Quotes of the day

posted at 9:00 pm on July 31, 2010 by Allahpundit

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So another Bam task force making something nobody wants, and even the defenders in the Fake Media — I’m reading some of the critics of me out there in the partisan political operative media — say, “Well, I guess Mr. Limbaugh was opposed to the Internet because it wasn’t fast enough at first. I guess he was opposed to getting into buying products that…” You people fail to understand. You do not make any effort to understand. This is not a criticism of General Motors and it is not a criticism of the Volt. We in the country class of this great nation are aghast. We are apoplectic over the fact that a bunch of know-nothings, a bunch of people who have a chip on their shoulder about this country are now running some of the greatest industries that twine this country’s greatness — and they don’t know diddly-squat, and they’re turning these great industries into nothing more than arms of their political agenda.

The Chevrolet Volt is a political statement. When President Obama is driving around in a limousine that has every protection and has the same weight that his current gasoline-powered limousine has and when it’s powered by a battery, then I’ll think about it. When Air Force One is powered by solar panels or windmills or self-generating propellers or whatever the hell else the wizards of smart have on the design table, then I’ll think about getting on one. But putting four seats on top of a lawn mower that runs on premium gasoline as a “backup,” is not innovation. It is classic liberal screw-upism, incompetence, and danger.

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The problem is not the cost of the engine (which serves as a dynamo that recharges the batteries, and allows the Volt to go another 320 miles, beyond the 40 miles it gets on electricity). It is running out of electricity in a snow storm on the New Jersey Turnpike on the one day a month you go to Granny’s. By building in the capacity to use the existing gasoline infrastructure, it turns the electric car into something a family of four can entertain as their only car. This is revolutionary…

It is precisely because the Volt is the first car with a real shot at the mainstream car market that we should be thinking about its impact, and the impact of all electric vehicles, on the economy as a whole. What makes the Volt such a landmark is that electric cars are the killer app for the smart grid.

This launch of the Volt, really, should be seen as comparable to the launch of personal computers. The car makes sense as a solution to the problem of gas prices and ecological responsibility, the same way the personal computer made sense as a solution to the problem of having to retype documents. But in the same way that the ubiquity of personal computers drove the development of the Internet, the growing presence of electric cars will drive the development of the smart grid, and all the infrastructure jobs this entails.

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Look at me. “[C]onsider this declaration: The electric car ‘has long been recognized as the ideal solution’ because it ‘is cleaner and quieter’ and ‘much more economical.’ That story was published by The New York Times on November 12, 1911.” “The electric car ‘has long been recognized as the ideal solution’ because it ‘is cleaner and quieter’ and ‘much more economical.’” The New York Times, 1911. “[T]he new Chevy Volt costs as much as a new Mercedes-Benz C350, consider this assessment by a believing reporter: ‘Prices on electric cars will continue to drop until they are within reach of the average family.’” That’s what a reporter said this week about the Volt: “Prices on electric cars will continue to drop until they are within reach of the average family.” (interruption) That’s what I said yesterday: If you’ve got 41 grand in a Mercedes C class… (interruption) Look, this is what’s sad to me. I am not here to (sigh) rip into General Motors. At any rate, it is what it is. (interruption) Mercedes has a sunroof, yeah. (interruption) Don’t… Don’t… (interruption) Snerdley, just cool it. Cool it in there. Just cool it in there. Yes, it has real seats. It’s got a bench seat. It’s got… (interruption) Yeah. It’s got headroom and leg room, yeah. (interruption) Just be quiet. Rob in Wichita, I do not want General Motors to fail. It’s just the exact opposite. This is painful.

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General Motors said Friday that it is boosting production capacity for its new Chevrolet Volt due to strong public interest in the electric car that goes on sale this year.

GM will now have a production capacity of 45,000 vehicles in 2012, up from previous plans for 30,000 vehicles.

