A report from The New York Times was released this weekend.
The general political attitudes taken by the left and right in the US are, sadly, divided on the issue of fuel efficient vehicles. Broadly speaking, Republicans dislike the whole idea (even going to absurd extremes like Newt Gingrich saying that inflating your tires helps Big Oil) while Democrats are in favor. The stereotype even gets in the way of people thinking that the DOE's Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program is an Obama Administration creation. It's not, and was
Bill O'Reilly is a fan of Tesla. Calling the California car company "the one concrete thing that all responsible people should be rooting for," the popular Fox Network host is asking everyone to ignore the green lobby, the politics of global warming and dim opinions of alternative energy, declaring, "If Tesla can make a clean car, the entire automotive industry can. Therefore the air would be cleaner everywhere, and our wallets thicker. So let's get on it, people."
David Letterman and Bill O'Reilly talk electric cars – Click above to watch video after the jump
As someone who avoids listening to Bill O'Reilly, I didn't hear him make a claim last year (when gas prices were high) that he would buy a Prius if he could fit into one. O'Reilly also apparently said that, "No matter where you stand in the climate change debate, everyone should be able to agree that the cleaner the air the better and the less reliance on foreign sources of oil the better." These quotes come from the fun-minded folks over at ElectricAid, who not only listened to the pontificator