The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

15 July 2007

Prius Owners, Bay Area Liberals, Rush Limbaugh


Over Arrogant Attitude, 'Prius Progressives' Ridiculed

Beyond the outrageous cost of living and general overcrowding, what has made the Left Coast's bluest territory so unbearable is the increasingly- smug attitude of the Bay Area's supposedly "progressive" inhabitants.

Almost always white, they secretly prefer their own neighborhoods as minority- free as possible and through restrictive land- use policies that sent home prices to the moon, they've done a great job in recent years cleansing San Francisco of African- Americans.

As far left politically as one could imagine, they form the primary support base for Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer.

Always quick to scold those who are seen as "impure" or "unenlightened", they've recently gone overboard on another issue: touting their automotive superiority to the point where an anti-Prius backlash has begun, according to the San Francisco Chronicle:

Virtue may be its own reward -- but as any self-respecting Prius Progressive can attest, the payoffs of hybrid ownership don't stop there. Beyond the gas pump savings, the tax breaks, the entree to carpool lanes, the freedom to park without feeding meters and the aura of cool kinship with Hollywood hybriders such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz, comes something more visceral.

"Absolutely, they're buying the car for the statement it makes more than anything," Art Spinella, president of CNW Marketing, told reporters last week.

The firm's research concluded that more customers pick the Prius over alternatives like the hybrid version of the Honda Civic precisely because the Prius is exclusively -- and identifiably -- a hybrid. While just 36 percent cited fuel economy as a prime motivator for buying a Prius, 57 percent said their main reason was that "it makes a statement about me."

What's more, in focus groups, many Prius buyers admit expecting acclaim from friends and co-workers for making such a socially responsible, planet-saving purchase.

But the satisfaction of some eco-drivers risks swelling to self-righteousness -- like the Prius driver coasting down Highway 101 in Marin County last week with the bumper sticker: "How many lives to the gallon do you get?"

When Arianna Huffington wrote a testimonial to the Prius' ability to reduce foreign oil dependence and called owning one "an act of patriotism," her site also created a virtual photo album for hybrid owners. Actor/writer Larry David, whose wife is reported to delight in flipping off Hummer drivers from the comfort of her Prius, quipped "I needed something to make me feel smugly superior."

Add to the mix the bitterness some other drivers feel because parking and carpool lane rules don't apply to most hybrid owners, and the hypocrisy of Prius-preening celebrities who prefer to travel on private jets, and even the recent arrest of Al Gore's son, an associate editor of a magazine called Good, who allegedly was speeding at more than 100 mph in a Prius.

The predictable result? Backlash.

An episode of the raunchy and politically incorrect cartoon "South Park" took merciless aim. One character purchases a "Toyunda Pious" and tries to harangue the rest of the town into converting, before giving up and fleeing to be among fellow hybrid lovers in San Francisco.

Soon the folks in South Park see the light and switch to hybrids as well, only to discover that although smog rates are plummeting, hybrid drivers are rampantly spewing a toxic gas called "smug" -- leaving South Park with a smug pollution level second only to San Francisco. Then, oppressive smug clouds above both collide with a third smug cloud emitted by George Clooney's Oscar speech, creating a "perfect storm."

Ultimately people vow to eschew hybrids regardless of their virtue: the prospect of driving them sans smugness is "simply too much to ask."

Right-wing politicos exude a similar caustic cynicism toward Prius owners, whom they seem to regard as stand-in punching bags for their old nemesis Gore.

Complaining about liberal greenies motivated by "glamour reasons" to buy Priuses, Rush Limbaugh declared "I wouldn't be caught dead in one of those things. They look ugly to boot. I mean, part of the intrigue of these things is they've tried to design these things as a car that the Jetsons would drive. These liberals think they're ahead of the game on these things, and they're just suckers."

South Park has it right: a city built on smug is going to need more than a few downpours to clean its filthy air. In the meantime, Bay Area "progressive" elitists sure are good at alienating the rest of the nation.

Here, Rush Limbaugh explains why they may not be saving the environment after all:

(March 13 2007) We have a fascinating editorial here from a college campus -- and as we all know, college campi are frequented in the majority status, by liberals. So this is interesting. Chris Demorro is writing in the Editorial and Commentary section of the Central Connecticut State University Recorder Online.

