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Things go better with gasoline

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As the price of gasoline and lithium in batteries goes up (gasoline just being over $100 a barrel), the fuel economy plummets to its “demise.” Approximately 50 percent of Americans don’t pay taxes, and of the 50 percent that does, a lot struggle with changes in gas prices. Less and less people can afford this, and so less and less people drive cars, but people will still have to drive on long trips. After gasoline is gone, people will most likely have to resort to battery or solar power. Both are cleaner, although, since mining lithium creates pollution, there’s really no environmental effect from lithium batteries, unless improperly disposed of. Solar is a good idea, since it doesn’t really create pollution. But since solar panels are damaged and rendered useless once damaged, it’s not the most economical scheme. Most cars (on average) get 32 mpg, and battery-driven cars have an average of 43/kwhr (kilo-watts per hour), but since batteries cost thousands to replace, it’s not the best choice. Gasoline probably matches up lithium car batteries in price every year. Also, if you recharge your electric car battery at your house, that might run your electric bill up. And refilling a gas tank takes minutes, and recharging could take hours. I like gasoline-powered cars better than electric cars because, for one, they take a small amount of time to refill, and the price right now is currently cheaper than electric cars. ISAAC BOWERS, student, Auburn