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"The Relay" Online Newsletter
September 2021 Issue

This is the monthly online newsletter for the car club council. All car hobbyist events are listed on this site under "Calendar." Just click on the link above to view the list of car shows and other activities.

President's Message

If it makes no sense the government is doing it - pretty much sums up what we've seen lately. President Biden says that he wants all fossil fuels gone by 2030. I guess we'll have to go back to sailing ships to import all that stuff from China. And an organization has done a study that says it could cost $26,000 to convert homes in Virginia from natural gas to all electric. Why? Because now even natural gas isn't clean enough. But what if we have another ice storm like we did this winter and lose power or we have a hurricane and lose power like the one that just hit Lousiana? Well it looks like you will freeze if the power goes out in the winter and bake if the power goes out in the summer. And no generator for you! They burn gasoline, diesel, natural gas or propane and those are fossil fuels. What about airplanes and jets? Those will be reserved only for the special people and not you. And yes, they are coming for your cars and trucks and the good news is you can get an electric one. You shouldn't have any problem with taking it somewhere and leaving it for hours to charge. You could pay the $10-12,000 and have one of those superchargers installed at your home. If you're on a trip (as if the government wants you to travel) you can just stop and wait your turn in line to have your vehicle charge for a couple of hours - shouldn't be a problem. The UN Climate report was such a joke that I watched a comedian get laughs just by reading sentences in the report. How do we stop this nonsense? We need to replace the leadership in DC and Richmond. This November we get a shot at getting a sane governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and members of the House - we just have to vote them into office. Each and every election is now extremely important.

At the August council meeting we set a budget for the 3rd Annual Breakthrough Car Show, date will be May 14 2022 and we will have a new class for Rat Rods. The park will sponsor a couple of special awards and we may have more awards sponsored by others.

Lots of events are taking place in September and October because many decided it was safer than holding them earlier in the year so get out and see them!

~ Fred


Enjoy Labor Day

Next Meeting

xxxThe next meeting will be Monday, August 30 at 6:30 PM at Howlett's Restaurant and Tavern, 3530 Festival Park Plaza, Chester, VA 23831, 804-930-1034. We will eat and meet in a room in the lower level. Mondays are "Build a Burger Night", pick your toppings, comes with fries at a special price. See the entire menu online at www.howlettstavernchester.com

Car Hobbyist News

This month I will start with something very rare – good news. During the August General Assembly special session to work on the budget Democratic Senator Chap Petersen from Fairfax sponsored a measure to open DMV customer service centers 30 days after the budget was to become law. The Republicans joined together with him – it’s about time the D’s and the R’s got together to do something for we citizens. The budget bill went to a conference committee to iron out the differences from the House and Senate versions and wanted to wait 60 days to open the DMV centers. Another rarity – common sense prevailed and 30 days after the budget goes into law DMV will open the centers. I contacted the DMV director for legislation and got more good news – not only is DMV going to submit an opening plan to the General Assembly in September but will also keep the appointment system. So if you have a pressing need you can go to the DMV and get it done that day and if you do not have a pressing need then you can go online and get an appointment which will save you waiting time. Now this is a pleasant surprise and it is about time the people who govern us thought about US and not THEMSELVES.

Okay the rest of the news sucks. Let’s look at the nonsense the state is considering. Recall that the Obama administration EPA went after coal-fired power plants to get them to convert to cleaner burning natural gas. Well that isn’t enough now. The Consumer Energy Alliance did a state-by-state analysis including a fact sheet specifically on Virginia (I’m guessing because of what the leadership in Richmond has been doing with climate legislation). This organization actually researched the cost to convert the one-third of Virginia homes that heat with natural gas to electric heat pumps. It could cost over $26,000 per house to convert from gas heat, water heaters and stoves to all electric. If you think this is some pie in the sky thing then go read what’s in the federal infrastructure budget.

Joe Biden says he wants fossil fuels gone by 2030. He really said: "We are going to get rid of fossil fuels." I don’t doubt it – look at what he has done: killed a pipeline, stopped leases for oil and gas on federal land, was okay with a pipeline from Russia to Western Europe and asked OPEC to up production because gas prices have gone up. As one person told me – if it doesn’t make any sense the government is doing it. Has anyone thought what will happen if we get rid of fossil fuels – nope, most people think that they won’t really get rid of them completely. But they are thinking using common sense and the government (and especially Joe Biden) doesn’t do that. Who would have thought that the US government would remove combat troops before non-combatants in Afghanistan?

As I write this the Congress is working on the big infrastructure bill. Up for discussion is how to tax vehicles by mile instead of a fuel tax and building electric vehicle charging stations.

Several states have worked on taxing by mile instead of a fuel tax. No one has come up with a really good plan. The feds want to study this and come up with a way to do it. The only reason we are talking about this is because the feds increased the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. They made the vehicles get better mileage without thinking about what that would do to the fuel tax. Vehicles get better mileage so less tax is collected. They should have thought about that but didn’t. Now they are looking at taxing by mile. I’ve got the solution – do it like income taxes – you fill out a form and tell the feds how many miles you drive a year. They trust us to do our taxes so they should trust us to report our mileage. Now we both know the government will not trust us to do that plus they want some way to track our mileage. One state even experimented with a “black box” attached to the vehicle to record mileage. This is not only an intrusion but no one wants to wait in line to have their box read.

