TO THE EDITOR:
I couldn't agree more with Keith Crain ("When is enough, enough?" Aug. 19). I have grave concern that companies including automotive are running off a cliff. There are issues with lithium batteries that most consumers aren't aware of yet: children used as slave labor in the Congo to dig cobalt by hand; reliance on unfriendly or hostile countries for rare earth materials; and safety risks that EVs create for first responders.
I'm amazed that serious consideration isn't being given to other solutions. In Canada there is a company producing equipment that traps carbon emissions and turns them into gasoline. How brilliant is that? How about the 200-plus-year abundance of natural gas in North America? Vehicles run on it with minor modification, and diesels can run on it. These are affordable and clean solutions that use infrastructure we mostly already have.
Car companies' rush to commoditize their products is mind-boggling. EV differentiation is difficult and the intense spending on a single solution impacts companies' ability to address normal product cycles, and may even cause them to disappear during an economic downturn. I've read the EPA report that says the U.S. has the cleanest air since 1970, all while growing the GDP by 262% in that time. That means we can and should slow the roll and make sure the many available options are being properly considered.
MARK BRIDEAU, Caledonia, Mich.The writer is member manager of Full Armor, a power sports and power equipment dealer.