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OPEC Number One Enemy of Hybrid Cars and Electric Cars

By • Nov 10th, 2009 • Category: Clean Car Talk Daily Snapshots

Flag of OPECIt’s great to talk about all these great things hybrid cars and electric cars can do for us. Being independent from foreign oil, cleaning up the environment, reducing global warming effects, creating more green jobs, etc. Here’s why I think hybrid cars and electric cars may never become mainstream in many lifetimes to come: OPEC is hybrid cars’ and electric cars’ number one enemy. Not technology challenges, not infrastructure challenges, not political challenges.

Yes that OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. I’m talking specifically OPEC’s livelihood. No I don’t care for OPEC’s livelihood, and I’m sure they don’t care much for you and me. But I know OPEC countries do care about keeping us dependent on their oil. OPEC declares on OPEC’s website, “OPEC’s mission is to coordinate and unify the petroleum policies of Member Countries and ensure the stabilization of oil markets in order to secure an efficient, economic and regular supply of petroleum to consumers, a steady income to producers and a fair return on capital to those investing in the petroleum industry.”

Now, you and I understand livelihood. Livelihood is something you can’t mess around with. It is the lifeblood of our existence. It is the source of life. Without livelihood, a means of supporting and sustaining our lives, we are in deep trouble. “Steady income” and “fair return on capital” are OPEC’s livelihood, and they will protect it with all their powers like any business would protect its livelihood.

So how is OPEC keeping hybrid cars and electric cars from replacing fossil fuel cars? Well beside the fact that these cars still depend on petroleum products (think lubricants, plus the cars’ production and transportation,) OPEC can always adjust oil prices to levels that will just make owning a hybrid car and electric car uneconomical. No matter what most of us say in surveys, we’ll always vote with our wallets when it comes to purchasing consumer products.

I’m just playing devil’s advocate here. Or maybe not.

What’s your opinion on this?

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  1. Looks like you need to take a basic course in economics.

    “OPEC can always adjust oil prices to levels that will just make owning a hybrid car and electric car uneconomical.”

    No they can’t because that will kill the economy of their nations, for example the price of oil required to power the Saudi economy is now about $100/bbl but the price that the world economy can withstand is about $85/bbl. From an economic perspective the main problem for the electric vehicle is the world economy which will go into recession before the price of oil is high enough to push alternative technologies.

    Also the price of OPEC oil has followed the market price pretty fair during the last decades.

    If you wan’t to blame the oil industry you should blame the US oil companies because they made Nixon kill the electric car subsidies. Also you could blame your politicians and economists in general for making your country dependent on a depleting energy resource.