The current federal administration wants all of us to abandon our gasoline and diesel vehicles for electrics. Electrics have a range problem and a charging problem. The government wonks think the range problem will be solved by the automakers so they are concentrating on spending millions on charging stations especially in rural areas. Tesla has charging stations in urban areas but not rural ones for obvious reasons. Business is not going to build them but the taxpayers will.

Has anyone thought about going to a world run only by electricity? How would electric firetrucks, ambulances, and military vehicles work in the real world? What will happen when we have another ice storm like we did in February or a hurricane or a tornado or whenever the electricity is out for days? Do we do without heat, air conditioning and a functioning vehicle for those days? And in a world with no fossil fuels there would be no gasoline/diesel generators or those whole house generators that run on natural gas or propane. Just how stupid a statement is "We are going to get rid of fossil fuels". Pretty dumb don’t you think? Just like pulling the military out of a country before getting the civilians out is dumb so is a world without fossil fuels. And I’m not the only one thinking this way. But could this be about control? The government could just pull the plug when it wants to control us.

Patrick Moore is a co-founder of Greenpeace - a non-governmental environmental organization with offices in over 55 countries and an international coordinating body. Greenpeace has even had a "Go Beyond Oil" campaign. Now Moore, a co-founder has become a climate skeptic. What changed him? If you check out his Twitter account you will see that climate legislation worries him because it doesn’t do anything to “fix” the climate or the environment. Here is someone who is a real environmentalist so he can see that the climate legislation the governments have come up with will not work. Perhaps some in government realize you can’t fix something that doesn’t really exist. It would be nice if the governments worked on making things better for us instead of trying to get us out of the vehicles we like and into something that is not practical and makes no sense.

The Bedford Igniters Car Club Joins Council

The Bedford Igniters Car Club has joined the CCCCVA. Below is a brief history of the club:
There were two car clubs in Bedford from 1958 to 1961: the Thundering Turtles and the Bedford Igniters.

The clubs' roots go back to returning combat veterans who missed the camaraderie of the military who shared the love of cars and adrenaline. Street racing was popular at the time and clubs met at "filling stations", Drive-ins, garages or in supermarket parking lots. Soon these groups of mostly young men and their car clubs were identified by law enforcement agencies as "gangs" or "holigans" and run off.

Though the Bedford Igniters ruled the roads from Bedford to the Roanoke Valley, they disbanded in late 1961; however their members and families continued to evolve to muscle car and hot rod oriented groups, with a few dedicated to professional drag racing.

Today's car clubs have changed the image of the past by becoming charitable organizations, returning profits from car shows and fundraisers to those in the communities where they live.

Many of us build our own hot rods and engines, restore classic cars, and enjoy keeping them in top shape. We enjoy going to the local cruise-in and car shows to show off our cars and trucks, and to share a special camaraderie found in the nostalgia of automobiles.

The Bedford Igniters was re-formed unofficially in 2016 and formally in 2019 to rekindle the "LOVE" of nostalgia, automobiles, and Bedford County history.

Link to club website: www.bedfordigniters.com

Ice Cream Social
Ice Cream Social
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DMV Customer Service Centers to Re-open

The General Assembly held a special session in August to update the budget. Senator Chap Peterson got an amendment approved requiring the Department of Motor Vehicle offices to re-open for walk-in service within 30 days of the budget becoming law. That has passed and the section is below:

Within 30 days of the effective date of this act, the Department of Motor Vehicles shall submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly providing a detailed operating plan for serving walk-in customers at existing Customer Service Centers in addition to the current appointment reservation system. Within 30 days of submission of the operating plan, the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles shall ensure that all Customer Service Centers are open for in-person walk-in services in accordance with the operating plan.

This is from HB 7001 The Budget Bill and the bill can be found at this link: lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?213+ful+CHAP0001.

I contacted Melissa K. Velazquez, Esquire, Virginia DMV, Director, Legislative Services. She adds "When we begin accepting walk-ins as required by the General Assembly, we intend to continue offering appointment-only days. Once the plan is finalized and submitted to the General Assembly in September, information on appointments and walk-ins will be available on DMV’s website."

This is very good news - soon you will be able to get an appointment at DMV which can save you time or if you need to take care of something right away you will be able to go to a DMV customer service center and get it taken care of the same day.

Senate Infrastructure Bill Gives Feds Go-Ahead to Test Taxing Every Mile Americans Drive

From The Epoch Times
Buried in the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” in the U.S. Senate is approval for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to test a new federal tax on every mile driven by individual Americans.

The bill directs Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to establish a pilot program to demonstrate a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee designed “to restore and maintain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.”

The objectives of the pilot program include:

To test the design, acceptance, implementation, and financial sustainability of a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee.

To address the need for additional revenue for surface transportation infrastructure and a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee.

To provide recommendations relating to the adoption and implementation of a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee.

Although the new tax is described as a pilot program and would initially rely upon “volunteers” representing all 50 states, the infrastructure measure would also require the Treasury Department to establish a mechanism to collect motor vehicle per-mile user fees from the participants.

The legislation would create a new “Federal System Funding Alternative Advisory Board” to advise Buttigieg on establishing and operating the program. The legislative language in the bill doesn’t specifically call for an end to the advisory board.

