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Here we go again, folks. Rush Limbaugh, one of the loudest opponents of electric cars in America, has once again spoken out against EVs on his radio show, this time in connection with power outages in Washington, D.C., after a hard-hitting storm swept through the nation's capitol. According to various reports, millions of homes and businesses across the States have yet to have their power restored.

You can probably guess where this is going, but we'll go ahead and quote Mr. Limbaugh:

"If you're in the DC area, are you happy you don't have an electric car? Yeah, with the power outages, are you happy you don't have an electric car? ... It's a good thing you don't have an electric car or you couldn't get around, you couldn't escape. Isn't it amazing."

We're not going to mention that gas stations require electricity in order to pump gas... oh, wait, we just did. Rush goes on to attack windmills and solar panels:

"All those windmills are really working out, huh? Solar panels, yeah, man, that's the future. There you are, sitting there, sweating, stinking like a stuck pig for three days, and it's gonna be this way for another week. ... How many windmills would still be standing if they were there in that land hurricane?"

We're not going to mention that the D.C.-area storm didn't single out windmills or solar panels, leaving all other power-generating plants and equipment intact. Um, oops.

We'll leave you with Rush's parting words:

"And, of course, global warming is back. Forget the fact that it hadn't been hot like this in ten years. Global warming is back."

Hey, you said it.


