World Car Of The Year

I’ve never heard of such a thing but Carlos Ghosn, the CEO and Chairman of Nissan, the maker of the Leaf, thinks it’s a prestigious award. Apparently the winner is chosen by a panel of automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America.

Journalists? Well that explains quite a bit. Are they really the ones that should be making such a call? I mean maybe they can write about a vehicle but what do they really know? Can any of them even find a spark plug, much less change it? I thought maybe the Society of Automotive Engineers or some mechanics organization. But no. Journalists. Decisions being made by people like this is what has us in the mess we’re in.

You have to wonder why they would even choose such a vehicle. There is, of course, the obvious. It’s an electric car. Yep, just plug her in and go on your merry way. Eight hours later you’re good to go a hundred miles. What the heck (WTH)? Two kind of ugly questions come to mind here. One, eight hours charge to go a hundred miles? And two, where does the electricity come from? The first is just what it is but the second… well let’s just move to the next item for now.

Algore has got to be shaking with rage over this. “Apple Named Least Green Tech Company” is the headline to the article. Algore is on Apple’s board of directors. How sad is that? Mr. “My mansion only has fifty-three bathrooms” is running a dirty company according to his cronies over at greenpiece. I know, I know, I spelled it that way because they are a piece. Of what, you fill in.

“So,” you ask, “how could a company with such an environmentally aware board member, a company that uses sheep to maintain their lawn, how can this company be on a list of “dirty companies”? I know, it’s just so darn funny. Isn’t it? Mr. “Lying sack of you fill it in” in charge of a dirty company. As decreed by greenpiece, no less. Well, it seems that they rely heavily on… wait for it… wait for it… electricity. That’s right sports fans that universal, magical, mythical, mystical delight that brings you incandescent bulbs and arc welders is once again at the root of Algore’s problems.

But, let us extrapolate. If dirty, filthy, rotten electricity makes Algore a bad boy, where then does that leave poor old Mr. Ghosn and his filthy Leaf? Not to mention the “journalists”. As the British would say, “That’s a bit of a sticky wicket.” I don’t know what that means but from the context I’ve heard it used in I’m sure it fits here and it sure sounds funny. As Rush Limbaugh likes to say, “The leaf is a coal-fired car.” As Larry the cable guy says, “I don’t care who you are, that’s funny.” Until next time, screw environmentalists.

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