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DSchoen on July 31, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Exactly. They did it the first time around and they’ll find a way to do it again.

sisterchristian on August 1, 2010 at 1:49 AM

I can’t believe I am seeing a presidential administration pushing a car to the public. Obama (PBUH) has politicized the car and made it a pariah to 52% of the nation. Excellent Smithers, excellent.

leftnomore on August 1, 2010 at 1:50 AM

sisterchristian on August 1, 2010 at 1:52 AM

Note to self: learn to insert link properly. :)

http://www.bloggingstocks.com/2009/04/09/obama-orders-government-to-buy-more-gm-cars/

sisterchristian on August 1, 2010 at 1:54 AM

This is an absolute travesty, and every single American should send hate mail to their Congressman.

No congressperson should ever enjoy a moment of their life.

Inanemergencydial on August 1, 2010 at 1:57 AM

If you want to get angry. Ask why Obama got rid of Saturn. Obama closed 350 Saturn dealerships and killed 13,000 jobs.

faraway on July 31, 2010 at 9:59 PM

I never thought I’d live to see the day when a president would . . . just run everything.

I never even would have imagined such a thing.

Now we have a president who just grabs companies, closes companies, tells dealers which can go on and which can’t (not even based on success of the dealer), tells people how much they can make, tells people they have to buy insurance or pay more taxes, um, what else? Tells people they can’t catch illegals, I’m sure there’s more. (And a lot more he’d like to do.)

Just a lot of stuff I never thought presidents were supposed to do.

Alana on August 1, 2010 at 2:24 AM

Somebody already mentioned the EV1. That car went 100 miles on a charge (back in the late 90s!). Seems to me they could have rebuilt that exact same car, but using modern technology, such as lighter weight materials and better battery technology, and made an electric car that could run at least 150 miles.
Really, if that is the best that the brightest minds at GM can come up with, they deserve to fail.

redshirt on August 1, 2010 at 2:47 AM

Sorry but I think your 90% number is way high in my humble opinion.. espicially if you live in the burbs or the country. I know alot of folks that travel that much hauling kids to/from soccer practice. :)

Dire Straits on July 31, 2010 at 11:58 PM

You can add the city to that. It’s not unusual to have a long commute in the city. And then there’s the time factor.

Even if you are a housewife and stay home, your errands in the city will take a long time. That is, a lot of city driving is sitting and waiting to go. That takes up gas, and would also, I believe, cause a battery to go down.

It’s not just miles, it’s time, right?

Alana on August 1, 2010 at 2:52 AM

It’s not just miles, it’s time, right?

Alana on August 1, 2010 at 2:52 AM

Amen! :)

Dire Straits on August 1, 2010 at 2:54 AM

My translation of what Robert Glib was really saying -
Evil Rush Limbaugh and those awful-Constitution-loving-free-market-racist-Capitalists who agree with him (repeat 3x’s), just don’t understand that after decades of destruction by the UAW, the pathetic lemmings who live in places like Detroit, Warren, Flint, Pontiac, Downriver – all of those decaying communities who can’t do anything but make cars – are now so utterly helpless and unable to think for themselves that the time is perfect for Socialists to use other people’s money to keep them from even attempting to cut the cord. Savior Obama is the only one wise enough to toss them big chunks of coins so they will remain dependent. But the best part is the strength this will give to his Voter-Retention Program. It’s golden!
In conclusion, please remember that Rush and all Republicans are evil because they wanted people to actually compete in a free-market that would encourage innovation, lessen government intrusion, and provide the virtues of individual freedom. Now please sit down and shut-up.
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redwhiteblue on August 1, 2010 at 3:12 AM

This is going to be the Edsel for the 21st century. Minus the great body design.

trigon on August 1, 2010 at 3:27 AM

Sorry if this has been previously mentioned but government motors just purchased Americredit, which is a subprime lending source. So now the government has control of the company and the financing. Can anyone say “banking queen?”
This is gonna get uglier and uglier.

skeedro on August 1, 2010 at 3:42 AM

http://fskrealityguide.blogspot.com/2010/07/government-motors-buys-americredit-with.html

here is a link to my previous post

skeedro on August 1, 2010 at 3:45 AM

Every government agency will be required to purchase these.

GM will make their sales.

commodore on August 1, 2010 at 3:45 AM

The libs haven’t figured it out yet that to put a person or a company down is to give them free advertising. Every time they mention Rush they are increasing is viewers. How do I get on Obama’s hit list. I could use the extra money and popularity.

Smorgasbord on August 1, 2010 at 4:20 AM

AUINSC on July 31, 2010 at 10:50 PM

WTF was that?

