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John Gilkison is a professionally-trained astronomer who works for the New Mexico State University in Las Cruses. He chaired committee that wrote Las Cruces, NM Outdoor Lighting Ordinance in 1999, which was adopted in 2000. He incorporated the National Public Observatory ( 1999. He is keenly interested in aerodynamic improvements in vehicles.

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Forget MPG and MPG-e

How turning a metric on its head may help us think about performance.

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The Quiet Revolution

A summery of a EV power point presentation I am working on and why I think electric vehicles are about to take over the marketplace over the next ten years.

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Internal Combustion versus Electric Drive

A brief review of the 2006 book "Internal Combustion" by Edwin Black and a energy density comparison of a Chevy Bolt V a 32 MPG Gasoline powered car.

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PHEV's are a Gateway Drug to BEV's

How our Plug in Hybrid Electric has addicted us to electric drive and how we plan on buy one as soon as it is practical for us because of our experiences.

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EV World Aeroworker Blogs made into a Book (available at Amazon)

A synopsis of the process of turning 12 years of blogging at EV World into book along with the inclusion of four feature article. The book "Driving on the Moon" and other musings has been posted at Amazon and is available in paperback and a Kindle version costing $12.95 and $7.95 respectively. It is my first published book, hopefully there will be more.

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In Defense of Left Leaning Liberal %$#@!@

How the political labels of Liberal/Conservative do not apply to the modern world.

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A 0.12 C Auto Body Shape and Video

Phil Knox tested a five foot long model of a 0.12 Cd Auto Body Shape at the Darko Wind Tunnel in Ogden, Utah on Friday September 15th, 2017 and it tested as advertised. We discuss the implications of this shape in this blog and in a video we shot in my garage on Tuesday September 26th, 2017 where we show the model

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Our Fossil Fueled Total Eclipse Vacation

A description of a 5th wheel trailer tow to Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming from New Mexico to observe a Total Eclipse of the Sun and to take in some other tourist attractions. Total gasoline consumption, energy use, carbon emissions, and money cost are outlined in this unusual blog.

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Crimes against Humanity (The trials 2029)

Updated on 8-9-17. Hypothetical Climate Crimes trials projected to held in the year 2029 as a stark warning to humanity we do not want to let things go until we reach such an impasse. This story is meant to be a cautionary tale.

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Astronomical Driving

How collectively all the drivers on planet Earth drive more then one light year in distance every year.

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Electric Car Road Use Taxes are Regressive

How extra yearly registration fees for electric cars is clearly a regressive tax probably designed to suppress the market for them and does not fairly solve the gasoline tax revenue shortfall for maintaining the roads and highways.

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500 MPG, I Think Not!

How PHEV's are capable of much high efficiency performance then the on board internal combustion engine because of the electric drive train.

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Reducing our Personal Carbon Footprint

How in the period of a little over four years we reduced our personal yearly carbon footprint by about 80%, or by at least 60% including some planned RV trips over the next few years.

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Tikopia IV or how to save civilization

How could a industrial based civilization become sustainable on a small rocky planet like Earth.

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Shoveling Sunshine

About the purchase of our new 2015 Ford C Max Energi PHEV and an analysis of the limited data I have on a 1,700 plus trip to Oklahoma and Texas from New Mexico. Also included is an analysis of a recent local driving return.

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