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Plug In America's ad "Hype," which features beefcake Fabio, is making national headlines and the hunky book cover model appeared on Fox News with anchor Neil Cavuto to discuss the PSA and electromobility. As someone who never watches Fox News, it was a bit surprising to see an interviewer be this ignorant and biased, but whatever. Maybe that's par for the course over there.

Cavuto begins skeptically, telling Fabio, "Why are you doing this? No offense, but I don't really see you in one of these [electric cars]. I just don't." Fabio responded by saying that Tesla Motors is all-American and offers him just the kind of speed he needs and wants. Cavuto also doesn't believe the 6'3" Fabio when he says he does indeed fit in a Roadster or that the car can accelerate as fast as Fabio claims with him inside it. Cavuto also says that electric cars are "a dumb idea" and it just gets worse from there. See the unembeddable video for yourself over on Fox and check out the original "Hype" PSA here. Plug In America also responded to Cavuto's skepticism by sending him a short video of Fabio actually in the car and you can see that after the jump.

[Source: Fox News]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Given that the USA is going bankrupt importing oil, I'd say that Fox's attack on electric cars (especially those made in the USA) is downright traitorous. Apparently they care more about their big oil sponsors than they do about their own country.
        Level4
        • 4 Months Ago
        Mark_BC

        apparently you have been in hibernation for the past 4 years to know how the market crash none related to oil...if anything it made oil cheaper as a result...

        NeilBlanchard

        $1,000,000,000+ per day goes overseas to pay for oil. really yeah and? do you know what commodity exchange is? you act like if we are not getting something in return..that is not a donation...

        Last since you basis in argument is all the money going to overseas for oil. Hurting us, why dont you guys for once start applying that equation to everything else we import and Start buying made in the USA/Grown in the USA goods...the keyboards you guys are typing sure as hell wasn't made here let a lone the screen you are looking at or the cell phone you use...

        Give it a rest already with contradicting arguments of why we should stop sending money overseas when you just want to apply it to boost the green agenda and leaving out everything else...If your going to say stop the importing of oil to help reduce CO2 you get no arguments from me; but using the $$ figures as loosing money crossing the line to hypocrisy...

        bunch of tools; if you were really pro USA economy you would buy only USA/grown made goods....but I bet my left nut If I walked into any of your homes I would see otherwise..
        • 4 Months Ago
        "the US is going bankrupt importing oil? lol one thing is Fox news but where the hell do you get your news from, the similarities are uncanny with the claims lol "

        Yes, unfortunately it is (already has). Its massive current account deficit from years of overconsumption and underproduction has been funded by printing huge amounts of money to be stored in other countries' vaults as foreign reserve holdings. Soon, they will be dumping those holdings and hyperinflation will ensue.

        Today we had some major problems in the bond market. Rates rose because bond buyers got nervous about extending the Bush tax cuts, and caused a mini crash. This may be the beginning of the end, because once interest rates rise even a percentage point, the Fed will have to print trillions more dollars to pay the interest on its astronomical debt. This will cause even more inflation which will cause even higher rates and so on and so on.

        The end is very near. Certainly within 2 years, very likely within 1 year, and probably within 6 months. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that within 6 months the US dollar will be no more, worth zero, zip, zilch. Along with this will go the Euro, Pound, and Yen, and most other currencies. This may be triggered earlier, as soon as January, by a default in the precious metals markets (there is no more silver left to buy due to decades of banker price suppression). This will trigger a panic and all hell will break loose, the mother of all economic collapses in all of history.
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Level

        $1,000,000,000+ per day goes overseas to pay for oil.

        NeilBlanchard
        • 4 Months Ago
        Yes, and dang that Cavuto guy sure sounds like a nitwit.
        • 4 Months Ago
        @jfrye:

        Wrong. We have only 3% of world oil reserves, counting Arctic and offshore, and falling. OPEC has 78% and rising. And our oil is more awkward to get to, difficult to extract, and less desirable on the market, while theirs is the opposite - easy, cheap, and desirable (light sweet crude).

        We insist on continuing to play a rigged game where the enemy is pre-determined to win by accident of geography and geology?

        There are other ways to move cars.

        EVs are a good way, especially for non-huge vehicles, doing short-range driving (daily commute, errands, shopping, etc.).