The advisory body would be required to include as members “at a minimum” representatives from state departments of transportation, the trucking industry, data security experts “with expertise in personal privacy,” academic experts on surface transportation, consumer advocates, operators of toll systems, owners of motor vehicle fleets, and tribal representatives.

The advisory body would also include “advocacy groups focused on equity,” as well as “any other representatives or entities, as determined appropriate by [Buttigieg].”

The proposal doesn’t elaborate on why a transportation tax advisory board should have members representing nonprofit advocacy groups dedicated to “equity,” which is a term often used by advocates of the divisive political and social perspective known as critical race theory.

The infrastructure text also fails to specify how the advisory board, which appears likely to include a sizable number of members, would create and approve its recommendations to the transportation secretary.

Buttigieg would also be authorized under the proposal to “carry out a public awareness campaign to increase public awareness regarding a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee.” Funding for the program is established at $10 million each year through 2026.

The presence of the pilot program to tax drivers directly for every mile driven reflects the growing problem presented to federal officials by the success of environmental measures they’ve implemented since the 1990s to encourage more fuel-efficient driving.

But greater fuel efficiency means less gas consumed, which in turn means declining revenue from the federal tax on every gallon purchased. The gas tax revenue goes into the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which is used to pay for road and bridge construction and maintenance, as well as for large-city public light rail and bus systems.

As a result, Congress has had to appropriate nearly $150 billion from general revenue in the past eight years to supplement the HTF’s declining gas tax revenues. Eighty percent of the gas-tax revenue goes to highways, with the remaining 20 percent is devoted to mass transit.

It isn’t clear what would happen to the present federal gas tax if a future Congress were to expand the proposed per-mile user fee pilot program into a mandatory national revenue generator.

The pilot program proposal quickly drew criticism outside of Congress once word about it spread on Aug. 3.

“Making it impossibly expensive to use infrastructure is a perfect addition to a fake infrastructure bill,” Less Government President Seton Motley told The Epoch Times.

But Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), the ranking Republican member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, told The Epoch Times that he supports replacing the present federal gas tax with a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) levy.

“There is broad support behind a national VMT pilot program from members of Congress and stakeholders. Fixing the Highway Trust Fund is the thoughtful and responsible thing to do, and the time to act on it is now. Otherwise, we’ll continue having the same debate on how to adequately pay for infrastructure,” Graves said.

“I want to make it clear that my support for moving to a VMT user fee system is contingent on resolving any issues such as privacy and equity for rural and urban drivers, but I have absolutely no doubt that these issues will be addressed.”

Buttigieg, whose only previous government experience was serving eight years as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a city of about 100,000 residents, appears to be a big winner in the more than $550 billion in new spending included in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

An estimated $274 billion of the $550 billion in new spending goes to DOT, with $105 billion of that being in the form of competitive grants over which Buttigieg has the final say.

Another big winner in the infrastructure bill’s DOT spending is Amtrak, which in a typical year—prior to the pandemic caused by the CCP virus that’s also known as the novel coronavirus—receives about $2 billion in federal subsidies. Under the infrastructure bill, Amtrak would reportedly receive $58 billion.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) offered an amendment to the infrastructure bill in the nature of a substitute that would, among other things, transfer $119 billion in unused federal money originally meant to help combat the coronavirus to the HTF.

The Lee alternative included reducing the federal gas tax by 11 cents per gallon, simplifying and speeding up National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements on infrastructure projects, and abolishing federal Davis-Bacon wage regulations that require federal contractors to pay prevailing union wages on government projects.

The Lee amendment was defeated on a 70–28 vote.


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Biden’s Target of Electric Power in Half of All US Vehicle Sales by 2030 is a Bonanza for China

From The Epoch Times
When President Joe Biden announced in the White House August 5 that he wants half of all cars and trucks sold in the United States to be Electric Vehicles (EV) by 2030, the loudest applause may well have been in Beijing.

Biden told an assembly of labor and political leaders as well as top executives from General Motors, Ford and Stellantis N.V. — which owns Chrysler, Dodge and Ram — that he signed “an executive order setting out a target of 50 percent of all passenger vehicles sold by 2030 will be electric and set into motion an all-out effort.”

The order also directs creation of a national infrastructure of 500,000 charging stations to service the projected boom in electricity demand for EVs and expanded federal tax credits as purchase incentives for consumers. Biden also wants huge increases in federal spending on research to develop new battery designs that can be made in America.

Finally, he directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to raise federal fuel economy standards for the internal combustion-engined cars and trucks that now make up 96 percent of the vehicles on the nation’s streets and highways.

All told, according to a White House Fact Sheet, “today’s announcements would put us on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new passenger vehicle sales by more than 60 percent in 2030, compared to vehicles sold last year, and facilitate achieving the President’s goal of 50-52 percent net economy-wide greenhouse gas emission reductions below 2005 levels in 2030.”

It’s an ambitious agenda, but there are at least two huge obstacles to its achievement, one of which Biden alluded to at the White House ceremony and the other he studiously ignored.

China

China is the obstacle Biden had to acknowledge, briefly, by noting that, “right now, China is leading the race, and is one of the largest and fastest-growing electric vehicle markets in the world.

“And a key part of the electric vehicle—to state the obvious—is the battery. And right now, 80 percent of the manufacturing capacity for these batteries is done in China.”

