In posting discussions about Energy and Our Future, TOD (The Oil Drum) has been documenting the decline in oil prices (For instance, scan the Dec. 4 Drumbeat). TOD also has been relaying the occasional opinion that a decline in gas prices puts a damper on electric car development. Don’t be Shai, Big Oil. Let’s see 79 and 9/10 gas again… with free glasses. (The acid etched, Little Mermaid Collector’s Edition is especially nice.)
Critics are asking tough questions about electric car development. And, while some wear an Emperor Fossil stetson, there are a few, who actually want electric drive to succeed, rather than falter.
“Contrary to the view that the summer’s high gas prices were burned indelibly into the minds of consumers,” notes Geoffrey Styles, is that there is decline in the hue and cry for commercially available hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric cars, even when gas prices fall to $2.50 a gallon.
It is the perception of this blog that this is a carefully orchestrated stratagem, so that Congress and others won’t insist on Detroit building cars that use less gas. Low gas prices work counter to initiatives that 1) increase fuel economy, 2) improve US energy security, and 3) reduce GHG (GreenHouse Gas emissions). And, when it costs less to drive to the Mall, it becomes more difficult to convince American consumers that other objectives remain critical.