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Neil Young to Talk about LincVolt at SEMA

10713183335_89c58ebd64Rock ‘n’roll icon Neil Young is scheduled to speak today about the LincVolt at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, an automotive aftermarket event held annually in Las Vegas, according to cars.com blog “Kicking Tires.”
 
The LincVolt is a 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible that has been converted into a plug-in electric hybrid. The technology under the giant hood is similar to that in the Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric vehicle, but with a few significant differences.
 
The generator runs on E85, and can refill the battery in an hour if the car is stationary. One interesting note about the car, besides its unique look:
“LincVolt focuses on ultra-low carbon emissions as value, not mpg,” Young states.
 
Young took the car on a cross-country trip in August, traveling from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., with a stop at the Alberta tar sands in Canada, to raise awareness about the car, the technology and the dangers faced if alternative fuels aren’t adopted more widely. He also talks about his work on the project in last year’s New York Times’ best-selling book, “Waging Heavy Peace.”
 
For a ton of LV photos by Evan Sears go to:

Another perspective on Neil’s activism

photo 2Filmmaker Tim Moen, who calls himself the Fort Mac Philosopher (as in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada) writes a thoughtful blog on his recent experience with Neil Young and Daryl Hannah.

Moen was asked to film some aerial footage of the area for Shakey Pictures and Neil’s ongoing Lincvolt documentary.

His provocative blog post takes issues with Neil’s stance on the city’s oilsands. Young  compared the northern Alberta oilsands city to Hiroshima after the atomic bomb.

Moen writes:

“All living things consume energy and pollute. Nature is as cruel as it is beautiful. Bacteria and viruses pollute this Earth and for the majority of our history have mercilessly put us in an early grave. Burning wood has improved our lives dramatically by allowing us to ingest more energy at less cost by cooking food and it keeps us warm. Our ability to find and harness energy has caused human life to flourish. Each energy source we innovate is not without it’s detriments. Nearly 2 million people die prematurely each year in developing countries from inhaling cooking smoke, what they wouldn’t give for the comparatively clean energy of coal generated electricity.

“People in developing countries generally care very little about the environmental standards we care about, they are too busy trying to survive to worry about their carbon footprint or how many blooms their community gets. The good news is that the richer a country gets the more environmentally conscious it tends to get and the cleaner and more efficient its energy tends to become. This investment in clean technology requires wealth, and wealth requires energy abundance.

“Neil Young himself proves this point in a number of ways. He is able to fight off the polluting secretions invading his sons lungs that would otherwise kill him if not for a fortuitous chain of events starting with the industrial revolution and all the wealth that it brought to the world that allowed a man enough free time to pursue a thing called rock stardom and afford round the clock care for his boy extending his life. His wealth also allowed him to pay a team of engineers and specialists to retrofit a classic car into a technological green marvel. His wealth allows him to pay for the energy expenditure to get cellulosic ethanol shipped from the one plant in the US that makes it to wherever his Lincvolt is. His wealth allows him to traverse the world with his entourage spreading the gospel of green. His wealth affords a helicopter to fly around and film him and that is okay. I promise you I do not mean this facetiously; getting to the cutting edge of cleaner technology creates a lot of pollution…always has. That’s why I don’t consider it hypocritical of Neil to preach clean energy while creating a bunch of pollution and why I’d like him to grant the rest of us the same consideration. We are conscientious adults with the same goals he has.”

He credits both Neil and Daryl afor trying really hard to make a difference in the world.

Moen raises points that will spark healthy debate.

Read more at:

http://fortmacphilosopher.blogspot.com/2013/09/when-neil-young-daryl-hannah-came-to.html

LincVolt breakdown

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — It’s not every day you come across a rock music legend stranded in the Sierra.

But that’s what happened on Friday, Aug. 23, when singer-songwriter Neil Young’s one-of-a-kind, $1 million electric vehicle broke down on Interstate 80 near Donner Summit.

Officers with the Truckee branch of the California Highway Patrol came upon the stranded Young and helped him get off the highway. LincVolt_stranded-in-Truckee-California

After posing for a few photos and signing autographs, Young repaired his custom-built car and was back on the road, said CHP Public Information Officer Pete Mann.

The Canadian-born rock star told CHP he drives the car across North America promoting green, sustainable living and encouraging less dependency on oil. He was on his way to a green festival in Canada, he told officers.

The Toronto native — whose full name is Neil Percival Young — is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer both as a solo artist (inducted in 1995) and as a member of Buffalo Springfield (inducted in 1997).

He is best-known for the songs “Heart of Gold,” Down by the River,” “Cowgirl in the Sand,” “Ohio” and “Rockin’ In The Free World,” among several other major hits.

http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/northshore/7928624-113/neil-officers-rock-stranded

Ground control to Major Tom

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Chris Hadfield is the guy that chatted also with Neil about LincVolt.

“Chris Hadfield ‏@Cmdr_Hadfield 30 Apr
Talked with Neil Young tonight, he in his hybrid 1959 Lincoln, me in a spaceship. Discussed Earth ecology & writing music. A heart of gold.

Chris Hadfield ‏@Cmdr_Hadfield 30 Apr
Good morning, Earth! Yesterday was surreal – a spacewalker on the new $5 & a little guitar w/Neil Young. Time to focus & get back to work! ”

He’s about to return to Earth.

Spacebaron.

| “I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing?)” | spot the ISS |  |

The Passenger Chronicles

Don’t miss the new Linc Volt blog written by … The Passenger.   http://thepassengerchronicles.tumblr.com/

LINCVOLT / POET

A Haiku for Poetry Month

April 20, 2013

America floats past shatterproof glass.

People rush to live their busy day.

Our destiny lies ahead – onward.

—The Passenger