Bellerbys Economics - Mr Stephenson

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Let's All Go To The Movies

Excellent film from PBS has just been released called 'Who Killed The Electric Car' which looks at the way the motor and oil industries in the USA, in particular, worked hard to resist environmental legislation and to prop up demand for oil. Even as recently as 2005, General Motors were talking of crushing all their electric cars.

However, with oil prices rising rapidly, global warming concerns, instability in oil-producing countries and other problems, the electric car appears to be making a comeback - either in its pure form or as a hybrid with some petrol usage. Toyota's Prius continues to sell well and Honda has just announced the launch of its own hybrid vehicle.

On the other hand, we must remember that even electric cars do not come with zero emissions - even electric cars need energy - so we must also focus on the source of that energy - which is cleaner: coal-fired stations, nuclear or renewables such as sun and wind?

You can find out more here:

http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/223/electric-car-timeline.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13459799/site/newsweek/

You can see the movie at the Duke of York's cinema in London Road, Brighton next weekend

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