Over the last two decades, I’ve heard so much talk about utilizing the cleanest of renewable sources of energy, all the while solar energy – the cleanest, most potent and least finite – has essentially been wasted.
The best example of such collective head-in-sand mentality is that of the virtual monopoly of vehicular propulsion energy – i.e. fossil fuel mass extraction, consumption and pollution.
As a teenager, I swallowed the convenient excuse for suppressing a transition to the mass production of electric cars, one con argument being that it’s too inefficient because its 0-60 m.p.h. pull-away power and torque capability is incompatible to the petroleum-powered car.
Well, some things have changed since then.
The latest electric car technology has it making the 0-60 m.p.h. run in better time than that of a fossil fuel-powered car of the same weight plus aerodynamic and tire quality.
As for the many other non-vehicular dependents of fossil fuel, such as the containers in which lubricants are packaged, they would have to be flatly denied veto power over such a progressive, profound transition to solar energy dependence.
Frank G. Sterle, Jr., White Rock