DSchoen on August 1, 2010 at 5:00 AM

I’ll never quite understand the reflexive animosity towards things like electric cars and alternative energy…its as if y’all find internal combustion and coal stacks to be somehow inherently virtuous…

ernesto on July 31, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Ah ya, bout that electric cars V internal combustion and coal stacks.

You do know “electricity” in the USA is usually produced at a power plant that uses either coal or gas?

Electric cars do not “reduce the amount of pollution”, it just shifts that pollution to the power plant that used either coal or gas to produce that “electricity”?

DSchoen on August 1, 2010 at 5:33 AM

I am a transplanted Yankee, quite happy to live in the South. This region of the country has as many intelligent people as any section of America. So why did Obama go and get the stupidest Southern guy ever to be his press secretary?

radjah shelduck on August 1, 2010 at 6:36 AM

DSchoen on August 1, 2010 at 5:33 AM

Don’t waste your time. Like all liberals, ernesto thinks electricity comes out of the wall (it’s magic . . . sort of like Barry Obama).

AZCoyote on August 1, 2010 at 6:38 AM

For the record to the smartest spokeshole on the planet: An F-150 is made by Ford, you know, THE AUTO COMPANY WHO REFUSED THE BAILOUT!!!

A 41,000 dollar, or 48,000 dollar small electric car including the gov’t kickback, is the future? These guys really are not very sharp.

dthorny on August 1, 2010 at 6:54 AM

The really ironic thing is that peak lithium even at the rate that we are using it now will occur long before peak oil. There have been a few studies published on the issue and they all concur that lithium will run out before oil.

vinceautmorire on August 1, 2010 at 7:17 AM

I’m still waiting for them to understand the ecological nightmare that is going to occur when these batteries have to be trashed. there is no industry, plan norpolitcal will to handle the looming problem. each battery with its heavy metals is a potential problem.

unseen on August 1, 2010 at 7:22 AM

A 41,000 dollar, or 48,000 dollar small electric car including the gov’t kickback, is the future? These guys really are not very sharp.

dthorny on August 1, 2010 at 6:54 AM

Gov’t kickback = Taxpayer’s higher taxes to fund.

We pay for what we DON’T get in this administration.

maverick muse on August 1, 2010 at 7:33 AM

When the Toyota Prius came out, Hollywood sponsored the market.

Is Obama about to downsize his motorcade fleet to Chevy Volts?

maverick muse on August 1, 2010 at 7:35 AM

What makes the Volt such a landmark is that electric cars are the killer app for the smart grid.

Right, because we’re all dying to have the government in charge of our thermostats. Not to mention the massive land grab.

Quisp on August 1, 2010 at 7:35 AM

With all due respect to HotAir, I do not appreciate starting my morning having to look at that insufferable pond scum worm Bobby Gibblets or listen to him rant and blather for the sheer sake of ranting and blathering.

The man’s words are as empty as his thick skull, as meaningless as a misdirected fart in the wind, and he contributes nothing with anything he has to say except a brooding sense of obvious and absolute contempt towards any and all things conservative.

The only time I ever wish to hear from this buffoonish certified assclown is when he announces he is leaving his position as White House Press Secretary and disappears from public view once and for all.

pilamaye on August 1, 2010 at 7:36 AM

I’m still waiting for them to understand the ecological nightmare that is going to occur when these batteries have to be trashed. there is no industry, plan norpolitcal will to handle the looming problem. each battery with its heavy metals is a potential problem.

unseen on August 1, 2010 at 7:22 AM

I was wondering about this, but what I read is that the lithium polymer batteries in the Volt more “environmentally friendly” than the nickel metal hydride in the Prius. Aside, of course from their wimpy charge life and the possibility they could explode.

Quisp on August 1, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Here is a distrubing video,watch it at your peril,
all is lost!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From Iowahawk’s website
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The Chevy Volt Dance

http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/

canopfor on August 1, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Remember the Edsal?

petefrt on August 1, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Looks like that 1.5 Billion dollar discrimination cases
for African American farmers isn’t going to get paid!!

