Bush Senior Defies Republican Stereotype, Buys Chevy Volt

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    Bush Senior Defies Republican Stereotype, Buys Chevy Volt
    AutoGuide.com ^ | March 31, 2012

    Bush Senior Defies Republican Stereotype, Buys Chevy Volt | AutoGuide.com News

    Who would have thought it? Given the flack the Chevy Volt has received at Republican hands over the last few months, former Republican president George H. W. Bush dealt the Volt attackers a serious blow, deciding to purchase one of GM’s extended range electric cars.

    The Volt, which has become a symbol of all that’s wrong with the Obama administration according to a number of conservatives, might finally be getting a break. In addition to Bush Sr.’s purchase of a Volt (for his son Neil), there’s growing sentiment among the right that the car might not be that bad after all.

    Fred Barnes, writing in the conservatively inclined Weekly Standard, showed sympathy for the Volt, saying it “is not an Obamamobile,” a view that’s been widely held by many Republicans. In perhaps an even more surprising turn, Fox News, the notorious Volt basher, is also apparently changing it’s tune. Lee Spieckerman, CEO of Spieckerman Media and a conservative himself, said during a recent interview on the network that the “Volt is the quickest and most efficient way to bring American fossil fuels like coal, natural gas and nuclear energy to American automobiles. It is a terrific car, it is the iPhone of the automobiles. I’ve driven it and it’s very impressive.”

    Volt sales remain sluggish despite GM introducing a zero percent incentive this month, so this change is probably welcome news, though Spieckerman did say that in order for it to truly be successful in the market, the price of the Volt needs to be reduced by about 20 percent, in order to give it a fighting chance against the likes of machines like the Chevy Cruze.
     
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    Good for him, it's a responsible purchase. In fairness to Dubya, he did use geothermal energy when he lived in Midland. Too bad he was controlled by big oil, and didn't push a more positive National strategic agenda, of fully utilizing renewable, non (or less) polluting sources for home and transportation uses.
     
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    Wow, old moderate republican president George Bush sr. buys a Chevy Volt and the leftie radicals declare a national holiday.
     
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    Good for him. But to call these cars environmentally "responsible" is ridiculous.

    Factor in the massive carbon footprint that is created when manufacturing the batteries and you have a car that is far worse for the environment than one that is solely gasoline powered.

    Remind me again, what were the reasons for buying these things?
     
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    He was an underrated President. I would have voted for him based on the restraint he showed by not invading Iraq but putting sanctions in place which made Iraq a non threat. But the fact that he pulled strings to get his boy George into Harvard and out of an SEC investigation involving illegal activities, I just couldn't do it.
     
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    It's a great car. Why not buy one if you can afford it? The most innovative auto since the Hybrid.
     
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    Not every area gets their energy from CO2 - creating sources. But I'd expect a Heartland-funded site to skip over that fact.
     
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    SNIP:

    "Read his lips: no new gasoline."

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    "A birthday present.... I don’t know where Neil lives but if it’s in Houston he’ll have a hard time keeping up with the other vehicles in a battery powered Volt."

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    "So, Neil needs a car from Daddy? I suppose Neill is still busy trying to add up to zero."


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    Heck, remove the “bailout surcharge” and the AFL-CIO surcharge to cut the price in half, retain the $7000 tax rebate and then I’d buy one

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    "It's a piece of cr@p. The battery holds the energy equivelent of ONE GALLON of gasoline. Who would buy a car with a ONE GALLON gas tank?
    "Did anyone notice they have taken off the Volt commercial where the guy says that for going uphill "The battery powered generator kick is"? Maybe the gasoline powered generator, but why would you use a battery to turn a generator? If I didn't know better, I would say Obama wrote to commercial."

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    Unicorn farts and Rainbows will power the future!!!
     
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    Not likely. But perhaps nuclear, hydro, solar, and wind.
     

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