Evil Airline Scum and Carbon Monoxide
Conservation of Text Strikes Again
Another hobbyhorse of mine is, of course, the PriUPS. I sent a slightly less dyspeptic comment to Science News in response to an interesting article they published. This article made the point
that the cheap generators which are the natural competition to the PriUPS project generate a lot of carbon monoxide. This is a subject I've covered at some length on the PriUPS site, where I noted that the Prius, among its many virtues, emits very little CO. In fact, I measured it as precisely zero in a brief test.
One of the major criticisms of PriUPS is that these little generators are very inexpensive, so why go to all the trouble and expense of hooking up your car to your house when you can supply power for just a few hundred dollars. I normally counter that argument with the obvious fact that if you already have the car, it will cost you little, and the equally-obvious but often-ignored fact that if you're going to hook up the generator to the house, the actual electrical work will cost neither more nor less than it will with the PriUPS.
With the publication of the Science News article, I can point to an additional argument: The small generator can poison or kill you. That is, I could if I were an alarmist. If people were dying right and left from portable generators, I think we might have read more about it by now. But you can hardly blame me for using the article as an opportunity to respond and to get a little publicity for my project.
Credit Card Monopolists
I have no correspondence to show about another of my rabble-rousing activities—complaining about the credit card company contracts that make it impossible to compete with them while allowing them to tax the entire economy. Perhaps in my correspondence I have been sufficiently vitriolic but not entertaining enough. Or vice versa. I'll keep trying.
NP: "The Great Mistake" - The Bevis Frond