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      george costanza
      • 3 Years Ago
      in japans' case ONLY the high speed rail and wind turbines were left standing in wake of tsunami. this fat p!g can't comment on that...you can always be right if you only pick and choose what to comment on and ignore 99% of reality and rest of world. how the he!! is this guy still on air? what a piece of sh*(. what rush ignores is there wouldn't BE these kinds of things if NOT for fossil fuel emissions...there never have been since we have had our current period of stable civilization..when it ends can you imagine this sweaty pig who uses electricity to broadcast his garbage btw:...unless his radio stations and clear channel 850 of which are owned by bain capital are all solar????
      Change
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rush is being Rush, looking to provoke. Obviously lots of man's machines have failed in the Eastern Seaboard due to extreme weather and not just electric cars. He would be correct though to point out if you needed to evacuate the seaboard, due to an approaching hurricane, how far you going to get in a Leaf? Better to have an ICE along for that ride unless of course you are part of the .5% who can afford a Tesla with the 300 mile battery option.
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Change
        I would imagine a Leaf owner would use whatever method of long distance travel that they would normally use in a non-emergency. It isn't like Leaf owners have never thought through taking trips longer than 1/2 their vehicle's range ever before. Pretending that Leaf owners haven't already successfully figured out how they each personally deal with longer trips is silly. Trying to make a big deal out of something that Leaf owners have already solved for themselves is equally silly.
        American Refugee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Change
        I frequently make purchases based on the absolute unlikely worse case scenario. I was recently buying a tea kettle, and instead purchased a full traditional tea service, because you never know when the Queen might pop in for a cuppa. It makes perfect sense to purchase something you use every day based on the most extreme use case you can imagine. That's also why I always wear adult diapers instead of underwear. Because, what if, right?
        Dave D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Change
        Have you noticed that there are not enough roads to evacuate any major cities? Check out what happens every time they try to move everyone out when a storm comes in. It doesn't work and it has nothing to do with the types of cars. In fact, see which lasts longer sitting in dead stop traffic...your 70 mile range Leaf or your gas car that sits in one spot for 4 hours not moving? You can always turn off the air conditioner in the Leaf and just sweat....won't do you any good in the gas car as it burns fuel just sitting.
          Vlad
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dave D
          SNP, to go out of any major city you have to go through suburbia. There is no offroading there, most of major roads have major barriers, steel or concrete. Best you can do is get you car/SUV stuck 10 feet from the road.
          SNP
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dave D
          I dont think it's "not moving". You'll move slow depending on where you go. In the face of imminent death, people will not sit their car on the road. They'd just take it off road and out of the way. You dont need to go too far to avoid the worst parts of a hurricane. ~50-100mi. Something a leaf cannot do for most of its owners.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Change
        " if you needed to evacuate the seaboard, due to an approaching hurricane, how far you going to get in a Leaf? " At least 73 miles inland . . . which is more than enough.
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Wow SNP, it is almost like you think Leaf owners have never figured out how they will personally make longer trips than 1/2 the range of their Leaf! I'm pretty sure Leaf owners are much, much, much smarter than you are, and figured out for themselves how they will take longer trips before they even bought one. Are you mistakenly under the impression that Leaf owners don't have any means at their disposal to take longer trips? That's just silly talk. You can't stuff "YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND YOUR LIFE" into a 2-door sports coupe either. But there are tons and tons of those out there owned by people too. But I don't hear you railing against 2-door coupes like you are railing against a Leaf. The reality is that Leaf owners will do just fine thank you very much, because they have all figured this all out long before you came along. The lack of imagination and ingenuity from the folks on the right is simply amazing!
          SNP
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          At least 73miles inland on a perfect day, a full charge, and no load in the car. Woot, now if the earth was spinning a little faster and a full moon was out, the centripetal force and gravitational pull would squeeze out an extra inch or two. LMAO, when you need it most. When you really depend on it. The leaf will screw you over. On top of all that, you had paid double to do what a corolla could've done and more. In a normal car, you could've saved your family, dog, taken some valuable possessions and driven to the next state and stayed at a hotel for a week so you dont have to worry about what you care for most....which is supposed to be YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND YOUR LIFE. Not some stupid ass EV statement - I may have ditched everything and everyone, but at least I made it 73miles inland.
          Dave D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Perfect point Spec.
        SNP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Change
        @Change, UpVoted you. I agree, Rush may be a moron looking to strike a few nerves and sell a few books, but he made a valid point on EVs. Why spend extra money to be more vulnerable. A car is the second most valuable tool to the human race - second only to your home. If something threatens your life, and your home cannot protect you, then you should at least be able to depend on your car. And while 99% of your neighbors are driving out in search of safety, food, and fuel, you're waiting for the EV to charge and pray that the 70mi range can escape a hurricane. LoL
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SNP
          How about healthcare? If people were into actually making rational decisions on how to protect themselves and their family, they would be far more concerned with getting healthcare than a gas car. But people don't make rational decisions, do they? They "think with their gut" and pick the answer with more "truthiness".
          American Refugee
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SNP
