From Renewable Guy: "The image climate deniers would like to promote of the typical electric car/solar roof customer is that of the sandal wearing, tofu eating, lefty, socialist, green weenie. In fact, a good part of the early adopters are going to be from precisely the opposite end of the political spectrum. One of the major appeals of distributed generation, and the idea of producing one’s own energy, is the deeply embedded dislike and distrust Americans have for big business, big government, and big energy."
You hit me right on the head.
I drive a now not made Mercury Mariner 4WD Hybrid. I bought it because they gave me such a great trade in on my Tacoma Crew Cab TRO 4WD SR5 V6. This is the last year they are going to make the most popular SUV hybrid, the Ford Escape. Why?? It is popular, also comes with a real 4WD version ~30 mpg with plenty of room (well enough for a retired guy). Regenerative braking, etc.
I feel I am one of the lucky few who got the Mariner Hybrid 4WD. More of the Ford Escapes were made, and a person fairly nearby has one same color as mine! But they don't live in a solar house or have an Earthship, and had friggin' Obama stickers on!
I am a deep green ecologist and have known especially of overpopulation since 1967! I grew up hunting and fishing, inside nature, as I watched what had been the end of town on our hill become city as far as I could see as I grew up. Something was very wrong... Being a pilot for 30 years, I saw it from the air, too. Degradation. Cities turning to monstropolises of stupid overbreeding immigrants allowed in an already overpopulated country. Stupid overbreeding Americans increasing, too.
As a flight and ground teacher, I realized that a 20 point difference lower in IQ would effectively double learning time and expense. I saw schools dumbing down since the 1960s. Kids without the tools to work. Reverse discrimination. Degradation of America.
They can no longer understand ecology, moral values, the old American work ethic and patriotism. It is all sick that government workers now make 35 to 100% more than civilians. Bought for the next crooked election (restart the draft, now!). People too stupid, in general, to even feel the changes in their lives. Changes in my life.... +5.5*F, sunburn in 1/2 the time, crowds everywhere, foreigners everywhere, obesity everywhere, National Parks ruined, nice cities ruined, and vastly increased wildfires.
It is harder for them to understand the need for a change in life to low eco impact. I had one kid only, it wasn't that hard to do, but it took morals. I built my own solar house and Earthship(equipped with loud rock/blues/metal guitars, too), it was a lot of work and took concentration, are they afraid of that?? I drive a hybrid because it is my moral imperative. Americans have to get proper morals back. Let the failures starve to death. Enforce the laws and collect the fines, deport illegals. That is over a quadrillion dollars right there, and 20 million jobs. Don't stop production of the Ford Escape, Ford!!! Let non-union workers build them if the $40+/hour union slowpokes can't make you a profit!
Solution---get sustainable ASAP!