But market and energy industry experts describe a problem that far exceeds in scope Biden’s admission of China’s dominance of manufacturing capacity for the lithium-ion batteries that are the essential piece in making EVs viable as a possible paradigm changer for the auto industry.

“China consumes as much industrial metals and battery minerals as the rest of the world combined,” according to mining.com. “Chinese direct investment overseas in mines and projects topped $1 billion in 2017 for the first time and peaked in 2019 at nearly $2.2 billion with cobalt and lithium its favorite targets.”

Cobalt and lithium are crucial to EV battery production, so those investments are reflected in the fact “China has a stranglehold on the electric vehicle supply chain with chemical processors and refiners responsible for 82 percent and 60 percent of midstream production of cobalt and lithium, respectively,” according to mining.com.

“China’s control of refining is north of 80 percent, makes cobalt a particular headache for automakers,” mining.com continued. As The Epoch Times has previously reported, Cobalt production also poses a child-labor dilemma for EV battery production.

China dominates EV battery production, so Biden’s efforts to boost EV sales in the U.S. necessarily will mean more exports and income for Beijing at the outset and quite possibly for many years thereafter.

One of the auto executives listening to Biden at the White House was GM Chairman Mary Barra, who, along with Ford President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Farley, and Stellantis N.V. Chief Operating Officer Mark Stewart, are committed to raising EVs to 40-50 percent of their firms’ total sales by 2030.

Biden’s goal of displacing China as the world’s top EV battery-maker puts Barra in an especially difficult position because GM sells more vehicles in China (2.9 million in 2020) than it does in the United States (2.5 million).

And there’s Ultium, GM’s advanced EV battery system, which the firm said recently is central to its strategy of moving to “an all-electric and intelligent future.”

The new battery, which is to be built in Ohio, is still based on a lithium-ion design, so production will remain dependent upon China in crucial respects for the immediate future. With GM also so dependent upon sales in China, Beijing has immense leverage over GM and isn’t likely to free it from that dependence any time soon.

Consumers

The second obstacle to Biden’s plan is U.S. consumers, who, despite two decades of hyping the “EV future” by government, mainstream media, and corporate public relations operations, remain far from enthusiastic about re-charging their cars and trucks instead of refueling them.

Sales of EVs in July reached a mere 2.7 percent of all units sold in the United States, according to the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (AAI), the auto industry’s trade association in Washington, D.C.

Even when combined with sales of hybrids, which combine electric and internal combustion power, Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) account for only four percent of nationwide sales, or about 560,000 out of nearly 15 million units sold.

The turning point for the “EV future” may well be a vehicle Biden praised during his Thursday remarks. He called Ford’s upcoming all-electric F-150 “incredible.”

The gas- and diesel-powered versions of Ford’s F-Series trucks have been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for 44 straight years, so how buyers react to the all-electric F-150 will be crucial to the EV future.

3rd Annual Hot Fun in the Summertime Car Show
Hot Fun in the Summer Car Show August 14
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McKenney Cruisers Saturday Cruise-In
McKenney Cruisers Saturday Cruise-In - August 21
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UN Issues 2021 Climate Change Report

In August the UN issued another climate change report. Why should car hobbyists care? Everyone should care - period. Our own state government is looking at spending a ton of money on getting rid of ALL fossil fuels including natural gas and propane. Yes, those in power in the state government are discussing spending a lot of money to get rid of home heating systems that use natural gas or propane and replace them with electric heat pumps. It wasn't very long ago that the Obama administration's EPA forced coal fired power plants to convert to clean natural gas. Now that isn't clean enough. Take a look at the key points of the report from Reuters:

Here are some of the report's main conclusions:

HUMANS ARE TO BLAME - FULL STOP

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) used its strongest terms yet to assert that humans are causing climate change, with the first line of its report summary reading: "It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land."

The stark language marked a shift from previous IPCC reports, which had said it was "extremely likely" that industrial activity was to blame.

"There is no uncertainty language in this sentence, because there is no uncertainty that global warming is caused by human activity and the burning of fossil fuels," said IPCC co-author Friederike Otto, a climatologist at University of Oxford.

TEMPERATURES WILL KEEP RISING

The report describes possible futures depending on how dramatically the world cuts emissions.

But even the severest of cuts are unlikely to prevent global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial temperatures. Without immediate steep emissions cuts, though, average temperatures could cruise past 2C by the end of the century.

The scientists also looked at events considered less likely but still possible, and they could not rule out big impacts from so-called tipping points, such as the loss of Arctic ice loss or the dieback of forests.

WEATHER IS GETTING EXTREME

Weather extremes once considered rare or unprecedented are becoming more common -- a trend that will continue even if the world limits global warming to 1.5C. read more

Severe heat waves that happened only once every 50 years are now happening roughly once a decade. Tropical cyclones are getting stronger. Most land areas are seeing more rain or snow fall in a year. Severe droughts are happening 1.7 times as often. And fire seasons are getting longer and more intense.

Scientific advances in the last decade are also helping scientists detect whether climate change caused or worsened specific weather events.

"In the past, people would say 'you can't say anything about any individual event,'" said IPCC co-author Michael Wehner, a climate scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. "But now we can actually make quantitative statements about extreme weather events."

