Flaws with electric cars

Michigan Student Caucus Proposal Template for  Summers-Knoll Students 2019 Part 1: BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH PROCESS due Oct 22 Context


  1. What is a current bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal? Use the legislative database found here

  2. How would this bill make a difference in the lives of students across Michigan? 

  3. How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

  4. Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:


Research process


  1. To whom did you talk about this issue to learn more? Nobody. 

  2. What did you initially think about your topic and how did your thinking change over time?

  3. What was the most significant article/video/report/website that you used and how did it impact your research?

  Part 2: FORMAL PROPOSAL due Oct 29 The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform. Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS people who buy electric cars are paying an exorbitant amount for a batteries that will last 5-11 years at most and then must be disposed of and replaced.

WHEREAS there is a shortage of public chargers making it hard to keep cars charged.

WHEREAS once the batteries have been disposed of they are very harmful to the environment.

WHEREAS a full batteries take overly long to charge and will barely take you half as far as a full tank of gas. 

(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).


1.  Increase the rebate for electric cars based on the cost of the particular battery.

2. they’ll give permits to companies to increase the number of electric chargers.

3. increased funding for research towards better batteries which will solve the second two. the longer the batteries survive, the fewer batteries will be disposed of

4. research into better battery disposal methods.

5. Encouraging companies to have free to employee car charger.

(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)


What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

  1. More than half of the electricity they’re using is from fossil fuels and coal anyway, so it’s not worth the cost. 

  2. As electric cars get more popular, the gas industry will lose money and will have to let go of employees.

  3. That's all I can think of...

Costs and funding:
  1. What are some costs associated with your proposal? Increased rebate and funding research.

  2. How will you pay for your proposed bill? From what sources could the funding come? Higher taxes on gas companies.

  3. Who would be opposed to this idea? The gas industry



List all websites, articles, reports, videos, or other resources you used to research for this project. You do not have to include formal citations. **Eighth graders only: After each source, write 1-2 sentences about why you chose this source and why you trusted it. 


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