EDITOR: I enjoyed Kent Hall’s recent letter, “U.S. must shift to electric cars.” The trouble is that we Americans do prize our cars, so despite the fact that China and Europe are falling in love with the electric car, our hearts and minds — and wallets — open at the gas station. Since we all cut our teeth on gas guzzlers this isn’t surprising; gasoline almost flows in our blood.
To continue our love affair, though, we put up with pollution, pipeline spills, ruptured tankers, in short with the befouling of the air we breathe, the water we all depend on and the land we cherish and grow our food on. I believe we all wince inwardly at this environmental destruction, and those of us who know that climate change is real and that fossil fuel emissions are its cause wince all the more.
This past summer I switched to a U.S.made plug-in hybrid. The car gets almost 50 miles on a charge, plenty to get me to Wausau or Stevens Point and back home — at least 90% of my driving. Go farther and a traditional engine starts and keeps the battery charged. Now I stop at the gas station for bananas and mostly skip the gas pump. With solar panels on the house, one day I’ll be driving on sunshine. What’s not to love about that?
The rechargeable electric car is a shift we can eagerly embrace because it’s better. Mother earth and our children will be grateful.
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