Gasoline prices over the last few years, courtesy GasBuddy.com

Gingrich is wrong on both gun racks in Chevy Volts and US energy policy


During a campaign sweep through Georgia last weekend, Newt Gingrich had some interesting things to say about the ability of a Chevy Volt to carry a gun rack, and his fantasy of returning to $2.50 a gallon gasoline.

Last weekend Newt Gingrich decided to unload both barrels on the Chevy Volt claiming, among other things, that the Chevy Volt is ridiculous because "You can't put a gun rack in a Volt." Yesterday, John McDole, A Chevy Volt owner, posted a video on youtube proving that you can very well put a gun rack in a Volt. Score one for the masses?

The video demonstrates an obviously quickly designed gun rack made from PVC pipes and hooks, that fits neatly in the luggage area of a Chevy Volt. The finished gun rack holds three rifles and there's still room for hunting vests and ammunition, though it's unclear what you'll do with any wild game killed using those rifles. The gun rack shown in the video doesn't, by any stretch of imagination, have the fit and finish appropriate to an accessory one would buy for a Chevy Volt, it does demonstrate that a Volt can carry a gun rack, and that an accessory manufacturer could in theory spend the time to develop a Chevy Volt gun rack product.

This wouldn't be news if it were just a one-off quick stunt video, shot in an afternoon, and posted on the Internet. There is, however, a deeper issue as McDole pointed out in his video. Namely, the other, largely incorrect, comments Gingrich made over the weekend about oil policies, the price of oil, and green technology and green transportation incentives in an effort to attack the Obama Administration. The comments made by Gingrich and McDole demonstrate two very different views of energy policies in the U.S. Some, like Gingrich, are living in a fantasy of cheap oil and big trucks, while others like McDole recognize our future will be plagued by energy supply shortages and the urgent need to quickly stop using fossil fuels.

Gingrich's comments came during a campaign swing through his home state of Georgia, which holds its Presidential Primary on March 6.

During a campaign stop former Speaker Newt Gingrich mocked the green car lobby with "How DARE we go out and drive vehicles bigger than their bicycles!" He went on to say he doesn't have anything against people who want to drive electric cars like the Volt, calling it an interesting experimental car and repeating the oft-said talking point "The average family who buys it earns $170,000 per year," and several other digs against the Chevy Volt. All that led to him saying "here's my point, you can't put a gun rack in a Volt," a line which drew huge applause from the audience. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Gingrich campaigned on gun rights, religious freedom and bringing gas prices down to $2.50 a gallon, and quotes him saying “I think $2.50 a gallon gasoline and trucks big enough to carry a gun rack fits Georgia just about perfectly and I am happy to campaign here on that.”

In his video, McDole replied to Mr. Gingrich saying, "Recently Newt Gingrich decided to make a statement about the production of oil in the United States, that if he were President he would drill anywhere and everywhere he could in order to drop the price [of oil] to $2.50, which shows a 'slight' misunderstanding of how the global markets work. See, if you try to increase supply in the United States, the Saudi's and everyone else who produce oil will just reduce the supply and the price will still remain the same."

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It's a wonder people still listen to these politicians who haven't solved anything yet and apparently are willing to say anything to ring in some votes. In this case, the track record isn't surprising when you hear things like that.

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