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Saturday, October 06, 2012

That damned Interview

What's Mallard raving about today?

Chevy Volt

Allow me to point out that criticizing the Chevy Volt is more important to Mallard than remembering September 11th.

9 comments:

Kip W [Muffaroo] said...

Some lightning rod. He's been straining for two days, and hasn't produced a volt of humor or relevance. It's like, so watt? He should go ohm and 'amp out in front of the tube.

Kip W [Muffaroo] said...

("Continued..."? He's not done milking this dead cow yet?)

DiR said...

I wish I could be this bad at MY job, and know I won't be fired.

Frank Stone said...

As a slightly wiser man than Bruce Tinsley once said, "What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."

CW in LA said...

Someone more conversant in wingnuttistani help me out here: Is Brews' hate-Volt mental fapping based on anything that's actually happened or something that could be considered evidence? Or is it just that, since the Prez helped out GM and the Volt represents a step away from the evidently sacred fossil fuels industry, it must be worse than Hitler?

Bill the Splut said...

There was a report about a Volt catching fire during a test to see what happens when it's charged incorrectly. I think that was it. I'm not exactly sure, because it was SEVERAL MONTHS AGO.

In other news, LIGHTNING ROD STRIKES AGAIN

D Johnston said...

The Volt hatred is mostly general right-wing animus towards anything attached to environmentalism, though the fact that it came from GM doesn't help. If the American automotive sector produces a winner after months and months of conservative kvetching about "dinosaur industries," then it would look bad for them.

Here's how dumb it is: Last month, some talking head tried to prove that the Volt was produced at a loss by dividing the R&D costs by the number of cars produced, then subtracting that from the per-car profit. Pretty much everyone stepped in to remind him that, contrary to his apparent assumptions, GM can always make more Volts.

Andrew said...

Howard Johnson is right! Wait- sorry, D Johnston is right. This ridiculous statement that the Volt costs GM money for every car sold has now become "fact" for the conservative base. GM actually responded to the "report" (which, much like most of the "studies; that support Mitt Romney's tax plans, was an editorial, with no attempt to be fair, balanced, or even truthful)by saying that, yes, right now the car is being produced at a loss- but it should turn a profit within a few years. This is expected of new technologies.

But, of course, since Pres. Obama has praised the Volt as the sort of innovation American manufacturing needs, it must be a terrible idea.

Verification- 1 dsbBksh- the only sound out of Tinsley's mouth after a night of "research".

Boborygmy said...

@D. Johnson: It's worse than that. It was a Reuters editorial, btw, and they only counted the cars sold in the US. GM sells the same car in Europe and Australia, too, under a different model name, so Reuters undercounted the sales by nearly half. Wikipedia's article on the Volt has a good write-up about it, and the battery issue Bill the Splut mentioned above.