This post could be titled: “Ending the Middle East Conflict, Breathing Clean Air and Making Livable Cities”.
When cars in Asia, Europe and the Americas convert to electric power the consumption of fossil fuels will plummet; dependence on oil trading will end; and many many long-sought results will be triggered including clean air and the restructuring of local economies. The change will be of a scale as great as the French Revolution (ushering representational government), the Great Depression (restructuring the economy from horse-and-buggy to rubber-oil-and-steel), or the Second World War (implementing air flight, weapons of mass destruction, centralized planning and telecommunications).
The real question of course is whether it has to be as messy this time around, or whether we can make a major shift in our economy while managing unwanted and unforeseen consequences. As the award-winning documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car” shows how this change will revolutionize our economic and political power structure. It also shows how great the stakes are, representing too high a risk for the largest multi-nationals to join in without some grumbling. GM pulled its production model battery car from the market ten years ago. The giant opted for self preservation over innovation. The only conclusion we draw from this analysis is that our democracy will grow stronger when cars run on fuel they get from a thin solar panel stuck on the roof of the garage rather than from the competition of multi-nationals over dominance in trade, consolidation of power and influence over local politics. [Links to the documentary are provided below. If Sony Pictures has blocked viewing in your area, then you can read a synopsis by downloading the press kit here].