Electric Vehicles will
end Climate Change
By DANIEL ESCUREL OCCENO,
From the early
articles about the conference in Copenhagen on Climate Change, I read
that the main focus was to market electric cars because with the
explosion of China, India, and even Brazil now developing an
automobile industry of more than 2 billion consumers wanting
self-owned automobiles so imagine in just 5 years if the working class
in those three countries bought regular gasoline or diesel engines for
their private use to go to work every day or shopping on weekends.
unleaded gasoline (In the United States from January 1, 1996; the
Clean Air Act banned the sale of leaded fuel for use in on-road
vehicles) and the catalytic converter – a device used to reduce the
toxicity of emissions from an internal combustion engine reduced air
pollution, but according to the conference it is not enough to prevent
Global Warming destruction.
The need to market
electric vehicles cannot be mandated with legislation. It would
destroy the world economy. Private industries must take the initiative
to provide price-competitive models for consumers wanting
transportation that would save the planet.
The Philippines with
the Electric Jeepneys on the road is on the right path, but more
entrepreneurs are needed for the self-owned transportation markets
like electric automobiles and electric motorcycles.
Take those really
small electric cars and remove the roof and you can have an electric
TRIROTA, an electric motorcycle with three wheels, Trirota Motors.
With our typhoon seasons, I would want the roof.
You Filipino college
kids graduating in April or May, the AYALA GROUP are building
communities where you can go to school and work and live and shop and
recreate without the need for cars or motorcycles.
It was called the
University of Missouri college campus when I was eighteen, but
dormitories instead of high rise condominiums with a Catholic Church,
school, and shopping malls. But today I would need airline tickets to
go to the Texas Bowl to watch Mizzou against Navy instead of walking
for thirty minutes to Tiger Stadium to recreate with fifty-yard-line
tickets so I believe it is possible.
There was even a
McDonalds on campus for breakfast before taking a test: a sausage
McMuffin, hash brown, and ice tea with no ice. I use to dream that,
but the dormitory cafeteria food was already paid for.
The Ayala Group
developments might be in various parts of the country, and you can
save the money from your first full-time job by walking and using
public transportation, ELECTRIC JEEPNEYS (Bacolod, Cebu, and Metro
Manila). Micro-financing jobs! Investing probably.
Mass production of
electric cars flooding the markets will reduce carbon emissions ALL
OVER THE WORLD, but it will also increase consumption of electricity
once traveling the roads, streets, and highways.
cannot meet the current output for demand for electric power now
causing power outages with over usage. Many towns and villages of poor
nations do not have electricity for every household, schools, and
business buildings. But the major cities of developing nations and the
majority of the developed nations accused of Climate Change can
adequately provide electricity for dwellers and would likely meet the
increase demand consumed by electric automobiles.
For areas in the
Philippines far away from the metropolises, I prefer Solar Energy. The
argument against Solar Power is that the city drinking water will be
depleted to provide electricity for millions of users.
A supplemental source
for individual buildings with solar technology would at least provide
electricity throughout the country, individually. The rooftops of
buildings can collect rainwater needed to use to create the
electricity providing an outdoor solar generator with power to provide
electricity for a house.
Taipei 101 (Taipei
Financial Center) in Taiwan has plans on being "the world's tallest
green building" with solar power technology with a rooftop rainwater
collection to provide the building with electricity so surely a one
story cement molded Spanish-designed three-bedroom house for
retirement in the Philippines can also have electricity from the sun.
Picture the entire
concrete land of former gasoline stations covered with a roof of solar
panels or solar technology to charge generators that will recharge
electric vehicles. You have a warehouse with solar technology on the
rooftop providing a recharge station for electric motorcycles,
electric buggy cabs (electric golf carts with motorcycle wheels),
electric automobiles, electric jeepneys, and electric commercial
busses providing mass transportation for people that do not want an
automobile running on fossil fuel.
Rice farmers can
continue living using candles for light at night, coconut shell
charcoal to cook with, and an electric buggy for the wife to shop at
the nearest municipality after taking her children to school.
All that is needed is
for an entrepreneur to sell the electric engines to turn four wheels
and recharge technology safe during monsoon rain because the mechanics
that handcraft our tricycle cabs can easily outfit a buggy around that
electric engine. Total cost with labor around 80,000 Philippine Pesos
and the locals here in Gubat would not miss fossil fuel.
Occeno is a writer for children in the Philippines.