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Suddenly Switching from gasoline based automobiles to electric powered. How would it affect our economy>?

I was chosen to pick a topic for debate for an English class, and I decided on whether or not switching to electricity based automobiles would be a smart thing to do if we had the option. I have to include such factors as economy, jobs that could be lost with the loss of oil companies, impact on the environment, etc. Any online sources would be greatly appreciated. Also definitely gonna give a best answer to someone who answers, so please help!

Asked By: - 12/16/2008
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The electric car was among the earliest automobiles — small electric vehicles predate the Otto cycle upon which Diesel (diesel engine) and Benz (gasoline engine) based the automobile. Between 1832 and 1839 (the exact year is uncertain), Scottish businessman Robert Anderson invented the first crude electric carriage... More
Answered By: cooll_rahul2000 - 12/16/2008
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How would having to buy new cars right now affect your family's budget?
Answered By: John W - 12/16/2008
 
I see two bigger issues when millions of jobs are outsourced to cheaper countries and when we run out of oil. thats the reason dubai is investing in tourism, then I guess all those workers will have to find some other work to do when their oil sources are depleted. and they already have skills, drilling, pumping, they... More
Answered By: a sailboat! - 12/16/2008
 
Depends if you mean the world economy or one particular countries economy... More
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Answered By: fred - 12/17/2008
 
the calculations come out that whe would need to build 550 new nuclear power plants or add some 2,000,000 new wind turbines. Since the wind turbines will cost 3 times as much as nuclear plant, the US will ship all it gold reserves to foriegn contries to make those wind turbines and then the US will have the same... More
Answered By: Nata T - 12/17/2008
 
As an engineer, I'll give you my best take on the viability of electric cars and how it would effect our economy. My conclusions are based on scientific laws of energy... More
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Answered By: stoobers - 12/17/2008
 
Wow, stoopers is just crazy-wrong. He makes a bunch of wrong assumptions and then builds on them. The US government has already done two studies on whether there's enough power for everyone to charge electric cars, and it's fine. The key is that peak demand is about 4x nighttime demand, and so 3/4 of the power... More
Answered By: Wolf Harper - 12/17/2008
 
a sudden switch over would be disaster for the economy as a whole. new infrastructure would have to be built virtually overnight, new cars would have to be built and sold virtually overnight. building the minimum number of cars needed would take at least a year IF all the automakers only made electric cars for the year... More
Answered By: richard b - 12/17/2008
 
For the last 4 years, the US has average $700 billion dollars per year sent to foreign countries for oil. The US economy could not sustain the loss of that much money each year... More
Answered By: ranger_co_1_75 - 12/18/2008
 
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