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Overpopulation and Electric Cars

Posted Thursday, February 7, 2008, at 10:10 AM

Finally I have discovered a valid reason to support electric cars, and it's not to reduce greenhouse gases. Yesterday Cooper Patterson enlightened me with his thoughts on the subject and, with his permission, it goes like this.

Every parent's nightmare is having their children finally reach the age of 16, and get behind the wheel. Why not pass a federal law that mandates that all first time drivers can only legally drive an electric car with special features such as: Max. speed 55 mph, 2 seats, GPS monitored, breathalyzer activated ingnition, super front and side air bags, etc., etc. Well, you get the idea. Teenage drivers are going to have accidents, so why not limit the danger they pose to themselves and the rest of us with a small, slow, specially designed (to be wrecked) car. Cooper, you are a genius. And even though it won't do a thing to alleviate carbon emissions (electricity is produced by burning coal for the most part) the majority of Americans (and Congress) don't know that, so it will be a very "Green" and politically correct idea to sell. Cosmetically it will have to be "very cool" and "sporty" designed to attract "babes", but that should be very doable. We'll just get Hannah Montana to drive one for a commercial spot, maybe for Pepsi in the next Superbowl commercials.

Now, on a much more serious subject (not that teenage traffic accidents aren't), we also need to address the number one problem facing our planet: OVERPOPULATION !

For China and India it's too late, but here in the USA there's still time. Here's the plan, and it was first proposed by Edward Abbey, a great author and environmentalist, back in the 1970's.

Every female (and male, my suggestion) should have the option of undergoing a free, reversable, tubal ligation (or vasectomy) upon reaching the age of puberty. To encourage this option, our government would give them, at no charge, the automobile of their choice (see above for details). Later in life, after receiving a college degree, providing proof of employment, and paying the government the original purchase price of their first automobile, their reproductive surgery would be reversed, allowing them the privelage of giving birth to their first child. Any further children would be optional, but costly, as each additional child would increase the family's tax burden by a fair and reasonable amount.

Sound Orwellian, maybe, but I believe anything voluntarily offered, and utilized by society, that affects a positive outcome can't be bad. Just look at the lottery (albeit, a tax on the stupid) and how much money it has generated for education. How just is that? Stupid people (who can't figure odds and probability) paying to eradicate the production of more stupid people. Oh well, I feel lucky today. I think I'll go buy a lottery ticket. I love this country.

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The whole concept of the teen driving issue is pointless because no matter what rules or regulations that are passed they will be broken. So it would be best to just keep everything the way it is.

The idea of reversable tubal ligation or vasectomy is not bad at all. I think it would help the world population issue decrease, but the whole give away a car thing is kind of stupid.

-- Posted by Taylor on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 1:08 PM

The whole concept of the teen driving issue is pointless because no matter what rules or regulations that are passed they will be broken. So it would be best to just keep everything the way it is.

The idea of reversable tubal ligation or vasectomy is not bad at all. I think it would help the world population issue decrease, but the whole give away a car thing is kind of stupid.

Morton Taylor


-- Posted by Taylor on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 1:11 PM

All I have to say is that anything that Hannah Montana drives would definitely be sold to Americans! The fascination of "famous" people in this country is unreal. I think we all desire to live better lives and spontaneously live through those that have it all, like Hannah Montana! On a more serious note though concerning overpopulation; our planet has more than 6.5 billion humans on Earth and 137 million are added every year, even though this a lot of this is added because of natural growth, the majority of population growth is because of in migration. Most of the migration that occurs today is because of the search of the world's people for a desire for a better life in wealthier regions of the world. Millions migrate because of civil unrest, political persecution, and environmental disasters. I don't necessarily believe that the vasectomy of young adults is going to make a drastic change on the overpopulation of the world.

-- Posted by Emilee Peery on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 1:16 PM

Good point Emilee, it may not work as well as I think it would here in other parts of the world.

-- Posted by kennethjones on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 4:11 PM

Perhaps the U.S. government can stock up on the $2,500 car being manufactured by Tata in India - it has a lot of the characteristics you describe.

Regarding overpopulation, it may be an issue in the long run, but my view is that in the short run, with birthrates at all-time lows in Europe, Japan and North America, we need the children being born in the developing world. Living in the Northeast, it's very apparent that immigrants are sweeping our streets, cleaning restaurants, hotels, and doing the jobs American's often won't do.

-- Posted by LJW_NYC on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 7:33 AM

I want a vasectomy now, but you know you have to already had a kid to get it! how crazy is that?

And I like electric cars soley for the idea of getting off Saudi oil. There is someting upsetting about buying stuff from mass murderers and leaders that hate us. The Air Car sounds better to me tho

-- Posted by jonboon on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 9:58 AM

This sounds pretty good to me, but I think you might sweeten the deal by having the car you get with your vasectomy come equipped with an extra-large back seat.

-- Posted by kenteutsch on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 11:19 AM

I think the whole car thing is a overall good idea but teenagers are going to find ways to break the rules. So I don't think that idea would work well, but it might.

I think the vasectomy idea is a good idea as well.

Ashley Haycraft

-- Posted by ashleyh07 on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 12:52 PM

I agree with the electirc car for teens idea. I know several people who have died or been injured because of the stupidity of most teen drivers. Mandating safer cars would be a great alternative to raising driving age (which will never happen). As for the overpopulation, it would also help to reduce poverty and abortion rates by keeping teenagers from getting pregnant.

