For all the sponsored chatter about hybrids and alternative fuels, the fact remains that smaller cars mean smaller profits.
Hence, if you pay attention to what the overclass transportation dictators are actually putting out, you find them working hardest to recapture as much of the profitability of the embattled behemoth/SUV size bonanza as they can.
One sign of this effort is the return of the station wagon, as reported in today’s edition of The New York Times.
Here are the lovely stats on this facet of “change you can believe in”:
The automotive-industrial complex is banking on the answer to that question being “Yes,” and it is doing what it takes to make sure it stays that way.
On Sesame Street, they used to do “One of These Things is Not Like the Others.” Well, take a gander at that diagram up there, which comes from the website of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition — i.e., the car corporations and the corporate corn farmers.
See anything missing?
Hint #1: It’s the exact thing that “e85 fuel” is supposedly going to free “us” from.
Hint #2: Do corn plants pop up like weeds, and also spontaneously grow, harvest, transport, mill, and distill themselves?
Hint #3: The masters of our investors-first society are counting on training you to keep flunking this test.
If you haven’t already seen it, take a look at the new wave of “from gas-friendly to gas-free” advertising from General Motors (click through to page 2 in the “Chevrolet” sub-section and look at “Chevy Fuel Solutions”) . The anti-schooling, the planned implantation of fundamental ignorance — it’s a classic big business marketing strategy (shift the context + “look over there, not here”), but it has never been more appalling or dangerous to humanity.