The USA could be today leading in the production of modern cars. The laws had been, but a weak government caused the disaster.
The lazy pupils
The parents wants a good future for their children, make Your homework! Learn presentable! Lazy pupils of today will be the unemployed of tomorrow.
Lawsuit against the homework
But the children are extrem lazy, fractious and aggressive against their parents. The children go to court "No we do not make our homework!"
Bonfire with the schoolbooks
The court decides for the lazy children. The children have not to make their homework. The children call for a big celebration. All schoolbooks are thrown on a pile and celebration to a big bonfire.
The homework had been ZEV - Zero Emission Vehicles. The car industry made a trial aginst this and the court gave right. The schoolbooks for the bonfire had been the GM EV1, taken away from the leasers to be scraped.
Strong government in China
Also China gave their companies homework. Gasoline scooters forbidden in big cities. 1998, one year before a court in the USA destroied the law to save the car industry, the first 40,000 electric scooters had been tested in Shanghai.