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  •  tipped (18+ / 0-)

    for "Snowflake Snooki"

    These are the people who. a century ago, would have been lamenting the fate of the buggy whip makers at the hands of the crazy horseless carriage manufacturers.

    No new technology is perfect, and nothing seems right or necessary until it hits its tipping point.  30 years ago, the only ones with home computers were us nerdy types, and 20 years ago no one envisioned eight year olds watching YouTube videos on their smartphones.

    The Tesla is, as my son calls it: "Sex on wheels."  I'd buy one if I could afford it.  Sooner or later all the dead dinosaur goo in the ground will be gone, or what's left will be too dangerous and expensive to use (we're getting close to that now).  How awful that we have a forward-thinking President who wants to help our country's economy be ready for the next thing.

    Their resistance to electric cars is just another example of the oil industry's hold on politicians, particularly Republican politicians.  No coincidence that Senorita Stupid is from an oil producing state.  

    Her blathering reminds me of when Reagan removed the solar panels Jimmy Carter had installed on the roof of the White House.  The only consolation I have is that the long arc of history will prove them wrong, like the dinosaurs they so slavishly emulate, they'll fade off into extinction.  Hopefully before they take the entire planet with them.

    There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

    by puzzled on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 07:43:28 AM PDT

    •  which, sad to say, is an insult to Snooki (3+ / 0-)
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      that she probably doesn't deserve. But, puzzled, there are older electric cars; some of the first cars were electrics. Some were steam powered! And did you know that from the 1940s through the 1970s, Chrysler researched, developed, and built turbine-engined cars with an eye to putting those on the market?

      The guys at the Top Fuel tracks think they can make noise ... an idle speed of 200,000 rpm, and better fuel economy and engine reliability than the reciprocating (piston) type internal-combustion engine?

       This is why Major Kong and all the folks like him fly jets....and why, of course, the turbine wound up in a tank and Chrysler couldn't put it into cars (1979 government loan requirements).

      Meanwhile, the Wasilla Wonderdummy's got nothin' better to do than run down the inventors who just might make this country great again? Figures.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 08:58:57 AM PDT

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      •  RE early 1900s electric cars (3+ / 0-)
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        It maddens me that we've sunk all our improvements in batteries and motors into increased speed and weight, and that's true of all vehicles, not just cars.  Put state of the art batteries and motors into a 1900s electric car that's built like a horse carriage and only weighs a few hundred pounds and travels at 20 mph, and you'd have a car with a range comparable to a ICE car on a full tank of gas that uses a fraction of the energy.

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