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From whom did Sir Nicholas Stern get his crazy idea that US vehicles aren’t sold in pristine, environmentally-aware China? Why, possibly from Holy Al Gore himself:

“We can’t sell our cars in China today because we don’t meet the Chinese emissions standards.”

Wrong, almost-President Gore. Check the links.

(Via James S.)

Posted by Tim B. on 04/03/2007 at 10:59 AM
  1. Is Gore right about anything?

    Anything at all?

    Anything?

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 04 03 at 11:05 AM • permalink

  2. Al prefers his official title: Almost-but thank God not-President Gore.

    Posted by Latino on 2007 04 03 at 11:12 AM • permalink

  3. “We can’t sell our cars in China today because we don’t meet the Chinese emissions standards.”

    What’s the difference. It doesn’t matter if we can or cannot, nobody wants a crap American-made car anyhow. Thank the UAWU for destroying what used to be some of the best made cars around. But start paying a guy $30/hour for doing a $4/hour job and this is what you get: an over-priced piece of crap that’s ready for the crusher in 4 years. Sheesh.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 04 03 at 11:14 AM • permalink

  4. Has anyone reflected on what the world would be like under Gore-control?

    Are the images as horrible as what I come up with?

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 04 03 at 11:45 AM • permalink

  5. The Goreacle™ Hath Spoken, and Stern must listen.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 04 03 at 01:46 PM • permalink

  6. The Goreacle™ Hath Spoken, and Stern must listen carry the pronouncement to all four corners of the world.

    What are the odds that Stern participated in one of Gore’s brainwashing teach-in sessions that we were deriding back last year?

    Posted by PW on 2007 04 03 at 03:44 PM • permalink

  7. But start paying a guy $30/hour for doing a $4/hour job and this is what you get: an over-priced piece of crap that’s ready for the crusher in 4 years.

    The $4 figure seems a bit low. Say $15. That’s still $15 for doing the work and $15 for not dropping a wrench into the machinery.

    Posted by ErnieG on 2007 04 03 at 04:03 PM • permalink

  8. Wow, ok, the company I work for has a car dealership DMS that we are selling in China, doing ok too, problems more with the Chinese changing their business practices to one of accountability :).  We’re, um, there because we’ve been signed as Ford’s preferred car dealership DMS in China.

    Oh well, at least the screens are pretty in Chinese.

    Posted by spyder on 2007 04 03 at 04:43 PM • permalink

  9. What? Do the Chinese have stricter emissions standards for imported cars?

    Now, that wouldn’t suprise me.

    Posted by rinardman on 2007 04 03 at 06:07 PM • permalink

  10. China’s traffic is amazing.  Typically you will have eight lanes of traffic on a four-lane road.  Every available spot is filled.  Drivers cut in, go the wrong way, flout every law, but even more amazing is the lack of road rage.  Indiscretions which would require a punch-up in Australia don’t even cause an eye blink in China.  Except for one thing - nervy drivers of fancy new imported cars who stick to their lanes and won’t use their wing mirrors to test the width of gaps in the traffic.  Those guys interrupt the flow.

    Posted by anthony_r on 2007 04 03 at 07:08 PM • permalink

  11. The chinks have been building awful Jeep Cherokees under licence since the mid 80s, and no doubt doing other makes and models now as well as their own horrors. Gore wouldn’t know if you were up him with an armful of chairs. Has the fat bastard ever been to China? I can’t recall any recent blizzards there, and if the flabby sod turned up unannounced the Peoples Army might mistake him for a return of Buddah and blast him into the ether, so probably not.

    Posted by Habib on 2007 04 03 at 09:03 PM • permalink

  12. GM Sales in China jump 25% -

    GM’s flagship brand, Buick, registered sales growth of 25.3 percent year on year to 82,195 vehicles, with the Excelle family remaining its best-selling model.  Sales of products from Chevrolet, GM’s second mainstream brand in China, rose 19.0 percent to 41,144 vehicles in the first quarter.  The Chevrolet Spark enjoyed its second-highest monthly sales ever of 4,428 units in March, while the new Chevrolet Epica generated sales of 3,629 units in its single month on the market in March.  GM’s luxury nameplate, Cadillac, had sales growth of 62.2 percent in the first quarter to 1,797 units.

    The Buick is a locally made variant of the US model, the Excelle, Spark and Epica are GM Daewoo models, and the Cadillac is directly imported from the US.  But that is unfortunately a fact, and cannot be allowed to upset the prevailing tenets of Warmenisers.

    Posted by SezaGeoff on 2007 04 03 at 09:36 PM • permalink

  13. Anyone that has been to China would find it laughable that they have any pollution restrictions on anything.  It has the dirtiest air, water & environment I have ever seen, and I have been to some shitholes.  You actually see a lot of American cars, some made in China (GM & Ford have plants there) some imported.  Any import restrictions would probably be based on politics. 

    As a matter of fact I have been to many countries (not Oz or NZ unfortunately) and find the US to be the cleanest.  The amount the US has invested in cleaner cars & power plants over the years has paid off.  Our cities are one hell of a lot cleaner than, say EUROPE where most of their buildings are eroding before your eyes from all of the pollution.  I blame Bush.

    Posted by bill w on 2007 04 03 at 10:21 PM • permalink

  14. I agree with bill w, The first time I drove in Birmingham, in the English midlands, I thought my car was on fire based on the smell. It turned out it was the whole stinking city.

    Posted by moptop on 2007 04 03 at 11:07 PM • permalink

  15. #14 - In Birmingham, that smell was probably from all the amateur bomb makers the place now houses.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 04 03 at 11:23 PM • permalink

  16. Was recently in Shanghai for a weekend. Sun? What sun? This with no clouds in the sky either, unless they were unseen above the permahaze. Anyone who could believe that place has stricter pollution standards than the U.S. would believe “Inconvenient Truth” is non-fiction. Oh, wait…

    And yes, there were plenty of foreign cars—most locally made VWs and Buicks with a few Beemers and Caddies—on the streets.

    Posted by Tommy Shanks on 2007 04 04 at 12:44 AM • permalink

  17. He’s super serial!!!

    Posted by MrMarcus on 2007 04 04 at 01:55 AM • permalink

  18. Beclowned: the result of quoting Al Gore without cross-checking.

    Posted by egg_ on 2007 04 04 at 08:16 AM • permalink

  19. #11
    The new model Goremobile for the world market: overweight, poor handling, poor economy, poor performance and has a voice-prompting system that condescends and speaks slowly, as if to an 8-year-old.

    Stablemates:
    Mooremobile (gas turbine)
    Flummery (SUV)
    Sternwagon: EU model, with buy back credits due to unreliability, as produced in Eastern bloc

    Posted by egg_ on 2007 04 04 at 08:30 AM • permalink

  20. Just back from the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Convention, where one of the booths had an all-electric vehicle manufactured in China, the Javlon. Theoretically due out next year, it had a top speed of 80mph, so it’s not for street racing.  On the other hand, it actually looked like and was built like a real car, which is more than can be said for the glorified golf carts that pass for electric cars these days.

    The rest of the convention was interesting, especially for an environmentally-conscious conservative like myself.  Several booths focused on ‘independence from foreign oil’ as a motivating factor, with ‘reducing pollution’ being the closest they strayed toward AGW silliness.  The Honda rep, Annabel something, I suspect of being a closet Republican.  She was way too level-headed to be a Dem.  Of course, there were also a few presenters who made me sorely regret neglecting to bring a few Global Warming Swindle DVDs along for.

    Posted by Achillea on 2007 04 04 at 07:07 PM • permalink

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