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Jeremy Cato: Two Good Reasons to Drive Electric Cars

The thread that ties the two Gulfs (Mexico and the Middle East) is oil dependency, writes Globe and Mail columnist.

Published: 10-Jun-2010

BP's oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and the latest troubles in the Middle East could have an unexpected outcome for the auto industry: a boost for electric vehicles (EVs).

The ecological nightmare that BP has unleashed has put the spotlight on the deep water oil drilling that for a while seemed to have peak oil theorists eating crow. Now we can all see in vivid images the cost of oil dependency: dying oil-soaked birds, choking fish and beaches covered in gooey gobs of oil.

Forget for the moment about greenhouse gases and whether or not you believe in man-made global warming. We can't easily see the effects on a daily basis anyway.

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