Tesla fire panics herd of Wall Street Investors to run off cliff

What does a herd of Wall Street Investors sound like in a panic? Hint, they sound like cows or sheep in a stampede.

I read about this Tesla fire in a piece published by Yahoo! Autos called “First fire in a Tesla Model S burns $600 million off the company’s value”.

And I loved the last sentence in the piece Justin Hyde wrote for Motoramic.  He said, “For now there’s nothing in this case to suggest they’re anywhere near as flammable as the gallons of gasoline millions of drivers rely on daily.”

Curious about fires in gasoline powered vehicles, I turned to Google and discovered a fema.gov report that said about one in six fires is a highway vehicle fire and eighty-four percent of highway vehicle fires occur in passenger vehicles.

Get this, fema.gov reports that “From 2004 – 2006, an estimated 258,500 highway vehicle fires occurred each year. … and resulted in an average of approximately 490 deaths, 1,275 injuries, and $1 billion in property loss each year.”

That one fire in an electric-powered Tesla goes to prove that an ignorant mob is easy to lead around by the nose and is prone to panic. I think American politicians and radio talk-show hosts like Rush Limbaugh are very aware of this fact.

Imagine the panic caused if every fire in a gas-powered vehicle was reported by the media.


Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine, Vietnam Veteran and English-journalism teacher.

His latest novel is the award winning Running with the Enemy that started life as a memoir and then became a fictional suspense thriller. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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