AAA, National Review Believe America Loves Inanimate Objects
Prince Loves His Guitar; Americans Love Their Cars?
When energy legislation is being considered by Congress, it's amazing how many people are willing to tell the public that they just love their cars too much for any real reform.
Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review, exemplifies this strategy: "For good reason,", he says, "the average American loves his cars - each and every one of them."
But he was hardly alone. AAA shared his sentiments. Campaign for America's Future blogger Bill Scher put it this way:
Gas prices are at all-time highs, yet more drivers -- 38 million total -- are expected to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend.
Why? The folks at AAA (the American Automobile Association) say it's "America's love for the motorist and love for the car."
That's spin to make you think there's nothing that can be done to break our dependency on oil.
People still drive with high gas prices because they have no choice! Not out of blind love for a vehicle.
We don't have policies to provide accessible, affordable alternative fuels and mass transit options.
People need to get to work, see their families and friends, and relax on vacations. The only choice we have is to drive with fossil fuels or be hermits.
Of course, this isn't the first time we've noticed that some commentators think there's something funny going on between Americans and their cars. Just to be sure we weren't out of touch, we started the "AutoErotic" edition of Kicking Asphalt. Complete Story
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