Another Liberal group gets tossed under da bus!!
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CBC to Obama: Excuse Us, But We Believe You Were Busy Buying Our Votes

The administration promised to send $1.5 billion to Arkansas to help Blanche Lincoln out of a re-election mess. You know, the same old tactic of using your money to buy votes. However, President Obama has also plead poverty to avoid paying out $1.2 billion promised to settle an old discrimination case against black farmers that now includes more “farmers” than actually exist. Moe Lane lays out the administration’s

http://www.sundriesshack.com/

canopfor on August 1, 2010 at 8:26 AM

With potential brown outs…where does the electricity come from?
Coal? Nuclear? Oil? Natural Gas? Solar Panels? Wind Turbines?
The administration is against coal, nuclear, oil, natural gas, so that leaves two areas that are unproven to provide any real amount of electricity.
How many solar panels and wind turbines are there in NYC?

right2bright on August 1, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Forty miles to the charge, you couldn’t even get to work on it.And as for being clean, what happens to all those car batteries when they have to be disposed of? The acid and lead in them will make them an ecological nightmare.

eaglewingz08 on August 1, 2010 at 8:26 AM

CBC to Obama: Excuse Us, But We Believe You Were Busy Buying Our Votes

canopfor on August 1, 2010 at 8:26 AM
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Oops,I snafu’d,its already posted in the greenroom,
my mistake.

canopfor on August 1, 2010 at 8:35 AM

was wondering about this, but what I read is that the lithium polymer batteries in the Volt more “environmentally friendly” than the nickel metal hydride in the Prius. Aside, of course from their wimpy charge life and the possibility they could explode.

Quisp on August 1, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Critics claim that batteries pose a serious environmental hazard requiring significant disposal or recycling costs. Some of the chemicals used in the manufacture of advanced batteries such as Li-ion, Li ion polymer and zinc-air are hazardous and potentially environmentally damaging. While these technologies are developed for small markets this is not a concern, but if production was to be scaled to match current car demand the risks might become unacceptable.

Lithium is used as a drug to treat manic depression. the break down of large scale lithium ion into our dring water could cause widespread mental health issues never before seen.

Lithium is a very reactive metal meaning that it is easily disolved into water. Much like sodium cloride disolves to make salt water.

This interduction of large volumes of lithuim into our society could have major health impacts much like Lead had in the early part of the last century.

they is no major attempt to explain what, how much and long term effects of introduction of large amounts of lithum into our environment will have.

We as a society are just starting to deal with the enviornmental impacts of massive computer usage. with most of the “recylcing” of computer parts occuring in china and most of the bad impacts being out of sight out of mind.

Lithuim powered cars will require an entire new industry to be able to recylce these batteries. Jumk yard were cars now go to die will have to be regulated and supervised to ensure these hazards chemicals are collected correctly. Used and refurbished car parts will also have to be regulated. etc etc

Again nothing is being down to address these issues

unseen on August 1, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Ford Focus, 16,000—Volt 41,000—difference 25,000.
Gas at 3 bucks a gallon, that is about 8,000 gallons at just 20mph, that is 160,000 miles. The Volt has to overcome the fact that you get an 8,000 gallon edge, right away from the Focus.
So you have to drive the volt 160,000 miles just to equal a Focus…(I know the math is a little suspect), there is no way to justify the efficiency of the Volt.

right2bright on August 1, 2010 at 8:39 AM

If I’m going to pay the price of a Mercedes C350, I will own a Mercedes C350. Not some Obama tinker toy. Will this be known as the Obamamobile?

abcurtis on August 1, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Douchemobile

justltl on July 31, 2010 at 10:14 PM

LMAO! Douchemobiles! Getcha Douchemobile Right Heah! Comes with a free Obama bumper sticker! Don’t Miss out on getting your very own Douchemobile! hahahahaa.

Key West Reader on July 31, 2010 at 10:16 PM

I searched the comments and came up empty, so forgive me if this has already been suggested.

How about “Little Douche Coupe”?

It’s already got a theme song…

Peri Winkle on August 1, 2010 at 8:53 AM

A 41,000 dollar, or 48,000 dollar small electric car including the gov’t kickback, is the future? These guys really are not very sharp.
dthorny on August 1, 2010 at 6:54 AM

Obama and his buddies are surely no Sherlock Ohms. Ω

poxoma on August 1, 2010 at 9:05 AM

How about “Little Douche Coupe”?

