I literally stay awake at night trying to figure out why so many people have been putting out the most intensely negative energy they can towards the Storm Ebike Campaign on Indiegogo that is currently at $3.1 million and climbing. The thread on Endless-Sphere is 19 pages long now with 7000 views and I can’t even read it anymore. The emails I’ve gotten from people out of the blue and negative posts made to the Storm Fundraiser page is enough to make anyone say ‘Enough !’. Where is all this energy coming from. At first I thought
“All these people are afraid that this campaign will fail.”
Then I had an epiphany. It’s not that people are afraid they will fail … it’s that they are afraid they will succeed. What Storm and Jon have done is unwittingly stumbled upon the most glaring problems in American Society.
Transportation Inefficiency? What am I talking about? I’m talking about the amount of energy it takes to move a 170lb bag of mostly water from point A to point B. Lets say this bag of mostly water can move under its own power and use very little energy. The human body is an incredibly, remarkably, beautifully efficient machine. However moving under its own power it only averages, say 3 mph. Then lets say we can make a small machine, it’s not that expensive to make and it’s pretty light, and it is even MORE efficient than that person is under their own power. Lets say this machine can pretty easily go 10mph. We’ll call this machine a Bicycle for the sake of argument. Now lets assume we can take a tiny amount of electric power and make this machine even MORE efficient and move that bag of mostly water (that’s you by the way) at about 20 mph for a fifth of a penny a mile of electricity. Lets say that the machine that moves the bag of water 10mph costs $100 and the machine that moves the bag of water 20mph costs $500.
Well to heck with all that, there is ABSOLUTELY no money to be made in this scenario. Lets try again.
Let convince people they have to work all the time so they can move that 170lb bag of water around in fashion and style and drag around another 4000-8000lbs with them everywhere they go. Lets make that GIANT machine run on a non-renewable resource that we can closely control the availability (and the price) by pumping more or less of it. Lets convince all these bags of water that they absolutely MUST have one of these giant machines or they will be an outcast. In fact, lets design these machines so they stop working every 7 years and have to be turned into scrap again. Lets sell these giant machines for around $31,252 each (average selling price for a new car in the USA). Lets make there be so many of these machines that instead of being able to go 60mph they will be stuck in traffic for 38 hours out of every year. That traffic congestion should slow down the traffic so that the average speed that people have on their commute is a measly 30mph. Now people are paying an extra $30,753 a every 7 years (not counting fuel) to gain an average of an extra 10mph of speed on their way to work.
Why do you think gas is $2 a gallon right now? There is no greater threat to the oil and gas monopolies than electric powered transportation. The powers at be want Tesla and every other electric car on the market to fail miserably. The best way for them to do that is to drop the price of gas so it is so cheap that normal sane people won’t even consider buying an electric car.
Wow, now things are starting to look pretty absurd. I think the best course of action is to sell that fancy electric bicycle for $4000 or more. That will keep the poor people from buying them, they will choose the cheaper $100 option with no motor or if they are smart and care about what other people think of them they will get the $31,252 option and look cool sitting in traffic.
When you put it like this, it starts to take on the kind of absurdity that would be in Dr Seuss’s Star Bellied Sneetch book.
Americans are trapped in a cycle of work/consume that must not be broken. For everyone that forsakes a $31,252 car and instead chooses a $499 electric bike we lose $30,753 dollars worth of labor. If every one of the 6500 people who sign up for the Storm campaign give up their cars this means that $200 Million dollars of labor will disappear from the economy every 7 years. Add in the cost of gas that these people won’t be spending over a 7 year period ($2120 a year) and you add another $97 million over 7 years. I think that this problem is great enough that president Obama should get involved to stop these guys, we cannot afford to lose $300 million dollars out of our economy. And this is just CURRENT backers it doesn’t represent future ebike buyers. This country became great by people working hard to buy things that they don’t really need to impress people they don’t really like. (Tyler Durden)
If Storm succeeds in this campaign then people will start wondering why all the other ebikes cost so much. $4000 for an ebike? Who can afford that? Why do I need to buy a $2000 Bosch drive system when hundreds of millions of Chinese get by just fine on a $75 Bafang Geared hub motor?
Lets litter the internet with our negativity and naysaying. Lets call for the failure of Storm/Ivars Sondors and his cohorts. In order to protect our way of life … they absolutely, unequivocally must fail.
And the duty falls upon each and every one of us to make sure that happens.