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Pollution controls on ICE are mandatory, regardless of other approaches. But the most simple solution to reduce consumption is price (a tax at the purchase site). The implementation is quite simple. The existing taxing system should require few if any additional government employees. And the simplest solution is usually the best. All consumers understand cost. We use it for all other products on a daily basis. Simply announce an immediate $.50 a gallon tax on motor fuel. Also announce that this tax will increase by $.50 a gallon every 6 months until the price of motor fuel is in the $10.00 a gallon range. Take the tax revenue and use it for infrastructure improvements and R&D on renewable energy sources. It's easy to implement. Would work wonders on changing demand. Fix the highway system. And create a pathway to the new energy paradigm.
Today, Even the most sophisticated and smallest ICE combined with a transmission and differential has to have 1,000 plus parts. And that is with over 100 years of improvements. In wheel motors are an extremely simple solution of propelling an automobile. Simple engineering solutions will usually win out.
With mass-production improvements and efficiencies, this solution offers significant advantages. The largest two being reduced parts count and no need to find space within the vehicle to locate the engine and drive train. With no need for a conventional drive train, literally thousands of the most expensive and trouble prone parts of the car become unnecessary. Sure some engineering details need to be worked out. But that is usually the case with any new mass produced products.
Hi Pam I have followed your blog for some time and have communicated with you in the past. My blog “Islam is Fear” presents a unique view of Islam as a whole. It is my contention that Islam, as it manifests itself, is an out of control human system that chains and controls all Muslims. Though the boundaries of Islam (the “Crescent Curtain”) may be mental, they are more effective in controlling the Islamic (population) uma than either the Iron or Bamboo curtain ever was in controlling the communist masses. The fear created by Islam’s jihadis is the problem. Here is the beginning of my thesis. It can be read at the link above. Thanks – Bob Smith Would you wear a T-shirt with a Mohammad cartoon printed on it? You might in Montana. Don’t try it in Mecca. Why? Because, Islam trains a small number of its most devout believers it’s OK to kill. And Islamic killers have been trained to kill anyone who insults Allah and/or Mohammad. In Montana you’d have a good chance none of these Islamic killers would see you. In Mecca you wouldn’t last five minutes. One of Islam’s killers would come from out of nowhere and kill you. It is that simple. You don’t believe me? Ask any Muslim!
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