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  • Paul Scott
    Doug s piece below deserves a wider audience than just the one list. Please read it. Paul ***** From: doug korthof To:
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 1, 2007
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      Doug's piece below deserves a wider audience than just the one list. Please read it.

      Paul
      *****

      From: doug korthof
      To: electric_vehicles_for_sale@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, June 01, 2007 8:12 AM
      Subject: [electric_vehicles_for_sale] EVWorld audio of ARB meeting, and the story of the vigil...


      EVWorld.com offers free reporting as a lure to become a "premium
      member" at a small charge. While resisting ANY internet fees, it's
      a good idea for the General Public to support such non-profit
      websites, and keep them honest.

      Donations to big ORGs like the NRDC, UCS, Sierra Club, etc., get
      sequestered for paying expensive rents and salaries, expenses, fund-
      raising, lobbying for grants, and other stuff that a big operation
      needs to do.

      Much more can be accomplished by a few self-financed members of the
      public, who spend a few dollars on research, materials, signs and
      travel, than by legions of Sierra Club execs. If it had been up to
      the Sierra Club, Toyota would never have been convinced to change
      its policy and stop crushing fleet-return RAV4-EV. If it had been
      up to NRDC, the EV1 would have been forgotten, as well as crushed.

      It was Dean Devlin, in remembrance of the late EV1 driver Don
      Devlin, who put up the money, and well-spent, to finace the movie,
      and hours of at-risk work by such as Jesse and Chris who brought the
      movie in.

      I think Devlin never did recoup the last couple hundred thousand for
      this picture, which changed history, reframed the dialogue, altered
      thinking in the mainstream, which is the definition of art. It
      never would have happened, if up to the big money-seeking "enviro"
      orgs. The picture would never have been made, and the EV1 would
      have remained forgotten.

      The UCS purposefully turned its back on EVs and backed the myth of
      fuel cells, the "Hydrogen Hype". Suck-ups like Terry T and Alan
      Lloyd sprouted fuel-cell nonsense to please and befuddle their
      master in Sacramento.

      Never forget that it was self-financed members of the General Public
      who mounted the 24/7 vigil, first successfully on the Th!nk, then in
      Sacramento on the Ford Ranger-EV, then (tragically) outside the GM
      facility in Burbank; self-funded ex-EV1 drivers, would-be EV1
      drivers, former Honda EV drivers, current Toyota RAV4-EV drivers,
      and some folks, like Jerry from Seal Beach, who had wanted to lease
      an EV1 but was told by GM that it was in practice impossible (this
      in early 2000), Al Benoit, who never had a chance to lease any EV,
      and many others who did not even appear in the film (like
      Greenpeace's Rolling Solar, solar music icon Jon Sherman and
      GoGreenPowerGirl, who had a brief flash at the end).

      It was an upstart group of individuals, led by Dave and Heather, who
      started the successful DontCrush RangerEV campaign, helped by
      Rainforest Action Network, who was helpful throughout the Th!nk,
      RangerEV and tragic EV1 vigils:

      http://RAN.org

      and ignored by the big money-hungry "enviro" orgs.

      This morphed into PlugInAmerica, which was centered on this same
      group, who had known that they would lose with GM (no one thought
      that GM would ever pay attention to the public or its customers, and
      we were right, they crushed all the cars and tried to intimidate the
      LATimes into not covering the story -- successfully, until the
      Washington Post broke it nationally! Then GM pulled its $10M ad
      budget from the LATimes, later reinstated after they reached
      an "understanding").

      But PIA knew that there was a better chance with Toyota; still, the
      vigil at GM had to be done, even though we knew it was a loser, and
      futile, and heartbreaking.

      Some formerly-loyal GM-fanatics cried when they saw their captive,
      beautiful, helpless EV1 cars, and some felt even worse after GM
      banged them, smashed them, into the imprisoning car carriers to haul
      them to the tragic desert killing ground.

      Mike L. and Chelsea followed them, or tried to; GM did an avoidance
      pattern, and called the Highway Patrol to intercept and delay their
      car. Nothing in GM but the face of evil; when it comes to customer
      relations, GM is the WORST, the MOST HATED, and the LEAST
      PERCEPTIVE, judging by their treatment of the vigil.

