Sep 09

hybrid only

Yesterday, my day job brought me to the Clackamas County Transportation and Development Department in Oregon City, Oregon.  Upon pulling into the parking lot the first thing I noticed was that the twenty-one parking spaces in the front row (closest to the building) were all smugly labeled, “HYBRID ONLY“.  Conspicuously missing were the handicapped parking spaces normally found closest to the front door.  I chuckled when I saw one brazen scofflaw who had parked a Harley in one of the spots reserved for hybrids.

But, I digress.  This might be just the beginning. Next will be fully eco-segregated parking lots.   Electric vehicles and hybrids will be given the preferred parking as they are now, mid-MPG vehicl would be directed to park in the middle of the lot, and the SUV’s, Hummers, and other assorted high-MPG vehicles relegated to the “back forty” (“We’ll show them!”). Following this bigoted logic yet further, it would only be a matter of time before the SUV drivers would be forced to drink out of different drinking fountains than hybrid drivers, and if they can be compelled to ride buses, would be forced to sit in the back of the bus.

But this is just wrong.  If our society’s goal, as the left has asserted, is to sincerely promote “equality”, “fairness”, and “diversity”, would it not be more appropriate to adopt affirmative action policies that will have as their goal to make each section of the parking lot look like the rest of the parking lot?

Also, the eco-bigots that implemented this discriminatory policy have got this exactly backwards anyway.  Since CO2=plant food, the Hummers, pick-ups, and SUV’s should be given the preferred parking up front as they are emitting more CO2, thereby increasing both the plant growth and crop yields that will help to feed the world.

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Jul 26

4-Block World on hybrid cars: ‘Haven’t we been through this before’

By Editor 4-Block World, hybrids Comments Off on 4-Block World on hybrid cars: ‘Haven’t we been through this before’

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Via 4-Block World (one of my regular haunts)

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Jun 12

Not green enough? Oregon’s Prius (hybrid) tax credit could go as of Jan. 1, but the state will still issue tax credits for cars that are 41% coal-powered

By Editor coal, Electric cars, Gov. Kulongoski, hybrids Comments Off on Not green enough? Oregon’s Prius (hybrid) tax credit could go as of Jan. 1, but the state will still issue tax credits for cars that are 41% coal-powered

The Oregonian reports:

SALEM — Oregon’s tax credit for that new Prius or other gas-electric hybrid vehicles could disappear on January 1, if a bill that passed the House Thursday becomes law.

Individual consumers and businesses who buy plug-in or all-electric cars would still qualify for a state tax credit. And House Bill 2180 would bring new incentives for companies that manufacture electric vehicles.

The bill must still make its way through the Senate. But it is a priority for Gov. Ted Kulongoski, who has promoted Oregon to electric car companies, including Nissan and Think, as a place to consider for a manufacturing site. Both companies have plans to test market their cars in Portland.

Oregon ranks among the top hybrid-car states per capita and Portland has ranked at the U.S. Prius sales capital.

Apparently, the hybrids just aren’t green enough for the Green Governor. And the plug-in electric cars are? Here in Oregon, 41% of our electricity is generated by coal.  So the plug-in electric cars that will still qualify for the Oregon tax credit will truly be 41% powered by coal.  I’m not sure the Green Governor really gives a damn about that pesky detail, as he’s likely more concerned about perception than reality.

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Jun 08

From The Oregonian:

In an age of green thinking and enhanced recycling, I feel the Big Three carmakers should dismantle and recycle all the unsold new cars with poor gas mileage.

For these new cars to be foisted on the
world’s consumers to continue the problems Detroit caused and ignored is worse than short sighted.

What an educational gesture for the industry and the world if the creators of one of our largest environmental problems could step up and truly be part of the solution.
JOHN WILEY
Southeast Portland

I suppose that would seem to make sense to many alarmists, but by the same logic we should dismantle and recycle all the unsold hybrid cars that get high gas mileage. With a 45% drop in hybrid car sales, these are the cars that are truly clogging up the car dealers’ lots:

…while Toyota may be enjoying mainstream success in Japan, it is continuing to struggle in the US, where the company has been hit by the slump affecting the entire auto industry.

Despite claims that Americans turning their backs on gas-guzzlers have contributed to the present dire straits faced by GM and others, Toyota’s latest sales figures point to a stagnant market for more efficient Japanese models as well.

Sales of the Prius in the US were down from 15,011 in May 2008 to just 10,091 for the same month this year. For the year to date, sales of the Prius in the US stand at 42,753 compared to 79,675 in 2008 – a drop of more than 45 per cent.

And let’s not forget that the hybrids are making much less the positive contribution to the environment that the lower MPG automobiles do, i.e. more CO2 emissions > more plant food > expands the biosphere > increases crop yields > feeds the world.

