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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

US Senator Barack Obama -- hybrids and Envoys

WPSDTV ran a story pointing out a small irony that came out of a speech given by US Senator Barack Obama on Monday in Metropolis, IL. After encouraging the crowd to give up their SUVs for hybrid cars, he left in a GM Envoy. The Envoy is rated at 15 mpg.

Obamas press secretary asked WPSDTV to correct their story by claiming Obamas vehicle was flex fuel capable (Runs on E85.  E85 gasoline is 85% ethanol and 15% unleaded).

There are two problems with that statement. One, Obama did not get into the vehicle that was flex fuel capable. It seems he jumped into a staffers vehicle. Second, and this is the biggest problem when considering flex fuel cars, its unlikely the gas in the car was E85. There are very few flex fuel pumps in the US, nevermind Illinois. So, chances are the fuel in the tank of the flex fuel capable vehicle was just normal gasoline.

Vietor withdrew his demand for a correction on the basis of the first issue.

A similar incident occured back in April. Senators held a group rally to protest high gas prices at a local gas station (one block away from the Senate). One Senator then jumped into a Chrysler LHS (18 mpg) while another jumped into a Hyundai Elantra for the return trip.

Source: NewsChannel 6 - Working To Make A Difference

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Anonymous said...

I watched this on the news, cause I live in Metropolis, and I died laughing. Then, the news says that they were wrong, blah blah.

Anonymous said...

hey the namess bobby abd i was watching the debate a few nights ago. i think mccain is over rated cause he always rolls his eyes and thats not cool.
well uhh peace out thats all i gotta say yo :]

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