The election is in two days. Please go out and vote as you please but do not do it for revenge. After the election we have to come together and really start to solve our problems. The problems we have are a lack of jobs, cleaning up after Sandy, cutting the massive deficit, and simply not having an energy policy. Our biggest long term problem though is most Americans are plain dumb when it comes to science, engineering, and technology. All these problems will still be with us on November 7 and beyond inauguration day of the president. The inauguration will be on Monday January 21, 2013. Normally inauguration day is January 20 but if the day is a Sunday it is pushed back by a day. The problem of a scientifically ill-educated population will take decades to remedy.
Excuses are over and it is time to get working. We have to work on winning strategies rather than hopeful strategies. We have to stop wasting time and money on junk science and hopes that the laws of thermodynamics disappear. As an example of this junk science I will discuss in this blog is a company called Via. Via is the resurrection of the bankrupt Raser Technologies and they like their predecessor are still at it fibbing about miles per gallon for their plug in Trucks.
David West was the Raser executive I had as a guest on my radio show three years back and he was the guy who claimed their plug-in Hummer that Arne and Senator Hatch drove achieved 100 MPG. David West is back as the chief marketing officer for Via and is still claiming that his large plug-in SUVs get 100 MPG. He even claims his volt plug-in achieves 500 MPG. Check out this video.
He may be able to fool two thermodynamically impaired reporters in Salt Lake City that you divide all the miles driven on electricity and gasoline by the small volume of gasoline you use to determine the miles per gallon. He and the two reporters believe that the electricity used for the majority of their driving has no energy content. I would have simply ignored Via and Mr. West’s fibs about MPG. But Via has Bob Lutz the ex -vice chairman of GM on their board. Lutz and Via got plenty of exposure this month for the “100 MPG” trucks on the Jay Leno Garage show.
I guess Lutz like Obama need a fool like Leno to make their case. Please watch the Leno video of the Via truck that is in the above link. Leno and Lutz think I am a Putz! They think I am going to believe that Leno’s Volt achieved 1,250 MPG and the electricity Jay placed into the Volt had no BTUs associated with those electrons. Leno may want Obama to continue as President as he is worried that Romney may actually call him out on his thermodynamic stupidity. Also Romney claims he is about creating jobs not shedding jobs. Leno is a champ at shedding jobs.
OK enough about Jay. Mostly what got my goat about the video from Salt Lake City is that one of the reporters is named Lindsay and it is simply unacceptable that someone with my name can be so gullible. But my namesake is the poster child for just how easily most Americans can get fooled by folks falsely promoting green products. It is not her fault. It is the fault for the FTC to allow all this greenwashing to continue. As to Jay Leno he simply is the court jester. I expect he will never learn how to count BTUs as he simply has too much money to count and too few brains to count them with.