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Jun 02

Today’s editorial in The Oregonian confronts some of the complexities of the GM, aka Government Motors:

…this is not a comfortable place for either General Motors or the government to be. We share the hope expressed by the president that the bankruptcy of General Motors will lead quickly to the emergence of a trimmed-down manufacturing company with a fighting chance to survive on its own four wheels, without being towed along by the taxpayers.

Obama officials say they have taken “rigorous” steps to avoid interfering in the operations of General Motors, yet a majority stake in the company provides an obvious opportunity for an activist government to micromanage the business for social and policy purposes. The government now has the leverage it needs to put its thumb on the scale in ways that hurt competitors, interfere with trade relationships and impede profitability.

In recent years, General Motors’ most profitable vehicles have been gas-chugging behemoths like the Cadillac Escalade and the GMC Sierra. The Obama administration is pushing tougher fuel standards and encouraging the development of smaller, more efficient cars. This creates a natural, internal tension that won’t be eased until the federal government is out of the car business.

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May 27

An excellent read from one of the Wall Street Journal’s finest wordsmiths, Daniel Henninger:

How long before the midnight drag races return on dark and dusty roads?

When Barack Obama announced that the government will use its fist to wave onto the highways of America cars that get 39 miles to a gallon of liquefied switch grass or something, he said, “Everybody wins.”

Everybody? What country has he been living in? This marks the end of the internal combustion engine as we knew it, and it is the way Americans have defined, designed and literally driven much of the nation’s culture for as long as anyone can remember. Car culture is America’s culture.

Mr. Obama is fond of giving people iPods as gifts. I’ve got a playlist for Mr. Obama’s iPod.

Track 1: “Shut Down” by the Beach Boys. Clip: “Superstock Dodge is windin’ out in low/But my fuel-injected Stingray’s really startin’ to go. To get the traction I’m ridin’ the clutch/My pressure plate’s burnin’, this machine’s too much.”

Track 2: “Little Deuce Coupe” by the Beach Boys. Clip: “She’s got a competition clutch with a four on the floor, and she purrs like a kitten til the lake pipes roar.”

It’s 2016. Imagine a Brian Wilson ever thinking to write: “And she’ll have fun, fun, fun til her daddy takes her Prius away.”

We are being offered a different world now. One designed, defined and driven by a new set of un-fun obsessions — carbon footprints, greenhouse gas and alternative energy. This large transition passes before us, barely seen, as the gray water of public policy. Hardly anyone notices how much is being changed.

To put a stop to the new sin of spending too much time out on Highway 9, we are getting the mark-up hearings this week in Washington for the Waxman-Markey climate bill. It’s 900 pages long, dripping with thousands of Mickey-Mouse rules to reorder how we live. A Senate Finance Committee document last week on the Obama health-care plan proposes “lifestyle related revenue raisers.” Lifestyles like drinking beer. This is the “taxing bad behavior” movement. They get to define what’s bad.

This tension over how we live arrived before the world began standing on its head over global warming. The guys in the hemi-powered drones used to mock the granola and Birkenstock crowd. Look who’s on top now.

“Everybody wins?” Not quite. What’s winning is a worldview that goes deeper than the data beneath global warming. The gasoline cars they want to turn into scrap were about a lot more than the thrill of roaring on.

Read it all at the Wall Street Journal.

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Dec 29

Video: Car of your future! 2012 Pelosi GTxi SS/RT Sport Edition "with it’s advanced Al Gore designed V-3 under the hood"

By Editor Al Gore, automobiles, hybrids, video Comments Off on Video: Car of your future! 2012 Pelosi GTxi SS/RT Sport Edition "with it’s advanced Al Gore designed V-3 under the hood"

An exerpt:

“…you’re a man who likes to do things your own way, and on those special odd-numbered Saturdays when driving is permitted, you want it in your car. It’s that special feeling of a zero emissions wind at your back and a road ahead meandering with possibilities, the kind of feeling you get behind the wheel of a Pelosi GTxi SS/RT Sport Edition from Congressional Motors – all new for twenty-twelve! The Pelosi GTxi SS/RT Sport Edition is the mandatory American car so advanced it took $100 billion, and an entire Congress to design it. We started with the same reliable seven-way hybrid/ethanol/bio-diesel/electric/clean coal/wind/solar/pedal power plant behind the base model Pelosi, but packed it with extra oomph and the sassy stylin‘ pizazz that tells the world that 1974 Detroit is back again – with a vengeance! We’ve subsidized the features you want, and taxed away the rest! With it’s advanced Al Gore designed V-3 under the hood pumping out 22.5 thumping carbon-neutral ponies of Detroit muscle you’ll never be late for the disco or the day labor shelter….”

Video by Iowahawk via The People’s Cube

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