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The 2011 Chevy Volt...

versus Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk show host.
Talk show host also admits he recently took ad money from GM, despite criticism

Talk 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 recently turning 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 year attacked 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.

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RE: Jason is Right On!
By Yawgm0th on 7/30/2010 11:37:35 AM , Rating: 2
Honestly, Rush can DIAF, but I read the transcript provided and right off the bat Limbaugh says that the Volt can do over 300 miles on gas. He mentions it several other times. He didn't deny the facts here. He did claim that the charge won't get forty miles in non-ideal conditions, which is true. He did incorrectly state that you have to drop "30" on a Prius, which starts at about $22,000 MSRP.

Rush did say he would move to Costa Rica (which has socialized medicine) if "Obamacare" passed. He also told a caller that Federal insurance would be the only option (I heard this first-hand and nearly broke my radio) if Obamacare passed, basically implying it was a Single-payer system rather than a set of regulations, requirements, and subsidies.

Anyhow, the transcript proves this DT article is BS, but Rush is BS anyway. Still, I don't disagree with him on one thing: At $41,000 before a $7,500 tax credit not counting the charging station, the Volt is basically an entry-level luxury car for someone who is willing to pay $34,000 for $26,000 worth of car. I'd rather have a Ford Fusion hybrid, myself.

If you just wanna be eco-friendly at all costs, buy a Prius and then buy a friend a Prius. After trade-ins you'll spend the same as you would on a Volt and do more for the environment. I hate the Prius, BTW, but only because it sucks to drive and looks awful. It's the most practical, economical, eco-friendly car on the market, so it gets more kudos than the unattainable Volts and Teslas.

RE: Jason is Right On!
By mkrech on 8/3/2010 5:11:50 PM , Rating: 2
It's the most practical, economical, eco-friendly car on the market,
Although I cannot endorse the Dust to Dust study as irrefutable, my point is that determining practical, economical and eco-friendly is based on more than just MPG. I think there are plenty of non-hybrid cars that would be better than the Prius in all but eco badge cred...
ie: Ford Focus, Chevy Cavalier, Honda Accord, Toyota Corolla... etc

RE: Jason is Right On!
By Azure Sky on 8/24/2010 1:26:40 PM , Rating: 2
also note tho that rushes transcripts do get edited at times to reflect what he says he said not what he actually said, this has been documented more then once, by people on both sides of the political isle.

I have republican friends who HATE rush because he makes them all look like racist ignorant loud know the typical image of americans that the rest of the world has.....

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