posted on Aug, 13 2004 @ 09:37 AM
Originally posted by slank
Am i correct that you mean regular unleaded gas?
The price of oil/gas has significant impacts on the economy. It affects the average citizen, virtually all of whom drive. It affects trucking which
represents a large portion of the shipping in this nation. It affects heating oil prices which many people use to heat their homes.
The global petro mafia monopoly that has infected the US government and holds America hostage has to be kicked in the gut so alternative energy
sources can be fully explored and developed.
'Alternative' fuel vehicles are operational and on the road. A few things are needed now.
- much stricter mandatory miles per gallon requirement on vehicles
- a two or three dollar tax added on gasoline
- another smaller tax added on to the price of gasolines that are higher than regular quality
- Federal requirements to have a large number of new cars sold be 'alternative' fuel vehicles
Otherwise there is really no motivation for the public to get these vehicles. Its all about economics. When the price of gas reaches a certain limit,
it will no longer be affordable or logical to get a gas only car compared to the multiple alternative cars. Obviously tho, this limit is probably
pretty high, considering the ludicrous gas prices in europe. Although, the europeans fund social programs with this money I beleive, so prehaps the
average consumer factors that in on some level (well, perhaps).
If we don't do that we stand a good chance of becoming a second or third rate economy in the longer term.
The corporate capitalist overlords want to ruin the economy which they use as a power base?
Nations that are ready to switch to alternative energy sources will be less subject to crippling geo-political events.
the real issue. Irregardless of price, or even the serious concern of pollution, the horrible geo-poltical consequences of being
so reliant upon oil far far outweight the benefits of continuing to use it. The entire global 'geostrategic' situation will be completely and
utterly changed if oil is no longer a strategic resource.
Keep in mind however that electric vehicles are really just fossil fuel vehicles. The electricity is overwhelmingly supplied via fossil fuels (mostly
coal, but there are even diesl power plants). Fuel Cell technology, once the public starts purchasing it, will have far reaching effects. (don't
get me wrong, I don't think everyone is going to be singing and holding hands once it becomes more popular).