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As many of you are aware there is an epidemic involving gas prices in the United States. Additionally we are currently working towards new alternative fuels for these vehicles. They range from hydrogen, ethanol and electric.
My question stems from the thought, if we where to switch to electric cars what would happen to the economy?
I mean sure we would pay a fraction of the cost of gasoline, but what about gas station employees? And the companies themselves? Additionally how many people are able to work on electric cars?
On the other hand if we where to switch to Hydrogen, could mom and pop store afford to replace their fueling equipment?
Ethanol in the other hand though can be pumped out of existing fueling facilities, we have to grow enough corn to supply it, what would happen during a drought?
If you take all of these into consideration are we really ready to make a transition? If not when?
Also what about the people who cannot afford to buy a new car? What would they be left to do?
I myself think that we are ready to begin a transition, but it should be taken step by step with electric cars. So that in a few years no there would not be any more gas stations, but instead I guess just convince stores that would have to compete with Wal-Mart.
If you take into account the cost of using ethanol and hydrogen then electric seems a good choice. But then how would we have to alter the electrical infrastructure? Is that change, and adding to the already large load placed upon it worth the change to electric cars? What if the power goes out for an extended period of time? And should we start building nuclear power plants like the French, to offset the large demand that will placed upon it?