Democratic Representative Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, recently appeared with Neil Cavuto to talk about America's energy crisis:
His basic argument is that we need to stop using oil and instead use renewable energy, and drilling for more oil here in the U.S. isn't going to hasten that transition. He didn't admit the obvious -- that higher gas prices are better if your goal is to stop using oil. That's the logic that underpins Speaker Pelosi's continuing refusal to allow a vote on drilling: every additional drop of oil produced makes it a little more attractive to continue using the internal combustion engine, and that doesn't fit the Democratic plan.
How angry is Congressman Engel about the fact that America still uses gas-powered cars? He wants to get rid of the Dodge Caravan!
“People don’t need [Dodge] Caravans; they ought to have more efficient cars.”
The Caravan? We're not exactly talking about the H3 here. The 2008 Caravan gets 17 miles to the gallon in the city, and 24 in highway driving. It's available with a Flex Fuel engine. It gets a 5 star crash test rating from the Department of Transportation, and the highest possible rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It sounds like a decent buy.
But not for Eliot Engel, who at least was willing to express what most Democratic leaders believe: no one needs a car like that. If they get a Democratic president who's willing to sign their legislation, you'll eventually be forced to buy something smaller and more fuel efficient. The Dodge Caravan will go the way of the Dodo bird.