ARCTIC SUMMERS COULD SOON BE FREE OF ICE

Summertime sea ice atop the Arctic Ocean will vanish entirely at least once by 2050, under the IPCC's most optimistic scenario. The region is the fastest-warming area of the globe - warming at least twice as fast as the global average.

While Arctic sea ice levels vary throughout the year, the average lows during summer have been decreasing since the 1970s and are now at their lowest levels in a thousand years. This melting creates a feedback loop, with reflective ice giving way to darker water that absorbs solar radiation, causing even more warming.

SEAS WILL RISE NO MATTER WHAT

Sea levels are sure to keep rising for hundreds or thousands of years. Even if global warming were halted at 1.5C, the average sea level would still rise about 2 to 3 meters (6 to 10 feet), and maybe more.

Sea level rise has picked up speed, as polar ice sheets melt and warming ocean water expands. Already, associated flooding has nearly doubled in many coastal areas since the 1960s, with once-in-a-century coastal surges set to occur once a year by 2100.

Scientists could not rule out extreme rises of more than 15 meters by 2300, if tipping points trigger runaway warming. "The more we push the climate system ... the greater the odds we cross thresholds that we can only poorly project," said IPCC co-author Bob Kopp, a climate scientist at Rutgers University.

RUNNING OUT OF TIME

Meeting the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5C will require sticking to a "carbon budget," a term describing how much additional carbon can be pumped into the atmosphere before that goal is likely out of reach.

The world is now on track to use up that budget in about a decade.

With 2.4 trillion tons of climate-warming CO2 added to the atmosphere since the mid-1800s, the average global temperature has risen by 1.1C. That leaves 400 billion tons more that can be added before the carbon budget is blown. Global emissions currently total a little more than 40 billion tons a year.

If you read the above then it looks like there is no hope for mankind.

Yes, it is doom, doom and more doom. Check out the rebuttal from Climate Depot:

Here we go again: New UN ‘IPCC report is apocalyptic, catastrophic’ – ‘It’s really staring us in the face’ – Certain doom unless – we follow UN central planning dictates!
By: Marc Morano

Climate Depot’s Marc Morano comments: “Here we go again. The UN will never quit until we cut off their funding and stop enabling it. The UN chief Antonio Guterres, a former president of Socialist International — is touting tipping points and “irreversible” changes unless we are obedient to their demands that we turn over our economic, energy and way of life to their centrally planned vision. Quick! Pay up and empower the UN to take over your life or the climate will get you! Reality-based headline: ‘Former top socialist who runs the UN wants issues yet another worthless anti-scientific extreme scenario report demanding huge centralized changes in society that will empower the UN to further impose restrictions on you.’ And the climate will not notice one whit. How many more climate tipping points do we have to listen to?

“It is more recycled nonsense. I don’t know how else to say it stronger. I can’t believe they just do this relentlessly every three to five years, and here we are again.”This is essentially the belief that unless we submit to a future where government overlords will control everything, we will face a catastrophe. The UN is literally trying to lobbying you into voting for politicians who want to take ‘climate action.’ Dr. Roger Pielke Jr.: “IPCC author whose company sells RCP8.5 products wants people to ‘get scared’ and for the report to affect how people vote,” Pielke added.

“We already know these reports are designed to scare the world into climate action. (See: Gore admits UN IPCC report was ‘torqued up’ to promote political action – ‘How [else] do they get the attention of policy-makers around the world?’) The UN is now scaring people to vote the way using the UN’s unscientific extreme model-based scenarios!” [Also see the real motivation behind the reports: New UN IPCC report ‘will motivate all nations to deliver urgent emission reductions’ & commit to ‘climate finance’]

Dr. Roger Pielke Jr.: “So this is a BIG problem. The scenarios IPCC admits are unlikely [to] dominate the report w/ 41.5% of all scenario mentions. The scenarios judged most likely under current trends get only 18.4% of mentions. Implausible scenarios (8.5 + 7.0) total 53% of mentions, more than half!” “The literature is heavily biased to extreme scenarios,” Pielke added.

“From AR5 WG1 to AR6 WG1 the emphasis on 8.5 scenarios increased dramatically,” he explained. “The IPCC AR6 WG1 is not in fact neutral w/ respect to scenario assumptions because it has an overwhelming emphasis on unlikely (it’s word), implausible (our word) scenarios,” Pielke added. “The United Nations is a self-interested lobbying organization. If the UN fails to define CO2 as driving a climate crisis, it fails to be in charge of the solution, it fails to have annual conferences all over the globe.” …

“It’s like the mafia coming into its neighborhood and saying ‘I’d hate something bad to happen to you with that climate — if you pay us, we can protect you from the climate.’ The UN is saying unless we go Marxist, the climate is gonna get us. It’s time for us to say hell no, to the UN, to the Green New Deal and expose this corrupt science.”

“They’ve turned science into lobbying and there’s nothing to alarm the American public. In fact, the climate death rate over 100 years has declined 95 plus percent. In other words, our fossil fuel use has protected us. It’s taken an unsafe climate and made it safe and the UN claims we need to make ourselves poorer to make us produce a climate better.”

