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Prius Patriots

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Ben W, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. Ben W

    Ben W Active Member
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    Sep 16, 2002
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    Hybrid cars are one of the few things that seem to bridge the political divide in the US.

    So-called "Prius Patriots" including former CIA director James Woolsey drive the cars because they see it as a strategic necessity for the US to reduce its dependence on foreign oil.

    According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the US spends $200,000 every minute on foreign oil.

    John Andersen, who lives outside of Washington DC, drove his Prius in a rally last summer on the 4th of July holiday, which was billed as a declaration of independence from foreign oil.

    Mr Andersen describes himself as a pro-life, religious conservative who still has to be convinced of the threat of global warming, but he loves his petrol-sipping Prius.

    He loves it so much he says he will never buy another traditional car.

    Depending on his driving patterns, he sometimes gets as much as 53 miles to the gallon, compared to an estimated 9.6 miles per gallon for Hummer's H2 heavy-duty SUV (based on listed range and fuel capacity).

    Mr Andersen has been disappointed by US hybrid efforts. "It's a darn shame the US manufacturers didn't get on the bandwagon," he said.

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  2. Hope of Glory

    Hope of Glory New Member

    Nov 29, 2005
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    Free market vs government mandates

    The free market will always win.
  3. hillclimber

    hillclimber New Member

    Feb 10, 2005
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    Efforts need to be concentrated in drilling offshore Oregon, California, the gulf of Mexico, and much more developement in Alaskan wilderness areas. We will never comfortably cut back on consumption, but if the leftists can be overcome, with their unwarrented environmental concerns, we can achieve oil independance in a decade or a little more, but overcoming the leftists is a huge task.

    Nuclear energy was God's gift of very cheap energy to humanity, but the pseudo enviros have all but killed that.

    I do agree that these little bitty hybrids can save fuel, but most people won't buy them.

    This may be a bit off topic. If so, feel free to give it the axe.