        Fully flex-fueled vehicles aren't stuck with gasoline as their only fuel option and can also use alcohol fuel, made from resources WE are rich in and which the enemy cannot "corner", like natural gas, coal, and biomass.
        Level4
        • 4 Months Ago
        the US is going bankrupt importing oil? lol one thing is Fox news but where the hell do you get your news from, the similarities are uncanny with the claims lol
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Level

        Good luck finding things like US made keyboards, mice, televisions, electronics, spatulas, toys etc.
        • 4 Months Ago
        If only the United States could drill for our own oil, we would not only have more than enough for ourselves, but could sell the rest and repay our national debt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These same people who deny climate change and mock the need to preserve our environment believe that an old man built a huge boat and stuffed two (a male and female, no less) of every animal species on it to drift around on an epic tidal wave.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Last price I saw was 107 k for a Tesla roadster after the 7 k fed kickback
      How many people after seeing Fabio went out and put a deposit on a Tesla ..
      In an open free market may the best co win ,,when electrics and solar panels start selling
      without the kickbacks you will know the price has come to a reasonable point .
      And at 41 k for a volt the price probably should be 100k for GM to make money

      And while we are calling everyone oil barons etc lets throw Car and Driver
      under the bus also for voting the Volt to it's top ten list ..it must have been paid of
      by the extension cord lobby...
        • 4 Months Ago
        I won't delve into the enormous ongoing discussion in this comment section, but I will note that the issue is that we do not actually have a properly functioning free-market economy, because of the failure of our system to properly account for environmental or social externalities, long-term costs, accurate available supply, and the limitations on knowledge available to participating agents. Add to this our use of subsidies, political actions, trade agreements (or disagreements), and the limitations to large-scale innovation implementation due to the procedural requirements of our government (which is important to protect us from poor legislation), and you can see how capitalism is not quite the unfettered ideal in operation. If we had a true free market economy, then yes, you might be right; however, the current state of things (and sadly, what is likely possible given the bounds of our rationality as individuals), is that we do not have a free market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had to stop watching at the 4:30ish mark when Cavuto completely changed the subject to Fabio's health regimen. That is pure garbage; even more-so for being called "journalism". Fabio was a bit over-the-top with his talking points (and disappointing with being unable to come up with others on the fly), but that silly graphic of him shoehorned into the Roadster and Volt were just ridiculous. What scares me most is that a great number of people watched that piece and let it influence their opinion on EVs. At least Fabio came to the interview with some facts! Cavuto seems to have only been told about the interview (and EVs, for that matter) 5 minutes prior.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unfortunately we have a live feed of fox over here in the u.k amongst a plethora of other stations on satellite TV, so I can measure other stations against fox not that I need to. How in the world do Fox news get away with calling this shit news. Condescending to guests,rude, arrogant, dumbing down of every segment, constantly badgering on about a subject they disagree with
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cavuto is one of the dumbest people on the network for dumb people. The only one dumber is Steve Douzey.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm really liking Fabio, as for Cavuto, ignorance never ceases to amaze.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Carney, that is incorrect. Newer vehicles emmit extremely low levels of pollutants into the air, coal burning powerplants are far dirtier (I bet 1 coal power plant generates as much pollutants as 10+ million cars), and that's without taking into account the pollution generated by mining the coal and transporting it in diesel burning trains.

        I agree importing oil is a problem, one that can be reduced (not eliminated but reduced) if the left lets us drill for more oil in the US.

        I would be 100% behind EV's if we started building more nuclear power plants and got most of our energy that way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Mark_BC

        I'm also very conservative/libertarian-minded and I also like green energy and the fuel efficiency movement for passenger cars. However, I also have access to some of the most important upstream people on earth (not bragging, just saying) and they have basically given to me the Cliff's Notes version for how the geopolitics of the oil industry works. Obviously, they hold back a lot so I can't proclaim to be some kind of sage, but they have told me about global supply, and they have explained to me the basics of shale baking and many of the reasons why we don't bother baking our own oil fields even though every major oil company has developed the technology.

        For these reasons, I cannot agree with Carney though I'm in the same political camp. Oil supply is enormous. The will to develop it is nil.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can see that this silly "left vs. right" argument based on ideology gets nowhere. Carney, a self proclaimed conservative, is arguing against most of what most conservatives now say, but then still stereotypes the "left", even though a lot of what he says is chamioned by the "left". So what is the "left", anyways? FT, on the other hand, is beyond all hope.

