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Plug-in Hybrids that drive 1st 100 Miles on Battery will enable us to drive Gas & Pollution FREE - So where are they!
Some of these Steps are:
1- Mandate Auto companies to make 50% of their fleet as Plug-in Hybrids that drive 1st 100 Miles on Battery. And then Subsidize these Plug-in Hybrids to be $10,000 so that 10s of Millions of Americans can easily afford to buy them to drive Gas & Pollution FREE.
2- Bring about electric public transportation systems, i.e., Metro, Tram, Ubahn, etc., in every Metro area with population of more than 250K. So that we can commute Gas FREE on Public Metro from City center to any points within 50 miles of city center with no more than a 10 minutes walk. As they can already do in almost ALL European cities and now a days in most Asian cities too. As well as Washington DC & New York city already.
3- At the extreme end, Nationalize the Top Energy companies. As China has all of her Top Energy companies Nationalized, as a result of which Chinese Government subsidizes the price of Gas to be at the most $1.50 per Gallon for Chinese People. And lets state this ABSOLUTE fact: Republicans, Republic-rats (aka Wall Street gang) LOVE the Chinese Communist Capitalist system as per them having invested Trillions of Dollars in China and moved 10s of Millions of Jobs from US to China - More on this here.
Lets take the Plug-in Hybrids that drive 1st 100 Miles on Battery
Since this article is mainly about the Plug-in Hybrids that drive 1st 100 Miles on Battery, lets consider the related FACTS and then see how we are going to pay for it, what are its short comings, if any, what are its challenges, etc.
1st some FACTS:
1- We absolutely have the technology TODAY to make Plug-in Hybrids that drive 1st 100 Miles on Battery as per the fact that Nissan Leaf drives 100 Miles or more on Battery and Chevy Volt is a Plug-in Hybrid. So just take the battery of Leaf and put it on Volt, and voila you have a plug-in hybrid that drives 1st 100 Miles on Battery and only after that Gas engine kicks in.
2- Typical person drives less than 100 Miles per day.
So this means that by enabling people to buy Plug-in Hybrids that drive 1st 100 Miles on battery, we would enable typical person or family to SAVE 100% on their daily Gas expenses, and SAVE 90% on their annual Gas expenses assuming few weekend getaways and Annual vacations of more than 100 Miles drive.
How are we going to pay for it?
Our Government spends 100s and 100s of of Billions of Dollars of our Tax money per year to supposedly protect the flow of Oil through Middle East set aside on one War after another War in Middle East for supposedly safe guarding our National Security interests in regard to Oil, such as about $1-Trillion Dollars on Iraq War, $1-Trillion Dollars on Afghan War, etc. So rather than spending these Trillions of Dollars to Subsidize our Military in and around the Middle East, spend these Trillions of Dollars to Subsidize Plug-in Hybrids that drive 1st 100 Miles on battery.
Moreover by enabling 50% of Americans to drive Plug-in Hybrids that
drive 1st 100 Miles on battery, which means enable them to drive Gas FREE, we would also STOP sending about $1-Trillion per year to Middle East for this Oil and instead this money would stay at home and will thus be spent in USA. So in a few years our Government would more than recoup, via additional Tax revenues, its investment to Subsidize these plug-in Hybrids to be $10,000 so that anyone could afford to buy them and thus drive Gas FREE.
And of course to make these Millions of new Plug-in Hybrids, would mean Millions of new high paying Jobs which would then become another HUGE source of additional Tax revenues for the Government, again making our (Governments) investment in Plug-in Hybrids that drive 1st 100 Miles on battery to be one of the best investments ever made.
How about the additional Electricity needed to power these Plug-in Hybrids?
When one states all of the above positive results from making Plug-in Hybrids that drive the 1st 100 Miles on Battery and which Autos are subsidized by the Government to be $10K, then as the last desperate measure Big Oil and their agents (aka Republicans and right-wing Media) may say this:
"But where are we going to get the Electricity to charge up these Millions of Plug-in Hybrids?"
"The additional Electricity needed to power these Plug-in Hybrids will require burning twice as much Coal which the environmental Leftist Terrorist would not allow to be build"
The answer to which non-sense is that:
1st, Plug-in Hybrids will be generally plugged in to recharge at night time, 10PM and after, where there is ample over capacity of Electricity
2nd, the additional Electricity needed to charge these Millions of Plug-in Hybrids, is actually another opportunity to create Millions of more
high paying Jobs and do the environment further good. That is we can produce this additional Electricity from renewable energy sources such as Solar, Geothermal, etc.
