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as Los Angeles Yanks Plug on
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It´s Less Easy Being ´Green´
as Los Angeles Yanks Plug on
Free Parking for Electric Cars

Wall Street Journal, by Hannah Karp

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/5/2013 5:49:50 AM

On a recent morning, Jack Luu parked his plug-in Toyota Prius in one of the most expensive lots at Los Angeles International Airport before flying off to a film shoot in Canada. The lot, where Mr. Luu leaves his car as many as 10 times a month for business trips, normally charges $30 a day. But when Mr. Luu returned home three weeks later, he drove out, as usual, without paying a dime. "That was a huge reason why I bought the car in the first place," says the 35-year-old Santa Monica, Calif., postproduction company executive,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: LanieLou, 1/5/2013 6:36:13 AM     (No. 9099659)

What kind of world do the elites get free parking & the masses have to pay? Not only were they not paying the parking fee, the electric is free as well!

Wealthy Progressives certainly love giving themselves perks for being so elite.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: sgtfox of the jarhead clan, 1/5/2013 8:03:54 AM     (No. 9099764)

Wait until the owners try to trade or sell these duds when the batteries start to fail. Nobody in their right mind will want them. Suckers.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 1/5/2013 8:20:09 AM     (No. 9099800)

Good "green" intentions slamming up against hard reality. Welcome to the real world, suckers. Ditto to the windies and sunnies, too.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: realrep, 1/5/2013 8:46:19 AM     (No. 9099860)

It´s symbolism over substance, nothing more, nothing less.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/5/2013 8:56:39 AM     (No. 9099880)

Wait till the boobs who bought electric cars find out about the proposed tax to cover the gasoline taxes they don´t pay that pay for highways and their maintenance.

There was talk of that yesterday - either a per-mile-driven fee or a flat fee of, say, $100/year.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: patpgmr, 1/5/2013 8:56:48 AM     (No. 9099881)

I notice that most of these freeloaders are doctors, engineers, executives etc. Shouldn´t they be paying their "fair share"?

Also, who buys an expensive vehicle for free parking?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 1/5/2013 9:06:42 AM     (No. 9099896)

Paragraph 4 is a fun one. toyota won´t be using mr. luu for any prius testimonials.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 1/5/2013 9:07:25 AM     (No. 9099897)

Saw some interesting consumer survey results last year. The average owner of these cars is a late middle age, high income, status conscious male. By and large they are unlikely to buy another because they have found that the savings in operating costs do not offset the much higher up front investment.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: skedaddle, 1/5/2013 9:32:51 AM     (No. 9099945)

Typical green type. He drives all over the place and flies out of LA up to 10 times a month. He probably consumes more energy than my entire neighborhood and would lecture us all about using a clothes dryer. We´re doomed.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 1/5/2013 9:49:28 AM     (No. 9099966)

#8 - the surveys didn´t mention that the typical buyer is likely unable (or unwilling) to perform a cost/benefit analysis on his "status" car.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Grambo, 1/5/2013 10:02:45 AM     (No. 9100001)

Anyone who thinks that driving an electric car running on an environmentally unfriendly battery, using electricity from a fossil fuel power generation plant and an expensive transmission network, is saving the planet needs lessons on basic physics.

And anyone who thinks that spending $10K more for a Prius than for a Civic in order to get 15mpg more, is economically prudent needs lessons in basic math.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: paral04, 1/5/2013 10:06:05 AM     (No. 9100008)

Why should I cover the price of someone else´s free parking and energy? Especially when the only folks who can afford an electric card are in the top 5% of the counrty. I tired of this nonsense. We need to fix this.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: freightdog, 1/5/2013 10:11:15 AM     (No. 9100021)

A great example of how economic incentives effect behavior.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: rock n robin, 1/5/2013 10:15:25 AM     (No. 9100034)

The electric cars are "green" scam is so illogical. As someone else once cogently pointed out, electric car owners are just as polluting as the rest of us, except they get to have their pollution up front.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/5/2013 10:19:20 AM     (No. 9100043)

So the guy parks his version of the "metrosexual muscle car" at the airport while we subsidize it and he takes his business to Canada.What a country!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Quigley, 1/5/2013 10:30:00 AM     (No. 9100064)

This individual is disgusting from several aspects. I wonder if a buyer in the midwest would get similar percs.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 1/5/2013 10:43:51 AM     (No. 9100108)

There are no ´good green intentions´. The invisible hand is always in play - individuals looking out for their own self interests.

And how is a coal-powered car ´green´?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: southernboy, 1/5/2013 10:49:20 AM     (No. 9100118)

One of the comments at the end of the article wrote about a friend of his who bragged that he never had to put gasoline in his vehicle…but everywhere he went he expected to plug in….free of charge, to everyones electrical outlet.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/5/2013 1:37:31 PM     (No. 9100440)

So, lower income California taxpayers are footing the bill for the rich guy´s parking? Liberals are beneath contempt.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 1/5/2013 4:06:20 PM     (No. 9100619)

Sounds like a program that deserves to be expanded.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Twiggy, 1/6/2013 2:09:34 AM     (No. 9101024)

Aren´t these the same people who got about $7,000 credit off the purchase thanks to Obama. Why should they get anything more than anyone else just because they were stupid enough to cater to the greenie fraud.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/6/2013 4:08:32 AM     (No. 9101046)

Are people ever going to use common sense again??? I really think that a large percentage of society has lost its mind!! These electric cars are just expensive toys and not "green" at all. I will say I am glad that they are finally stopping the subsidization.

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