Oddly enough, I think that government should lead the way to assist with the shift to a better aviation fuel (try not to have a case of the vapors for my having dared to suggest that), but it would never be done in this case because doing so wouldn't buy enough votes for anyone who might have the political clout to make it happen.
I'm terrified of electric model aircraft due to the failures I've witnessed with various engine failures. Not entirely certain that I'd be more comfortable with a 6-passenger Cessna going down in flames due to a Tesla incident.
I question the author, who has chosen to include 'merica in the title; when exactly did western Europe remove lead from their motorfuel? Despite the royalty-free patents made available from the IQ-crippled Americans who developed catalyst technologies; catalysts (which drove unleaded fuel requirements) were not standard across Europe until 1993... 18 years after the US.
"In 1984, Porsche was the first firm in Germany that produced all their models with catalysts, profiting from their knowledge from U.S.-exports. VW offered the largest array of catalyst-cars, but until 1987 the extra charges were much higher than for automobiles from BMW or Dairnler-Benz. In the automobile market, favorable terms of competition were experienced by producers of cars with a high technical standard, who had already gathered experience with catalyst systems on the U.S.-market."
- Historical review of European gasoline lead content regulations and their impact on German industrial markets, GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH ● Geesthacht ● 1999
"I question the author, who has chosen to include 'merica in the title; when exactly did western Europe remove lead from their motorfuel?"
I thought it best just to let him get those sorts of thoughts out of his system, as sort of "you can lead a horse to leaded fuel, but..." acceptance that you're probably not going to be able to change anyone's minds on the subject.
Concerning the potential rampant drop in collective IQ of 'Muricans, I posit the idea that it might not be so much of an issue with leaded fuel "droppin' the IQ panties" of Americans, as it might be related to another issue entirely, concerning our fellow man...and woman...are simply being blunderbussed to death mentally by an increasingly chaotic culture/society, and IQ's don't flourish in that type of environment.
In addition to that, is it entirely possible that testing methods have improved to the point where we're simply picking up more of the already-brain-dead in our society, and that education standards have dropped more and more to cater to the slowest kid in the class? I've worked in several elderly-based, assisted-living alongside my wife (who ran these sorts of places, and still does), and it's been my experience that even most supposed 'geniuses' are often terrifyingly oblivious to even simple concepts, which raises the live-rail political question, just how much in the way of financial resources are being directed towards individuals who are behaving more like clueless, spoiled children?
I've made it a point to peek at an expanding variety of 'book learnin!' school books from a century or so ago, even going so far as to read literature from that era (recent readings involve some Twain offerings that I missed on my first go-around a few decades ago, and Arthur Weigall ("The Glory of the Pharoahs", Weigall being the Egyptologist who replaced one Howard Carter as head antiquities dude in Egypt after Carter got into a fight with a rather-prominent Egyptian official), and I'll be honest, I'm struggling at times with being able to nail some of the test questions that routinely show up in older textbooks. But to that end, are even current IQ tests valid? A stroll through practically any episode of "Jeopardy" demonstrates that there's intelligence, and then there's hilarity when contestants trip over the simplest of questions...
Oh well, you may now return to your regularly-scheduled programming.
Concerning Jeopardy, I think that the people who watch Jeopardy are those who are madly in love with wannabe "science!" sites like "I f***ing love science!"...but are just attached to it because they think it's trendy to pay attention to, and not because they're actually learning anything from it. I watch it, because, well, the wife watches it, and only because she watched it with her grandparents eighty bazillion years ago.
I walked away when James Holzhauer clearly threw his last game to someone who was creamed on her very next outing (if everything is honest, I think he wanted to walk away before he became #1), and the deal was really sealed when they began their paid tryouts to replace Trebek.
"Everybody seems to think Europe is so far “ahead”
...and then I'm reminded of why European gray market cars aren't allowed to be sold here, because their crash-test and emissions standards are supposedly so far behind that of we Americans...
"...how come we live so much longer than our ancestors?"
It's because our forebears didn't discover the most soothing, stress-relieving cure to tension until the Pet Rock was unleashed on the public in 1975. Our ancestors were stress bombs and routinely croaked early until those muscular, rock-hard Tribbles were found to have calming properties...and then our life spans took off.
It's just sad that until 1975, our ancestors never realized...especially in rocky, hardscrabble regions of the planet (Detroit, for example), that all of those round things everyone was tripping over were simply trying to communicate with Homo Sapien, which is why rocks always tended to congregate in someone's path, "Hey, here we are...and there you go...wait!".
While most people dismiss pet rocks as silly, I think they're great: They eat and drink very little, they're always wanting to help during breezy conditions in offices by helping you hold down anything important, and they remain stationary most of the time so there's very little chance of one jumping out from behind something and startling you.
I have a dent in my skull from a (stupid) stunt while blending ethanol with leaded coca-cola. It worked though, she was impressed and married me. Then we got divorced when the party years ended.