Who Killed the Electric Car — the Documentary

I love this documentary because it brings up so much for discussion.

During the course of history, we’ve had some amazing inventions that have been extremely beneficial to everyone and everything — people and the environment — and yet, the inventions have been thwarted, or actually eliminated. In this case, they actually destroyed all the cars they created.

So, who IS really at fault for this situation? In the movie they list a bunch of possibilities. They are:

  • Consumers
  • Batteries
  • Oil Companies
  • Car Companies
  • Lack of Maintenance Profits
  • Government
  • C.A.R.B. (California Air Resources Board)
  • Hydrogen

Allegedly, the consumers didn’t provide enough demand for the new technology, plus liked the spaciousness and convenience of the old technology. Allegedly, the batteries weren’t as efficient as everyone would like them to be, and were more of an inconvenience. Allegedly, the oil companies didn’t want their business taken away. Allegedly, the car manufacturers didn’t want to be told what to do by a regulatory board. Allegedly, the car parts of the old technology generated huge amounts of income and they were concerned about the loss of that income. Allegedly, the government (most likely pressured by the oil industry and the car manufacturers) did not enforce a zero emission standard. Allegedly, C.A.R.B. reneged on their initial stance because of pressure from both the government and the car companies. Allegedly, the hydrogen fuel cell is touted to be better than the EV technology, yet there are so many barriers to production, it could take 20 years for it actually be something people are able to buy and use. It was also argued that the coal emissions from producing the electricity that would be required to keep these cars on the road would be worse for the environment that leaving things the way they are.

Hmmm…and how does money fit into all this?

To your prosperity,


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Don’t Shoot The Messenger

I’m staying at my sweetie’s parent’s place right now (will write about that story in another posting), and one of the gifts in staying here is that they don’t have a television.  Instead, they read, and listen to the CBC radio, which remains on from morning til late night.  

Upon arising this morning, I was greeted with an interview on the radio of two people — one who work(ed) for a food supply company, and one who works for a hospital (as a janitor) in BC.  The story is around a rat infestation in both of those workplaces, and how it first came to light, how it progressed, what each of the interviewees roles was in that process (ie told their bosses right away, really cared about the workplace, etc).  One of the fellows (in the food supply company) was let go for his role in caring about the problem, and the other fellow was given a very difficult time, but recently received a letter saying they would not pursue the issue any further, and his job was safe.

When asked what the real issue was, the fellow from the food supply company stated it was the money factor — that it was a dollars and cents issue, and instead of spending $200 to fix the problem in it’s infancy, they only felt like investing $50 dollars, and it escalated to the point of tons of food being infested.  Hmmm….

And a lesson to all other staff from that management that if you “whistleblow” about a problem, you WILL lose your job.  The interviewees discussed the fear in the workplace, and that employees were too afraid to say anything, despite the consequences to the workplace and the impact on the consumer, as well as putting their own health at risk.  


To your prosperity,


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