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Trump and Big Oil Want to Pull the Plug on the Electric Car Market

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Trump's proposed budget eliminates the tax credit for buyers of electric vehicles. The oil industry backs this, as well as a bill to impose a 'user fee' on drivers of electric vehicles.

EVs are essential for fighting climate change. According to Union of Concerned Scientists, 1/5 of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions comes from cars and trucks. To head off the impacts of climate change, we must switch to renewable energy sources generating electricity. Electric vehicles are responsible for fewer emissions than cars getting 80 mpg.

EVs save lives. According to MIT, vehicles kill 53,000 people annually prematurely from particulate or microscopic soot pollution. The California Energy Commission says putting five million EVs on the road, about one-third of the vehicles currently on the road in the state, would save $640 million in health costs from reduced air pollution.

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What continually astonishes me is how gullible we've become. Instead of showing American rugged individualism and (even in Canada) resilience, we're being persuaded that we should be anxious about the world around us. We're fed all manner of unsupported claims about how we're destroying the planet and are facing climate doom, claims that can be readily debunked by checking actual temperatures and storm records and looking back at least a century.

The proposed "green" solutions to the imagined doom are completely unrealistic at best and downright damaging when the full picture is considered. Battery-powered tools are a wonderful innovation, but the vastly larger demand for mining the materials for thousands (or millions!) of EVs is environmentally destructive and dangerous to the miners, especially in the poorer countries where much of the mining occurs.

Finally, any industry that requires taxpayer subsidy to survive is not viable. Undoubtedly, routine exposure to microscopic soot is a health hazard in the places it occurs in high levels, and using electric vehicles could be one way to reduce that hazard. But technological changes with a smaller environmental footprint -- and less need for subsidy -- should be considered too.

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Thank you for the insightful comment!

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I agree, lithium technology does create its own problems. But, I still think it would be better to make the move to get off the fossil fuels while we work on a better solution. Our present course is not an option, period.

I would definitely like to see hydrogen technology examined, as that seems to have much more harmonious possibilities. I'd like to know if that one's a reality.

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And Big Pharm wants to pull the plug on unpatented natural plants with healthful and mediincal values, Big Timber wants to pull the plug on hemp agriculture for paper, building materials...Big Cotton, a top pesticide user, wants to pull the plug on hemp agriculture for fabrics, And etc.

Even medicinal and "recreational" (?) marijuana supporters unaccountably tolerate bans on "grow your own" to keep private business Out Of The Picture.

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You always make such great sense to me. Bernie HAS to win!

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The income tax should be a source of Income to the Government and not a tool to bribe people into "Do this and its a deduction" or "Don't do that and you get penalized".


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Are you saying it is OK for Trump to remove this prior tax deduction, as the behest of the wishes from big oil corporations who don't want to see the development of electric cars? What are you saying, Anton?

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I am saying that the Income Tax should not be used as a Club or Reward. This includes deductions that businesses get after bribing Congress.

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The design of the whole human transportation system evolved drenched in abundant cheap oil. Now that there is no room left in the biosphere for those combustion products, we have to do some real engineering. That would be starting with scale. Small light vehicles, not counterfeit "luxury" cars, is a good place to start. Euro gasoline micros are fewer steps away than the Teslas from really starting the EV (r)evolution.

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