Originally Posted by XFBO
Death grip on America? Are you serious?
Although I dont like buying crude oil from the ME anymore than any other American, can you tell me what's wrong with the mindset of depleting their resources before fully tapping into ours?
The only way I see us 'saving' the environment is for us to basically move back into the stone ages.
You've already showed us you're not willing to step up to the plate and lead by example by driving whats CURRENTLY on the market (hybrid) in an effort to save the enviro....but yet you feel the need to bitch about everyone else not doing anything.
Id be willing to bet you if GM/Ford/Chrysler came out with a full blown electric car tomorrow for twice the cost of a comparable gas/diesel driven vehicle (which isnt unusual since ALL new technology always costs more upfront) you'd probably come up with some other BS excuse, not buy the car and still bitch about the enviroment. Tell me Im wrong!
I hate to bust your bubble but like many other countries THIS country HAS become very oil dependant. Not only in transportation but in heating our homes, making products, etc.....We're not gonna become an oil-free nation anytime soon so get over it. You wanna cut down on our ME dependency then ALLOW increased drilling and refining in the US......but I bet you're against that too, right or wrong?
Aright, I know this may be very hard for you to understand in your black and white world.
But maybe, just maybe you can wrap your brain around the idea of have both electric cars and gas cars living side by side, I know you think if a electric car is made we will end up in the stone age somehow, but life isn't that drastic, but if we had lets say 50% of the vehicles on the road purely electric, the demand on crude oil will go down, less demand means cheaper fuel prices...
I know it must be pretty intense for you to comprehend this shade of grey, so I will type slow so you can keep up.
I'm proud that you managed to see hybrids as a step in the right direction, but hybrids are not the saviour you make them out to be, they only get about 2-4 more MPG's then it's counterparts, and that's if you drive a lot in residential neighborhoods, the battery doesn't come on at freeway speeds.
It is a half hearted attempt, but ultimately it is still a product of the oil companies strangle hold on the industry, though it is a step in the right direction.
As far as paying $60,000 for a fully electric car, I can't afford that.
But many people can, and would pay that, then the price goes down as more are made.
I am fiscal minded as well as frugal, and I know a electric car would save me a lot of money never having to pay for gas again, the market will favour electric cars for long enough for them to become common place and more inexpensive, but gas will drop in price from less demand and even out the market.
So a electric car that takes no fuel, but costs about 60 cents a mile if you charge at home figuring you use the power company and not your own solar panels or windmill.
Gas will probably drop to about 80 cents a gallon, so there will still be a demand for gas cars.
Now I know that was a lot to understand, electric and gas working side by side without going back to the stone age.
I'm not talking about shutting all the power off and living in caves, even though that is the fear instilled into you by someone or something.
So I may be not the most eco friendly person, but I don't think we need to be, we are in a oil monopoly, we don't see it because we have been in it since birth, I just see in no way shape or form how becoming less oil dependent would be a bad thing.
As far as me buying a hybrid, I can keep my car that gets 30 MPG that is paid off, and spend my money on solar paneling which would make more eco-nomy sense.
Save money and the planet, sounds like a win win, but propaganda spins of "no hope, so don't bother" attitudes is what holds a lot of people down, and a lot of people look up to our government for answers.
Needless to say, eco-nomy isn't in their best interests, so they tell us it isn't in our best interests either, and a lot of people just agree without questioning it.