      Then, when Alexandra and Colette blocked the transporters from
      leaving on the next-to-last day of EV1 life, GM not only called the
      cops to protect itself from these two ladies, but had them
      handcuffed and arrested, hauled off to jail, convicted, fined,
      sentenced and forced to do public service work (!! what was the
      vigil, but pure public service !!). GM has not apologized, or
      explained why it jailed the two, instead of just having them
      removed; or, why not just sell the cars to us??

      Instead of gaining enmity and scorn, instead of arresting, GM COULD
      HAVE just sold us the cars!! But no, it had to put the conviction
      for blocking the sidewalk on the record of the two heroic dames.
      Evil GM.

      But that's this ragtag band of EV drivers and would-be EV drivers
      got results, not by supporting the NRDC, which is mired in salary
      issues, perhaps.

      Bill Moore, who runs

      http://EVWorld.com

      travelled out to report on and perhaps help a bit in the vigil, and
      deserves support.

      So also did Jeff Thomas, with entourage, of

      http://EVBones.com

      who is the guru and expert when it comes to the EV1 power train and
      the S-10E (uses the same power train). Lots of others helped, too,
      including passer-by, those who lived nearby, even local Burbank cops
      were sympathetic (one whispered to me, "...I tried to get one of
      those EV1, but failed...") as well as local S-10 driver and now
      Solar Homeowner Chris Reeves, Bob Siebert, Mike Kane, Bud Raymond
      and his dad, who were almost assaulted by GM goons for trying to
      take a picture, etc.

      All self-financed, while the big orgs twiddled their thumbs and did
      nothing to help. Well, one did write a letter of support, so that's
      something.

      Here's the link to the EVWorld story:

      http://www.evworld.com/article.cfm?storyid=1264





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    • Lee Dekker
      I d like to add Ian Wright to the list. Ian created the Wrightspeed in his own garage with his own money. Ian opened many skeptical minds by building a pure
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 1, 2007
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        I'd like to add Ian Wright to the list. Ian created the Wrightspeed in his own garage with his own money. Ian opened many skeptical minds by building a pure EV, seen by many as among the most thrilling and fun driving vehicles ever to hit the road.

        Thousands have converted existing chassis to EVs, but Ian headed in a very different direction and was able to get his Wrightspeed EV written up very favorably in many respected auto journals. Corporate propagandists have spent years and gobs of money attempting to portray the electric vehicle as impractically slow and boring. Ian single-handedly shattered that notion. That must annoy the hell out of someone. Ian Wright deserves the gratitude of anyone promoting electric transportation.


        Paul Scott <paul@...> wrote: Doug's piece below deserves a wider audience than just the one list. Please read it.

        Paul
        *****

        From: doug korthof
        To: electric_vehicles_for_sale@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Friday, June 01, 2007 8:12 AM
        Subject: [electric_vehicles_for_sale] EVWorld audio of ARB meeting, and the story of the vigil...

        EVWorld.com offers free reporting as a lure to become a "premium
        member" at a small charge. While resisting ANY internet fees, it's
        a good idea for the General Public to support such non-profit
        websites, and keep them honest.

        Donations to big ORGs like the NRDC, UCS, Sierra Club, etc., get
        sequestered for paying expensive rents and salaries, expenses, fund-
        raising, lobbying for grants, and other stuff that a big operation
        needs to do.

        Much more can be accomplished by a few self-financed members of the
        public, who spend a few dollars on research, materials, signs and
        travel, than by legions of Sierra Club execs. If it had been up to
        the Sierra Club, Toyota would never have been convinced to change
        its policy and stop crushing fleet-return RAV4-EV. If it had been
        up to NRDC, the EV1 would have been forgotten, as well as crushed.

        It was Dean Devlin, in remembrance of the late EV1 driver Don
        Devlin, who put up the money, and well-spent, to finace the movie,
        and hours of at-risk work by such as Jesse and Chris who brought the
        movie in.

        I think Devlin never did recoup the last couple hundred thousand for
        this picture, which changed history, reframed the dialogue, altered
        thinking in the mainstream, which is the definition of art. It
        never would have happened, if up to the big money-seeking "enviro"
        orgs. The picture would never have been made, and the EV1 would
        have remained forgotten.

