Electric Car Bias
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     Yes it all sounds like a utopian pipe dream. In a matter of a few years we will all be driving electric cars and the world will be saved from global climate change. We will have reversed our ill-fated course of discharging excessive amounts of CO2 gases into the atmosphere, the planet will normalize and we can all go back to our normal way of life.

    Think again! There are many global politicians who are enacting laws that will essentially ban the sale of gas and diesel cars. This is expected to be on the docket in California in the year 2030 at the earliest, only nine years away. This radical gesture might seem altruistic on the surface but it is like a sinking ship below the waterline. What you can't see will kill you. It is an ill-fated idea at the least. The electric car manifesto is a very biased and selfish attempt at regulating our world.

    Most of these self-serving politicians live in modest private gate guarded communities with robust lawns and expansive two car garages. They could easily pull their electric vehicles into the garage and leave them charging overnight. For the rest of us we are essentially screwed.     

     The vast majority of car drivers do not park their cars in a garage. Some might park their car in a driveway, nearby carport, on the street or even blocks away from their own dwelling. Owners of townhomes and renters of apartments often have to park outside in a community lot a good distance from their home.

     Imagine the chaos created as the volume of extension cords, some running hundreds of yards, that will be required to bring electricity to your parked vehicle. Streets and sidewalks will be littered with extension cords and community areas will look more like a battlefield of electric debris trying to charge everyone up before the next day's journey. Entanglements of cordage will litter streets and intersections from coast to coast. All you have to do is drive down most residential neighborhoods that are not gated and notice how many cars are parked on the streets. Imagine having to charge all those cars every night.

     Electricity diminishes in a cord after each foot so the longer the cord the more electricity required. Most electric vehicle manufacturers do not even recommend using a standard extension cord to charge an electric vehicle because there is a fire danger. Many electric vehicle owners still use this method on a regular basis anyways. If you do not have a garage to park in than this might be the only way that you can charge your electric vehicle.

     Some people might argue that it will take time to develop the infrastructure so that there are charging posts situated on every public street at regular intervals like parking meters. First, what an ugly sight this will be. Secondly, most cities struggle to fix daily potholes, are way behind in water main replacement and have failing bridges and damns. Do you really expect cities to take this on? And how about people living in rural areas or live on homes built along dirt roads? Is this just more crazy thinking and bias as well?

     Those who drive for a living or have long commutes each day will be punished the most. This is another example of class warfare. A white collar worker sitting at home in front of the computer will not be as affected. Using your car for delivery or driving long distances to work each day will require you to stop at a charging station and spend long hours each week recharging your car before you can go home. While the politicians creating such ordinances are fast asleep in their suburban homes the working class people are huddled together on a rainy night sipping coffee at a community charging station.

     Many of these same politicians do not even drive themselves to work. The ones who have an inflated sense of themselves either have a driver who drives them to work or some even have a driver and security team (like many mayors and governors). They never have to get behind the wheel of a car and never have to spend one minute charging a car.

    We all know that electric vehicles cost much more than gas and diesel cars. The cost is usually thirty to fifty percent more for an electric vehicle. This is more class warfare. Now you are expecting the middle and poorer classes to have to spend more money on transportation by forcing everyone to buy an electric car. Could this be another way to tax the middle and lower classes by demanding that they purchase an expensive electric vehicle?

    Where is all this electricity going to come from? One of the main reasons we have global warming is because of more technology that needs electricity to run on. Most homes and businesses receive their electricity from the electric grid. We have already seen major collapses in the grid in California and Texas where weather conditions (extreme cold in Texas and extreme heat in California) have crippled the electrical grid. Blackouts and brownouts in a country as wealthy as America used to seem unheard of. Now they are becoming normal.

    Now you want to become even more dependent on an electrical grid that cannot even function in good times. When all is said and done, electric utility rates are not going down any time soon. More and more financial burden is placed on working class people just to buy a kilowatt of electricity. Soon our soup lines will be replaced with people begging for another watt of electricity. Government food vouchers will be replaced with electricity cards that can be redeemed at charging stations.

     As global anarchy persists, it is only a matter of time before a "bad actor" from a rogue nation or some fourteen year old hacker in his grandmother's basement cripples our electrical grid that we have become so dependent on. At least with gas and diesel cars the transportation network will not be as hard hit during a power grid outage.

     The true cost of electric cars is never taken into account by these short-sighted politicians. An enormous cost of electric vehicles is the damage done to the planet in the salvaging of the earth minerals (like lithium or cobalt) to make batteries. Enormous amounts of greenhouse gases are produced in construction and digging equipment to unearth these minerals. Often child slave labor is utilized to acquire these materials. Politicians in their bias do not wish to talk about the enormous harm that an electric vehicle economy has and will do to us. It is best to be in denial and live life with blinders on. Ignorance is bliss in this case.

    When driving an electric car you are sitting on top of a giant EMF (electro-magnetic frequency) generator. This is the equivalent of living underneath high tension electrical wires. It is well known that EMF frequencies are cancer causing. An electric vehicle economy is setting us all up for a giant surge in cancer occurrences, just by driving our cars.

    The bias in the electric car referendum continues with special privileges given to drivers of electric cars. In an age when many speak of equality movements, the electric vehicle economy is far from that truth. Electric cars are allowed to drive in HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes on freeways. These lanes are normally designed for cars with two or more passengers. There are tax credits given to buyers of electric cars. Special parking places have been set aside like those for the handicapped. Electric vehicles are given special privileges to park in these reserved parking spaces. Obviously there is even a hierarchy in where one can park.

    The electric car economy is a very biased and short-sighted idea. It is being implemented by people in power who think "critical thinking" is the name of a new child's board game. They cannot envision that their ill-conceived ideas of today will create havoc for tomorrow. Maybe it is time to invest in a new skateboard. Then at least I will be in control of my own destiny.