Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Sen. Obama: You, not I, should drive hybrids

From Drudge:
Illinois Senator Barack Obama warns citizens at his 50th Town Hall meeting about gas guzzling, WPSD-TV reports.

It was among many points made to the standing room only audience at the Metropolis Community Center. Obama spoke on everything from DC politics to global warming.

He says part of the blame for the world's higher temperatures rests on gas guzzling vehicles. Obama says consumers can make the difference by switching to higher mileage hybrids.

Today the Senator said, "It would save more energy, do more for the environment and create better world security than all the drilling we could do in Alaska."

"After the meeting... Obama left in a GMC Envoy after admitting to favoring SUV's himself," claimed local News Channel 6.

Tommy Vietor, Senator Obama's press secretary, explains: "What Senator Obama has long advocated is the use of vehicles that are more fuel efficient, including but not exclusively hybrids.

"The vehicle senator obama travels in while in Illinois is a Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV), which can run on e85, a blended fuel made of 85 percent ethanol.

"So he in fact was practicing what he preached at the town hall meeting in Metropolis yesterday when he said we must drive fewer gas-guzzling vehicles."
OK, so Obama might have been in an SUV, but it was one that can run on e85. Are we to infer that his vehicle at the time was running on e85?, we can infer no such thing, because it's not possible!
But it does not appear that GMC's Envoy is E85 ready.
I clicked the link to see if the GMC Envoy (which gets 16/22 mpg) is one of the vehicles that can run on e85. Surprise,'s not.

Therefore, we can come to one of only two possible conclusions here: (1) the news report is wrong and Obama was in a different SUV instead of the GMC Envoy; or (2) Obama is an enviro-hypocrite like Al Gore and a host of other limousine (or, in this case, SUV) liberals who want us to abide by a lifestyle that they find too inconvenient for themselves. If the latter conclusion is true, then Obama's spokesman is officially a liar. "Obama lied, the Earth fried!"