Elon Musk has announced that at the current rate of battery development, electric cars will have ranges as long as 746 miles. This is due to the 5-10 percent per year improvement made on battery life.
— Steven J. Frisch (@stevenjfrisch) September 27, 2015
Despite the promise of a green future without fossil fuels, there is talk of a conspiracy against Tesla. Musk himself speaks openly of the favoritism governments pay to petrol and diesel car manufacturers, who receive massive subsidies in relation to the alternative energy sector, which could die out “if the rug is pulled too quickly,” i.e. if subsidies are removed by austerity-driven governments.
“The big car companies and big energy companies have quite sharp elbows … so they try to squash small companies like Tesla.”
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Environment is a capricious subject, especially in the largest world economy, the United States, whose total energy dependency on fossil fuels is a worrying 84 percent. Renewables make up just 12.9 percent.
Prominent scientists such as Stephen Hawking have already resigned Earth to a future destruction, either at the hands of climate change, or by the many natural disasters which would either destroy all humans or all life on the planet. Efforts to colonize Mars are being driven by the fact that we know that mass killing global events are possible — they have occurred in the past — and are likely to happen within centuries or even decades. If our desertification of the ocean floors and mass poisoning of bees does not kill us, then a meteor or asteroid, perhaps drawn in by a theoretical “evil twin” star, “Nemesis,” which is held responsible for the series of mass extinctions on Earth, or even simple mass contagion (such as a mutated bird/pig/dog influenza) could be our demise.
— Nervous Curtains (@NervousCurtains) September 24, 2015
— Paul R. Ehrlich (@PaulREhrlich) September 21, 2015
We’re getting ready to fry! Rising water, PH change, then acidification of oceans equals human extinction. https://t.co/oU3SeCQKYs
— Saladin (@faster_racing) September 16, 2015
Elon Musk and other green entrepreneurs are hoping their inventions, especially the refinements of their efficiency, will entice investment and speed up adoption of cleaner technologies for the sake of no less than saving the human race from extinction at hands of climate change.
Here is the calculation for any doubters out there. The thicker the atmosphere of Earth, made so by the burning of carbons like coal, gas, and diesel, the more heat the atmosphere will retain. The hotter the planet, the more carbon is released, making the atmosphere thicker and hotter, as the sun’s heat is trapped. Hence, the so-called runaway greenhouse effect could see Earth’s oceans boil and surface temperatures hot enough to melt iron (as on the planet Venus) if something is not done now.
Thirty percent of greenhouse emissions in the United States are transportation related. Getting this number to zero is just a matter of adopting clean technologies, such as electric cars. Elon Musk is working relentlessly toward this goal.
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