by Ron Collins
Clash Daily Contributor
If you’re tired of taking grandma to the shopping center just to get a front row handicap parking spot, there is an alternative method to gain this preferential treatment without dealing with depends. All you need to do is to purchase an Eco-friendly automobile.
Bio or Flex-fuel rides are getting preferential treatment at some facilities by reserving parking spaces just like ones for the handicapped parking. Now, let me be clear, (heh, I like saying that, too) I have nothing against handicapped folk who struggle to get in and out of Wal-Mart getting a little closer space than I do. However, on a regular basis there are plenty of handi-spaces still open while I do laps looking to park closer than aisle 57. I suppose we earth haters are going to be stuck in the north 40 whilst we walk with our functioning legs past the empty “green” spots as well
The entire green energy movement is based on lies and, dare I say, earth worship. Prophets of Doom predict dire consequences for the entire planet if we do not adhere to a lifestyle that was obsolete over a century ago. Yet these folks continue to utilize today’s technology, made possible by none other than big oil, to advance a civilization into the future dark ages.
One big problem is that, on average, green cars cost much more than a comparable regular fuel model. The Chevy Volt MSRP, after rebate, equals $32,000 while comparable cars, to those that hate the environment, run about $10,000 to $12,000 less. (that’s with no “tax credit”) All of that doesn’t matter. You’ll feel good driving a green car. You’ll feel even better knowing that Government Motors spends 89K to manufacture this catastrophe and sell it for a net loss of 49K. You read that right, GM loses 49 thousand dollars on every Volt. Your bailout dollars are hard at work saving the planet!
What about the people who really want to be green but can’t afford it? Is this really fair? Even with a $7,000 tax credit a lot of folks cannot afford this luxury. How long until we have to subsidize those who cannot afford a bio-fuel or electric car so they don’t feel left out, or behind, or believe they are being treated unfairly? How long until this repressive regime mandates our children drive nothing but “green” cars? We’re passing thousands of regulations hidden amongst the pages of bills that no one has read.
Ask yourself a few questions; Is your house hard-wired to accommodate the necessary outlets/voltage to charge the car? How much will that upgrade cost? How much coal does a coal plant burn to charge these cars? The imaginary savings from the electric cars fewer trips to the local fuel station every week will now be felt once a month when you receive your electric bill. And coal is still burning to bring that Franklin discovery into your home. You know, “under my plan energy costs will necessarily skyrocket”.
Uncle Sam isn’t quite getting the same revenue at the pump these days, either. While our government taxes fuel more than big oil makes per gallon the loss of revenue from these green monsters is causing states to impose a tax on anyone that drives an alternative fuel vehicle. Virginia just passed such a law and Texas, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Arizona are now considering adding an additional tax, a fee they call it, on anyone driving a car that gets over 40 mpg.
Ethanol is another joke. A really bad one. 56 billion dollars in corn subsidies from ’95-2006. If this product is so great, why does the government force the tax payer to continually fund it? The government didn’t mandate gas stations be built because of Ford and his automobile. Gas stations were built because someone was greedy and wanted to fill their pockets while filling a new need that arose from Ford’s idea and his automobile. If ethanol were a viable source of fuel, and in turn revenue for those evil profit seekers, businessmen (and women!) would be flocking to invest in this ingenious idea. They aren’t. There is no flocking without subsidizing.