It’s already got a theme song…

Peri Winkle on August 1, 2010

Clever and funny, but destroys one of the happy images of my youth.

Extrafishy on August 1, 2010 at 9:06 AM

canopfor on August 1, 2010 at 8:08 AM

cripe!

could only tolerate the first 25 seconds…

cmsinaz on August 1, 2010 at 9:12 AM

With potential brown outs…where does the electricity come from?
Coal? Nuclear? Oil? Natural Gas? Solar Panels? Wind Turbines?
The administration is against coal, nuclear, oil, natural gas, so that leaves two areas that are unproven to provide any real amount of electricity.
How many solar panels and wind turbines are there in NYC?

right2bright on August 1, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Exactly. Øbama‘s restricting our electricity generation fuels so much that electricity prices are bound to skyrocket (which he himself once admitted). If using electricity to run a car is not cost effective today, it’ll be downright prohibitive in a few years.

I imagine Øbama‘s response to skyrocketing electric costs will be to impose skyrocketing taxes on gasoline. In a few years, only the rich will be able to afford driving a car.

petefrt on August 1, 2010 at 9:15 AM

I don’t mind innovation and Rush talks occasionally of how he pays a ton for the latest and greatest electronics before they become affordable for the masses. What I don’t understand is why, if you are interested in hybrids, you would purchase the Volt over Motor Trend’s car of the year, Ford Fusion Hybrid. It’s a mid size car with the same options as the gas version, it gets 700 miles on a tank of gas, uses regular grade gasoline and doesn’t have to be plugged in. And I believe the difference in cost over a regular Fusion and the hybrid is $23K / $27K and according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle will pay for the difference in 5.6 years with gas savings. And Ford didn’t take any bail out money. So why the Volt?

Cindy Munford on August 1, 2010 at 9:24 AM

It is quite hilarious how the electric vehicle is constantly ressurected, with the same failing results.
Solar, wind, electric, if the technology was there, we’d be using it by now bcs gas & fuel prices would make it an attractive alternative.
Believe me, when diesel prices soared, during haying season we went through $12,000+ dollars just to make hay.
We are now going to buy most of our hay for our ranch bcs it doesn’t pay for us now.
If they had an electric or solar tractor that could do the job, I’d be 1st in line to get one.
Government has thrown so much $$ at this problem, industry has spent $$ on it, & they have come up with nothing using for industry.
Electric cars & go carts may be great for some who live in cities who don’t have far to go.
But for those of us who need a dually pick up for more than to pull a boat to the lake for a weekend, these alternative energy sources are CRAP.
Meanwhile, government’s f’d up CAFE standards are making it impossible to buy a new semi or pickup that actually will run.
Fuel filters etc are so numerous on these new semis & pickups it is a NIGHTMARE to keep them running.
The governement has made our lives miserable in trying to purchase new heavy equipment.
I truly despise them for it.

Badger40 on August 1, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Oh, and why won’t the Hollywood and Climate Change folks get behind the domestic hybrid already available?

Cindy Munford on August 1, 2010 at 9:26 AM

By the time Obama’s team finish ‘redistributing the wealth’ and ballooning the deficit, we will be so broke that GM will have to start making Yugos.

It will be the only thing that we can afford to drive…

Along with other Central and Eastern European vehicles marketed in the West during the 20th century — such as Lada and Škoda – the Yugo was subjected to derision by critics who pointed to its use of old… technology and to alleged issues with build quality and reliability. The Yugo was voted Car Talk’s worst car of the millennium.

Uniblogger on August 1, 2010 at 9:26 AM

EMac on FoxBix notes it is a car that the American family cannot FIT IN and cannot afford.

Yet they increase production..Hmmmmm..well if O keeps Gulf production shut in, we WILL have $6 gas by 2011…he can always raise gas taxes to try and ‘NUDGE/SHOVE’ us into his crapulent Hugos.

ginaswo on August 1, 2010 at 9:34 AM

he can always raise gas taxes to try and ‘NUDGE/SHOVE’ us into his crapulent Hugos.

ginaswo on August 1, 2010 at 9:34 AM

That’s what he’ll do, raise gas taxes and hand out susidies to buyers of Gubmint Motors Volts.

petefrt on August 1, 2010 at 9:40 AM

EMac on FoxBix notes it is a car that the American family cannot FIT IN and cannot afford.

