Thursday, May 15, 2008

So, you want to buy a hybrid?

So, you want to buy a hybrid?

The other day as I was listening to the radio, the host started talking about cars and the hybrid was mentioned. I was just mostly ignoring it, as I do most advertisements, but all of a sudden it hit me. Why is this guy raving about hybrids when the same guy on the same show exposes the "oil crisis" and the "green movement"for what they are? Well, of course, it's a paid advertisement and he's making a buck ... but by misleading people? Whoa ... something is amiss here. So I decided to do what 90% of us lazy Americans are noted for NOT doing ... I'd investigate some facts on hybrids.

Just by browsing the dealer web sites, which will give me very biased numbers in their favor, I created a spreadsheet and did some comparisons of some hybrids and their non-hybrid counterparts. I took very conservative views. I took each vehicle, calculated the base price and found the difference. I then figured how many gallons of gas at $4 per gallon I could buy with that amount of money. Then using the MPG ratings for the non-hybrids, I calculated how many miles I could drive the non-hybrid on the savings in money. Below is what I came up with.

Nissan Altima versus Nissan Altima Hybrid

Cost*........ $20,470.00 versus $25,480.00

Difference ..... $5,010.00
MPG-City ...... 23 versus 35

Difference .... 12
MPG-Hway ...... 32 versus 33

Difference ..... 1
Drive 2WD on both
Gas Price ..... $4.00
CPM-City ...... 17.391 versus 11.429

Difference...... -5.963
CPM-Hway ..... 12.500 versus 12.121

Difference .......-0.379

Free Gas......................... 1,253 gallons
Free MilesCity.............. 28,808
Free Miles Hway........... 40,080

Ford Escape versus Ford Escape Hybrid

Cost* ..... $19,140.00 versus $26,640.00

Difference .....$7,500.00
MPG-City ..... 20 versus 34
Difference ...... 14
MPG-Hway ..... 28 versus 30

Difference ..... 2
Drive ...... 2WD on both models
Gas Price ..... $4.00
CPM-City ....... 20.000 versus 11.765

Difference ........ -8.235
CPM-Hway ...... 14.286 versus 13.333

Difference .........-0.952

Free Gas .................... 1,875 gallons
Free MilesCity........... 37,500
Free Miles Hway ....... 52,500

Toyota Matrix versus Toyota Prius Sedan

Cost* ...... $16,190.00 versus $21,100.00

Difference ...... $4,910.00
MPG-City ..... 21 versus 48
Difference ...... 27
MPG-Hway ....... 29 versus 45

Difference ....... 16
Drive .... 2WD on both models

Gas Price .... $4.00
CPM-City ......... 19.048 versus 8.333

Difference .......-10.714
CPM-Hway ....... 13.793 versus 8.889

Difference .......... -4.904

Free Gas 1,228
Free MilesCity 25,778
Free Miles Hway 35,598

Honda Civic Sedan versus Civic Hybrid Sedan

Cost* ..... $15,010.00 versus $22,600.00

Difference ........ $7,590.00
MPG-City ...... 26 versus 40
Difference ......... 14
MPG-Hway ...... 34 versus 45

Difference ........ 11
Drive ..... 2WD on both models
Gas Price ..... $4.00
CPM-City ..... 15.385 versus 10.000

Difference ....... -5.385
CPM-Hway ...... 11.765 versus 8.889

Difference ....... -2.876

Free Gas 1,898
Free MilesCity 49,335
Free Miles Hway 64,515

Tahoe LT1 versus Tahoe Hybrid

Cost* ..... $37,610.00 versus $50,490.00
Difference ....... $12,880.00
MPG-City ........ 14 versus 21
Difference ........ 7
MPG-Hway ....... 19 versus 22
Difference ......... 3
Drive ...... 2WD on both models
Gas Price ...... $4.00
CPM-City ....... 28.571 versus 19.048
Difference ........ -9.524
CPM-Hway ......... 21.053 versus 18.182
Difference ...... -2.871

Free Gas 3,220
Free Miles City 45,080
Free Miles Hway 61,180

* Starting price - no options. Costs do not include tax, licence, insurance or financing costs
CPM=Cents Per Mile
Free Gas=gas (gals) that could be bought with extra money
Free Miles=number of miles (city/hway) driven on gas that could be bought by extra money

Depending on how much you drive you can drive a non-hybrid vehicle from one to 4 years without spending a cent on gas!! These prices also do NOT include the higher cost of maintenance for the hybrid, and from what I hear it is significantly higher. Think about it, folks!!

