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For a technological perspective - the answer is obvious but complicated and expensive as hell. Inductive charging of the roads and highways. Essentially electrifying the roads much like a cordless recharger works today by placing your cell phone on a plate to recharge it. So as the car drives along the road, it is continuously being recharged. So, in theory, that could work. Mind you, it would be expensive as all hell to do that to virtually every state and federal highway and expensive for the car companies to develop a standard road inductive recharging technology), let alone county and rural roads. The power grid expansion would be horrendous. But we would be green, wouldn't we?

Until the power goes out once the hurricane comes ashore.

The issue regarding what to do with obsolete / depleted lithium-ion or old nickel-cad car batteries is valid. They are a huge environmental and recycling nightmare at the moment. Currently it is cheaper for battery makers to get fresh battery materials (e.g. mined raw material) than it is to get/use any recycled battery material.

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That is most interesting. I have no knowledge of the recyclability of lithium but if it's mandated that every car from a certain date has to be electric, then somebody better think of something. Hydrogen is an alternative but it has to be manufactured. Now, if you could source enough energy from the wind & sun in order to manufacture hydrogen, it might work. But as we all know, one of the fundamentals of thermodynamics is that energy cannot be created nor depleted: it can only ever be transferred to another state. Global warming is the current end part of our cycle of burning fossil fuels. You'd need a requisite amount of energy to come from the burning of hydrogen to compensate for the amount of energy it took to create it in the first place. Personally, I'm more than happy to do my bit to give us clean air but it's gotta be a long term solution where everyone can access it.

I've often wondered about the earth's rotation and it's magnetic lines of force - it's halfway to being a huge generator already. Just need a way to harvest any potentially generated electricity! This is where we need the Illuminati and Bilderbergers to get together and do something nice for a change!

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