          Thanks, SNP, for reminding us all that the American conservative movement is, at its heart, a culture of fear. Without that mostly irrational fear (of terrorism, muslims, gays, technology, women with jobs, general brown people, the soullessly efficient Chinese, the rapture, teenagers and their rock music) the ideas are nothing. How many times in your life have you used your car for its apocalyptic survival features? And you bought an SUV to tow your boat, I bet. Away from zombies. webster.unh.edu/~jyz6/lauer_suv.pdf (pdf warning)
          SNP
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SNP
          @Ashton + 1!
          Ashton
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SNP
          @ American Refugee - that was one of the dumbest rants I've read all week. that said, as a conservative, I'll (still) go through your list. fears: terrorism - you bet, we have to have our guard up. muslims - I don't fear them, but I think we should keep a close eye on them. gays - I'm not pro-gay, but I'm also not anti-gay. technology - love it, everything from ipads to electric cars. women with jobs - that one is too ridiculous to comment on. brown people - I didn't vote for Obama...& it had nothing to do with his color. In fact, I think a good (future(2016)) presidential candidate would be Allen West. efficient Chinese - Chinese aren't super efficient, they just have a lot of people working for next to nothing. I don't fear them, I pity them. the rapture - can't comment on that one, as I am not a religious person. teenagers & their rock music -....I'll chalk that one up to your hilarious sense of humor.
          SNP
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SNP
          Lol, you all just mimicking Colbert, Olbermann, JonStewart, Maddow? I love those guys too. I love OReilly as well, Rush is a bit of a moron, but he's entertaining and successful enough for me to respect. I live in nyc, and dont have a racially tinged nerve in my body, women with jobs are the best thing that happened to this country since men with jobs, i love linkin park/bon jovi/jayz. I think obamacare/romneycare is the best thing to ever happen since medicare. I think universal single payer healthcare is a stupid waste of money and would never EVER pass in this country without huge restrictions on what's covered. I think Volt, Prius, FordHybrids are phenomenal vehicles - and Teslas are great vehicles for the wealthy. I think Leaf, MiEV, Think are all terrible contraptions made to sell to you greenie fools. An expensive "Revolutionary" class of vehicles that does everything your typical vehicle can do, except MUCH worse. HA, the ONLY advantage a BEV has over every other standard vehicle is...ABSOLUTELY will NOT use the most widely distributed transportation fuel source available in this country - eh...on the planet! And despite all of that, the absolute primary goal of any proclaimed "vehicle" is to transport stuff. The most reliable part of the Leaf in a hurricane when the batteries die out is the fact that you can still sleep in the car with the doors locked.But i guess you can do that with a corolla too. LoL. You clowns are hilarious - "truthiness". LMAO. Colbert/Stewart push for individuals to analyze the world around us and THINK.
        Ashton
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Change
        @ Change - first of all, I listen to rush every now & again, I'd just like to point that out. As Spec said, the Leaf will likely get you far enough away from danger. Also, the model S is affordable for roughly 5% of the US...not .5%. 3 years from now electric cars will be affordable for 15% of the US. Electric cars aren't going away.
      SNP
      • 3 Years Ago
      LMAO, the man is so wrong, so annoying yet so hilarious. Remember that stink he made about those african warlords and then he apologized the next day? Or that thing about women he said a few months back. LoL!! He's like Kramer post seinfeld making that offensive rant on black people. But yeah, this isnt really one of those times. ABG has got terrible and relatively muted comments regarding Rush's comments. Rush's comments are not way off base this time. Electrics only have a 70mile range at best, good luck lasting 2weeks on that kind of range. A regular car can easily drive out 100miles refill, restock, or just stay at a motel. I like his rant on solar panels as well. The panels are actually very vulnerable to events like this. How many of you in the area have panels installed and now notice a lot of chips on the glass? I guess you're safe if your house rises well above the trees, but...ha..that would just mean you're rich anyway and dont care about some scratched solar panels. Meanwhile the rest of the folks have panels that needs repairs - and that just drags out the time to recoupe your "investment" on these solar panels. LMAO
        super390
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SNP
        If you weren't in Houston during Ike, don't talk to me about the availability of gasoline after a hurricane. Thank God I didn't evacuate and get stuck on the highways like all the normals in their SUVs.
        SNP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SNP
        LMAO!!! A hurricane does not need a lot to break a glass solar panel. A branch flying in the air at 100miles can easily ruin solar panels. That same branch would do little to a roof. Do you know WHY!?!? Because a roof was DESIGNED to withstand this punishment. A solar panel was designed to sit there and let the sun through. It's essentially a window with a silicon surface on the other side! That's why people tape up their windows when hurricanes come, to spare them those shards flying around, it wont help for those solar panels though!!!! LMAO @ PR - Small glass chips wont make it stop working, but you certainly wont get the returns you were expecting. So much for that "lasts 30yrs" motto. Or that "pays itself off in ONLY 15-20yrs!". HAHAHHAA. Which region on the planet has not been hit by a disaster that would threaten anything made of glass?!?
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SNP
          SNP -- what a funny joke you are with your fear mongering. I'd laugh at you, but you've already made yourself the joke. You clearly don't know that there are different grades of glass, and that roof mounted solar panels, have been... wait for it.. Designed to be mounted on roofs, just like shingles!!!! Now you are just showing how the right wing rejects science and engineering and instead substitutes what they pull out of their @ss. The anti-science fear-mongering right wing strikes again. Like I said, go learn about how solar panels have been designed to resist storm damage and stop being a fear mongering joke. Apparently you are too dim to have figured out that insurance is what is used to protect your long term investments. No need to shake in your boots in fear for what has already been protected.
          gpmp
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SNP
