Big Auto Using Internet Piracy Laws to Outlaw Working on Your Own Car

According to GM, Ford, and a slew of other American car companies which we will collectively refer to as Big Auto, you should not be allowed to tinker with your own car. Why? Because cars have become such advanced pieces of computing wizardry that they can be copyright protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act from any but “authorized” manipulation: It’s called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It’s been around since 2000 and started as anti-Internet piracy legislation. Read more […]

Oops! Your Electric Car is Not Better for the Environment

It’s probably the case that you are not helping the environment with your 100% electric car. That’s because, even though you aren’t using pollution-emitting fuels inside your engine, you are using them to make your electricity. That is, unless something drastically changes to produce a cleaner electricity grid for the US. So, oddly enough, a fuel-efficient internal combustion engine might actually be better for the environment than your electric car. Weird: “Unfortunately, when a wire Read more […]

Republicans Not Acting Like “Free-Market” Conservatives!

Every now and again, I wish I could grab the GOP and shake the entire Party. The ongoing battle with Tesla Motors and their CEO Elon Musk is one such moment. Now, I am not here to defend all of Musk’s actions, he has benefitted as much as any other from corrupt CRAPITALIST practices (for an explanation see Jason Mattera’s new book Crapitalism). However, on the problems that Tesla Motors is having operating in Republican controlled states… there we can team with Musk and call on the GOP to allow Read more […]

Tesla Motors Paves a Path Around Big Auto and Big Oil

There are two major inter-related reasons we are dependent on oil (either foreign or domestic): conventional cars and conventional power plants. Tesla Motors may have found a way to make real progress to get around these two obstacles. Whatever your opinion of the Green Energy movement (and its many-times liberal enthusiasts), there is no doubt that clean, reliable, sustainable energy would be a good thing. If it’s voluntary (and possible). But one major roadblock in the path toward freedom Read more […]