I am not an expert on this subject. I have a layman's interest and read what I chance across on the subject.
The big oil companies do not want any competition or non petroleum alternatives so I assume they have launched a miss information campaign. It may be true that ethanol made from corn is not sustainable. I don't know if it is true that if all the available crop land were used to raised fuel, it would supply only 10% of what we used now.
I think all of these are true, yet I think big businesses are making money by manipulating and destabilizing commodities markets partly through circulating rumors. In the last month I have heard repeatedly that corn is not suitable for sustainable energy production, which is true, but why is the media circulating this information at this time?
Ethanol from sugar cane apparently is sustainable as far as a crop but could not supply more than about 10% of the demand world wide. I assume sugar cane will not grow in most of the US, but sugar beets grow in the same areas that corn grows in and might do better than corn for ethanol.
Cellulosic ethanol might work out a lot better, and well as butanol from algae, which might be able to be grown at sea and not use crop land. Butanol is more energy dense than ethanol or petrol gasoline which makes it a lot more desirable than both of them.
I think Evs are a lot better than hybrids and we are wasting precious time fooling around with bio fuels for the general public to use to drive to the mall and to work. What we should be doing is mass producing carbon nano tube super capacitor batteries that would store electrical energy that would power Evs, not hybrids.
Then we should promote the use of decentralized residential renewable energy electrical generators such as PV panels and wind turbines that connect to the grid which should be nationalized to prevent price gouging.
The reason we don't approach the energy problem head on is 2 fold.
The public is ignorant because the media is owned by mega corporations that have infiltrated government regulators and now go as far as setting foreign and domestic policy, which is the effective loss of the 4th estate.
Both big business and government are getting money from the system the way it is and don't want it to change and will do anything not to allow it to change.
A frequent topic to come up in EV chat rooms is why the big three automakers continue to produce ICE automobiles when they now have proven that EV's are viable and reliable vehicles. Of course there are as many conspiracy theories out there as there are used automobiles. The truth is easy enough to derive if you just follow the money.
The United States tax economy runs on oil. Simple as that.
The Federal government cannot allow for the introduction of Electric Vehicles on a large scale as it would undermine the tax structure that keeps the tax coffers full. This explains why such stringent rules are always set in place to prevent the vehicles from being mass produced.
On the average day the United States uses 400,000,000 gallons of gas. That is four hundred million gallons. The Federal tax on this is 18.4 cents per gallon.
If you take the daily use and multiply it by the number of days in a year you come up with 146 billion gallons of gas consumed per year. At 18.4 cents per gallon that is $27,000,000,000 (27 billion dollars) in Federal taxes yearly. That is a lot of tax revenue to try to replace!
The tax on gas at the state level varies a great deal, you can look up your state's fuel tax at http://www.virginiagasprices.com/tax_info.aspx
The average of 50 cents will be applied though, and that results in $73,000,000,000 (73 billion dollars) of state level taxes. That is a huge amount of tax revenue to have just go away. How would the government fund pet projects without that kind of money?
So in summary, to introduce a viable electric vehicle to the market would kill $100,000,000,000 in taxes. Plus it eliminates the easiest method the Federal government has for dipping in to your wallet.
On another note: Many people wonder why that 9/10 of a cent thing is on every gallon of gas price. There are many stories about this, one of them is probably true, but the fact of the matter is that that 9/10 extra on the price generates an additional $141,000,000 (141 million dollars) for the oil companies.
Now the answer to the question is fairly obvious. The United States government can't afford an electric vehicle industry.
By focusing on such a small subject area you seem to be highlighting the differences people have and creating a heated debate which must be good for ratings, like WWF pro wrestling, but I think the listeners deserve a real debate on real solutions, not this kind of sensational journalism. For those of you with kids and grand kids, what are you going to do if life becomes unsustainable, are you going to say to them ?at least we had good ratings??
By taking such a micro view of the problem and just looking at bio fuels instead of asking the correct question, ?what is the most energy efficient and environmentally responsible way to provide transportation to the masses? you are effectively by-passing the point.
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