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Hybrid Cars Are “Bull$#!+” Croons Environmental Diva, Cher

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Posted on November 17 2010 2:00 pm
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
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Hollywood has a well-deserved reputation for environmental lunacy. Occasionally though, even in the midst of an otherwise effete rant, nuggets of wisdom can percolate to the surface.

Such was the case with Burlesque co-stars Cher and Stanley Tucci recently. Before prescribing the government do a better job of encouraging environmentally conscious behavior, Cher unwittingly endorsed market solutions.

“I researched all the hybrid stuff and its pretty much all bulls**t,” Cher said when asked about her vehicle preferences. “I was going to get a Mercedes diesel thing, but then thank God I found out there was no diesel places near us, so if there was a fire, I would not be able to get out. There have been 10 fires since I lived in my house in Malibu, and we’ve had to evacuate. It wasn’t safe and if there was a fire, we wouldn’t be able to get out.”

Funny how self-interest works, is it not? Indeed, that is the problem with advocating alternative energy “solutions” without a marketable means to implement them. Most people will only adopt a new technology when it makes economic sense to do so, and rarely when it endangers them or otherwise contradicts their interest.

Tucci also gets it. Regarding compact fluorescent “curly bulbs,” which are being imposed upon the market through federal mandate, Tucci cried foul.

“Don’t you hate those? Let’s face it everyone looks like they have jaundice. They’re awful. I’m sorry, but they need to come up with something better,” Tucci griped. “I’m very environmentally friendly, but the onus is always on the consumer. You’ve got to change every light bulb in your house, and you can’t really see anything and it is awful, then they come up with something else and you have to change it all again.”

Florescent light allergy causes some to suffer headaches and skin irritation. How does the looming federal incandescent ban serve them? Until producers craft a higher efficiency bulb which doesn’t offend consumer sensibilities, there is no reason anyone should be forced to buy CFLs.

Tucci also backed up Cher on her hybrid hesitancy: “If the stuff that’s there actually worked, like the hybrids, which are questionable at best. There is this huge promotion and then you look at the gas mileage… it is not that different at all. It just makes people feel better.”

If it makes people feel better to own a Prius, fine. But the expectation that they must is fundamentally misguided. When innovators create something better than the status quo, they don’t need a government mandate or other encouragement to sell it. Products which have inherent worth sell themselves. Whether Cher and Tucci intended to or not, they have supported the argument for free markets.

Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota’s North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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