(Locator: Emporia, Kansas)
Most cars guzzle high-priced gasoline and pollute
the air, not to mention the noise they make.
But Mic McGuire’s electric Beetle glides down the road almost silently …
and doesn’t use a drop of gas.
The Rev. Mic McGuire/Grace United Methodist Church: “I think a lot of
people are really tired of putting three dollars a gallon of gasoline
into their car.”
The pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Emporia, Kansas, McGuire
spent about six-thousand dollars converting a rusty used car to run on
72 volts of electricity. He was motivated by the war in Iraq.
The Rev. Mic McGuire/Grace United Methodist Church: “We really do need
to get away from our dependence on foreign oil.”
The electric Beetle’s top speed is more than 50 miles an hour, and it
travels up to 30 miles between charges.
The Rev. Mic McGuire/Grace United Methodist Church: “I’m spending
probably three to six cents per mile.”
McGuire’s environmental example inspires other church members. Melinda
Groves now uses fluorescent light bulbs, and bought a lawn mower that
Melinda Groves/Member, Grace United Methodist Church: “If a bunch of
individuals do something, we can make a difference.”
Lola Collinge wants to get rid of foam plates and cups in the kitchen to
keep from clogging up landfills.
Lola Collinge/Member, Grace United Methodist Church: “I think we want to
leave it for our future generations so that they won’t wonder ‘Mama,
mama, what’s a tree?’”
The church also recycles printer cartridges. Even the exit signs save
energy by using L-E-D lights. Tony Tollett helped McGuire with
electrifying the car.
Tony Tollett/Member, Grace United Methodist Church: “We’re just choking
ourselves to death. We’re killing the environment and everything else.”
McGuire says his bright yellow Beetle is more than a money saver. It’s a
The Rev. Mic McGuire/Grace United Methodist Church: “I don’t think that
this will be the answer to end all of our pollution problems. I just
think it is one way in which I personally can be more responsible about
taking care of the planet.”
Pastor McGuire believes electric cars could also be
ideal for students. His 17-year-old daughter says it’s fun to drive with
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Ministers promote environmental stewardship