Gas pumps need power too

Talk show host Rush Limbaugh has a history of going after electric vehicles and other green tech. In July 2010, the talk show host placed heavy criticism on General Motors and President Obama. Limbaugh blamed Obama for the poor state of General Motors and attacked the $40,000 Chevrolet Volt, stating, "Obama and the government are admitting nobody wants this." He was apparently referring to the large government incentives handed out to purchase the Volt.
It's worth noting at the time Limbaugh appeared to know very little about the Volt and how operated. He stated in 2010, "That 40-mile range has to include you getting home, and staying home three to four hours to charge the thing. It's (a) 20-mile range." If you follow cars and the Volt in particular, you know that the extended range electric vehicle has a 38-mile range on battery power alone and has an integrated gasoline generator that powers the car when the batteries are depleted.
In the wake of the massive storms recently in the Washington, DC area, Limbaugh is again taking a swipe at EVs and green technology such as solar panels and wind power. Many people in the DC area were without electricity for an extended period. Limbaugh makes a point that if you had purchased an electric vehicle using one of those government incentives, you wouldn't even be able to drive away from the storm stricken areas to a hotel since the car wouldn't have the electricity to charge.
Limbaugh quipped, "If you're in the DC area, are you happy you don't have an electric car? Yeah, with the power outages, are you happy you don't have an electric car? Because two million, five million, three schmillion, whatever. Aren't you glad you don't have an electric car? It's a good thing you don't have an electric car or you couldn't get around, you couldn't escape. Isn't it amazing."
Limbaugh also asks if people in Washington, DC that have solar panels and windmills for generating wind power are able to generate enough electricity to operate anything meaningful such as air conditioning. Or if the windmills are even still standing after the high winds generated by the storms.
He does make some points though. In the event of the major power outage like many in Washington, DC are experiencing, owners of electric vehicles are stuck. However, with no power to operate fuel pumps, drivers of gasoline-powered vehicles would face a similar problem as well.

You can read the full transcript of the Limbaugh show from July 2 at the source link. 

Source: Rush Limbaugh

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