Here's the headline: "Prius Outdoes Hummer in Environmental Damage -- The Toyota Prius has become the flagship car for those in our society so environmentally conscious that they are willing to spend a premium to show the world how much they care. Unfortunately for them, their ultimate 'green car' is the source of some of the worst pollution in North America; it takes more combined energy per Prius to produce than a Hummer. Before we delve into the seedy underworld of hybrids, you must first understand how a hybrid works. For this, we will use the most popular hybrid on the market, the Toyota Prius.

The Prius is powered by not one, but two engines: a standard 76 horsepower, 1.5-liter gas engine found in most cars today and a battery- powered engine that deals out 67 horsepower and a whooping 295ft/lbs of torque, below 2000 revolutions per minute. Essentially, the Toyota Synergy Drive system, as it is so called, propels the car from a dead stop to up to 30mph. This is where the largest percent of gas is consumed."

Anyway, it goes on to say, “if you are really an environmentalist - ditch the Prius. Instead, buy one of the most economical cars available - a Toyota Scion xB. The Scion only costs a paltry $0.48 per mile to put on the road. If you are still obsessed over gas mileage - buy a Chevy Aveo and fix that lead foot. It takes five years to offset the premium price of a Prius. Meaning, you have to wait 60 months to save any money over a non-hybrid car because of lower gas expenses.” This is from a college newspaper, ladies and gentlemen, where you would think that the Prius would be among the most prized possessions among the "environmentally conscious." That's just the tip of the iceberg of what's coming.

So where does the smug attitude originate, particularly in San Francisco? It comes from the unique way in which the so- called "progressive" movement has isolated itself from individuals and ideas that differ from its own. Also common in Portland and Seattle, it takes different forms there.

Once separated from the rest of society, these extremists easily fall for kooky conspiracy theories (Bush was behind 9-11, etc) and elect fringe politicians.

Luckily, the best way to fight back is to expose who they are and what they do to the rest of the world. Under the slightest bit of scrutiny, the "progressive" movement is revealed as silly and foolish.

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  • "Instead, buy one of the most economical cars available - a Toyota Scion xB. The Scion only costs a paltry $0.48 per mile to put on the road. If you are still obsessed over gas mileage - buy a Chevy Aveo and fix that lead foot."

    I actually agree completely with this statement.

    Americans need to get back to being sensible and thrifty, and have their actions, rather than their cars and their clothes, make their statements for them.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 16 July, 2007 00:48  

  • So let's get this straight Brian. You hate the SF Bay Area. Right? What's that about? Is it that conservatives like you are not about love, love, love, but,rather, hate, hate, hate?

    What's so comic is that you're trying to stir up working-class resentment against the Bay Area, while the policies you advocate are the totally hostile to the real interests of the working class?

    How stupid do you think people are?

    By Blogger John, at 16 July, 2007 01:04  

  • Oh, and Rush Limbaugh is fabulously wealthy. The notion that his sentiments better gibe with the interests of working class people is just a joke.

    I still remember several years ago when he made a big deal about signing a $40 K check for charity.

    In comparison at the time, with some $12 million a year that he was getting, that would be like me, with my middle class income, signing a $40 check.

    Oh, and, by the way, I live in the SF Bay area, and I commute to work with a bicycle.

    All I can say, Brian, is EVOLVE, just for the sake of your rotten, corrupt soul.

    And bike a bit to work or walk to public transport. You might lose the pudge. And you'd live longer, too.

    By Blogger John, at 16 July, 2007 01:10  

  • A Conservative's idea of charity is buying a cupcake at their church's bake sale.

    I know quite a few Prius owners and they all bought them over the their concern for escalating gas prices. Go Figure.

    Leave it to Conservatives like Maloney to crap on the good intentions of others.

    By Blogger elmonica, at 16 July, 2007 02:08  

  • Did you know that to replace the battery in the Prius--a car that looks as ugly as a NOW member--it would cost $5,000?

    NOT FOR ME THANK YOU! By the way, we have a new car to go with our Chevy Malibus. And for the record it's from Toyota--THE RAV4! And no it's not a hybrid you watermelonheads!

    Now I know why gas prices are going up--you environutcases would rather see America's capitalist system die and have it be replaced with some Utopia ala Thomas Moore, whose book was force fed to me in college at UCONNISTAN.

