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How to end our addiction to Mideast oil, save the Big Three in Detroit and the economy too

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Currently the Danes get almost 20% of their electricity from wind turbines. Their only problem with the wind turbine electricity is:  what to do with all of it that is generated at night?  How to store it?  Recently the Danes came up with a brilliant solution which the US should copy.  The Danes are going to start producing plug-in electric/hybrid cars whose owners will nightly purchase electricity from the wind turbines at something like 2 cents a kilowatt-hour.  The next morning they will drive their car to work where they will plug it into the local electrical grid, selling a programmed amount of the captured electricity back to the grid for something like 6 cents a kilowatt-hour, leaving just enough "-juice' in the car's battery to get back home again and do any additional driving they might need to do that evening.  Then, that night, they will recharge their car batteries with the same previously-wasted night-time electricity, repeating the sale of the car-captured excess back to the grid the next day, at a profit, while at work.  By this means the Danes will soon boost the percentage of wind-generated electricity they use to more than 30%. 

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So why can't an Obama-Biden administration help us do the same thing? 

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Perhaps the Big Three in Detroit need an extra kick in the pants to get this project going?  Fine: Let this very capable new administration promise a $5000 tax rebate to every patriotic American who puts $5000 down, now, to reserve one of the next generation of hybrid cars that come out of Detroit--i.e. cars that will be fully capable of transferring a programmed amount of electricity back to the grid once they are parked at work, thereby taking full advantage of previously wasted, night-time, wind-generated electricity. 

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There are millions of patriotic Americans in the windy urban and suburban areas of Wyoming , Texas and the Midwest who would jump at the chance to make this kind of contribution to getting the US out of its financial hole.  So, let's begin to end our national addiction to Mideast oil and save the Big Three in Detroit at the same time as we help save the US economy.

 

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Several years after receiving my M.A. in social science (interdisciplinary studies) I was an instructor at S.F. State University for a year, but then went back to designing automated machinery, and then tech writing, in Silicon Valley. I've (more...)
 

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