        I prefer to not stereotype people into artificial left vs. right pigeon holes. This grossly oversimplifies the issues. I have found that the real world and real people are much more complicated than that. I prefer logic and facts to formulate opinions and I have found that I agree with some people on the "right" on some issue and some on the "left". Both ideologies have some merit, otherwise people wouldn't believe in them; the problem is that each ideology has problems, but which whose proponents blindly ignore.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Carney

        We have 3% of the world's proven oil reserves, but we have a single shale oil field called the Green River Formation that is larger than the entire proven reserves on earth. Proven reserves are estimated at about 1.2-1.3 trillion barrels. The Green River is estimated at 1.5 trillion barrels. We also have (unproven) several hundred billion barrels in the Gulf (I've heard very different estimates otherwise I'd be more specific).

        Over 50% of the world's known but unproven reserves are in the US. We have more oil than we know what to do with, we simply lack the will to go get it b/c of the financial, political, and ecological risks.

        Look up these fields: Green River, Phosphoria, Eastern Devon, and Heath Basin.

        It's probably much smarter to pursue alternative energy instead, but we aren't really running out of oil.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Two can play your "only my data matters, yours doesn't" game:

        Carney, no, YOU are wrong on the pollution issue, except that coal plants have gotten cleaner in the last few decades. But cars have gotten much cleaner. Internal combustion engines waste energy on heat. EVs lose most of their energy on converting energy, through transmission lines, not to mention the energy used to mine and transport coal and the energy lost generating electricity from heating water and allowing vapor to spin turbines.

        And you are also wrong on the issue of reserves. What liberals who get their "information" from anti-oil think tanks, shady websites, penny-stock pushers, and typo-ridden chain emails have obviously never considered is that if, in the hope of continued technological improvements in drilling and extraction technology, we start "counting", as "available", oil that anti-oil think tanks CLAIM costs more to extract than it can fetch on the market, we can still form a US industry around it, giving jobs to Americans and stop importing oil.

        And you are going to believe wikipedia on this? LMAO!


        Sorry Graft, your link doesn't trump my link...... You too are falling in the "only my data matters, yours doesn't" game Carney has fallen into. But as stated before that's just 1 untapped field in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        mylex,
        If oil is at $90 a barrel, and the US oil industry cannot profitably pull oil out of the field you mention, then It's Worthless.

        But, your example is the Exact Definition of Peak Oil.

        If we get to the point where that field can be profitably drilled, battery tech and electric car advancement will make it worthless again, because Solar will be cheaper. Wind is already cheaper, especially if you don't charge the Saudi Government and Exxon the cost of Military operations protecting the Saudi Northern Border and the Straits of Hormuz.



        • 4 Years Ago
        FT, your site (with no proof) claimed on Feb. 13, 2008 that the USGS was going to say Bakken had up to 500 billion barrels.

        What Graft is showing you is that in the real, physical world, the USGS instead said, two months later, that Bakken has only 4 billion barrels.

        It's not a matter of "your data, my data." It's that your site was proven wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cavuto is a perfect fit for Fox - snide, smug, narrow minded, anti-environmental, and totally immune to facts and reality.
        • 4 Years Ago
        400 billion barrel field in the Us (this is just 1 field):

        http://www.nextenergynews.com/news1/next-energy-news2.13s.html

        The US imported 14 million barrels per day in 2007, that's a hair over 5 billion barrels a year. So JUST this ONE field has enough oil to stop imports for nearly 80 years.

        The left won't let us drill, not because they want terrorists funded, but because they want to move away from oil completely and they know the only way to do that is to demonize the oil industry and allow the price of oil to keep going up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hate to fan the flames, but you're wrong, FT.

        The Bakken formation was found to have, at most, ~4 billion barrels (ND pegs it at 2.1 billion), not all of which is accessible with current tech. Additionally, it's already being tapped by oil companies, even though at current consumption levels, this gives us nationally less than 2 years of fossil fuel dependence.

        http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1911

        Also could you explain your logic/numbers on the pollution side?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I spent 20 minutes last night convincing 3 of my co-workers that Fox was at least as balanced as MSNBC and generally no more slanted than CBS. And then I see this interview, crap.
        I know Rush and the GM-must-die wing of the Republican party hold a grudge against the Volt, but this blind stupidity about anything related to BEV's or EREV's is gonna hurt the Republicans. Fabio showed a great deal of class.
        • 4 Years Ago
        FT, you are sad sad faith-based conservative that does not live in reality. Just because you find one web site that says the Bakken has a gazillion barrels of oil, that doesn't make it true.