    Instead we should be drilling in ANWR. And in terms of the dumb animals up there like a caribou--it will actually HELP them rather than harm them.

    Of course you communists want things differently!

    Oh, and in terms of Maloney on the Bay Gay Area, there's PLENTY of reasons to hate it there--many of which you can find at the following site:

    I have visited this site a few times and was p-o'd by some of the images. And when it comes to hate, liberals are just as guilty--EVEN MORESO of that. Take for example the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Most REPUBLICANS signed it. Among those who didn't want it:

    Robert "KKK" Byrd and Al Gore, Sr.--BOTH DEMOCRATS! And I even think LBJ was a bit hesitant in signing it as opposed to say sending troops into Vietnam. The left may say it was blood on Nixon's hands, but the bleeding began with Johnson.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 16 July, 2007 06:51  

  • "...we have a new car..."

    Really? What's it like, to have your mommy chauffeur you around into your thirties?

    "Now I know why gas prices are going up--you environutcases would rather see America's capitalist system die..."

    Well, no...actually, I'd like it if YOUR Adderall-addled carcass took a permanent dive....for the capitalist system to go down as well would just be gravy...

    "on the Bay Gay Area, there's PLENTY of reasons to hate it there..."

    Speaking of which, how do you feel about your Savage Weiner now?

    Will Kevin McCullough dry your apostate tears, and suckle you back to sleep?

    Worthless little vermin...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 16 July, 2007 07:32  

  • Hash, you need to visit MoPoop in Bellevue and get some meds for yourself, too.

    I get 27MPG at 80mph in my 97 T-bird and that is with the A/C on.

    You liberal putzes.

    By Blogger PCD, at 16 July, 2007 13:20  

  • Fudgepacker Dan! My favorite fascist...

    Drive fast, fudgie! Take chances!

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 16 July, 2007 18:08  

  • “for the capitalist system to go down as well would just be gravy...”

    Which system would you and MOP prefer loser.

    MET I thought you said you had enough and would not come back to this site. Lib that lies WOW

    By Blogger pf1, at 17 July, 2007 00:52  

  • DIAF, PF1.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 17 July, 2007 01:52  

  • gjo, Hash

    By Blogger pf1, at 17 July, 2007 06:12  

  • Taken from Wiki

    Lifetime energy cost

    A controversial 2006 study by CNW Marketing Research, Inc. calculated the overall energy cost of a Prius at US$3.25 per mile ($2.02/km) and a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV at US$2.94 per mile ($1.83/km). It concluded that 2005 hybrids cost "significantly more in overall energy costs than conventional Internal Combustion Engine [sic] (ICE) vehicles."[60] David Friedman of the Union of Concerned Scientists commented that the study "has been completely contradicted by studies from MIT, Argonne National Laboratory, and Carnegie Mellon's Lifecycle Assessment Group."[61] An article on the Better World Club website[62] investigates the source of the statement "a Hummer is more energy efficient over its lifetime than a Prius", which it characterizes as an urban legend. It suggests that the source may be the CNW "Dust to dust" study,[60] or follow-up articles by James L. Martin or Chris Demorro, and goes on to challenge some of the assumptions made in the study. A critique of the 2007 version of the CNW report by the Pacific Institute concluded that "closer inspection suggests that the report's conclusions rely on faulty methods of analysis, untenable assumptions, selective use and presentation of data, and a complete lack of peer review. Even the most cursory look reveals serious biases and flaws."[63]

    CNW Marketing's 2007 update[64] for 2006 model year vehicles (see spreadsheet)[65] now lists the Prius as 25% less expensive per mile than the GMC Yukon, 28% less expensive than the Hummer H1 and 30% less expensive than the Toyota Sequoia. The update however does not include any of the details present in the 2005 report, so it is not certain if their previous assumptions of 109,000 miles (175,000 km) for a Prius lifetime versus 380,000 miles (610,000 km) or more for the lifetime of a large SUV are still being used, or if came from improved economies of scale. Data shows, for instance, that Vancouver taxi companies have used the Prius problem free for many years, achieving over 400,000 km without hybrid specific repairs or battery replacements.[66] Cars have apparently been taken out of service only as a matter of company policy, after four years of use.[67]

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 August, 2008 15:19  

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