show host Rush Limbaugh on his conservative talk show released a
barrage of harsh criticism towards General Motors and its electric
vehicle superstar, the 2011 Chevy Volt.Wasting no time after
GM's press release of the completed
Volt, its price, and pre-order info, Limbaugh aired a Wednesday
broadcast saying the Volt was unviable and blamed President
Obama for what he sees as the sad state of General Motors.Despite
a profit, Limbaugh claims GM is doomed. He states, "Obama
and the government are admitting nobody wants this."Limbaugh
says the price is too high and calls GM "Obama Motors", a
slightly less used slur than the popular "Government Motors"
line. He says its just an excuse for Obama to pour
$86B USD more into the auto industry.While some may
agree with his assessment of price, his commentary on the vehicle's
operation indicated a lack of knowledge and/or confusion about its
gas generator. Limbaugh comments, "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."Limbaugh
said he didn't believe that the gas generator could really increase
the range to 300 miles, while failing to cite any concrete evidence
to back up his claims. GM has assured the public that the
gasoline range (300 miles on a tank) is a safe estimate under
virtually all conditions giving average driving habits (careful
drivers may get better mileage, heavy footed ones may get slightly
worse). The battery range admittedly is variable depending on
weather conditions and may be significantly better or worse under
hot or cold weather. The talk show host last
GM making comments that some listeners interpreted as a call
to boycott the company (he later denied
calling on a boycott). He also has been a vocal
critic of hybrids, though he did agree to test
drive the upcoming electric Ford Focus on Jay Leno's Green
Car Challenge. Limbaugh received the slowest time, even getting
beat by Drew Barrymore, thanks in part for his "accidental"
collision with two Al Gore cutouts that formed markers on the race
course. Despite his criticism of GM, Limbaugh
admits he was more than happy to take GM advertising money. He
admits that last year he accepted ad money to promote the company's
new car purchase incentives for workers who lost their jobs. GM
has been listed as a sponsor of his program in the past.
quote: By your statement, we all hate people until it suits us.
quote: I mean what, is he supposed to remove his support for something just because Obama supports it as well and he, in general, does not favor Obama? THAT would be hypocracy.
quote: There are plenty of topics that they have supported in the past that they voted no on because they are Obama and the Democrat's policies.