Skip to comments.HYBRID VEHICLE OWNERS REPORT ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS... strong electromagnetic currents!
Posted on 06/19/2008 1:44:33 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
Purchasers of hybrid vehicles, which are subsidized by the federal government and championed by environmental activists as a way to reduce gasoline consumption, are trading in their vehicles because of health fears concerning electromagnetic fields created by the hybrid batteries, says John Dale Dunn, a policy advisor for the American Council on Science and Health.
As noted in an April 27 article in the New York Times:
Some hybrid vehicle owners are complaining of a variety of health problems allegedly caused by strong electromagnetic currents from the cars' batteries. Reported ailments and concerns include rising blood pressure, drowsiness behind the wheel and higher leukemia risks. Various agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute, acknowledge the potential hazards of long-term exposure to a strong electromagnetic field (E.M.F.), and have done studies on the association of cancer risks with living near high-voltage utility lines. Drivers who have given up their hybrids have reportedly documented "dangerously high" electromagnetic fields, leading them to conclude driving the vehicles is not worth risking blood for oil. This issue illustrates the double standard regarding environmental activists, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis.
"Environmental activists routinely use the Precautionary Principle as a weapon against technologies and products they do not like," Burnett explains. "They assert that until and unless a product they oppose can be definitively proven to be safe, the product must be banned. Now, however, when consumers and some scientists assert that one of the activists' pet products may be causing serious health harms, the activists act like they have never heard of the Precautionary Principle."
Source: John Dale Dunn, "Hybrid Vehicle Owners Report Adverse Health Effects," Heartland Institute, July 1, 2008; and Jim Motavalli, "Fear, but Few Facts, on Hybrid Risk," New York Times, April 27, 2008.
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Facts never stopped the "stuck-on-ignorant" contingent from babbling on about "battery replacement costs" and "toxic waste disposal fees" at end of life cycle...
I will get into my Prius, start it and call someone on my cell phone.
Who needs a microwave?
Glad you asked.
I don't need no stinkin' degree.
I are a liberal.
You need the matching outfit!
Define 'end of usesful life'.
Yes. It runs and it's sitting in my driveway.
It also averages around 25 mpg.
I have nothing pithy to add, other than...
“I don’t need no stinkin’ degree.
I are a liberal.”
“Comparing a 200-volt DC system with High-voltage AC transmission lines (500,000v) requires a very advanced degree in stupid...”
Well I hereby grant you an honorary “very advanced degree in stupid” (VADIS) in electrical engineering.
“And what are all of us sitting just inches away from?”
>> or head winds! <<
My sister drove a geo. God help you if you do run into a headwind. Bwahaha
>> I don’t have any ringing in my years and there haven’t been any unusual growths poping up LOL. <<
And I have absolutely no decrease in cognitive functions, such as spelling. I have been driveing this car four yeers, and iff i wuz going to hav probblims dey wud hav shone up bi now.
>> And what are all of us sitting just inches away from? <<
It ain’t a cathode ray tube, anymore! Besides, they began shield CRT monitors after the 1980s air traffic controllers’ strike.
“Can it get stupider?”
They are proving each day; it can.
Combat Mom, that's "STAY STUNED."
Just wrap me up in a strong EM field, with a GPS, an RFID and a Blackberry wired into my head, playing CNN soundbites in between phone calls - going through the drive-thru at McDonald’s .....
That’s what I call LIVING!
Nah, they want us in hybrids so when we’ve finally had enough we can’t drive fast enough to catch the very rich off environmental ripoffs bad guys who are driving much, much fancier and much much faster cars.
Of course, we will be lucky enough to see hybrids since we will be living in a stone age third world country.
And every person that has ever eaten carrots will die... :)
A truly electrifying article. All one can say is ohm my god.
This is really shocking, but I am sure that people will get a charge out of it. Some might find it revolting, but it is a lesson in current events. It may try people’s capacitance for inductance into the Punning Hall of Fame.
Sick enough that they can't even drive the damned things without having to have rails to steer it for them!
You mean that 6V lantern battery I used way back when wasn't an AC battery? That why they called a B-cell?
Maybe I should have used an A-cell and a C-cell in series-parrallel to get the A-C current he says I needed for the electromagnet?
Maybe he better not ask me about electrisicals, since it do seem I are con-fuse, rather than pro-fuse. All I ever do is breaker things when I play with them.
I guess these morons don’t realize that every car has an alternator (generator) generating a significant electromagnetic field greater than any of these batteries - thus not only charging the battery but also running all the electrical devices on the car as well.
Also the distributor (dynometer) actually generates very high DC current (and the associated electromagnetic field) to cause an arc across the spark plugs, thus igniting the fuel/air mix to cause combustion, thus making the engine work.
I doubt that a hybrid generates significantly higher electromagnetic current than any other car.
These people need to get a life.
Yes, but are you wearing your Van Allen belt?
Thanks for the ping!
“I have long understood that high breads run on yeast, not some fancy combination of fossil fuel and electric power.”
Bang! Bang! Maxwell’s silver hammer
Came down upon his head.
That's exactly watt I would theorize.
Yeah, maybe if they would sink some more ‘dough’ into it, we could get a ‘rise’ in our mileage, and have some more ‘bread’ left in our pockets.
Electromagnetic fields are created by alternating current (AC) like the 110 in your house, or more readily the radio frequency RF generated by radios, TV transmitters, radars, cell phones, etc. In fact, radio “waves” ARE electromagnetic fields.
Batteries produce direct current (DC) and do not give off electromagnetic fields. Maybe there is some EMF from the electric motors on these cars, but it would be negligible.
My background? 30 years as an electronics tech.
I save fuel, though not as much as with a hybrid, by driving my 69 VW.
And I have no car payments!
That was a pun, and “Pun” spelled backwards is “NuP”, so that is a “a nup” out of you! :-)
Apparently this phenomenon is NOT widespread, as the market for used hybrids is very very strong — used hybrids are not cheap.
Not to mention the Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston, some of Metro North, and much of the Philly Suburban Electrics operate off 11,500 VAC..
Hmm on the other hand... Liberals... Northeast....could THIS be the problem????
Well I congratulate you on the savings then. We’re fortunate enough to not have a daily commute or a high non-business mileage burden.
When it comes time to buy a new vehicle, I really do *want* the AWD Escape hybrid. It won’t have to make economic sense to me — it’s what I want. That’s a small part of the American dream ;-) Not sure I’ll get the full ‘green’ package though — just the full-zoot stereo and the moon roof.
Last note — a very conservative friend of mine has a Prius and loves it. He likes the torque (also drives a Corvette).
Exactly. Or her previous vehicle was a Peterbilt.
My vehicle does not get the miliage that I really need, I commute 90 miles a day, but it is paid off. It does not make economic sense to change at this time.
So yes, I understand your position.
Somebody call the Nanny GovernMental COPS!!!
Ewwwwwwwwwwww!!! That was 2/3rds of a PUN!!! (PU)
They must mean the engine.
The magnetic fields from the engine dwarf the batteries.
Chevy Trailblazer. It got worse mpg than the 4wd Suburban that we had before.
When you are going from 13 mpg to 31 mpg, and drive over 2000 miles a month, the savings are dramatic.
No; those symptoms are typical of buyers remorse; after realizing you'll NEVER save any money with this stupid purchase!
I have long understood that high breads run on yeast...”
That’s the understanding that’s been ingrained in me.