May 13, 2012
Is there a conspiracy by the U.S. government to keep Americans from purchasing fuel efficient high mileage cars?
Looking back at the first car the government made sure didn't come to market, was Henry Ford's 1941 plastic car. fueled by natural grown products, was the turning point for the American people, and oil companies.
Why was it built?
There were several reasons why Henry Ford wanted to build this car: 1.) He was looking for a project that would combine the fruits of industry with agriculture. 2.) He also claimed that the plastic panels made the car safer than traditional steel cars; and that the car could even roll over without being crushed. 3.) Another reason was due to a shortage of metal at the time. Henry hoped his new plastic material might replace the traditional metals used in cars.
Not as apparent then as it is now, the conspiracy to continue using oil, and to sabotage anything that might be a threat to its production. The next invention to threaten oil was a car that could run on water that was invented by Stanley Meyer.
According to Meyer the technology was patent pending and under investigation by the patent office, the Department of Energy and the military. His "water fuel cell" was later examined by three expert witnesses in court who found that there "was nothing revolutionary about the cell at all and that it was simply using conventional electrolysis". The court found Meyer guilty of "gross and egregious fraud" and ordered him to repay the two investors their $25,000.
Stanley Meyer died suddenly on March 21, 1998 after dining at a restaurant. An autopsy report by the Franklin County, Ohio coroner concluded that Meyer had died of a cerebral aneurysm, but conspiracy theorists insist that he was poisoned to suppress the technology, and that oil companies and the United States government were involved in his death. Meyer wanted to create a vehicle that didn't need gas, to protect the citizens of the U.S. from oil embargo's.
After the government bailed out General Motors, the Chevy Volt, the most fuel-efficient compact car with a gasoline engine sold in the United States, as rated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. (EPA) was built. In March of 2012 GM announced that after missing sales goals for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, plans to halt production of the sedan for five weeks beginning April of 2012, rather than discount the high-technology cars.
Did the government really want this car to be a success? Spending millions on advertising, but not giving huge tax breaks to buyers, or any kind of incentive may have been the reason this car did not do well on the market. Incentives make a difference.
The latest news in April of 2012, was that of an American man describing his European vacation experience in a rental Volkswagon Passat while in the UK, and the scam of the U.S. government to prevent these cars from being sold in the U.S.. The rental was getting 50+ miles-per-gallon carrying four adults and hefty luggage, and without the typical vacation load, the UK's VW Passat could run a whopping 65+ miles per gallon.
So the question now is, why exactly would fuel efficiency be suppressed, and how widespread is this inequality?