It’s Earth Day, Buy an SUV


Just in time for the annual silliness that is Earth Day, a report issued by car-buying website Edmunds.com finds that record numbers of people are trading in their electric and hybrid vehicles for SUVs.

The study found that in 2015 to date, about 22 percent of drivers who have traded in a hybrid or electric vehicle bought a new SUV. That’s a significant increase over 18.8 percent last year, and nearly double the rate of 11.9 percent three years ago. Overall, 45 percent of hybrid and electric vehicle trade-ins have been used to purchase another alternative fuel vehicle. In 2012, that number was just over 60 percent.

According to Edmunds.com, this is the first time loyalty rates for alternative-fuel vehicles have fallen below 50 percent.

“For better or worse, it looks like many hybrid and EV owners are driven more by financial motives rather than a responsibility to the environment,” says Edmunds.com Director of Industry Analysis Jessica Caldwell. “Three years ago, when gas was at near-record highs, it was a lot easier to rationalize the price premiums on alternative fuel vehicles. But with today’s gas prices as low as they are, the math just doesn’t make a very compelling case.”

Caldwell hit the nail on the head.

While some hybrids and even purely electric vehicles can be good choices, the initial price is usually higher, the technology isn’t as tried and true as gas-powered vehicles, and recharging can be an issue.

Beyond that practical point, other polls have shown that fewer and fewer people are being taken in by the climate change scam, despite concerted efforts by the Obama Administration and others to create a state of perpetual environmental fear.

Overall sales of alternative fuel vehicles are down, too, with electric and hybrid vehicles just 2.7 percent of all new car sales in the first quarter of 2015, down from 3.3 percent a year ago. SUVs, meanwhile, have increased from 31.8 percent in 2014’s first quarter to 34.2 percent this year.

American consumers apparently are smarter than our enviro-Nazi wannabe masters give them credit for being.

It’s one thing to be a good steward of the environment, picking up litter or planting two trees for every one that is cut down to make paper or lumber, that sort of thing.

But the ridiculous and draconian measures forced down the throats of Americans by the so-called “environmentalist” agenda have more to do with keeping people under control than they ever have with actual preservation of the environment.

The faux science premises used to justify the push for alternative fuel vehicles haven’t generated the level of panic desired by the liberal agenda, leading to even more desperate proposals, such as mandatory manufacturing levels, more punitive taxes and fees for drivers of gas-powered cars — the usual government-knows-best rigmarole.

If the prices come down on alternative fuel vehicles and the performance continues to increase, then it will make economic sense to purchase one. But nobody should be foolish enough to buy one to “save the Earth.”

The Earth can more than take care of itself.

So to recognize that fact on this Earth Day, while the Chicken Littles are turning off their lights and composting their trash, pack up your family into the SUV, wave as you pass the local Earth Day fair, and take a long drive through the countryside.

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