Submitted by JohnGlenney on Wed, 2014-07-09 08:11
Let's start a petition to ban personal vehicles that use internal combustion engines! I know, this sounds like an exercise in futility but hear me out. If the situation were reversed and evs were the dominant mode of transportation and ice vehicles were just now being introduced, they would be a non-starter. From safety considerations alone ice cars would be banned with the first explosions of the 10-20 gallons of explosive liquids they need to carry just to get from point A to point B. The car manufacturers have done an admirable job reducing visible emissions that gunk up the air, but the laws of physics will not allow the majority of emissions, CO2, to be reduced to an acceptable point. Does it matter if we make cafe standards 50mpg if at the same time there are double the number of vehicles, after all, people in China and India will be buying cars at a higher rate commensurate with their economic advancement. And let's not forget the oil spills and pipeline leaks that are unavoidable when so much liquid needs to be pumped and transported. The US involvement in overseas wars would end when the liquid we fight for so desperately becomes worthless and unnecessary.
A ban on ice cars would not begin immediately but would be a road map to the future. Due to the performance and functionality of the model s, critics can no longer argue that alternatives are not practical or desirable. Tesla has made the technology readily available so other car companies can catch up quickly. If a ban on these toxic and dangerous ice cars were to ramp up to a complete ban in 20 years you would see gigafactories springing up like oil refineries now, of which there are 150 in the us. In fact, this would be a valid way for oil companies to transition to a new economy. If they are truly energy companies, then big oil should be encouraged to develop the gigafactories. Five billion dollars per factory is mere pocket change to them. There would be no reason to do any more drilling, we have enough oil wells for the transition.
A petition to ban ice vehicles would serve notice on all of the Powers That Be that the future will be different and they can either participate or fade away.