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by Colin

What we can achieve.

What we can achieve.

This is the solution to all the environmentalists' objections to a greener environment, and in my opinion should be pursued aggressively to make sure the oil companies do not use their money and power to stop it, which will probably happen, as it has before.

Barry's Response - Just oil companies? What about other industries as well? The list can continue with government and military (especially), the general public and even some environmental protection groups, believe it or not.

One thing you need to do to make a solid case for this car is to address all the disadvantages one by one. The most obvious is that nobody knows for sure what energy is being used to compress the air in the first place. What are the policies and resources of the electricity provider (if that is indeed the type of recharge compressor being used)?

It is possible to compute the mass of carbon dioxide emissions (if that's your concern) per mile driven for any car. Some sources put forth that a typical air car results in the generation of about half of that produced by regular gas cars. So, even if a single electricity generation type is worse, the aggregate is lower.

Here's a kicker: unless this technology reaches a critical mass (i.e., a dense enough network of refueling stations that the car can make a substantial trip using its limited range of less than 100 miles), the compressed air car will be nothing more than a novelty commuter car.

One solution is to market a dual-powered car, with a gas tank and engine to make up the difference. Improvements in technology will gradually lessen this problem by increasing the range and/or lowering the cost of two engines.

The third most frequently brought up thing is the chance of compressed air explosions in a collision. Technology comes to the rescue again. Many sources now talk about carbon fibre tanks which do not rupture in an impact but allow small fissures to develop, permitting a reasonably slow air escape instead.

There are other objections that could be brought up, and these examples show how some have been handled in the past. Lets keep working on it with the great minds in the world's organizations mentioned above. Involving them all in restoration would be Brilliant.

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