Sorry I must respond to Rush Limbaugh comments about the Chevy Volt and Climate Change.
Actually I didn’t want to respond and possibly give Rush Limbaugh any sort of additional publicity for any reason because around here the less said or heard about him constitutes a better way of living.
However, when the host of the highest-rated talk-radio program in the United States starts spreading false information either because of: ignorance, to gain ratings and/or serving a political agenda he certainly needs to be corrected as leaving some of those statements unchallenged may infer to some in his audience that his opinion has some sort of creditability and should carry some weight on the subject.
A reasonable person would also hope that someone that gets paid 50 million USD per year from Clear Channel could afford to hire a personal advisor or two that could help him understand things he clearly does not. Spreading ignorance or disinformation should be made illegal as anyone that even has even an audience of one should understand that they have a responsibility to not influence others in a possibly negative manner.
Rush Limbaugh should be considered a radio talk-show “entertainer” and NOT an electric car, Chevy Volt or climate expert. In fact, I would go so far as to say that on those subject matters most every statement he has made publicly could NOT be farther from the reality or understanding gained by my personal investigations and experiences.
I strongly suggest and encourage everyone to personally learn all they can about electric cars and climate change because decisions about them are currently being made by your government officials that in theory represent your wishes as we speak. These issues are far too important to just allow others to tell you how you should feel about them.
Just in case you unaware of what I’m talking about here are a few easily found examples of Classic Rush Limbaugh Quotes:
“The global warming people essentially are atheists. You cannot believe in the God of Creation and believe manmade global warming. You just can’t. You might run around and say, ‘I don’t want to destroy God’s creation.’ God’s laughing at you. You can’t! He could, but you can’t. You can’t create it; you can’t destroy it.” —Rush Limbaugh
“Despite the hysterics of a few pseudo-scientists, there is no reason to believe in global warming.”—Rush Limbaugh
Global warming: “This is a hoax. It’s junk science. ”
“When there is less snow, the alarmists say that’s because of global warming. When there is more snow, they say it’s because of global warming. Now, you cannot have it both ways, otherwise you’re contradicting yourself and proving that all you are is on a political mission.”—Rush Limbaugh
Limbaugh calls concern about the ozone layer: “balderdash. Poppycock.” The only people who worry about it are “environmental wackos,” “dunderheaded alarmists and prophets of doom.”
[Global warming is] malarkey… The idea that we [human beings] have any power over nature is absolute absurdity. -The Rush Limbaugh Show, 9/09/2004.
God created this magnificent planet and its climate and environment and all that. The idea that we can destroy it is just absurd. -The Rush Limbaugh Show, 5/26/2007.
A 1992 Limbaugh statement: “Even if the polar ice caps melted, there would be no rise in ocean levels… After all, if you have a glass of water with ice cubes in it, as the ice melts, it simply turns to liquid and the water level in the glass remains the same.”
Bloomberg story about Hybrid cars: Obama Bolsters U.S. Hybrid Automobile Sales in Waning Consumer Market. “Nobody wants one. Hardly anybody wants one. So the regime is out there buying them for itself so that other members of the regime can run around and drive these cars.” –Rush Limbaugh
About the Chevy Volt:
“The consumer demand just isn’t there for these cars, and they’re (the US government) having to trump it up.” –Rush Limbaugh
About Electric Cars:
“The essential question is obvious: Why is the government throwing so much money at a technology that shows so little promise? The electric-car industry has a century-long history of failure tailgating failure.” –Rush Limbaugh
“I’m not going to recommend people go buy an electric car that gets 40 miles to a charge. That would shoot my credibility. It takes three to four hours to charge the thing, 40 miles to the charge.” –Rush Limbaugh
“We got a 40-mile range in the electric car. What happens if it gets stuck in a traffic jam? You know, the battery keeps going whether you’re moving or not. The battery continues to discharge whether you’re moving or not. Now, it probably doesn’t discharge as rapidly if you’re stalled in a traffic jam.” –Rush Limbaugh
About the Chevy Volt’s APU and it’s 340-mile gasoline-powered extended range. “Why wouldn’t you use the backup first and use the battery as the backup is the point? Well, because you’re making a statement, you’re out there saying you’re better than everybody else.” –Rush Limbaugh
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