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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.


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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.