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We have a solution to high gas prices

Discussion in 'The OT' started by davejacobson, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Apr 8, 2011 #1 of 84
    davejacobson

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    Our president has solved all our problems with high gas prices.

    “Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.”

    “”If you’re complainin*g about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly*. “You might want to think about a trade-in.”
    http://www.redstate.com/snarkandboo...as-for-your-car-trade-it-in-rubes-says-obama/


    Problem solved.
     
  2. Apr 8, 2011 #2 of 84
    trdrjeff

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    Is this a floating of Cars for Clunkers II?
     
  3. Apr 8, 2011 #3 of 84
    sigma1914

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    It makes sense.

    BTW, keep your politically bias stuff, like the website quoted, out of this.
     
  4. Apr 8, 2011 #4 of 84
    Stewart Vernon

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    Moderator friendly note...

    The concept is valid, so I believe the thread is valid... but please keep out political commentary. Thanks!


    Meanwhile...

    I remember the last fuel "crisis" in the 1970s... and how for a short time we saw more focus on developing better mpg in our vehicles and lower speed limits.

    At some point, though, that seemed to get "old" and speed limits went back up and we have more gas-guzzlers on the road once again.

    I'm all for people buying what they want, and manufacturers making what they want... but it sure would be nice to stretch out this fossil fuel as long as we can.
     
  5. Apr 8, 2011 #5 of 84
    Phil T

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    I went to the 2011 Auto Show in Denver a couple of weeks ago. I saw very few signs that manufacturers are listening to anything. The majority of the show was high end SUV'S. Most of the ones I saw were 14 or 15 MPG. If there were any entry level vehicles, or vehicles that did not have every conceivable option, I didn't see them. Very few vehicles were under $30,000.00. Yes they had the Volt and some new hybrids but most were aimed at the high rollers.
     
  6. Apr 8, 2011 #6 of 84
    koji68

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    My Camry Hybrid was $25K with 35mpg. My daughters Scion was $17K with 33mpg. My son's Ion was $14K with 30mpg. Lots of options out there.
     
  7. Apr 8, 2011 #7 of 84
    Phil T

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    Sorry, but I just can't get warm and fuzzy about any Scion I have seen. :(
     
  8. Apr 8, 2011 #8 of 84
    Nick

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    Isn't a scion a lumpy, misshapen biscuit? :scratchin
     
  9. Apr 8, 2011 #9 of 84
    Cholly

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    Lessee now: Assuming 20K miles/year, 8 mpg, $4.00/gal-- That would be a sost of $10K/year for gas.
    Let's say you trade the guzzler in for a 25 mpg vehicle for a cost of $25K.
    The gas cost per year would be $3200 - a savings of $6800/year
    It would take 4 years before you'd start realizing a savings with the replacement car, disregarding maintenance expenses.

    Therein lies the rub for most of us. We'd be saving money on gas purchases at the expense of new car payments.

    Curses! Foiled again!
     
  10. trdrjeff

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    What small % of the national fleet gets 8MPG?
     
  11. James Long

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    My family's guzzlers are around 20-22 MPG. But both are paid for, so I can afford the gas.
     
  12. MysteryMan

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    The President should heed his own advice. The Presidential Limo is one hell of a gas guzzler! Least he forget the tax payers pick up the tab when it's topped off. :rolleyes:
     
  13. spartanstew

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    I don't care what it costs, I don't want my President being driven around in a Scion.
     
  14. MysteryMan

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    Neither do I. But I don't want a president pissing down our backs then tell us it's raining!
     
  15. sigma1914

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    I don't think it'd go over well if the President announced he was buying a specially equipped (remember it's not an average limo - bullet proofing, etc) hybrid limo.
     
  16. James Long

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    He's not going to fly commercial either ... talk about a gas guzzler ---
     
  17. MysteryMan

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    Your missing the point. The president "needled" the questioner who asked about the gas prices. Then told him to get a more fuel efficient car.
     
  18. davejacobson

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    exactly
     
  19. sigma1914

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    So? Fuel efficient cars are a legitimate suggestion. It was also a lighthearted joke that was grabbed by an obvious right wing website and spun.
     
  20. spartanstew

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    Exactly.

    Al Gore preaches being Green, but I'm sure he has a big house and a private plane. That's OK in my book. If he lived in a shack, nobody would listen to him (although most don't anyway).

    People don't necessarily have to practice everything they preach. They just need to preach the correct thing and do what they can in their particular circumstance.
     

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