Monday, August 26, 2013

Electric Candyman

Two years ago, this month, the Liter posted about the reopening of the renovated Franklin Avenue Library in Des Moines because it included Plug-ins for electric cars.

I wondered then how much the taxpayers got zapped for this green feature.

It turns out the cost was $16,000 for three ChargePoint units with a return on investment of $13.

Hardly shocking and the scientific community is united in that fact.

Especially when you consider the Board of Trustees is made up of people who've worked for the Iowa Dummycrat Party, CommieTommie Harkin and The Pickle.

According to the Ragister, the Library Director said -- I think this will be taking off as electric cars catch on and as people see this as an alternative

Sales of plug-in electric cars are on track for something near 100,000 sales by the end of the year.

That's hardly taking off, or catching on and well short of President Obama's goal to become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

The Capitol Square Crapper also conversed with Art Cullen, editor of the Storm Lake Times newspaper, who drives a Chevrolet Volt, which he typically plugs into a standard electric outlet at home overnight to recharge.

Cullen noted that Mid­American Energy operates a wind energy farm just four miles west of Storm Lake, which makes him feel like he’s driving his car without polluting the environment.

If it feels good do it Hippie, but the reality is that the wind doesn’t blow all the time, so power utilities have found that in order to balance out the variable load from wind they have to invest in keeping fossil-fuel-burning plants on standby.


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