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on 11 April 2007
Having watched this documentary I feel like I have been living in a hole in the ground for the last 20 years. How did I not know about this?
Assuming that the information in this doc is accurate (I am sceptical about everything I see and read these days), it appears that in the 90s many of the car manufacturers had working production models of electric cars that were environmentally friendly and practical for the typical use of most people. They were basically killed off by a combination of the car companies, the oil companies and of course politicians (Bush et al). The cars were fast, silent and could run for about 60 miles before a charge. Modern batteries are even more effective, allowing better reliability and much greater range. With the right investment and promotion from the car companies and government, the title of this movie might have been Who Killed The Petrol Engine?
It appears that the car companies deliberately prevented the cars from becoming successful, seizing them all back from the owners whether they wanted to hang onto them or not. The reason? Officially the car companies say that the cars were not popular or practical and poured investment into the hydrogen cell which has still not produced a practical, workable car. The real reason? The trillions of dollars of potential future profits to be made by the oil companies.
This documentary opens your eyes to the self destructive nature of the human race, a world where personal greed wins over reason and politicians are controlled by corporations. It also makes you reconsider your attitude to the Middle East and world politics generally. This film has converted me.