It’s time America wakes up to the fact that we will eventually run out of oil and that gas prices will only get higher from now on. We will never see less than a dollar for a gallon of gas again. So we need those powers that be and the rich business types that actually run the USA to start investing in solar and battery/energy storage technology and research. The best possible future we can set for the generations of homo sapiens to come would be to set up a massive solar infrastructure using the cheapest solar cells and solar heating units on as many rooftops and other areas where the sunlight is being wasted and not being captured in some way (heat or electricity). There is enough energy hitting the dessert area of the Southwestern USA every day to generate ten times the entire US’s TOTAL generation today from all types (nuclear, hydro, coal, etc.) and still have leftovers to store for the night. Electric cars have more torque than gas engines do from zero RPM and have two to three times the efficiency since there are only three to five moving parts (compared to the many hundreds of parts that need to be replaced/maintained or the entire engine fails). There really is no reason for the US automakers to not shift their entire fleets over to 100% electric with some sort of range extending option like a small gas motor that only turns a generator to restore power to the batteries that you would only use once or twice a year when you go more than 250 miles in one day. I don’t see why people have to be so greedy and thoughtless so as to not care about the future generations that will have to deal with the coming oil crisis. It can be solved RIGHT NOW with technology we’ve had SINCE the 90′s. People are stupid and greedy and don’t care.
On a side note, Tesla Motors delivered their first production car off the assembly line this past week. They already have the funding lined up to start developing prototypes of their 100% electric sedan code named “Whitestar”. I can’t wait to see if we can afford it! I’m so ready for an electric car I can taste it (it tastes like it does when you touch a 9V battery to your tongue).