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Are SUVs a Symbol of Super Power?


I caught a few minutes of Rush Limbaugh’s radio show today. God help me.

Rush, who is no fan of promoting the purchase of more fuel efficient cars, was blathering about how the current Moscow Auto Show is showcasing gas guzzling SUVs. He then excoriated the U.S. for promoting “bubble cars” at its shows. Hmmmm. I don’t recall seeing too many “bubble cars” myself.

He then made the cogent point that because we are beginning to emphasize more fuel efficient vehicles, and Russia and China are pushing gas guzzlers at its shows, we (the U.S.) are abdicating our role as a global super power. Never mind that Russia and China subsidizes the cost of gasoline, making gas cheap in those countries.

They actually pay the guy for this kind of insight.


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