Chris Paine's new documentary feature "Who Killed the Electric Car" opens at theaters throughout the US this week, and I'm looking forward to seeing it. Snip from the NYT review by Manohla Dargis:
Like Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" and the better
nonfiction inquiries into the war in Iraq, this information-packed history
about the effort to introduce Ëœ and keep Ëœ electric vehicles on the road
wasn't made to soothe your brow. For the film's director, Chris Paine, the
evidence is too appalling and our air too dirty for palliatives.
Fast and furious, "Who Killed the Electric Car?" is, in brief, the sad tale
of yet one more attempt by a heroic group of civic-minded souls to save the
browning, warming planet. The story mostly unfolds during the 1990's, when a
few automobile manufacturers, including General Motors, were prodded to
pursue Ëœ only to sabotage covertly Ëœ a cleaner future. In 1990 the state's
smog-busting California Air Resources Board adopted the Zero-Emission
Vehicle mandate in a bid to force auto companies to produce exhaust-free
vehicles. The idea was simple: we were choking to death on our own waste.
The goals were seemingly modest: by 1998, 2 percent of all new cars sold in
the biggest vehicle market in the country would be exhaust-free, making
California's bumper-to-bumper lifestyle a touch less hellish.
Link to review, and Link to movie website. (Thanks, David Newsom)
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
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