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Not sure if this is helpful, but in Colorado Springs, the low cost of sustainable energy has overridden the political viewpoint.

The city-owned utility system is rapidly replacing its remaining coal-fired power stations with sustainable supplies. Station retirement schedules have been pulled in and the replacement power is coming from new solar installations and wind power purchases. The politics of it has remained in the background because the sustainable supplies are so much cheaper than the existing coal supplies. Even though Colorado Springs is very conservative politically, the cost argument has over-ridden the politics.

Another consideration is that with our low-impact law enforcement mentality (no traffic cops --> 50 traffic fatalities per year in a city smaller than Oslo that has 1 or 2), and the apparent need to demonstrate masculinity by driving gigantic pickup trucks, the roads are pretty scary. Few people want to get out there in a Nissan Leaf. But Ford just announced an EV version of the F-150 pickup truck that has a list price lower than the big-battery version of the Leaf--$40,000 before the $10,000 or so of tax incentives. That will be the ideal combination of "giant pickup truck" and "low operating cost" that will appeal to conservative cheapskates.

These cost considerations are completely separate from climate change arguments, which takes the politics out of the discussion.

by asdf on Thu May 27th, 2021 at 02:48:25 PM EST
Yea, money talks, even (or especially) in conservative circles. The obsession with monster cars/tucks has always fascinated me, and seems like compensation for massive inferiority/insecurity complexes. I can understand it if you have to move lot of stuff or travel long distances, but for school runs and suburban commutes, not so much. Do Americans realise how ridiculous it seems to many outsiders?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 11:10:35 AM EST
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You may have noticed that Americans generally couldn't care less what outsiders think.

The crazy thing is that people are taking out 8 year loans now--on cars and trucks that only have 3 year warranties. Average purchase transaction price is around $40,000. And the passenger compartment of the big pickup trucks is so long that the bed is not big enough to carry actual big stuff. They are more like giant cars with open trunks/boots.

by asdf on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 02:55:03 PM EST
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So what, in your view, is the psychology behind buying such unnecessarily big vehicles? Is it the same as requires people to walk around town carrying assault rifles?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 03:58:29 PM EST
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Yes.  It's all about compensating by projecting power onto others.  Suburban pick-ups aren't really good for hauling and are never used for it anyway.  They're show ponies.  And AR-15 knock-offs are just expensive toys.  They're a long way from a good choice for either hunting or defense.
by rifek on Sun May 30th, 2021 at 05:22:01 AM EST
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Bigger is better? It is a mystery to me, too.
by asdf on Thu Jun 3rd, 2021 at 02:21:51 AM EST
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As to the first, Americans have been well brainwashed to believe their personal value is totally determined by the stuff they own.

As to the second, at any moment hordes of Negroes secretly trained by the Deep State will invade their suburb, raping and killing.  IOW, they fear what whites used to routinely do blacks will be done unto them.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Jun 3rd, 2021 at 05:47:31 PM EST
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