887 miles on first tank of gas in our minivan

Tweet Pin It We recently purchased a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan and we drove over 25 days and 887 miles before our first fill up at the pump. Over that time we only used 13.3 gallons of gasoline, which works out to 66.7 MPG for a 7 passenger minivan.  We have been charging the batteries […]

First week with our new plug-in minivan, the Pacifica Hybrid

Tweet Pin It Driving our new plug-in Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has been amazing this week. With the exception of one problem, which I’ll get to later , we have been very pleased with this plug-in hybrid minivan.  The acceleration is fun, so far I’ve experienced 95kW all electric torque launching us forward from a stop […]

How we went from zero to owners of a plug-in hybrid minivan in 2 weeks

Tweet Pin It The weekend started off as pretty much every weekend, our kids had a ton of lessons and practices to be shuttled around to and Alicia had yet another sustainability conference she was trying to get to. This one happened to be at Tufts, which was conveniently where the kids music lessons were. […]

Best Climate Change Speech Ever

Tweet Pin It Today President Barack Obama gave what I consider the best climate change speech ever when he announced the rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline. However, when I first tried to watch the speech, by going to well known news sites, like USA Today, NBC News and CNN, I found that they only played […]

How much did the US spend on Imported Oil in 2014?

Tweet Pin It My previous blog posts about the US spending on imported oil are finally making a difference. At least a lot of people seem to be asking how much the US spends on importing oil.  Earlier this year, one of the leading United States Presidential Candidates stated that the US spent about $300 […]

How much did the US spend importing oil in 2013?

Tweet Pin It More recent update: How much did the US spend on imported Oil in 2014? A couple years ago, I tried to find out how much money the US economy spent on importing oil, but could not find that fact listed anywhere. All of the information I needed to calculate it was out […]

How much did the US spend on imported oil in 2012?

Tweet Pin It More recent update: How much did the US spend on imported Oil in 2014? My calculation of what the US spent on importing oil in 2011 has become one of our most popular posts of all times. I have impatiently waited the release of the number of barrels imported for Dec 2012 […]

How much did the US spend on imported oil in 2011?

Tweet Pin It More recent updates: How much oil did the US import in 2013? How much did the US spend on imported oil in 2012? I have often wanted to know how much we spend on foreign oil each year, but have found it harder than I would expect to look up.  So as […]