Yes, we have heard this before and we'll here it again. Just search the Internet for climate predictions that have not come true. As car hobbyists - and most of us own older vehicles while all of us own fossil fuel vehicles - we need to keep our freedom. Freedom is what this is all about. Do you really want to live through another ice storm like we had in February where some went a couple of weeks with no electricity - under the UN guidelines? Imagine having only electricity for heat, for cooking, for driving anywhere - what happens when there is no electricity? And what happens when the government decides to switch off the electricity? Yes, it is about our freedom.

No Gun Signs at Rest Stops in Virginia

Virginia rest stops are now posted “No guns,” since they are owned by the Commonwealth. This is an unwelcoming message to gun owners from around the U.S. coming to Virginia. Bill sponsor from the House of Delegates, Mark Levine, lost his run for Lt. Governor AND lost his House seat in the Democrat primary earlier this year. He had told supporters to vote for him twice in that primary. Senator Adam Ebbin was the patron of the Senate version and he is up for re-election in 2023.

This year is an election year and the ENTIRE HOUSE OF DELEGATES, the Governor, the Lt. Governor, and Attorney General positions are ALL UP FOR GRABS on November 2. Make sure you vote.

Old Dominion Late Great Chevy Show
Old Dominion Late Great Chevy Show August 28
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The Briefs

Delray Beach, Florida, has a new addition to its fleet of police vehicles: an ice cream truck. Police Chief Javaro Sims told WPBF-TV that he's been thinking about getting an ice cream truck for some time. "We must continue to find ways to break down those invisible barriers we continue to deal with on a daily basis within our communities," Sims said. He hopes the public will grab some free ice cream and stay for some conversation, getting to know the officers and building relationships.

California Highway Patrol officers were called to a spot on I-80 near the Nevada border on July 15 because of a car on fire, SFGate reported. When they got there, they discovered a man yelling about "the bears," Officer Carlos Perez said. After talking with him, they determined that the man had set his car on fire to ward off bears. "Listen, we have bears in the area," Perez said, "but there were no bears nearby. ... You can't light a fire on the hood of your vehicle to 'keep the bears away.'"

Jimmy Jennings of Lafayette, Louisiana, doesn't like being stuck in traffic. But on July 9, as he sat in a jam on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, he was struck with a dubious notion: He would jump off the interstate bridge into the river below. "When I hit the water, my shoulder went up, I kind of hurt my shoulder, but I started swimming," Jennings said, according to WABC-TV. "I couldn't get back to the bank because the current was way too strong. I thought I was going to die, but God saved me." Eventually, Jennings found his way to land, where he rode around on an ATV for a while -- only to discover he was on an island. Finally, he found a boat and was met by police, who charged him with criminal mischief and trespassing. Jennings later admitted on Facebook that his leap of faith was a bad idea.

Robert Perez, 53, was pulled over in Iowa City, Iowa, on July 15 for erratically driving a stolen Kawasaki motorcycle, The Smoking Gun reported. He told police that he had borrowed the bike from "a fellow meth user," but he couldn't provide the name or address of that friend. Perez admitted that he had injected meth five hours earlier; while in police custody, he was caught Googling "how long meth stays in your system after initial consumption," Officer Daniel Boesen said. Investigators obtained a blood sample from Perez and sent it to the crime lab; he was booked for theft, DUI and driving with a suspended license.

An unnamed 31-year-old woman in Beachwood, Ohio, went on a spectacular joyride on June 15, crashing into another car at more than 100 mph before spinning into a utility pole, another car and a house, WJW reported. Surprisingly, no one was hurt in the series of crashes, including the driver and her 11-year-old daughter, who was sitting in the front seat with her. Officers didn't detect any evidence of drug or alcohol use. Instead, the driver told police that she's been going through some "trials and tribulations" and was recently fired from her job, so she "let go and let God take the wheel." She went on to say that she believed she had done the right thing. She now faces charges of felony assault, endangering a child and driving under suspension.

On July 18, at an LDS church in St. George, Utah, Jeremy David Miller, 40, stripped off his underwear in the parking lot and, while nude, removed items from the trunk of his car and scattered them on the church lawn, ABC4-TV reported. Next, Miller went inside and slammed a child's car seat onto a table, knocking the sacrament tray and water to the ground. He then sped off in his Jeep; officers found him at his home, where he came outside "shouting and cursing" at them. Miller continued to resist officers until handcuffs were applied; he faces multiple charges including lewdness and assault against a police officer.

43-year-old Kurt Michael Fulton was arrested after he allegedly hid cherry pies, VHS tapes, and other various items underneath the parked cars of women drivers so he could see them bend over and pick them up whilst he watched from a distance with binoculars. Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel reported in a press conference Fulton was involved in an incident on Sunday in the parking lot of the Target store on 2772 Tittabawassee Rd, Kochville Township, Saginaw, Michigan. Fulton would wait in his car whilst an unsuspecting female victim parked their car in the Target car park, the victim would exit their vehicle and enter the store. Fulton would run over and place various items in front or behind the tires of the car, these items included Laptops, VHS tapes, and McDonald's cherry pies. Fulton would run back to his car to gain a better vantage point and would stalk his victims with the use of binoculars. The women would then be forced to bend over to see what they've driven over after hearing a crunching or squishing sound.

