@ RedShirt4:06 p.m. May 14, 2012"It seems that a Prius is more
of a status symbol than it actually saves anything." Agreed;
there are some interesting psychology @ work when it comes to hybrids.Its minivans that are the bane of the roadways.
Twin Lights 8:46 p.m. May 13, 2012"Driving a Corvette
doesn't make you someone in search of your lost youth." Perhaps not, but think that S Freud's rationale might be closer to the
truth"They are cars. Machinery to move you from point A to point
B. Some people may care about what the car "says" about them. Most folks
just like a car with a little better mileage or a bit more wallop."I'll agree. I just traded in my American made mid size pick up & got
a mid size 4 cyl American made sedan. I am saving about $800/yr @ current gas
prices.re: JP71 7:45 a.m. May 14, 2012"We love our
national parks but despise the Sierra Club who gave us these parks"It was Teddy Roosevelt who got that ball rolling and the Government today
still designates National Parks.
Redshirt - did you ever think that these people were driving all these miles
before they got their cars, and bought them as a way of saving money on their
commutes? I really doubt people say, "hey, I am getting all this great
mileage, lets drive to some place I didn't need to go to before". If
you live in Farmington, but your job is up in Brigham City, that distance
doesn't change because of the type of car one drives.... really bad
use of stats there amigo. And on the insurance rates, comprehensive is such a
small number to start with, it could still be a good savings. Neither of these
mean a dang thing when it comes to total cost of ownership.This
being said by one who has two cars with over 500 horsepower each - and another
that gets over 40 mpg for running around town. I do it because I am cheap,
quasi liberal, and yet still love the sound and feel of a good V10 and V12.Mr. Will, perhaps in LA or inside the beltway people are just that black
and white, but the rest of the world isn't.
My neighbor has 80,000 trouble-free miles on his Prius and gets 50 mpg. If that
makes him a poser - he's laughing all the way to the bank.
To "JP71" unfortunately Prius owners are as smart as you think.According to Carconnection's article "Hybrid Drivers More Ticket- and
Accident-Prone" the hybrid drivers drive 25% more than the average person.
With a vehicle that gets 40 MPG, that means that they are burning as much fuel
as a person getting 30 MPG. Also, since wind resistance increases as the square
of velocity, the fact that hybrid drivers tend to speed will also cut down on
gas mileage.If they are so smart, why do they buy cars that "For
2006 hybrid models, the costs to the insurer of comprehensive coverage were 75
percent higher than average"?It seems that a Prius is more of a
status symbol than it actually saves anything.
LowonoilClearfield, UTWWJD?Sandals. Perhaps a donkey.Greenwash environmentalists drive priuses and recycle their bottles and cans.
Real environmentalists walk or ride their bikes or the bus and drink tap water
out of refillable containers.============ Agreed.and can we also then agree that gas-guzzling SUVs soccor moms, and
un-necessary monster Trucks for picking up a gallon of milk --- and then
slamming or mocking those trying to be good stewards of the Earth are hardly
being Christ-like in thought or deed?
WWJD?Sandals. Perhaps a donkey.Greenwash environmentalists
drive priuses and recycle their bottles and cans. Real environmentalists walk or
ride their bikes or the bus and drink tap water out of refillable containers.
WWJD?What Would Jesus Drive?A HUMBLE, meek, caring
individual…The Prius, Or the 6 foot jacked, F-250 Monster
Truck?I’m reminded of the Public Service ad of the Native
American Indian, looking to the smoke stacked factories, oil and garbage on the
river, and having garbage thrown at his feet – and the tear rolling down
his cheek.Can me an environmental wack-o.I follow my heart,
and my gut feelings of what is right and wrong – Not a drug
addicted, sleazy Rush Limbaugh hypocritical and denialistic rantings.
If anyone is qualified to comment on smug elite intelligentsia, it's George
Will.Irony meter pegged.
This article is a perfect example of the classic Utah mindset that environment
is a four letter word. We love our national parks but despise the Sierra Club
who gave us these parks. We complain about the inversion in Salt Lake but love
our big trucks with over sized tires, that usually carries one person and hauls
a load once a month if that. Do Prius owners or any other hybrid owners think
they are intelligent? Yes, because they are. People denying horrific
environmental erosion and global warming are like smokers in the 1950’s
swearing that smoking is not bad for you. Even Exxon Mobile has declared that
global warming is a real threat. It’s the 80/20 rule where the 20 will
have to solve the problems that will ravage our children’s future. And,
Mr. Will you are part of the 80%.
Informed Voter,One of the first Prius I got to see up close was at
my local Stake Center as a family was loading up and getting ready to go
home.No beard. No signs of being part of the environmentalist
fringe. They seemed like a pretty standard LDS family.They liked
the car and loved the mileage. The Prius also has good reliability and safety
records. If my mechanic worked on them (he would need a special bay due to the
current), I would seriously consider one. At the right price, it would help me
save a few bucks (vs. save the world).*Honestly, I
normally like George Will but this piece is just inane. Driving a truck
doesn't make you a good ol boy. Driving a Prius doesn't make you an
eco-terrorist. Driving a Corvette doesn't make you someone in search of
your lost youth.They are cars. Machinery to move you from point A
to point B. Some people may care about what the car "says" about them.
Most folks just like a car with a little better mileage or a bit more wallop.Find another topic George. You're scraping bottom.
Informed Voter.Yup, there are some environmentalist wackos out
there. There are extremes in everything.You sure showed them. I bet you leave the lights on when you leave the house also. My
My, aren't you the rebel. You should be so proud.
Joe Blow: Yep by throwing my aluminum cans and newspapers in the trash right
next to recycle bins is my response to the religious dogma of the
environmentalist wackos. Small satisfaction, but I enjoy it. Also, have you
noticed the majority of Prius drivers have beards and "Save the Earth"
or some other similar bumper sticker on the car. Quite funny actually.
Who mocks hybrids? Not me, but I choose not to own one but if you do, go for it!
I will put up with the mocking criticism I get for driving my 340 HP Chrysler
All I can think of is the South Park episode where they mock hybrids.
kind of reminds me of the mindset of some of my friends on the right.They revel in their choice to drive the largest, gas guzzler they can find and
scoff at those who recycle.I have seen them smugly throw their
aluminum can in the trash can which sits right next to a recycle bin.Very sad.
We really do despise intelligence, as well as anything that looks like elitism.
And our contempt of anything 'left' of us borders on hatred. I'm
not sure this isn't going to harm us, if it hasn't already.
Really, Mr. Will?Prius vs. Corvettes vs. F-150's as a theme to
grouse about politics, again? You don't think that any
Democrats drive pickup trucks, or that any Republicans drive fuel-efficient
cars?Really?Isn't this more proof that it's
long-past time for you to retire to your front porch and start yelling,
"Hey, you kids! Stay off of my lawn!"