
take care of that business before leaving for Denver.
Electric Vehicle Rolling Showcase to Demo Cars at the 2008 Democratic
10 Cars, Including the Tesla Roadster and AC Propulsion eBox Will Be
on Hand to Give Rides, Educate Lawmakers and Public
CONTACT: Nate Vanderschaaf, 303-520-4518 natevanderschaaf@...
Erin Pickard, 719-349-0160 epickard@...
Colorado Democratic Delegate, Nathan Vanderschaaf, will kickoff the
weeklong Electric Vehicle Rolling Showcase, an exhibit of some of the
world's most impressive electric vehicles (EV's), on Sunday, Aug. 24
at the 2008 Democratic National Convention at the New Energy Station
near the intersection of Champa Street and Speer Boulevard in Denver.
Ten electric vehicles, including the Tesla Roadster, Toyota RAV4 EV,
AC Propulsion eBox and a plug-in Toyota Prius will be on hand, giving
rides to policy makers and the public in order to emphasize the
desire of electric cars for the average commuter and show that EVs
are a very real solution to the current energy and climate crisis.
"Most people are uninformed about the reality of where EV technology
is today," said Vanderschaaf. "We have several cars and industry
experts, like `Who Killed the Electric Car?' stars Colette Divine and
Paul Scott, to dispel those myths and show people that EVs are a
real, cost-saving, higher-performing alternative to gas powered
vehicles. The reason is that electric motors are more efficient than
gasoline engines, using drastically less energy. They also have only
a few moving parts, whereas their gas-powered counterparts have
hundreds - resulting in more maintenance expenses in addition to gas
expenses over the long term."
Interested parties are invited to come take a ride in an electric
vehicle. If you'd like to get on the ride schedule, contact us at
About the Electric Vehicle Rolling Showcase: Organized by Colorado
Democratic Delegate Nathan Vanderschaaf, the Electric Vehicle Rolling
Showcase is the premier interactive exhibit of electric vehicles at
the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Vanderschaaf is a passionate
proponent of the electric lifestyle, getting involved with the
political process in large part to influence policy makers' choices
and opinions in regards to electric vehicles. The Electric Vehicle
Rolling Showcase will be based at the New Energy Station, near the
corner of Champa and Speer and will exhibit from Sunday, August 24
through the end of the convention, Thursday, August 28. See
www.evshowcase.wordpress.com for more information.
UPDATE ON THAT QUOTE: We were inspired to ask for help again on the
Denver event after the quick response to our request yesterday for
help locating a quote like the one we cited from Christopher Reeve
Andrew Burnette sent us to
, a website that
will inspire an entertain you for at least a half hour as you look at
the quotes, including three that involve our theme. Here's the one we
were looking for.
"All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed; and Third, it is accepted as
self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer
But, though it's universally attributed to Schopenhauer online, it
turns out he may not have said it, as we learned at the moment we
also discovered Wikiquote --
. We also like the
other two (great minds think alike), below.
"Theories have four stages of acceptance: i) this is worthless
nonsense; ii) this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view;
iii) this is true, but quite unimportant; iv) I always said so.
-J.B.S. Haldane, 1963
"When a thing is new, people say: 'It is not true.' Later, when its
truth becomes obvious, they say: 'It is not important.' Finally, when
its importance cannot be denied, they say: 'Anyway, it is not
new.'" - William James, 1896
PLUS TWO BONUS QUOTES:
"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are
that good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats." - Howard Aiken
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds
new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's
funny...' " - Isaac Asimov
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Felix Kramer fkramer@...
Founder California Cars Initiative
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