        I will not be able to convince you of anything since you will believe want you want to believe whether or not it is true.

        But try to think logically about the Bakken. It is up there in North Dakota where THERE ARE NO DRILLING RESTRICTIONS. If there really was that much oil then wouldn't every US oil company be drilling there like crazy and becoming billionaires?


        There is some oil in the Bakken but it is just small deposits here & there. To get at them they use great 3D seismic and horizontal drilling to find the little pockets. It certainly has made a few ranchers and farmers millionaires. With some work, we will get the Bakken from 300K bpd to maybe 1M bpd. But it is just a small slice of the near 20mpbd usage in the USA.

        You do need to look objective intelligent sources of info such as the one Graft provided. Or perhaps you believe batboy is an alien because the Weekly World News told you so?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @FT

        So, you post a link that talks about a soon-to-be-released USGS report. Someone else posts a link to the actual USGS report that is referenced. And, because the actual report doesn't jive with the first author's expectations, you dismiss it as "only my data matters, yours doesn't"? That is akin to sticking your fingers in your ears and yelling LALALALALALA. No one will take you seriously with that kind of attitude.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Khadgars, who's the fool when you (and Mark_BC) didn't get what my copying their posts (to show how stupid the posts were) was meant to do....... Hence the "only my data matters, your data sucks" mantra that you and the Carney's of the world rely on......

        • 4 Years Ago
        FT, no, YOU are wrong on the pollution issue, except that cars have gotten much cleaner in the last few decades. But coal plants have too. Internal combustion engines waste much of their fuel energy on heat. EVs are much more efficient.

        And you are also wrong on the issue of reserves. What my fellow conservatives who get their "information" from oil-funded think tanks, shady websites, penny-stock pushers, and typo-ridden chain emails have obviously never considered is that if, in the hope of continued technological improvements in drilling and extraction technology, we start "counting", as "available", oil that costs far more to extract than it can fetch on the market, we have to do the same WITH OPEC'S "DRY" WELLS TOO. And then the enemy's control of the market remains intact, because any extraction cost reduction benefits them first and most.

        Look up the Bakken fields on Snopes and Wikipedia. In the real world, the Bakken formation has about 2-4 billion barrels of recoverable oil.

        We conservatives used to be the ones who reveled in facts, who threw cold water in the Left's face, who rubbed the Left's nose in unwelcome realities, from issues like the Soviet Union, to economics, to crime and welfare, and more. Now too many of us are the ones who prefer to live in fact-free fantasylands, indulging in magical thinking rather than manning up and making tough choices.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mylexicon
        It is very difficult to extract Oil shale profitably at today's prices. One oil reaches $150 per barrel it may be possible to extract from shale at a profit, but it will require enormous energy which means the eroie will always be poor.

        If solar or wind energy have better eroie than oil shale then it may never be extracted.
        • 4 Years Ago
        FT, domestic drilling is not even a small part of the answer.

        We have only 3% of world oil reserves (counting offshore and Arctic), while OPEC has 78%. And because OPEC is a miser with its oil despite that oil being the world's easiest and cheapest to extract, it's going through its reserves at a lower rate than the non-OPEC producers. So each year our share of what's left falls, and OPEC's share rises - its grip around our throat tightens.

        And even buying "domestic" oil in the meantime STILL enriches the enemy by taking oil off the world market and making what our enemies sell more scarce and expensive.

        ALL oil is enemy fuel. Every time you swipe your credit card at the gas station you are buying recruitment propaganda, training, and weapons for armed groups making war on our soldiers and plotting attacks on us here at home.

        So even if you're right about the pollution issue, and you're wrong, we should still move away from oil ASAP.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Carney, you are wrong about the pollution, that's a given, so we'll table that.

        You are also wrong on the oil. Fields have been found in the US that are as large as the Saudi fields, but the left will not let us tap them. That 3% number you quote is propaganda from the left that only counts the fields the left lets us have.