67-year-old Colin Lee Showard has been accused of driving a forklift towards his girlfriend, who was sitting in a car, pinning her to the side of a bus. According to the arrest affidavit, the incident occurred on the 2100 block of Calumet Street. Clearwater, Florida. Showard was arguing with a woman who was trying to leave. the situation escalated when Colin got into a forklift and rammed the vehicle into the car his girlfriend was sitting in, pinning her to a bus. The clear water police were alerted to the scene, the girlfriend suffered back injuries after the vehicle collision. The police questioned Colin as to why he rammed his girlfriend, Colin admitted he did it because he didn't want the woman to leave.

A 32-year-old burglary suspect, Grant Davis Belcher, was caught in his getaway car with a baby alligator in the back seat. The incident began at approximately 2:30 am, witnesses stated that they spotted Grant lurking around a parked Ford F-350 truck, located in Sandy Creek Lane in Orange County, Florida. He allegedly broke into the truck but the trucks car alarm went off, which caused grant to flee from the truck and escape in his Chevy Impala driven by a woman later identified as 30-year-old Megan Forbes. The couple headed toward East Colonial Drive, they drove through two gates on East River High School property while the school was closed. the police caught up to the duo and arrested the suspects. The police found a baby alligator sitting in the backseat of the getaway car, its mouth was taped up. Belcher reported told the police that he had acquired the alligator from a friend and he was going to release it into the water.

Hood Surfer: an unknown man was hanging on to the hood of a vehicle traveling at 70 mph whilst an unknown woman was at the wheel, the incident occurred on the I-95, Florida. Daniel Midah recorded the incident and uploaded the footage to Twitter. The man can be clinging on the fast traveling vehicle with one hand whilst speaking on a cell phone with the other. the woman driving remains oblivious to the man clinging on to the vehicle and carries on driving.

Reports reveal from Graves County Sheriff's Office, the deputies were notified of a stolen farm tractor with no lights or slow moving emblem was traveling south on KY 303 near Pleasure Drive. The police caught up to the slow-moving tractor and turned on their emergency lights, the vehicle did not stop, the chase was on. The vehicle kept going south for a few minutes, Alex Garcia was told to turn off the engine but he explained that he did not know how to. A deputy got out of his vehicle and leapt on to the tractor, he told the suspect to stop the vehicle but he refused. The deputy managed to turn off the engine by finding the choke. Alex Garcia was arrested, he told the police his name was Juan Carlos but jail staff revealed that he was Alex Garcia as he had been released from jail earlier.

William Michael Cartwright enquired about a blue Yamaha ATV, and asked if he was able to take it for a test drive. The victim agreed to William's request but told the suspect that he could only drive it to the end of his driveway. William drove the ATV to the end of the driveway, then off the property and then sped off into the distance. Twenty minutes had passed and the victim attempted to call William's phone, he did not pick up, he then contacted the police and reported his vehicle stolen. The victim contacted the man who drove the suspect to his home, the driver told him that William was on 3rd Avenue in DeLand. The deputy who was nearby spotted Cartwright on the Blue Yamaha and gave chase. As William spotted the emergency lights of the deputy's vehicle he leapt off the ATV and ran towards a pond, he hid inside the pond until he exited the pond and gave himself up. William Michael Cartwright was arrested and charged with grand theft, resisting an officer without violence, he was booked into Lake County Jail.

A woman from Okaloosa Island, Florida, left her family in warm water as she forgot to put her car in park, causing her vehicle to roll into a nearby swimming pool. The mom had parked her car near the swimming pool and ran back to her apartment to grab some money, unfortunately, her money was not the only thing she had forgotten, she had mistakenly not put her vehicle in park. her husband and daughter were in the vehicle as it began to roll towards the swimming pool. The police responding to the "car in pool" incident at approximately 2 pm, they stated, "All parties are ok," as the husband and daughter managed to escape unharmed.

A man from Wakefield was killed in an accident early Monday morning after losing control of his vehicle and colliding with a large boulder. Virginia State Police reports that the driver lost control of his vehicle and ran off route 460 in Waverly. The man's truck spun off the road and collided with a large boulder that was part of a landscaping business display, causing the vehicle to catch fire. The driver was unable to escape from the car and succumbed to injuries.

The 2021 Corvette have a diesel glow plug warning light on the dash because GM saves money by using the same warning light circuit board in multiple vehicles even if some of the lights are irrelevant for a specific model. The problem is the light looks just like the diesel warning light.

Ford has scrapped plans to build a Bronco-based pickup, according to a report by Automotive News. Although Ford never officially confirmed that such a vehicle was in the incubator, rumors swirled last summer that the Blue Oval would build the Jeep Gladiator’s first real rival. Ford has apparently notified suppliers that such a program was axed. Had it come to bear, the venerable F-150 full-sizer would have had three smaller siblings in the same segment: The newly introduced Maverick, the mid-size Ranger, and the now-dead Bronco pickup.

Mercedes-Benz is likely to slash the number of internal-combustion engines it makes by half due to upcoming European emissions regulation changes in 2025, according to a report by Autocar. Continuing to develop new engines to meet ever-tighter rules is too expensive and the company is sinking cash into zero-emission EV production instead. Mercedes-Benz COO Markus Schäfer told Autocar that the company “will reduce the number of engine variants, going through Euro 7, by about 50 percent.” Mercedes has already culled V-8 engines from many models from 2022 due to supply issues, but it looks like the move might end up being permanent.

