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Published: Sunday, May 13 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

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!"

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

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.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

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.

Hank Pym
SLC, UT

All I can think of is the South Park episode where they mock hybrids.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

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 Hemi.

Informed Voter
South Jordan, UT

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.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

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.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

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).

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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
South Jordan, UT

Ha ha

JP71
Ogden, UT

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%.

Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

If anyone is qualified to comment on smug elite intelligentsia, it's George Will.

Irony meter pegged.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

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.

Lowonoil
Clearfield, UT

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.

LDS Tree-Hugger
Farmington, UT

Lowonoil
Clearfield, UT
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.

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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?

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

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.

UTAH Bill
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

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.

Wally West
SLC, UT

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.

Hank Pym
SLC, UT

@ 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.

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