        You are only right in one aspect and that is that buying fuel means "you are buying recruitment propaganda, training, and weapons for armed groups making war on our soldiers and plotting attacks on us here at home" and as long as the left continues to hold us hostage when it comes to domestic production this will continue to be the case.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I generally agree with Cavuto, and the right, but as with most of the right he's wrong on oil and energy issues.

        FT, even a coal plant charging a fleet of EVs is cleaner than a similar fleet of gasoline burners because of efficiency reasons, and it's a lot easier to improve and clean the output from one chimney than a zillion tail pipes.

        Furthermore, even if there were no immediate net environmental gain, EVs at least enable cars to potentially use electricity from other cleaner power sources. A gasoline car has only one option - gasoline.

        Finally, the environment is NOT the only motiviation to get off oil.

        Oil's unnecessary monopoly status over transportation motive power enables OPEC, which controls 78% of world oil reserves, to restrict production and thus charge artificially high prices on a helpless captive market. This constant "tax" of hundreds of billions a year on our economy is a drag on growth, and the uncertainty over what the cartel will do next further inhibits risk-taking. When the price spikes, as it did in 2007-8, it crashes the economy altogether.

        Even worse, OPEC nations use their unnecessarily high oil revenues to fund and spread extremism and terror, and even fund nuclear programs. Getting off oil is a national security imperative.
        • 4 Years Ago
        All FT does is just rewrite your sentences, like he's being smart or something. To bad his faulty logic and piss poor explanations shows just how ignorant a fool he is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you meant to say that if he's ignorant he should move to MSNBC with the rest of the ignoramus.

        Isn't Cavuto entitled to his own opinion? Lets keep in mind that while 50+% of our electricity is generated by burning coal electric cars are anything but "clean/good for the environment".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Spec, you are sad sad faith-based liberal that does not live in reality. Just because you find one web site that says the Bakken has little oil, that doesn't make it true.

        I will not be able to convince you of anything since you will believe want you want to believe whether or not it is true.

        And for the record you can't just start drilling in ND if you wanted to, there are regulations and road blocks (set up by the left of course).

        You do need to look objective intelligent sources of info such as the one mylexicon provided. Or perhaps you believe batboy is an alien because the Weekly World News told you so?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Neil is just doing his job as a company that is highly in bed with the oil companies.

      Nothing to see here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you look at an all electric car product that has sold perhaps a hundred thousand copies in a year, then a business analyst would see viability.

      A lot of conservatives see alternative vehicles as a strategic necessity.

      Arnold Scharwzneggar had a Telsa, which he sold because it was uncomfortable. They didn't exactly show Fabio squeezing in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ELECTRIC CARS ARE A DUMB IDEA !!!!

      WASTE,WASTE AND WASTE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      http://www.climatechange101.ca/

        • 4 Months Ago
        ClimateChange101 is a PR spin site for ENMAX, an Albertan energy company. They're part of the group behind the Alberta tar sands project.

        http://bit.ly/ibd2Vp
      • 4 Years Ago

      I'm glad Cavuto is supporting his oil sheikh task masters.

      What would happen to the poor royal families in the Middle East if we stop buying their oil ?

      Oh the humanity !
      • 4 Years Ago
      The press should be more skeptical. That's their job. If you don't watch Fox, that's fine, but suggesting Cavuto is ignorant and biased is not accurate (especially in light of the fact that you don't watch).

      Cavuto is doing his job, forcing people to answer questions in light of a skeptical approach (I wish more journalists did too).
        • 4 Months Ago
        Quote Cavuto "I don't think this plug-in car thing is gonna work, I think it's just a dumb idea(...)"

        This is not skepticism. This is a statement of bias.

        Skepticism doesn't make assertions, it asks questions.

        And no, repeatedly asking the same question when you don't like the answer isn't skepticism either. ("I don't believe you, you can't fit in that car")
        • 4 Months Ago
        Hmm ... Cavuto expressing an opinion for sure, but I don't see him as biased really, and certainly he will be the first to admit his error if it's wildly successful. The plug-in idea may not be a dumb idea, but it's limited in scope at this point and unproven, so I'll give him a bit of a break on his statement ... I think is where he is coming from, from a more practical position (outside the confines of downtown NY City or Los Angeles).

        I would love to see the plug-in work however, but I think it's really only going to work well as a second vehicle for many.


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