The film “Who Killed the Electric Car” demonstrates the elite dominance theory. The concept of the electric car was initially demanded by the government in California to reduce hazardous environmental health issues due to smog. The electric car seemed to work well, but maybe a little too well. The car was basically maintenance free. A maintenance free car would essential mean the following for the car industry: * An initial increase of sales (booming)
* A drop huge drop in service/maintenance department
* No tune ups, meaning no transmission (big money maker) * No engine issues (big money maker)
* No oil change ( the game changer)
* Resulting in an overall drop in car sales
As mentioned in the film, the car company self-sabotaged its efforts; maybe after realizing the huge profits forecasted to be lost or maybe there were other factors pulling the strings of the car industry puppet to aid in this process to kill the electric car? Big business in this case (and many others) is “OIL”. If these electric cars would have ever caught on main stream there would have been a steady decline of gas guzzlers (much like we see now). The elite dominance is defined as “a small number of individuals control the nation”. Money usually equates to power and the oil company has a lot of both. This power has the influence that can afford to allow the government to give $100,000 tax credit to business that owns a SUV that weighs an arm and a leg. Think about it, the average SUV holds 30-40 gallons. Multiply 30-40 gallons with $3 gas and weekly fueling by hundreds of thousand Americans. The electric car was a major threat that had to be silenced. In writing this it occurred to me that during this current economic hardship America is facing, when the car industry was hurting and on the brink of destruction…so was many Americans. If the government bailout hadn’t helped the car industry (which plays a large role in the American economy) would...
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