For example take Solar energy: Sun bombards Earth every day with about 1,00,000 TW of energy convertible to Electricity. Currently we use total of 12 TW of Electricity to power all of Human kind through out the Earth. So the amount of Electricity that is available from clean Solar energy is not 2 or 3 times of what we are using now, but 1000s and 1000s of time greater. Lets put it this way: if we just cover about 5% of State of Nevada with Solar Panels, we would double the Electricity production of USA from an energy source that is totally clean and for all practical purposes for ever. And lets further state that almost 99% of Nevada is desolate, since it is so scorching Hot there year around. And that these vast Solar farms would create 100s of 1000s of high paying Jobs in Nevada which is a state badly in need of good Jobs.
What about Chevy Volt?
1st, Chevy Volt drives only the first 30 Miles on Battery, still very good, but certainly it does not make the typical person Gas FREE, which a Plug-in Hybrid that drives the first 100 Miles on battery would.
2nd, As we wrote way back in 2008, watch out for Big Oil and other very powerful interests that do not want to see Plug-in Hybrids introduced to Mock up the sale of Chevy Volt as much as possible, which is exactly what they have done.
That is Chevy Volt has been priced at the outrageous amount of $45,000, ensuring that 99% of People that would want to SAVE BIG on cost of Gas could not buy it. I mean who in GODs name would want to buy Chevy Volt that gets about 75 MPG, for an average driver, for $45,000, when they can buy Toyota Prius that gets 50 MPG at $20,000!!! So the maximum logical price, the maximum price for Chevy Volt is $25,000, at which price Chevy would have
then sold every one of the Volts as fast as they can build them.
Of course, even better would have been if our Government subsidized Chevy Volt to be $10,000; then Chevy would be selling Millions and Millions of these cars even with Volt only driving the 1st 30 Miles on Battery. After all our Government saved GM and Chrysler from bankruptcy with our Tax money, just like it saved the Big banks with our Tax money, so it would be only appropriate if our Government told, mandated, GM to price Volt at a price that average person
could buy it, at a price that would make it competitive with Prius. But NO, our Government gave no such an order to GM to help out the Nation, just as the Nation helped to save GM. And GM on its own showed no gratitude to the Nation and priced Volt at the outrageous price of $45,000 - ensuring that most people could not cost justify to buy it. That is not until Gas hits $5 per Gallon. And here is another KILLER point: as we are getting closer to Gas at $5 per Gal, at which point Volt would start to sell briskly even at its current outrageous price of $45,000; Chevy announced that it is suspending production of Volt!
And it gets worse:
1- In late 2011. Government National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced an investigation into Chevy Volt to see whether its Battery was prone to catch fire! And of course the right-wing Media and Republican lunatics then pounced on this news as again evident that "Electric vehicles do not work", "Government Motor produces bad cars" etc. non-sense. And a few months later, NHTSA announced that it has closed its investigation of this (Bogus) matter without finding that Volt battery where prone to fire. But off course as a result of these investigations, great harm was done to the
reputation of Chevy Volt in particular but more importantly to Plug-in Hybrids in general.
Now any person with half a brain would know that this investigation was Bogus and politically driven by those whom do not want to see Plug-in Hybrids to become widely available, after all we use batteries in many more parts of our
daily lives than we use Gas guzzling internal combustion engines. That is from your Laptop, to your Shaving machine, to your Mobile phone, to your iPod, to your iPhone, etc. etc. are ALL battery operated. How often have you seen your Mobile phone to catch fire! Or certainly and MOST ABSOLUTELY an Auto with a Gas powered engine with a Gas tank of 20 Gallon of Petrol is far more of a fire hazard than is a battery. In fact a 20 Gallon gas tank is equivalent of a Bomb compared to a Battery.
2- In Feb/2012 GM announced that it was going to suspend production of Volt due to slower than expected sales. And of course in response to this announcement the right-wing Media, as mouth piece of Big Oil, went hog wild stating that: "See we told you, Electric cars by Government Motors do not sell". When as noted here the problem with Volt is that it is priced by an astonishing $20,000 over fair market value using Toyota Prius as the bench mark for the fair market value.
Plug-in Hybrids is the right technology, Electric only cars totally the wrong technology
Now to Mock things up even more, powerful interests that do not want to see Plug-in Hybrid design to become the dominant form of Auto transportation, which would enable typical person to drive Gas FREE, have taken other tactics such as investing massively in All Electric cars.
