Henry Payne by Henry Payne

Henry Payne

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 2 years ago

    $200,000,000.00 of our money just thrown away to Barry’s buddies even though everybody knew they would never succeed.
    How many police officers, teachers or homeless shelters could that have funded?

  2. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, about 2 years ago

    Not only the Editorial Cartoonist, but also the ultra conservatives on this site as well. And Elon Musk and Tesla have done this with a relatively expensive sports car. They are now developing a family vehicle that will sell in the $30,000 per vehicles range, and get at least the same 200+ miles on a charge as the sports model.

    Further, I see where Tesla has so scared the more traditional GM that it is now going to try to catch up with Tesla with a family style vehicle of its own!! Thanks to the help the government did give these private electric car developers, the future is going to be here at least two decades sooner than anybody originally thought it would be. Can you then say Bye Bye to the Middle Eastern control over the imported oil of the USA from OPEC??

  3. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 2 years ago

    In 1945, every futurist knew for certain that, by 1970, there would be absolutely no demand for fossil fuels, and all fossil fuels not extracted and sold would be worthless. Electricity would be too cheap to meter.

    Of course, the battery problem would mean that surface cars would need slots, like the slot cars that children played with, but the same size as a passenger sedan or coupé. The electricity would only be available cars with a metal connectors that fit in the slot, so no one could accidentally get electrocuted, and the slots would use be alternating current so the cars could run safely using synchronous motors that meant every car would run at the exact same (high) speed, and car wrecks could not possibly happen.

    So it will get GREAT when we finally get to 1970.

    For now, the majority of electricity in most of the world comes from fossil fuels, and, with the losses in transmission and recharging batteries, most of us pay more to run an electric car that’s as large and heavy as the gasoline powered cars (of course, a very light electric car would be cheaper to run, like an electric golf cart).

    (Scandinavia is an exception, since there almost all electricity comes from hydro power, not fossil fuels.)

    Of course Friedman of the New York Times recharged his model electric car while it sat in his reserved parking place at the Times office, and so found, during the period when he tested an electric car, that his operating costs were $0.00, so (as long as their employers pays for all the electricity) drivers of electric cars can save a fortune on fuel costs!

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 2 years ago

    @Michael wme

    Great post, MichaelWME.
    I can only add that as a child, I thought by now I would be able to visit a city sized space station in stationary orbit between the moon and earth by now.
    We got distracted.
    Thanks again for your many great comments.

  5. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 2 years ago

    Ford never took one of the government loans you are talking about.

  6. eugene57

    eugene57 said, about 2 years ago

    HAHAHAHAHA you should be on the comedy circuit.

  7. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    and is a penis replacement for liberals
    You had a useful post up to that point. It’d be fun to see you tell that to some rather intimidating Volt-driving Marines I work with on base.

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Jack: Ford DID apply for and receive a grant/loan for alternate vehicle development exactly like Musk did at Tesla. It was NOT the same program as the “bailouts” for GM and Chrysler, and Ford has NOT paid the development loan back as Tesla did.

    Michael that Firebird I mentioned in the other post, in 1955, was one of the vehicles running on electricity as an alternate source. There were a lot of folks quite serious about the concept, until they “priced it out”. In Europe and Japan, and only parts of the U.S., the concept is working, they’re called “trains”.

  9. cjr53

    cjr53 said, about 2 years ago

    Saw an electric sedan in I-25 yesterday. Tags said: Gas Sux. I’m happy there is progress. Now if Honda can make their hydrogen powered vehicles more main stream, and not just Orange County California. I’d figure a way to own one of those.

  10. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 2 years ago

    Well, Tesla Motors stock went up 300% over the last half-year, and the company pulled in $26M in profits on $405M in revenue last quarter, so… yeah, by a lot of measurements, Tesla Motors IS a success.
    Granted, they were the beneficiary of some government loans and credits- but then again, so was Exxon.

  11. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Tesla Motors has only one product, a trophy toy for super-rich lefties
    I personally know some Tesla drivers, and they are not lefties. They cost as much as a beemer, and it’s not lefties who drive them. And btw, Tesla has plans to come out with a $30k sedan that goes 200+ miles on a four-hour charge. ’think that will provide an incentive for competition, or does your rigid mind-set not allow you to embrace the thought?

  12. cjr53

    cjr53 said, about 2 years ago

    Saw three Tesla sedans today. (Different color paint, it wasn’t the same one following me around.)

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    CEO Musk at Tesla is a brilliant engineer, as well as businessman, the company IS doing well, and will do better. They are working on several “consumer” cars for a more general market, phasing in as charging stations become available (some they’re putting in). The Tesla vehicles are also competitive price-wise with Porsche and other “performance” cars that are gasoline driven. More performance companies are also looking to hybrids, lower cost, and greater “serviceability” without waiting for the “grid” to catch up.

  14. habfan40

    habfan40 said, about 2 years ago

    Here in Ontario we pay the windmill owners not to produce electricity.

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