Obama Should Kill the Combustion Engine - MemeBox's Garry Golden on The Takeaway

November 13 2008 / by Alvis Brigis
Category: Energy   Year: General   Rating: 13 Hot

MemeBox’s Garry Golden, Editor of The Energy Roadmap, just meme-blasted the minds of morning commuters across the country with his analysis of the near-term future of transportation and suggestions for our new President-elect. [Podcast of Interview]

Appearing on PRI’s The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, Golden was asked how he would advise Congress and the upcoming Obama administration on the proposed U.S. multi-billion dollar auto industry bailout. He responded by unequivocally advocating the avoidance of “any further investments into the old combustion engine model” arguing that the country needs to quickly move past hybrids by leap-frogging “to an all-electric platform.”

Garry pointed out that “the electric vehicle is … going global quickly”, thus opening a market window to countries like China who are developing competencies in areas such as battery production. So it’s now incumbent upon U.S. companies like GM to successfully adapt to the new conditions, possibly by building out the new electrically powered chassis that will serve as platform for new transport structures.

Such a future vehicle may well resemble “a skateboard the size of an SUV or a Mini-Cooper”, said Garry. And regardless of which exact form the future automobile takes it will not include a traditional power source.

“You can’t get more mileage out of a combustion engine,” concluded Golden, “You have to get rid off it.”

Yes, that means you, morning radio fan, commuting to work in your dinosauric fuel-guzzler. :)

Comment Thread (6 Responses)

  1. Can I still go to monster truck rallies?

    Posted by: John Heylin   November 13, 2008
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  2. of course John…!!! we’ll have a special law passed to preserve this time honored ‘merican Tradition.

    Any application of the combustion engine used in a heavy industrial equipment to destroy another large metal object shall be permitted.

    That’s a promise I can keep! President Barack Obama

    Posted by: Garry Golden   November 13, 2008
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  3. Great job on the show Garry. You rocked it.

    Posted by: Alvis Brigis   November 13, 2008
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  4. The future of the combustible engine seems to be dying anyway. There’s so many hybrids coming onto the market. Plus cars seem to be getting smaller. But it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a skateboard the size of a SUV or Mini-Coop.

    Posted by: christinep   November 17, 2008
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  5. Re: christinep

    Thanks for the post! Glad to hear you also see signs of change..

    Though I think we need to be careful and very deliberate in saying to political/indusry leader that – Hybrids are a distraction since they try to incrementally improve the combustion engine by attaching an electric motor.

    We need to kill the combustion engine entirely- and not give it a band aid. Hybrids are good only for building out the supply chain network of electric systems. But awful for the industry since it requires investing billions in transition technologies.

    Right now I worry about being distracted by hybrids- and their false promise of tomorrow. It’s time to leap, not put band aids on an old platform!

    Thanks for the comment—- !!

    Posted by: Garry Golden   November 17, 2008
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  6. What about alternative fuels for the combustion engine? Many Americans will not embrace the idea of saying goodbye to the combustion engine any more than they are willing to say hello to gay marriage (and those demographics may well overlap considerably). Although American auto makers will need to be on the cutting edge of clean, green electric cars in order to export them and salvage their industry in this country, I predict arguments for cleaner, non-oil-based fuels, as well as the old stand alone American bravado, will lengthen the lifespan of the combustion engine and the hybrid as American technologies.

    Posted by: Adam Cutsinger   November 20, 2008
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