Electric Cars, Wind, and Consumer Demand

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Open Fuel Standard includes electric and hybrid vehicles. Not only can electricity compete very well with gasoline as a transportation "fuel" because it is inexpensive, electricity is also generated domestically. The United States has already achieved its energy independence with electricity.

One of the ways to produce electricity domestically that can and should be added to our energy-production portfolio is wind.

In Denmark, "where high-wind locations are readily available near the most important population centers," writes Robert Zubrin, "wind now supplies 20 percent of the nation's electric power."

Below is a video, just over two minutes long, showing the possibilities of the future, with not only wind, but with other forms of renewable energy.

The video introduces a great idea: Labeling products with their energy source so people can choose. According to the Global Consumer Wind Study, 90 percent of people worldwide want renewable energy. So why not give them the option of choosing one energy source over another?

"The Global Consumer Wind Study 2011 is the largest undertaken of its kind with 31,000 respondents participating in 26 countries," writes Joanna Schroeder. "The goal of the survey was to learn more about consumer demand for products made with renewable energy. Consumers were asked how energy decisions made by companies affect their purchasing decisions. In addition, consumers were asked about their perceptions of climate change."

We have many clean, renewable sources of power we have yet to fully employ, so it is foolish to continue spending hundreds of billions of dollars to import oil, especially when that money is being used to threaten our national security. Let's wise up and pass the Open Fuel Standard now. Find out how you can help.


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