Yet they increase production..Hmmmmm..well if O keeps Gulf production shut in, we WILL have $6 gas by 2011…he can always raise gas taxes to try and ‘NUDGE/SHOVE’ us into his crapulent Hugos.

ginaswo on August 1, 2010 at 9:34 AM

There is no family in the new Amerika only the collective state.

thomasaur on August 1, 2010 at 9:49 AM

he can always raise gas taxes to try and ‘NUDGE/SHOVE’ us into his crapulent Hugos.

ginaswo on August 1, 2010 at 9:34 AM

That’s what he’ll do, raise gas taxes and hand out susidies to buyers of Gubmint Motors Volts.

petefrt on August 1, 2010 at 9:40 AM

HOW TO SELL … TOOTHBRUSHES

The kids filed back into class Monday morning. They were very excited.
Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on
productive salesmanship.

Little Sally led off: “I sold girl scout cookies and I made $30,” she
said
proudly, “My sales approach was to appeal to the customers civil spirit
and
I credit that approach for my obvious success.”

“Very good,” said the teacher.

Little Jenny was next:

“I sold magazines,” she said, “I made $45 and I explained to everyone
that
magazines would keep them up on current events.”

“Very good, Jenny,” said the teacher..

Eventually, it was Little Johnnys turn.

The teacher held her breath …

Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full
of
cash on the teachers desk. “$2,467,” he said.

“$2,467!” cried the teacher, “What in the world were you selling”

“Toothbrushes,” said Little Johnny.

“Toothbrushes,” echoed the teacher,

“How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make that much
money?”

“I found the busiest corner in town,” said Little Johnny, “I set up a
Dip &
Chip stand, I gave everybody who walked by a free sample.”

They all said the same thing, “Hey, this tastes like dog crap!”

Then I would say,”It is dog crap. Wanna buy a toothbrush?”

“I used the governmental approach of giving you something crappy that
they say is good, and then making

you pay to get the crappy taste out of your mouth.”

The teacher was speechless. . . . . . . .

trigon on August 1, 2010 at 10:02 AM

unseen on August 1, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Thanks for that rundown.

Quisp on August 1, 2010 at 10:10 AM

trigon on August 1, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Best belly laugh of the day, thnx

thomasaur on August 1, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Tried to visit the GM website for a closer look. Clicked on gallery. If the Volt works anything like their website, run away as fast as you can.

squidly on August 1, 2010 at 10:12 AM

What makes the Volt such a landmark is that electric cars are the killer app for the smart grid.

Is that the ‘smart grid’ that we don’t have?

So you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by not using gasoline. You’ll use electricity generated by oil burning or coal fired electrical generating plants.

How clever.

GarandFan on August 1, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Didn’t we have a troll on here sometime last year preaching the virtues of the Volt?

Count to 10 on August 1, 2010 at 11:00 AM

…the wizards of smart…

But putting four seats on top of a lawn mower that runs on premium gasoline as a “backup,” is not innovation

I heard Rush say this on his show Friday. I was trying to get out of my car to go into the store and had to sit in the car until I could stop laughing. This was GREAT! Lord I love Rush!!! Dittos!

sicoit on August 1, 2010 at 11:42 AM

GM actually had something that was clean for the environment and efficient and had power, hydrogen…the government killed that project

Conservative Voice on July 31, 2010 at 9:27 PM

This.

I used to work for a division of GM. I heard Rick Wagoner speak in 2005 about the billion dollars GM had invested in hydrogen technology. It was exciting. He talked about even Corvettes one day running on hydrogen fuel cells. At this time, the hybrid-vs-hydrogen debate was sort of like VHS vs. Beta. GM was betting on hydrogen. Then Toyota came out with the Prius, and suddenly everyone was all over GM about why it wasn’t working on electrics. When Obama took over GM last year, the government killed what was left of GM’s hydrogen program to focus on this stupid Volt.

rockmom on August 1, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Is that the ’smart grid’ that we don’t have?

