Left Out Program Notes for August 22, 2006

Welcome to Left Out, reality-based independent radio broadcasting on WRCT 88.3FM and podcasting on the worldwide web at leftout.info. Left Out discusses the news from a perspective left out of the mainstream media. Left Out is co-hosted by Bob Harper and Danny Sleator. Today's program is produced by Matt Hornyak. Listeners are invited to call the program at (412) 268-WRCT (9728), or to send email to bob@leftout.info.


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The film Who Killed the Electric Car is is here. Screenings start on August 18th in the Squirrel Hill Theater, near the corner of Murray and Forward in Squirrel Hill. The Post Gazette recently gave the film a very good review.

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The Twisted Tale of the Electric Car

Today we'll devote most of our show to a discussion of the electric car. With today's technology (actually that of 10 years ago), electric cars can cost-effectively substitute for most of the uses of gasoline-powered cars, dramatically decrease the environmental damage of the automobile, and reduce our dependency on foreign oil. We'll talk about how electric cars work, how well they work compared to gas cars, their environmental impact, their costs, and the streneuous efforts of the car companies and the oil companies to block their acceptance.

We'll be joined on the phone by Chris Paine, director of Who Killed the Electric Car (WKTEC). And we'll be joined in the studio by Illah Nourbakhsh, of CMU's robotics institute, and an owner of Toyota's RAV4EV electric car.


Recent surveys indicate a majority of Californians believe zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) or electric vehicles are a "workable and practical" means of reducing air pollution. This ... may indicate greater consumer acceptance of electric vehicles.

Note that all this happened when Andrew Card, Bush's former Chief of Staff was heading the AAMA.

The point being that it's completely false to conclude that there was "not a viable market for these cars" when they were simply not marketed at all. If anything, they were anti-marketed. (There's a scene from WKTEC in which Mel Gibson complains about how difficult it was to fill out the paperwork to get one of the cars.)


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