Whenever I see an article posted on the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt on a popular news site (such as Yahoo, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, etc..) the user comments below the story are usually about 99% negative. And when I say negative, I mean belligerently negative towards electric cars. Also the vast majority of the posts seem to have false information in them. We've heard many of them before, but I list some of the common cites:
- Electric cars pollute more than gas cars.
- Electric cars are worse on the environment from their manufacturing process
- Don't free us from foreign imports because all the parts come from overseas.
- When talking about the Chevy volt, people say it can "only go 40 miles and you are dead on the side of the road"
- these cars will be all over the side of the freeways, dead, out of power.
- Only a homosexual would drive a car like this, a real man uses gas engine.
- Nobody would ever buy such a piece of junk
- These cars will sit on the lot and Nissan will go broke for making them all
- How could you ever drive a car that could only go 100 miles? That won't take you anywhere.
- I'll stick with my Hummer
- Who in their right mind would pay $32,000 for a car that can only go 100 miles?
So am I crazy in thinking that the oil companies have paid off the moderators on these news websites to delete all or most of the positive comments in order to make it appear that the public is not in support of these cars?
here is a recent example, but I've noticed this trend for months now:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100714/ap_ ... warranty_7
Go ahead.. look through the comments and see if you think this is balanced or not.