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Environmental Hypocrites in Congress

2008 Cadillac STS (Credit: Bull-Doser)

2008 Cadillac STS (Credit: Bull-Doser)

Environmental hypocrites in Congress drive large gas-guzzling cars and want us “little people” to drive little plastic toy cars and pay 40% higher electric bills.

Am I the only one who’s had it up to the gills, watching liberal environmental extremists run around in large vehicles or high-flying airplanes while lecturing the rest of us that we’re wrecking the planet?

From CNS News:

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) supports government efforts to cap U.S. carbon emissions in the cause of controlling global warming.

“I think it’s part of a larger clean-up,” Stabenow told CNSNews.com. “We need a strategy for low carbon, yes.”

But Stabenow admits she doesn’t take public transportation to work, she drives to Capitol Hill.

“I drive a Cadillac STS, it’s a small car,” she added.

The STS averages 16 miles per gallon in the city, 26 miles per gallon highway, according to General Motors and FuelEfficiency.gov–a joint Web site of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Union Station and Russell Office Bldg

Union Station and Russell Office Bldg

You would think a truly environmentally-conscious person like Stabenow would be driving a hybrid or some little box that runs on algae or tofu or something.

If she’s really serious, you might expect she’d be taking the D.C. metro to work.  I’ve taken the metro a few times and in a big town like D.C. it’s not a bad way to get around.  Union Station is just a minute or two’s walk from the Russell Building where her office is.

While I can understand that a United States senator might like driving a real car instead of some plastic box of a deathtrap…maybe many other Americans like driving a real car, too.

Maybe a lot of average Americans want to drive a car that looks and feels like a real car, not some toy go-kart.  Perhaps a lot of everyday Americans want to drive something that goes when they press the gas pedal, not something where they have to feed the hamsters under the hood every day.

I’ve always liked American cars.  They look good.  They feel good.  They have lots of cool things to play with inside.  Before CAFE standards started making them look like cheap Japanese lookalikes, they had power and a distinct look–and they could keep you safe in a crash because they were made out of something stronger than tin foil.  What’s more, buying one helped support the jobs of my fellow Americans, and helped keep the value of the American dollar here at home and fully supporting our economy.

But I think it’s the hypocrisy that gets me the most.   Environmental extremists like Al Gore whose house uses more electricity in one month than the average American does in a year, his need to fly around in a private plane warning the “little people” about consuming too much, John Travolta and his fleet of planet-saving airplanes, Sheryl Crow and her semi-driven toilet paper crusade,   and other liberals who talk a lot of smack but only expect the “little people” to walk the walk.

Who knows?  I might even be able to stomach the hypocrisy a little better…if the whole notion of anthropogenic global warming wasn’t such a farce in the first place.

When you add it all up, the whole thing is just really hard for me to swallow.


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2 Responses to “Environmental Hypocrites in Congress”

  1. I like small cars that go fast. My Audi TT suits me well and gets 25-32 mpg depending on how much I engage the turbo-charger. My other car is a VW TDI Jetta diesel. It gets an honest 50 mpg very consistently. I am enamored by the engineering and efficiency of small displacement engines more than any environmental concerns. But, whatever preferences I or anyone has, it is not the business of Big Government to decide for us, least of all those that seem to have no regard for the environment as they preach to the rest of us. But then, THEY are the Anointed Ones and what they do should be above scrutiny and criticism.

  2. I like small cars that go fast. My Audi TT suits me well and gets 25-32 mpg depending on how much I engage the turbo-charger. My other car is a VW TDI Jetta diesel. It gets an honest 50 mpg very consistently. I am enamored by the engineering and efficiency of small displacement engines more than any environmental concerns. But, whatever preferences I or anyone has, it is not the business of Big Government to decide for us, least of all those that seem to have no regard for the environment as they preach to the rest of us. But then, THEY are the Anointed Ones and what they do should be above scrutiny and criticism.