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New Forum doesn't feel like home yet

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I'm here in the new forum but it doesn't feel like home yet. Seems unfamiliar, empty and devoid of personality. Anyone else feel this way? How do we spice it up and get her going again? Here are a few issues I have:

1) Too many main topics. I liked the last grouping. Simple. Now I have a hard time selecting where they go. Is peak oil political or environmental. lol

2) The spell checker requires me to download some software. Did anyone check this out to see if it has spyware?

3) After you log in you don't get a "today's posts" selection button.

4) Of course no more non-member posts.

Anyway, It's kind of like a freshly painted room. Smells nice but feels different. I'm sure I'll be right at home the next time someone attacks solar power again. ;)
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Perhaps when you filter a site to include only those who agree, then there is little to say.

The old forum is fun, when you want to mix it up with the rabble, but this room is like coming home to relax with like minded individuals (or that's what people tell me a home is like).

I am working on a new theory - now that true development of marketable alternative vehicles is in earnest, and not merely concept, everyone with an opinion is getting very well educated on facts. All those alternative fuels, which were "market ready", turn out to have their own unique problems:

1) BEV's - very expensive, short range, long refuel times, current infrastructure can't handle everyone driving an EV
2) Alcohol - still creates as much or more CO2 (LA will still be smoggy), drives up food costs, converts millions of acres of wilderness to cultivated lands
3) Fuel Cell - cold weather limitations, lack of current infrastructure
4) Hydrogen ICE - lack of current infrastructure

The only marketable solution is the E-REV, which reduces costs, provides unlimited range through rapid fueling and leverages existing infrastructure.

I think there is little to debate at this point, and flexibility of E-REV, where range extender could be gasoline / diesel / natural gas / alcohol / hydrogen ICE, fuel cell or compressed air, is the perfect bridge to whatever the market sees as the best solution(s) in the future.

Right now, we are all in the wait-and-see mode.
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