Re: the Jan. 2 column "'Pollution-free society' is needed to fight climate change."

Columnist Wayne Madsen's view that "Big Auto" and "Big Oil" killed the prospect of electric vehicle viability in the 1990s is not entirely accurate.

While it is undoubtedly true that oil and auto industries had a vested interest at the time in not pursuing technologies which might negatively affect their bottom line, the true driver of electric vehicle technology is the development of more viable batteries/power cells. They still possess significant shortcomings, but the rate of progress is still accelerating.

Tesla is showing great success, and Porsche is working on an electric vehicle with 300 mile range, which can be 80 percent recharged in 20 minutes. Both vehicles cost around $100,000,

Fossil fueled vehicles will eventually go the way of the fossils that fuel them, though yet to be addressed, and somewhat conveniently ignored, is what to do with the eventual disposal of millions of highly toxic depleted batteries.

Eric Maurer

Midtown

Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.

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