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Arthur Saginian | The Pleasure of Mashing the Gasoline

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On this morning’s letter to the editor (Oct. 19), Lynn Wright countered the claims made by Phyllis McKenna relating to electrical autos. From the tone of every of the letters I might presume that Mr. Wright is liberal and Ms. McKenna is conservative — or at the least that’s how Mr. Wright’s letter made it out to be. I’ve my very own opinions relating to electrical autos versus gasoline-powered autos, however they don’t seem to be primarily based in political ideology, environmental sensitivity, international technological or economical superiority, or another “logical” motivator. They’re primarily based on primitive, egocentric need. What can I say, I’m a hunter-gatherer at coronary heart, a Neanderthal in fashionable clothes.

However earlier than I share with you the explanations I want gasoline over electrical energy, I’ll level out one technical fallacy in Mr. Wright’s statements. Electrical energy, as soon as generated, is rarely misplaced to “dissipation,” or anything for that matter. It’s both consumed or it isn’t. Electrical energy is generated by ramping items up and down to satisfy a requirement. It’s that straightforward. My 37 years as an engineer on the L.A. Division of Water and Energy has taught me that a lot. OK, sufficient on how electrical energy is generated and consumed.

On to the remainder of Mr. Wright’s letter…

As for the place the facility comes from, I actually don’t care. As for battery applied sciences, I actually don’t care. As for charging instances, I actually don’t care. As for vary, I actually don’t care. As for which nation the bloody issues come from, I actually don’t care. Phenomenal torque and 0 to 60 in two seconds — no matter. I’ve pushed quite a lot of electrical autos in my time and none of them even comes near giving me the “feeling” I get once I press down on the accelerator pedal and inject gas into the cylinders of a gasoline engine. There is no such thing as a substitute for inner combustion. It’s like making an attempt to exchange sugar with Aspartame, butter with margarine, or purple meat with “IMPOSSIBLE.” Yuck. It’s downright anemic.

Then there’s the candy odor of gasoline, and there’s a chemical motive for that odor — benzene. Benzene, like most fossil fuels, is an fragrant. Fragrances are additionally deemed “fragrant,” though I wouldn’t splash gasoline on my pores and skin earlier than a date. I really feel good deep down inside each time I refuel my automotive. The wonders of batteries are not any match for the aromas of gasoline. Do you know that inhaling aromatics offers you emotions of euphoria? For some neurological motive they bind to the pleasure receptors in our brains. Go determine. I’m no conservative, however the older methods do really feel higher. Progress is taking all of the enjoyable out of life.

In conclusion, neither one of many letters I learn relating to electrical autos had any impact on me. Wright and McKenna are each high quality writers who do a superb job of illustrating their respective factors, however no quantity of persuasive rhetoric can persuade me to go away the gas I really like, and love is blind.

With me, it’s visceral.

Arthur Saginian

Santa clarita

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