        The UCS purposefully turned its back on EVs and backed the myth of
        fuel cells, the "Hydrogen Hype". Suck-ups like Terry T and Alan
        Lloyd sprouted fuel-cell nonsense to please and befuddle their
        master in Sacramento.

        Never forget that it was self-financed members of the General Public
        who mounted the 24/7 vigil, first successfully on the Th!nk, then in
        Sacramento on the Ford Ranger-EV, then (tragically) outside the GM
        facility in Burbank; self-funded ex-EV1 drivers, would-be EV1
        drivers, former Honda EV drivers, current Toyota RAV4-EV drivers,
        and some folks, like Jerry from Seal Beach, who had wanted to lease
        an EV1 but was told by GM that it was in practice impossible (this
        in early 2000), Al Benoit, who never had a chance to lease any EV,
        and many others who did not even appear in the film (like
        Greenpeace's Rolling Solar, solar music icon Jon Sherman and
        GoGreenPowerGirl, who had a brief flash at the end).

        It was an upstart group of individuals, led by Dave and Heather, who
        started the successful DontCrush RangerEV campaign, helped by
        Rainforest Action Network, who was helpful throughout the Th!nk,
        RangerEV and tragic EV1 vigils:

        http://RAN.org

        and ignored by the big money-hungry "enviro" orgs.

        This morphed into PlugInAmerica, which was centered on this same
        group, who had known that they would lose with GM (no one thought
        that GM would ever pay attention to the public or its customers, and
        we were right, they crushed all the cars and tried to intimidate the
        LATimes into not covering the story -- successfully, until the
        Washington Post broke it nationally! Then GM pulled its $10M ad
        budget from the LATimes, later reinstated after they reached
        an "understanding").

        But PIA knew that there was a better chance with Toyota; still, the
        vigil at GM had to be done, even though we knew it was a loser, and
        futile, and heartbreaking.

        Some formerly-loyal GM-fanatics cried when they saw their captive,
        beautiful, helpless EV1 cars, and some felt even worse after GM
        banged them, smashed them, into the imprisoning car carriers to haul
        them to the tragic desert killing ground.

        Mike L. and Chelsea followed them, or tried to; GM did an avoidance
        pattern, and called the Highway Patrol to intercept and delay their
        car. Nothing in GM but the face of evil; when it comes to customer
        relations, GM is the WORST, the MOST HATED, and the LEAST
        PERCEPTIVE, judging by their treatment of the vigil.

        Then, when Alexandra and Colette blocked the transporters from
        leaving on the next-to-last day of EV1 life, GM not only called the
        cops to protect itself from these two ladies, but had them
        handcuffed and arrested, hauled off to jail, convicted, fined,
        sentenced and forced to do public service work (!! what was the
        vigil, but pure public service !!). GM has not apologized, or
        explained why it jailed the two, instead of just having them
        removed; or, why not just sell the cars to us??

        Instead of gaining enmity and scorn, instead of arresting, GM COULD
        HAVE just sold us the cars!! But no, it had to put the conviction
        for blocking the sidewalk on the record of the two heroic dames.
        Evil GM.

        But that's this ragtag band of EV drivers and would-be EV drivers
        got results, not by supporting the NRDC, which is mired in salary
        issues, perhaps.

        Bill Moore, who runs

        http://EVWorld.com

        travelled out to report on and perhaps help a bit in the vigil, and
        deserves support.

        So also did Jeff Thomas, with entourage, of

        http://EVBones.com

        who is the guru and expert when it comes to the EV1 power train and
        the S-10E (uses the same power train). Lots of others helped, too,
        including passer-by, those who lived nearby, even local Burbank cops
        were sympathetic (one whispered to me, "...I tried to get one of
        those EV1, but failed...") as well as local S-10 driver and now
        Solar Homeowner Chris Reeves, Bob Siebert, Mike Kane, Bud Raymond
        and his dad, who were almost assaulted by GM goons for trying to
        take a picture, etc.

        All self-financed, while the big orgs twiddled their thumbs and did
        nothing to help. Well, one did write a letter of support, so that's
        something.

        Here's the link to the EVWorld story:

        http://www.evworld.com/article.cfm?storyid=1264

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