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Thomas Edison to Henry Ford: Forget Electric Cars (Is this advice from 1896 still relevant?)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 19, 2009

The wisdom of the ages applies to energy. The smartest-guys-in-the-room approach to energy transformation by DOE secretary Stephen Chu, based on a false premise of the unsustainability of hydrocarbon energy, should note such history. The silver bullets that he is looking for have a long, failed history for good reason.

Take for example the electric car,…