BETTER WAYS TO SPEND $2B A WEEK, PART 2

23 02 2008

see below for part 1….

high-efficiency, affordable automobiles, for one thing–one for those who still have some money:

March 3, 2006 Why do we need 1.5 tons of steel to get an 80 kg person from A to B? That’s the question Gerhard Heilmaier, Stefan Ruetz and Uli Sommer asked themselves six years ago which led them to form an innovative company named LoReMo – Low Resistance Mobility. LoReMo used this week’s Geneva Show to introduce its first car – a featherweight (450 kg), highly aerodynamic (Cw value of 0.20) 2+2 auto powered by a 20 PS (15 kw) two-cylinder turbo-diesel motor capable of 1.5 litre/100km (157 mpg) that will sell for 11,000 euro (US$13,200). Want more speed? The 50 PS (37 kW) three-cylinder turbo-diesel Loremo GT can top 220 km/h (138 mph) returning 2.7 l/100 km (88 mpg) for less than 15,000 euro (US$18,000).

and one for those with less money, who like to tinker with old cars:

Finally something to wipe the smug off you hybrid owners, you high-mileage acolytes, you global-cooling zealots who wash your Priuses (Prii?) with graywater while wearing reclaimed plastic fleece and hemp undies.

Don’t choke on your organic soy-double-decaf-fair-trade-carbon-neutral macchiato, but how does 376.59 miles per gallon sound? Makes your Honda Civic hybrid look Hummeresque, doesn’t it?

That number doesn’t come from some manta ray-shaped, wind tunnel-vetted carbon fiber space car. No, it’s from a chop-top, steel-frame 1959 Opel T-1 (think melting jelly bean, but uglier). And the record was set in 1973 in a contest sponsored by Shell Oil Co.

hey, here’s what Bloomberg News says about the price of oil:

Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil prices of $100 may look “cheap” within five years if OPEC production fails to keep pace with global demand growth, according to Alfa Bank.

“We may hit peak oil in the course of the next three, four or five years, in which case $100 oil will look somewhat quaint,” Alfa Bank’s Moscow-based Head of Research Ronald Smith said in an interview with Bloomberg television.

and of course we might want to eat….

ECO: Eastern Carolina Organics – An Interview with Sandi Kronick, marketing manager for Eastern Carolina Organics.

By Trace Ramsey
Produce Manager

Eastern Carolina Organics is a distributor for organic and transitional produce from small to mid size North Carolina farms. ECO is located in Pittsboro, NC, a small town in eastern Chatham County. As Tidal Creek carries produce from ECO, we thought we would get some background and get our ownership caught up with them.

1 – How did ECO get its start?

ECO was started in 2004 under a project of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, sponsored through a small grant from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. North Carolina has been blessed for a long time with a strong progressive consumer community and a lot of small organic growers who have worked together to make direct market connections a reality in restaurants and grocery stores. However, there are plenty of restaurants and groceries that weren’t getting enough volume or consistency to meet their demand for local organic produce. Additionally, there are plenty of farmers for whom direct marketing through a CSA or farmers markets either isn’t right for them or isn’t enough to sell all they can produce. ECO was started to serve the needs of these consumer and farmer groups by coordinating the logistics, communication, marketing and deliveries. We aim to help buyers achieve their goals of purchasing as much as possible from local organic farmers and hope you’re noticing the difference in your own shopping at Tidal Creek!

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