Lucid is playing a game of one-upping Tesla. The California-based company has announced that the most powerful version of its BEV sedan (the Air Dream Edition Performance) will come with 1111 hp—precisely 91 more than the mostest Model S, the three-motor Plaid trim. Like the Hummer EV, the first available edition of the Lucid Air comes with the flashiest stats and the heftiest price tag. We knew the first Air to hit the market would be the dual-motor Dream Edition, and now we know it will come in two specs (sub-editions?) carrying the same $169,000 price tag: Performance, with the aforementioned 1111-hp beast; and Range, good for a projected 500 miles but with a scrawny 933 hp. We don’t yet know how much range the P sacrifices for its eleven-eleven horsepowers. EPA figures are likewise unavailable, for now.

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1969 Chevy C-10 short bed

Repair Mistakes & Blunders

From Rock Auto
In the summer of 2018, my 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee was my pride and joy. I had gotten it from a family friend with only 126,000 miles on it, which is as good as new for that 4.0 liter engine. One day I was preparing to change the oil and wanted to get it done quickly since rain clouds were starting to roll in. I drained the oil, popped a new filter on, and set about filling it back up with oil when I felt the first few rain drops. Satisfied with my work, I ran back into the house, only slightly less dry than when I had started.

The next day, I noticed my engine temperature would start slowly climbing when at idle. However when driving at speed it returned to normal. I attributed this to a known worn fan clutch and load on the engine from running the air conditioning. I had known the hot engine issue would need to be fixed but could be managed for now by rolling down the windows and turning the heat on. After grabbing lunch in a drive through and getting to my next worksite, I let the engine idle so I could have air conditioning while scarfing down my meal. I then looked at my temp gauge, and it was fully in-the-red overheating!

I shut the Jeep off, a few moments later, the radiator exploded into a gigantic cloud of steam that engulfed the front half of the car. I popped the hood to survey the damage and found the problem. In my haste to complete my oil change in record time, an empty oil bottle had fallen and gotten wedged between the fan and radiator, and with a worn out fan clutch, nothing was moving any air when at idle. Not a story I will live down anytime soon, but it still manages to get a pretty good laugh amongst my friends.

Brian in Virginia

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1951 Ford F-1

Arkansas Cracks Down On Slow Left-lane Drivers

From Yahoo! News
A new Arkansas law went into effect on Wednesday (07/28/2021) that restricts slow drivers who camp out in the left lane on a highway.

Drivers were able to sit in the left lane of a multilane highway as long as they did not impede the flow of traffic, but Act 1090 has removed that provision and added four specific cases in which drivers may use the left lane.

Drivers can only use the lane when overtaking or passing traffic, when a vehicle is exiting to the left, or when all other lanes are closed to traffic or deemed undrivable or unsafe.

"Basically all vehicles will travel in the right lane on a multi-lane highway unless you're overtaking a vehicle to the left," explained Cpl. Justin Ricketts of the Arkansas State Police. "You can operate in the left lane if you’re like a left turn off of a multi-lane road."

Arkansas State Police reminded drivers, though, that state law requires all drivers to go slower than the speed limit, even when passing, 4029 TV reported.

State Rep. Andrew Collins, D-Little Rock, and state Sen. Greg Leding, a Democrat who represents the 4th District, introduced the bill in March, and it passed the state Senate in April.

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1957 Chevy convertible parked with new plasticmobiles

Tesla on Autopilot Slams into Florida State Police Car

From: ABC News
A Tesla driving in autopilot mode slammed into a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser on an interstate near downtown Orlando and narrowly missed its driver, who had pulled over to assist a disabled vehicle.

Earlier this month, the U.S. government opened a formal investigation into Tesla's Autopilot partially automated driving system after a series of similar collisions with parked emergency vehicles.

The trooper whose cruiser was hit shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday had activated his emergency lights and was on the way to the disabled vehicle when the Tesla hit the cruiser's left side then collided with the other vehicle, highway patrol spokeswoman Lt. Kim Montes told The Orlando Sentinel.

The report said the 27-year-old man in the Tesla and the driver of the disabled vehicle suffered minor injuries and the trooper was unhurt.

Tesla did not immediately respond to an email sent to its press address.

Autopilot has frequently been misused by Tesla drivers, who have been caught driving drunk or even riding in the back seat while a car rolled down a California highway.

The electric vehicle maker uses a camera-based system, a lot of computing power, and sometimes radar to spot obstacles, determine what they are, and then decide what the vehicles should do. But researchers say it has had trouble with parked emergency vehicles and perpendicular trucks in its path.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the Tesla probe after tallying 11 crashes since 2018 in which Teslas on autopilot or cruise control have hit vehicles where first responders have used flashing lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board or cones warning of hazards.

In those crashes, 17 people were injured and one was killed, the NHTSA said. An investigation could lead to a recall or other enforcement action.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which also has investigated Tesla crashes, has recommended that NHTSA and Tesla limit the autopilot’s use to areas where it can safely operate. It also recommended that Tesla be required to improve its system to ensure drivers pay attention.

Last year the NTSB blamed Tesla, drivers and lax regulation by NHTSA for two collisions in which Teslas crashed beneath crossing tractor-trailers.

The crashes into emergency vehicles cited by NHTSA began on Jan. 22, 2018, in Culver City, California, near Los Angeles when a Tesla using autopilot struck a parked firetruck with flashing lights. No one was injured in the accident.

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1972 C-10

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