Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Call me a bonehead, but it seems early in the campaign to write off Michigan:
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards told a labor group he would ask Americans to make a big sacrifice: their sport utility vehicles.
The former North Carolina senator told a forum by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, yesterday he thinks Americans are willing to sacrifice.
Edwards says Americans should be asked to drive more fuel efficient vehicles. He says he would ask them to give up SUVs.
Is he going to ask politely, or is "ask" a euphamism for "regulate off the market"? Either way, this is a silly way to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. If you really believe carbon dioxide emissions are sufficiently threatening that we need to reduce them dramatically, there are many other far less burdensome methods. Why not impose a $10 per gallon tax on aviation fuel pumped into planes that do not make their seats available to the general public? Including, by the way, corporate jets and aircraft chartered for political campaigns. I'm sure that Democratic party voters, even if not Democratic party contributors, would much prefer that solution.
MORE: It just doesn't get any better than this: A demi-fleet of SUVs parked in front of the Edwards family's 24,000 square foot "home" outside Chapel Hill. What a maroon.
CWCID for the photo: Glenn Reynolds, who undoubtedly feels remorse, in a swaggering sort of way, for having drowned the Hedgehog Report this afternoon.
And why dont this ambulance chasing vulture give up all his 4 mpg limos his private jets his huge estates and we,ll consiter asking him to SHUT HIS STUPID BLABBERING PIEHOLE your usial liberal demacratic spoiled brat
There are already per-gallon fuel taxes on GA airplanes, which are slated for a pretty hefty increase next year. GA is not the free-rider that people seem to think it to be, and the competitively challenged airlines are actively advertising it to be.
A gallon of 100LL avgas is already over $5.00, and will likely reach $6.00 next year. I moved from an underutilized 4-seater to a more efficient 2-seater a couple of years ago (see blogspot link below this comment), so the increased price is already having an effect.
"for having drowned the Hedgehog Report this afternoon."
But feel no sympathy, please. One of the most beautiful sentences in the blogger's lexicon is, "My server went down because of too much traffic."
It doesn't get any better than that. :)