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Volkswagen BeetleAs example of just how far do-it-yourself thinking can go, here's an inspiring story which I picked up from AutoblogGreen about an electric Volkswagen Super Beetle and the Alaskan teen who is bringing it to completion. Started as a response to a school project which challenged students to come up with creative solutions to our global climate challenges, Bart Grabman's electric Beetle has served the young fellow as a priceless tutor in the realms of product development, prototype and assembly process. In a story reported by By Erin Britton, McClatchy Newspapers, via TuscaloosaNews.com, Grabman stated, "It's been an interesting experience trying to figure it out ... I'm not done with it, so I'm still learning a lot."

Perhaps this story sheds some light on the recent strange events in the world market for crude oil. Am I the only one who finds it very revealing how crude prices have hit record highs but prices at the pump have held steady or even declined a bit? Believe me when I tell you that the oil companies have come to realize that there's a limit to how much they can charge at the pump before there's an extremely nasty backlash which comes in the form of increased alternate fuel expansion efforts. Every time the oil companies push their limit, we now push back... hard. Take that, OPEC.

Smart kids in Alaska and elsewhere should take notice: Keep up the good work. We're watching you and learning from you. World oil cartels should take notice also: We're finding the ways to get around you. Have a nice day.

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