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The Great Auto Industry Conspiracy to Eliminate Electric Streetcars in America

As the demand for electric cars—such as the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf—accelerates, and with social and political pressures around fuel economy and carbon emissions, it’s time to glance back upon the vast electric infrastructure America once had.

After World War I and before the boom of the auto industry, America had a powerful and broad electric streetcar public transportation system—the fifth-largest industry in the country at the time—that employed over 100,000 workers and operated in just about every major city in America.

These rail-based trolleys were fully electric, and power was supplied to them via a suspended cable. They produced zero emissions, other than the emissions created in producing the electricity at the power plant.

But due to a real-life industrial conspiracy, these rail lines were systematically dissolved by corporate g”>


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