So, tell me again why you want to buy a hybrid?

Monday, July 23, 2007

Got milk?

Blame it all on our newly elected congress and their crony buddies! Talk about market manipulation!!

July 16, 2007

Ice-cream makers frozen out as corn price rises

Suzy Jagger and Carl Mortished

What’s the connection between ethanol, the biofuel produced from corn, and a cherry vanilla ice-cream? Answer: the first is responsible for pushing up the price of the other.

This month, the price of milk in the United States surged to a near-record in part because of the increasing costs of feeding a dairy herd. The corn feed used to feed cattle has almost doubled in price in a year as demand has grown for the grain to produce ethanol.

Christina Seid, whose family have been making ice-cream at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for 28 years, said yesterday that she expected to have to raise her prices, along with all competitors in the short term. "We are holding out as long as we can, but prices will rise," Ms Seid said.

Amy Green’s Ivanna Cone ice-cream emporium in Lincoln, Nebraska, has already raised its prices for a small cone to $3.50 before tax, up from $2.95 a few months ago. She also estimates that she is paying $150 more a week for the butterfat that she uses in her ice-cream.

The squeeze on ice-cream makers, chocolate manufacturers and pizza companies – all of whom use dairy produce as a raw material – is set to tighten as the price of a gallon of milk in the US – up 55 per cent in the past 12 months in some American states – is now the same as a gallon of petrol, with dairy prices accelerating faster than the cost of fuel.

Prices for dairy products have also risen because of increasing demand from China and the Middle East along with the drought in Australia, reduced subsidies in the European Union and the rocketing cost of corn.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The end of America as we knew it!

Have you read about he NAFTA Superhighway project? If not, I suggest you read up on it. It is the beginning of the end for American freedom. It gives the government the right to restrict travel and forces what will soon be known as a national ID card on all travelers. I just love the government that takes OUR money to do things we really don't want, not to mention, have very little to say about it.

Not only the above, but millions of American home owners will have their property taken away without fair compensation, for the development of this fiasco. And they are using "cockroach" mentality to sneak this whole deal through a little bit at a time in the dark, where no one will see.

I can see the people of this country eventually making a move to take back our country. It's inevetable.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The United States - The New Roman Empire?

This article follows some of the thought threads that have been going through my mind of late:


Monday, May 28, 2007

Chavez: History repeats itself

Our wonderful friend, Hugo Chavez, President, or should I say totalitarian dictator, of Venezuela, has given us all a lesson in history, His latest feat of generosity to his people is the shutting down of the country's most popular television station, Radio Caracas Television (RCTV) last night.


In an effort to quiet opposition to his government, Chavez refused to renew the license of this station, the most popular in the country for 53 years. It's like what the liberals are trying to do in this country with the Fairness Doctrine, trying to shut up talk radio. The world of freedom, liberty, and free speech is eroding away by the minority, the "elite", the wealthy. Not all the free oil in the world can replace freedom. What are we willing to give up?

Matthew 24 45-51

Friday, May 25, 2007

What I am

Even though it was penned in 2004, it is still valid today. Although, you don't have to be a Republican to be this way, but I do think you have to be a Conservative.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Jenna Jameson and the Democrats

Prominent porn star Jenna Jameson said Democrats are better for the pornography industry — and the Bill Clinton administration was “the best.”

In an interview with PR.com, Jameson — author of “How To Make Love Like a Porn Star” — said she prefers Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential race: “I love Hillary. I think that in some ways she’s pretty conservative for a Democrat, but I would love to have a woman in office.”

Asked if the climate of the porn industry is different under a Democratic administration compared to a Republican one, James said: “Absolutely . . . When Republicans are in office, the problem is, a lot of times they try to put their crosshairs on the adult industry, to make a point. It’s sad, when there are so many different things that are going on in the world: war, and people are dying of genocide.”

Demonstrating a questionable grasp of the U.S. Constitution, Jameson also declared: “The Clinton administration was the best years for the adult industry and I wish that Clinton would run again. I would love to have him back in office.”