Turns out the EPA (hardly a tough skeptic on this crucial capitalist push) says the Nissan Leaf, when brand-new, will have a driving range of 73, not 100, miles.
In other words, in its marketing efforts, Nissan exaggerates this key number by 37 percent. (Par for the course in our market-totalitarian “up to” culture.)
Of course, even Nissan admits that the Leaf battery, which stores the burnt coal or natural gas or fissioned uranium on which the Leaf ultimately runs, will, like all batteries, decay over time. Nissan says ordinary decay will take the battery down to 80 percent capacity after five years.
If Nissan is fudging that figure by roughly the same percentage of its range lies, in 5 years, the preening fools who spend the $35,000+ it takes to get a Leaf and a home charger might have a coal-car than can go maybe 50 miles total. Five years after that? Who knows?
“He [Eisenhower] felt that it [accepting the legitimacy of Iran's overwhelmingly popular elected government in 1953]…might have grave effects on United States oil concessions in other parts of the world.” (Minutes of March 11, 1953 White House Meeting of the National Security Council)
Having already authorized Operation Ajax, “President Eisenhower did not wish to hear details of covert operations, so did not attend [further] meetings” about its implementation. (All the Shah’s Men, p. 164)
A brave hero of democracy and freedom and chain-of-responsibility, indeed.
P.S. Any American who runs his or her mouth about the Middle East without first obtaining serious knowledge of Operation Ajax is a hypocrite, a fool, and simply unqualified to make any sound on the topic.
On Easter Island, as the rats they brought with them and came to rely on as a supplementary food source ate up the seeds of the big palm trees they needed to make seaworthy long-distance fishing/travel/escape canoes, what did the Rapanui people do? Under the sway of their priestly overclass, who naturally insisted that bigger and better appeals to the gods (and, of course, further expansion of the practices and prerogatives of their Earthly messengers) was the only reasonable answer to any and all crises, they made more and bigger moai.
In the United States of America and the rest of the “advanced” corporate capitalist nation-states, as the ornate and allegedly magical “self-movers” they bought to achieve mobility started to burn away the second half of the planet’s petroleum supply, the great entrepreneurs insisted that the path to survival and renewal was building further, still-more-intricate-and-expensive implementations of these 3,000-plus-pound objects, by means of which each micro-pod of commoners fetched food, got to workplaces, and attended what remained of in-person social occasions (all, of course, while further glorifying and enriching the entrepreneurial class that pushed and provided the “freedom machines”).
To modify Sesame Street, one of these things is just like the other.
Only 27 miles before the gasoline engine took over from the “electric” one.
MPG? Here are the words of the reviewer:
Okay, so here’s the bit of information you’ve been waiting for: on the 239.7 mile trip from Washington DC to New York City we burned 6.1 gallons of gas. That’s 38.8 MPG, a figure that’s pretty good for a gas-powered economy car but, for a $41,000 car that’s supposed to make the world a better place for our children… well, it’s a little unimpressive to say the least.
The results, in other words, are in: As predicted here, this thing is halo-ware. Nothing more.
The darling of the soi-disant new urbanists and the soi-disant local would-be (maybe) radicals just voted down providing puny new money to upgrade a flailingly, pathetically decrepit bus fleet.
As I’ve said before, don’t believe the hype. Apparently, creaming your pants for single-speeds and cyclocross isn’t enough to make even a tiny dent in corporate capitalist priorities and advantages. Turns out, it might actually require thought, work, and sacrifice.
Sorry, Portland. You ain’t half what you and your faint praisers think you are. Not even close.
For reasons I will explain in my forthcoming book, Courting Carmageddon: Capitalism and Transportation in the United States, manufacturing and selling automobiles is roughly as heedless of and harmful to public health as manufacturing and selling nicotine-delivery devices. Car crashes alone have killed more than 2 million U.S. residents in the past half-century.
Of course, thanks to their physical size and complexity and their enormous infrastructural and convenience implications, cars are far more important to corporate capitalists than cigarettes ever were. Hence, they are also far more off-the-table in terms of public debate and defense.
I say all this as background to news that Mazda is now asking the Supreme Court to shield it from liability for disregarding state-level vehicular safety laws that exceed the federal regulatory standards administered by the always half-hearted (and oxymoronically named) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In explaining its appearance as a friend of Mazda, the Alliance of Automobile Manfacturers explains:
“This case raises issues of enormous importance to auto manufacturers,” said Charles Territo, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. The fear, he said, is that federal regulations will be “superseded” by a patchwork of state laws on personal injury claims.
As Automotive News explains its own headline on this story, the enormously important issue is whether automotive manufacturers can continue to deploy “less-than-best” products.
Suggestion: Compare the institutional urgency of this issue against the claims about manufacturing standards and corporate concern made in car advertisements.
Slight gap there, no?
And is there any doubt what the eventual ruling will be in the age of Citizens United?
Note also: It isn’t just car capitalists, of course:
I have just learned that the voice-over, read by former cocaine dealer and c-list actor Timothy Allen Dick (stage name “Tim Allen”) on Chevrolet’s television ad for its vaporware/haloware/gas-electric hybrid model, the Chevy Volt, goes as follows:
“This is America, man. Home of the highway, last-minute detours and spontaneous acts of freedom.”
“Spontaneous,” as if anything about either the Chevy Volt or the General Motors corporation resides within a light year of easy, natural outcomes!
“Freedom,” as if ordinary Americans have (or have ever had, since the consolidation of corporate capitalism) serious transportation choices!
Only in America, man. Only in America.
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