First, major decisions have to made everyday based on opinion and speculations. CEO's have to make decisions based on forecast and speculation. There is speculation is driving the decisions of investors on wall street. I had to order my snowmobile this year without knowing for a fact that it will actually arrive before the trails open. Politicians (ugh, just got bad taste in my mouth) are no different make many decisions based on opinion and speculation. No one has has crystal ball to predict the future and what it holds so it's unreasonable to sit back and say "I will only consider facts". With that said, and good plan or business case is built around facts and data. No one here is even close to an expert on the subjects we are discussing and no here really has the authority to change the course of how this goes. It's just a discussion between people interested in the topic and hopefully some of us take away some new perspectives or ideas on both sides of the argument.Its the tax $$$ going into the devolopment of the EVs I'd like ended. Its forcing a fake market/agenda at MY expense.
If they are better, and in some cases I see some advantages, let them prove it and devolope on their own.
Thats all - I like natural market developments, not artificial, agenda driven stuff.
And has been asked, so I'll ask again in a different way - why is even 1 tax $$$ going to the devolopment of EVs? What is the crisis and how are EVs going to solve it? If there isn't a clear crisis why are our tax dollars being spent??? If there is such a crisis my tax dollars are needed to fix it then show me the evidence of such said crisis and how EVs are going to fix it.
Just facts, not opinions - I'll wait...and seriously, I would love for someine to intelligently answer that question.
I'll take a stab at the facts request even though the study and information I provided earlier to the cleanliness question was mostly ignored.
- There is demand around the world for electric powered vehicles.
- Some regions aren't in our situation and don't have their own oil reserves (Europe, China, etc) and don't want to be begging for oil from countries they don't like.
- Some countries have a very urban population and EVs simply serve big parts of the population better.
- Some countries have a very green agenda and are willing to fork out cash for technologies they believe to be green (I'll take there money!).
- Being a leader in new and emerging technologies creates good jobs, drives the stock market up, and creates leverage on a global level.
- China is pumping government money into Chinese companies everyday trying to achieve this. It's not a fair playing field if our governments simply steps back and let nature take it's course.
- The US government funding private technology development is not new or unprecedented. They have been doing it for decades with many positive outcomes benefiting all of us.
- Doppler radar
- The flu shot
- MRI machines
- LED lights
- Hydraulic fracturing
- The internet
- Large corporations have and will squash competing new technologies that would compromise their own market position.
Based on those facts, my argument for investing in the development of EVs and associated technologies is that there will be significant demand and I want our companies and North America to be at the front of that technology curve because it creates jobs and drives up the stock market. I see money to be made and global leverage be gained by leading in all aspects of battery technology. I don't want the next Tesla to be in China.
We are already dependent battery technology (smart phones, power tools, etc) and I BELIEVE that it will only become more important as we go forward. Electric vehicles are just one piece of the picture. The battery technology is the real key though and could be applied across many markets and applications. I want us at the front.
Just my position based on what I believe I know today. No, I'm not an expert and don't claim to be.