(Meridath Taylor)

-- Posted by meridath on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 5:08 PM

This is too extreme to ever get passed in Congress - but a toned down version could stand a chance.

In regards to the "electric" cars for teens, why not offer HUGE insurance and tax breaks for anyone driving a car with speed and power restrictions. Instead of giving cars away after high school, give paid lease options for anyone attending college with no payments due if college is completed.

In regards to the overpopulation, require all public assistance to be accompanied by birth control. Make birth control options free.

-- Posted by bsmeme on Sun, Feb 10, 2008, at 2:25 PM

In the US, the highly educated, and members of upper socioeconomic classes are too self-centered to devote their time to raising children......... we need welfare babies to maintain the population..................

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Sun, Feb 10, 2008, at 5:24 PM

I think the population idea is a great idea. It is just getting everyone to agree with it would be hard.

-- Posted by Audrey Gilliam on Sun, Feb 10, 2008, at 6:45 PM

I like the idea of offering insurance and tax breaks but I also like the ability to pull a trailer or just be the dominant vcehicle on the road. It costs me $65 to fill up but I wouldn't go back to a car!

"In the US, the highly educated, and members of upper socioeconomic classes are too self-centered to devote their time to raising children......... we need welfare babies to maintain the population.................."

If only the welfare babies were being RAISED instead of just allowed to grow wildly...

-Diana Maddox-

-- Posted by dinana1 on Mon, Feb 11, 2008, at 5:49 PM

I like the idea about the vasectomy and about the electric car. Janica Humphrey

-- Posted by Janica on Mon, Feb 11, 2008, at 10:16 PM

I think that having those electric cars for new drivers is an excellent idea. i believe there would be less accidents and death caused by unexperienced drivers. I also like the idea of the tubal ligation and vasectomy. I think it would greatly have an effect on the population and decrease the amount of unwanted pregnacies for young women!

-- Posted by ShelbyB on Tue, Feb 12, 2008, at 10:32 AM

I think its a great idea.

-- Posted by jtaylor on Tue, Feb 12, 2008, at 10:48 AM

I think its a great idea!

-- Posted by MalloryB on Tue, Feb 12, 2008, at 6:07 PM

I believe in the your and Cooper Patterson's electric powered car

theory. Yes teenagers have the tendency of wrecking their first car, I crashed my first car six months after I had it. The electric car having convenient air bags

would provent teens from getting seriously hurt. The car not being able

to go over 55 is also good idea because, what teen doesn't want to go race their new car and show out? The electricity produced from burning coal powers the car, but how could you go about doing that?

I don't believe in your over population theory. Teens don't know what they want to do at that age. It is to early for them to make that kind of choice. Something could also happen during the surgery to harm their

reproductive organs to were they could have children. Children are the last thing on a teens mind. It's basically bribing teens with a new car of their choice to do it. If I was told I could get a new car, yeah I probably would have done it when I was a teen, no matter what the situation be. I don't think that this theory would go over so well with the government. They want to make money not spend it.

Thank You,

Jessica Wallace/Mallard

-- Posted by JeccaLeigh on Fri, Feb 15, 2008, at 12:40 PM


-- Posted by joeyflop on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 10:38 AM

in this day and age we really need to consider this you must be at least 25 years old to receive a valid drivers license in the country

-- Posted by hobbys on Sun, Feb 24, 2008, at 8:41 AM

Orewellian? That is straight out of "1984". No way would I support that. It's kind of like communism nice idea in theory but utter chaos in practice

-- Posted by theartfuldodger on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 10:55 AM

The thing we need to remember is that it is a right to drive given by the state and parents to 16yr olds. It is not something that they have to do. Nor is it a necessity that parents buy their children (and yes I'm insinuating anyone at that age is a child) a new car that is a sports car or the monster SUV on the road that can run well over 100mph. Parents have just as much involvement in this as anyone else. I know it's my opinion and I'm entitled to it and many may not agree with my opinion. But I do think laws need to be stricter on anyone who has had their license for less than 5yrs. A probation period of sorts. You get a speeding ticket you get restrictions, you get two tickets, you lose it until you can prove you're more responsible. Kids period are going to want to drive whatever is fashionable, in this area they all love trucks that are jacked up in the air, that no one can in and out of sensibly, other parts they love the imports, some people love classic muscle cars. But it's all fashion to them. The parents clearly need to have more control and be able to say no to their children, and remember who's in charge, and that they as parents are intended to protect their kids and give them the best chances possible

-- Posted by miked on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 10:13 AM

Nathaniel, that was pretty much my point it comes down to the parents not the government. It seems like everyone wants to have a bigger government, what everyone needs to do is read the communist manifesto and realize that's where we are going if we aren't careful and where a majority of us don't want to be.

-- Posted by miked on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 10:23 PM

I find in reading those sites that say that population problems are a myth that their evidence is very sparse and inconclusive. Recently I read Book 1 of the free e-book series "In Search of Utopia" (http://andgulliverreturns.info), it blasts their lack of evidence relative to their calling overpopulation a myth. The book, actually the last half of the book, takes on the skeptics in global warming, overpopulation, lack of fresh water, lack of food, and other areas where people deny the evidence. I strongly suggest that anyone wanting to see the whole picture read the book, at least the last half.

The outdated fertility replacement rate of 2.1 is also clarified.

-- Posted by ProfBob on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 10:51 AM

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