Day 23

15 Apr

I’m so proud of this essay. It’s for my environmental science class.

Yes. You must read it.

What do you think of when you hear “electric car?”

Futuristic. Environmentally conscious. Cheap. Maybe expensive?

Whatever it is, it isn’t dangerous, at least to the common folk. So who would kill off an idea when it had such a bright future?

The idea of the electric car was first introduced in the 1800s, predating the internal combustion engine. Not many people know that, because the idea was put to rest so quickly after the efficiency of the internal combustion engine overtook the less efficient, but easier electric car. The electric car utilizes chemical energy stored in rechargeable battery packs, and electric motors and motor controllers instead of an internal combustion engine. In modern times, a good alternative has started to arise—the hybrid vehicle, which combines a conventional propulsion system with an on-board rechargeable energy storage system to achieve better fuel economy than a conventional vehicle. It also would be easier without being hampered by range from a charging unit like a battery electric vehicle, which uses batteries charged by an external source.

However, these hybrids are fairly new alternatives to gas-guzzling trucks and SUVS, and they still remain quite expensive for an average household, so hybrids are still not incredibly common vehicles to be seeing on the highway that often.

But what if the idea of the electric car hadn’t been shot down so quickly? Where would we be now?

And who’s to blame?

There are a few different theories as to who “killed the electric car.” Some include the car companies, oil companies, the new batteries, the hydrogen fuel cell, consumers, the government, and in one instance with the EV1, the California Air Resources Board. The documentary, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” explored that particular situation. The GM EV1 was available for lease starting in the 90s, but in 2003, the California Air Resources Board reversed the 1990 mandate on car emissions, and took away all the EV1s from their owners and took them to a desert outside Phoenix, Arizona to be destroyed.

That’s a very good example of the downfall of the electric car, but California can’t be to blame for the entire country’s mishap.

It’s the government that’s to blame. Let’s explore our government for a minute. At the time of the mandate’s repeal and the retraction of all the EV1, George W. Bush was president, Dick Cheney was vice president, Condoleezza Rice was secretary of state and Andrew Card was chief of staff. What’s one thing in common with all of those people, besides they are all republicans in Bush’s cabinet? They are all former executives of oil companies. Condoleezza Rice was the president of Chevron! President Bush never backed the idea of the electric car, but he went all gaga and was virtually foaming at the mouth over the hydrogen fuel cell cars. And if he had looked into the practicality of the hydrogen fuel cells, he would have seen that they are a ridiculous idea. You see where I’m getting at?

And who has more power than the oil companies? Friends of the oil companies in the White House. Yes, the automobile companies had something to do with the essential crash of the electric car, seeing that they were the ones to take them back from the drivers and crush them into a pulp in Arizona, but the individual car companies aren’t the ones actually controlling how people drive. GM could make as many electric cars as they want, but the oil companies are the ones who still are enticing the consumers with convenient gas stations and a potential shortage of charging stations. The oil companies hold all the good cards in this scenario, and the car companies have nothing but half a flush in 3 different suits, if you catch my drift.

So am I blaming the oil companies? Of course I am, but everyone knows that they oil companies are full of slimy, money-mongers with no environmental conscience. Consumers know nowadays that they get robbed from the gas pump every time they fill up, but the job of the president is to look out for the good of the American people, and the fact that George W. Bush and his “dukes of hazzard,” as I may, use their power to fulfill their own agendas is just…

Well, it’s bullshit.

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