So you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by not using gasoline. You’ll use electricity generated by oil burning or coal fired electrical generating plants.

How clever.

GarandFan on August 1, 2010 at 10:54 AM

The smart grid is the Left’s real wet dream. It’s a grid that will allow liberal busybody bureaucrats to decide how much power you can use in your own home and when. Everyone will have meters controlled by the government. If your house is “too big” or you have “too many” computers, TVs, or other devices in your house, you will have your electricity cut off. If you haver an electric car, the government will allow you to charge it but only at night. This is another way liberals hope to force us all out of the suburbs and into smaller and smaller homes in the cities where they run everything.

rockmom on August 1, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Converting gasoline powered, internal combustion energy into electric energy doesn’t do anything for the environment…it’s less efficient than driving the car directly off of the mechanical drive train connected to the IC engine. Neither does plugging in enormous battery array into a wall socket in the garage…unless there is a clean, nuclear power plant at the other end and the grid has been beefed up to handle to the load. Since the Enviro-weenies have ensured that only coal based power plants could be built in this country since the 1970s, you just move the source of combustion from your car to a coal fired power plant. Idiots!

This is 100% smoke and mirrors, flim-flam. None of this accomplishes any of the stated ‘environmental’ goals that are claimed.

Now, given that we get absolutely no net environmental benefit (and probably generate more pollution in the process) from this thing and the car is ridiculously expensive and generally sux…who does this enormous waste of money and resources benefit…Obama. But only if he can convince enough of his sub-moronic fan-boys to buy it.

AUINSC on July 31, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Exactly. I could only add that it’s a perfect example of liberal “thinking.” As in: “If it’s not burning fossil fuels in front of me, it must not be using any power from fossil fuels.”

There Goes The Neighborhood on August 1, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Wow – a 40-mile range. I wonder how many new 5-mpg gas-fueled tow trucks AAA will be needing to drag all these little wonder cars back to their garages?

Fishoutofwater on August 1, 2010 at 3:27 PM

When Obama dons a bikini, and rubs his body all over the car for the papparrazzi, I still wouldn’t buy this car.

Next thing ya know, Obama will be hiring hit men to run down republican families in this sardine can.

$41,000 in this economy, or in any economy is waaaaaaay out of my league. I wouldn’t buy so expensive a car, because in a few years, they turn to crap.

capejasmine on August 1, 2010 at 3:38 PM

What makes ya’ll think that Obamamotors is so stupid? How much of a visionary will he look like when gas is over $10 a gallon?

TheCulturalist on August 1, 2010 at 3:58 PM

What makes ya’ll think that Obamamotors is so stupid? How much of a visionary will he look like when gas is over $10 a gallon?

TheCulturalist on August 1, 2010 at 3:58 PM

He’ll still look like a Socialist moron, even after he’s managed to kill all domestic oil production, and forced oil prices up to $200 a barrel.

He’s a true visionary – just like Karl Marx was.

Squiggy on August 1, 2010 at 7:03 PM

A 2010 Prius hybrid costs $22,800… so how is a Volt hybrid (not a real “electric car” at all, but another gas/electric chimaera) any particular improvement for the extra $18K -?
Why didn’t Chevy just buy 20,000 Prius’s, change a few superficial body doo-dads, sell them for $25K. and pretend they came up with something “better”?

profitsbeard on August 1, 2010 at 8:22 PM

AC/DC is not pleased with the Volt for obvious reasons.

Dirty Deeds done dirt cheap: Low Voltage!!!!

Just doesn`t have the ring to it or the necessary low cost of the deeds.

Dirty Deeds done very expensive!!!! Low voltage!!!

Sherman1864 on August 2, 2010 at 5:23 AM

How clever.

GarandFan on August 1, 2010 at 10:54 AM

If we went back to burning whale oil, we could fix our dependency on that ‘foreign’ oil.Think of it…. Whale Farms.

Badger40 on August 2, 2010 at 8:04 AM

I cannot listen Gasbag Gibbs. He is an apologist and propagandist for this soialist President. Obama is very close to ruining this country and I think he wants to so that he can install a permanent East Anglia type government! Oh, the mid-terms had better come to our rescue.

allstonian on August 2, 2010 at 10:03 AM

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