The Right Flames the Volt

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    The Right Flames the Volt
    By JOE NOCERA
    Published: April 6, 2012
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/07/o...mes-the-volt.html?_r=3&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss



    It was Thursday morning and several dozen owners of the new Chevrolet Volt had gathered at a restaurant overlooking the East River. Across town, the New York International Auto Show was in full swing. The Volt, of course, is the innovative electric car from General Motors, and G.M. was using the occasion of the auto show to meet with Volt owners.

    Between bites of eggs and bacon, the Volt owners gushed about how well the car drove — and how much gasoline they were saving. They were early adopters, of course, willing to pay a high price ($40,000 before a $7,500 tax credit) to get their hands on a new technology. Many of them had become nearly obsessed with avoiding the gas station; for those with short commutes, it could be months between fill-ups.

    What is the connection between President Obama and the Volt? There is none. The car was the brainchild of Bob Lutz, a legendary auto executive who is about as liberal as the Koch brothers. The tax credit — which is part of the reason conservatives hate the car — became law during the Bush administration.

    “It’s nuts,” said Lutz, when I spoke to him earlier in the week. “This is a significant achievement in the auto industry. There are so many legitimate things to criticize Obama about. It is inexplicable that the right would feel the need to tell lies about the Volt to attack the president.”
     
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    I read that. Good OpEd.

    So much for the right's claim to be "pro-business".
     
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    So they don't stop at the gas station,but instead need to visit the coal mine. Be honest about energy,requirements,they don't run on pennies a day.
     
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    so obama is as bad as bush when it comes to wasting money.

    this is no different than re-signing the Patriot Act. He owns it now.

    and fyi, big 0 is prancing around like it was his idea..
     
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    Don't pay any attention to those people whose homes burned down because they were stupid enough to put a volt in an attached garage.
     
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    Well coal is from our own ground! Natural gas, wind, solar right here in the United states . :eusa_shifty: No more middle east!

    Coal power in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    got a link for that?
     
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    I believe that the Vold is perfectly capable of flaming itself thank you.
     
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    If the Chevy Dolt was so good then people wouldn't need to be bribed with tax credits to buy it.

    And those of you who support the government bribing people to buy a product at the expense of others are the ones who don't really support businesses and competition but would rather have the government choose who wins and who loses.
     
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    Do you really mean to say you did not hear of the fires caused by the Volt? There are several threads on the topic. Do a search.

    The EPA is going to shut the coal mines and close most of the power plants, so much for charging cars with electricity. 79 coal mines to be closed. Isn't that a comfy thought if you own an electric car. Don't count on wind, solar or nuclear either. It's not going to happen.



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