All Electric cars such as Telsa Motors are not Plug-in Hybrids. And as such they are totally wrong technologies for a typical person, since these vehicles stop running when their battery charge runs out which makes them pretty much
useless, if not a nightmare, for an average person. After all how would you like to be stuck in a traffic jam, with your battery running out on your all Electric vehicle like Telsa Motors and of course given the FACT that there are little if any Electric charge stations around! Set aside the fact that it takes about a minimum of 2 Hours to get a decent recharge of the Battery!
OTOH, with Plug-in Hybrids vehicles, should your Battery run out then the Gas powered engine kicks in which Gas you can fill at any Gas station.
So with a Plug-in Hybrid, you get ALL the benefits of a Battery (Electric) powered vehicle, which is to drive pretty much Gas FREE, without the KILLER limitation of what if my Battery runs out during my drive, which is the KILLER shortcoming of all Electric cars such as Telsa Motors.
And talking about Telsa Motors, it has taken the KILLER bad design of all Electric technology and made it much worse by being priced at the ridiculously outrageous amount of $98,000 or so! Ensuring that Telsa Motor will collapse sooner or later as a HUGE failure, so that then those who want people slave to Gas guzzling cars can then say:
"See, Electric cars do not work...." or "Americans want to be free of Government telling them they have to drive Electric cars..." etc. Psycho babble.
Lets face it: Powerful interests want you SLAVE to Gas Prices
After all think about it: we have the technology today, in form of Plug-in Hybrids that drive the 1st 100 Miles on Battery, to result in the following great benefits for the People and the Nation:
1- SAVE typical American 90% on cost of Gas, which would be about $4000 per Year in SAVING for a family of 4 with Gas at $4 per Gallon
2- SAVE environment 90% or more in CO2 and other pollutants that comes from burning Gas
3- Create Millions of High paying Jobs building and servicing these new Plug-in Hybrids
4- Create Millions of more Jobs building renewable energy sources such as Solar farms in Nevada which gets scorching Sun 99% of the year
5- End our reliance on Middle Eastern Oil, or Oil in general, and thus the never ending excuse for Wars there to "protect Oil supplies" and as a result infuse about $1-Trillion into US economy, due to saving about $1-Trillion sent to Middle East for purchase of Oil or to Big Oil in US so that they can pay their Top brass $40 Million per year salaries
The result of which would be much healthier, much wealthier Nation.
So who but the enemy of the Nation would be NOT for the above incredible benefits, set aside oppose them!
The answer should be quite obvious: by ending our dependence on Middle Eastern Oil, well on Oil in general, which means SAVING us about $1-Trillion per year, a very connected and very powerful people stand to loose. That is by enabling the People to drive pretty much Gas FREE, this would mean that:
1- The right-wing Media/Cabal and the Military Industrial complex would not be able to use the Middle Eastern Oil excuse to Wage one War after another War in Middle East. And to justify maintaining a gargantuan Military presence in Middle East.
2- Big Oil in US would see its sales drop by about 50%, which means they would not be able to pay their Top brass $40-Million per year pay & bonuses and fly them in $50-Million Private Jets to their Villas and Mansions around
3- They would not be able to spend 100s of Millions of Dollars to employ an Army of Lobbyist in Washington to control the US Government, to make sure steps are not taken that would reduce their control over the Government and thus the People.
And these powerful groups, which are armed with $100s of Billions of Dollars, also control most of the US Media, aka right-wing LYING Media, to a near complete extent, as a result they are able to say any lies, any non-sense, any con job, to make sure that the TRUTH does not get out and become widely known that we have the technology and means TODAY to enable the People to drive Gas FREE while doing the environment great good, plus all the other great benefits listed above.
If you think there is any other answer as to why we do not have Plug-in Hybrids that drive the 1st 100 Miles on Battery, subsidized by the Government to be $10K, thus resulting in all the great benefits listed here, such as enable typical person to drive Gas FREE, do the environment great good, create Millions of high paying Jobs, and in time greatly reduce our Deficits too, please post your answer.
Related & Reference Sources:
(*) Solar city in China:
(*) Companies making Money from renewable energy:
(*) G.M. Again Pauses Production of Chevy Volt
(*) Amount of Solar energy that hits Earth per day:
(*) Tesla Motors
(*) Other steps our Government can take to send the price of Gas to $1.5/Gal or less
(8) A new Spin on Solar Power
And as icing on the cake, a great Video by John Stewart, as to the charade that US Government, Republican or Democrats, have been playing on American people in regard to ending our reliance on Oil
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