          40 mile electric erev + thin film panels + 10kW battery backup. I live in an area that regularly loses power so this set-up works perfectly (ok, so the batteries aren't in place yet, but I'm in line). 10 months out of the year I don't really even need to be grid-tied. Seems to me the formula would work very well in hurricane situations. R.L has an anti environment agenda, we all know that. But he's doing a real disservice to his listeners with a pro self sufficiency agenda.
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SNP
        Solar panels certainly are not more vulnerable to events like this any more than your roof itself is vulnerable to events like this. Storms strong enough to destroy solar panels are just as likely to rip of your roof at the same time, at which point you can't stay in your house until it is repaired anyways. You should educate yourself about the wind force and storm/hail resistance of solar panels before you talk about thinks you know nothing about. Chips in the glass? Do you seriously think that small glass chips will somehow disable a solar panel so that it requires repairs?!?! Get serious.
        Anne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SNP
        A hurricane does damage. What a brilliant discovery. To spin that into support of your ideology is exactly the kind of thing R.L. would do. Oh wait, he just did! You have learned well from R.L. He must be so proud of you.
      nsxrules
      • 3 Years Ago
      I support electric cars (and hybrids) but he's right. Electric cars would suffer if the power goes out for an "extended" period of time. Hate him because you lean left, but not because he's pointint out one of the true weak points of electric cars.
        Nick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        Have you seen the long lines at gas stations everytime a natural disaster strikes? Gas runs out too...
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        If you have stand alone PV system and an EV, you are self-sufficient. How long is a gas car good for if you have no gas stations, refineries, tanker trucks, oil imports, oil wells, etc. Who is really more self-sufficient?
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Gas refineries definitely use a whole lot of electricity.
        george costanza
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        but of course the he!!hole mad max wasteland is from big oil not solar or wind. nobody in US cares about long term anything we are addicts addicted to big macs junk food gadgets trash media whether lindsay is wearing a bra today we eat GMO cancer foods which are related to add/adhd/autism and we react and have fundraisers constantly now and will only have more with half country on f!re or underwater but tea bags don't care...we in this country are too stupi(d to prevent anything which costs 1/100th of reacting to every self induced emergency....most hate everybody else and dont care if they are morbidly obese and dumb and use up 90% of health care. like rush...GOP just have panties in a wad now because we are all in this sh*(hole together paying for others' stupidity and GOP know first hand just how stupid americans like themselves are which is why they hate being responsible now...EVERYTHING is connected but if you say this to GOP you're an elitist.....who cares? have entire country just be underwater or on f!re...you can't through to rocks and garbage brain GOP denialists. they will say 1) it has always been like this 2) god is cursing them or 3) illegals cause climate change...or lately 4) so what? people are overreacting like rex tillerson said recently.
        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        He has a point except that when it boils down to it, electric power is the one thing all homeowners can easily harvest themselves if they have the equipment. For gas/oil, you depend on supply. Lets assume something catastrophic happened and oil 'reserves' begin to run out; then what?
      imoore
      • 3 Years Ago
      The real truth behind Rush is he's a political entertainer, plain and simple. He gets his kicks from fanning the flames of politics and looking for a few weak-minded sheepish humans (aka "dittoheads") who will believe anything he says as the truth. Sad thing is, he also believes himself. As for his rant about the Volt, he's just retaliating against GM because they dropped him as a sponsor. If you can remember that far, Rush was always shillling Caddilacs during the early 2000's, especially talking about how well the new Escalade drove whenever he took his excursions to Florida. Then came his drug abuse scandal, and GM said "see ya," and left town. GM's government bailout had nothing to do with this; in fact, if GM hadn't dropped him, he still would have been advertising for them. Amazing how he still holds a grudge after all these years. And by the way, I really don't care about the conservative/liberal/moderate/extremist cesspool that's driving this country's consciousness right into the ditch. I'm still trying to find out when the Constitution's opening line was changed from "We The People" to "We the Politicians and Politoical Parties."
        Ford Future
        • 3 Years Ago
        @imoore
        Wishful thinking. If Limbaugh is funded by oil or Saudi's, like Fox News, no matter how good EV's get, he'll be paid to go negative. The Right is Paid to be Wrong. It's a business.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          Climate change is real. And Rupert Murdoch doesn't deny it. I'm not sure why them running a climate change story makes you think that proves anything. You are just inventing conspiracy theories with no evidence. Creating such conspiracy theories is going to hurt your cause more than help it by discrediting it as a bunch of conspiracy theory loonies.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          That is called Confirmation Bias. Exxon advertises all the time. You just notice the ads more after you think they probably added more.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          @ Spec, Well said Spec, very well said !
          Ford Future
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          Sorry Spec, Fox "News" just did a "climate change is real" story. Shock. This happens every year, it's a wakeup call to Exxon. Fox needs another check. This happened last year as well, 2 weeks later Fox was advertising Exxon propaganda that tar sands are "oil sands" with big slick oil sands ads. It's clearly paid propaganda.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          There is no conspiracy theory as in 'The Koch brothers pay Rush/Fox to spew these talking points." No . . . there is an actual audience for this. Fox News is AWFUL as journalism but it is great TV business. Who sits around and watches cable news all day? Old people. Old white people. And old white people are generally conservative. So Fox News is just telling them what they want to hear. Thus, it is very successful business. It is sad that people are not more interested in learning real news . . . nope, they want to hear what they want to hear. But it is TERRIBLE journalism. There have been a few studies now that show avid Fox News viewers as some of the least informed people. They actually scored lower than people who watch no news!
