Michaelanthony, I bought a Chevy Volt last year
as my daily commuter, replacing my 30 year love with VW diesels. After nearly 13,000 miles I've burned 24.7 gallons of gasoline. Electric charges seem to be running about $10 a week. Really feels good not to be pumping fuel and sending my dollars into the global oil market. Plus, the Volt is a great driver and I can now access the HOV lanes.
I would have hooked up the excellent EFM boiler I bought from Scrapper if I could have made the numbers work, but when one local supplier ceased handling coal I crunched the numbers again and decided to sell the EFM. Also, my spouse wasn't keen on handling coal while I was traveling, so the pellet boiler got me off oil. On a BTU count, pellets lose to coal. But I'm saving a bundle compared to what I was paying for oil and propane to fire my boiler and fireplace. And my house is nice and warm during the winter.
I agree we will have to see what happens as the pellet/biomass industries develop. In my opinion, the anticoal people out there are just plain stupid, as are the rabid urban environmentalists who believe putting high taxes on gas and diesel is the way to get us off the internal combustion engine. We have a big country and everyone doesn't want to live in a city, so people need reasonably priced fuel to get to work and live. And until we find something better that's reasonbly priced, we need to make sure coal and our other domestic resources remain among our options for heating homes and powering the grid.