          Ford Future
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          Spec, I'm giving you the heads up. I saw it last year. Wait for a new blitz of Exxon denial ad's on Fox. If they follow last year's play book, Fox will change it's tune in August, and Exxon will have another set of slick ad's for you to enjoy.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @imoore
        Is that true? GM dumped him after the drug episode?
          imoore
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Yep. I remember that episode well. It's no different from his beef with all things Disney, when ESPN dumped him after public pressure following his racist remark about a black football player on their Sunday Night NFL show a few years back. Rush is the type of person who believes he can do and say whatever he wants and not be held accountable for his actions.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      he can only pray to God that there is no God
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why bother parroting insane stuff like this, ABG? It's a lot like coming home and telling your wife EXACTLY what some crazy alcoholic bums were shouting at you on the street. Why should we care? on with the alternative energy revolution, folks! no use spending your energy listening to the delusions of a maniac :)
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        This is the 100th post. That's why they do it.
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        The problem is that this particular "alcoholic bum" doesn't just shout on the street. He has a loyal bunch of followers, and the power to make Republican Politician after Republican Politician bow to his blathering. He also is a social pal with a Supreme Court Justice. I realize it hurts lots of righties to see that this guy is the biggest public face of the political right. It hurts that he has more followers than any actual right wing politician. If you don't care, don't post on these threads. I don't care that you don't care.
        American Refugee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        What's that crazy alcoholic bum's arbitron rating? How many members of Congress speak regularly with that crazy alcoholic bum? Which political party considers that crazy alcoholic bum a major shot caller?
          P.F. Bruns
          • 3 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          Hey, hey, hey--ease up on crazy alcoholic bums. There's no need to lump them all in with Limbaugh. ;)
          Dave D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          My God....isn't that just a horrifying thought? It is beyond belief that American politics are influenced by a bigoted moron with the mental and emotional intellect of your average 13 year old and a bullying personality. Didn't they get sick of guys like this in middle school?
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          Dave D -- You will get a kick out of the other most powerful Republican Party power player. The majority of Republican Party national leaders have signed away their loyalty to a pledge that Grover Norquist came up with in 7th grade. The current Republican Party national politicians bow to a middle school style bully, and a 7th grade simpleton. NORQUIST: My team is winning and it can be taught to Harry Reid. He wanted a $2.5 trillion tax increase last year and he didn't get it. BEE: Your team is winning? It's like you came up with this whole idea when you were twelve. NORQUIST: It was something I came up with when I was twelve, to get a teacher to... BEE: I'm sorry, what did you say? You came up with this idea when you were... NORQUIST: Seventh grade. BEE: ...in seventh grade? BEE (off camera): Yes, the entire federal government is paralyzed because of a document, written by a twelve year old, in 1968. http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/daily-shows-samantha-bee-demolishes-grover
          Dave D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          PR, Yeah, I'm a huge Daily Show fan and saw that one live. It was absolutely stunning. They need to play this tape as part of the campaign against every moron who signed his "document" so that people can see where it came from and why. No need to do negative campaigning...just show the interview with this simpleton who dreamed it up and why.
      ss1591
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rush my Volt will be just fine thanks. I also have a good idea where he can shove his putter! The problem with him is he is just plain ignorant and cant understand anything above 6th grade level. The guy was so stupid he lost his hearing from taking to much Vicodin and at one point was taking over 100 pain killers a day. He was getting them from a maid and the pills had skin, nose mucus and hair on them because they were taken from the trash but yum yum they were good for Rush. I remember he used to say all drug addicts should be put on an island because no one would miss them. That is the best thing he every thought of but he never left for the island.
      Vlad
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's really sad that there is demand for his rants. Rush being most popular radio host is troubling. It's also sad that people so easily assume that other people are unable to think one step ahead. I thought it was self-evident that Leaf is almost always owned by a family with two or more cars, and that other car can move that family longer than 70 miles. But not to everyone, I guess. Even some people who frequent this board seem to have trouble grasping this idea. And any serious questions of emergency preparedness are, of course, ignored. And no, an answer is not God, guns, gold.
      Grendal
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rush Limbaugh is a hypocrite of the worst kind. Remember when he railiing against people with drug problems when he was using drugs illegally? Remember how he got off with high priced lawyers that can afford to work the system? How much jail time did he do? This criminal's opinion is worth how much? Since his opinion here is obviously half-@ssed and uninformed doesn't it make you wonder what else he says that's BS? Is an electric car perfect for everyone in every situation? Certainly not. But it has advantages over a gas car in many ways. And since Rush Limbaugh doesn't know what he is talking about when it comes to electric cars (Nissan Leaf/Tesla Model S) and electric cars with range extenders (Chevy Volt/Fisker Karma), listen or read up on the subject from someone who is informed.
      Richard
      • 3 Years Ago
      If there was a power outage, I wouldn't have any problems keeping my house powered up with the 2.2 kW of power that is available from my Volt's Axillary Power Module. Plenty of juice to keep my home running with cheap electricity, and even if that runs out, I still have a gas generator that comes with every car :).
      delsolo1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't tell Rush, but my car runs on oxycodone.
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