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Environmentalists Drive 'Gas Guzzler' From Protest Site
30 May 2002
Modified: 31 May 2002
Anti-corporate protesters and environmentalists were charged with hypocrisy for leaving a Dallas rally against ExxonMobil Corporation in a full size passenger van. Free market counter demonstrators began chanting "SUV Alert" as the anti-corporatist protesters retreated to their Ford Econoline van. Ford Econoline van's fuel economy varies from a low of 13 mph in the city to 21 mph on the highway, depending upon how they are equipped, according to EPA figures for the 2001 model year.
Dallas (CNSNews.com) - Anti-corporate protesters and environmentalists were charged with hypocrisy for leaving a Dallas rally against ExxonMobil Corporation in a full size passenger van. Free market counter demonstrators began chanting "SUV Alert" as the anti-corporatist protesters retreated to their Ford Econoline van.

Despite a call by an anti-ExxonMobil protester to "burn" all SUV's in America, the demonstrators left the rally site at the Morton Meyerson Center in the van. One protester conceded it was "unfortunate" that they drove the van to the rally decrying ExxonMobil's environmental policies.

Carol Jones, a free market counter protester of the Texas branch of the group Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), was on hand at the downtown rally and charged the anti-ExxonMobil protesters with hypocrisy for driving a "gas guzzler."

"They always bring all their blow up [props] in SUV's, which they are totally against," she commented.

Jordana Banana, a protester against ExxonMobil responded "no comment" when asked by CNSNews.com about the use of the full size van.

When pressed on the issue, she said, "It's unfortunate that we have to drive a van. It would definitely be our preference to be able to take alternative forms of transportation, but unfortunately today, we had a lot of gear with us."

Banana added, "All of our gear though is recycled."

Before retreating to the van, another of the anti-ExxonMobil protesters, who would only give his first name, launched an attack on SUV's in America. "We should burn them all. They are horrible, they are useless," Luigi said. "Most people should be able to get by with a two-door car for the same thing they use SUV's for," he added.

Jones quipped, "[The protesters] don't want us to have SUV's, but they just got to have their SUV's."

Ford Econoline van's fuel economy varies from a low of 13 mph in the city to 21 mph on the highway, depending upon how they are equipped, according to EPA figures for the 2001 model year.
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this is shocking
31 May 2002
wow, this is truely confidence shattering news. I definately see the lies of the green protesters. instead of indymedia i shall now read frontpagemag.com everyday. thanks for showing me the light.

mrd
Ho Hum.
31 May 2002
Okay. It's becoming clear that "YOU GUYS ARE PATHETIC" is simply being disruptive, probably to encourage censorship. Or he just needs some valium or meditation or something.

By the way, vans are very efficient considering their internal volume. SUVs are pathetic unless you're a real cowboy. (The Park Service and Homeland Insecurity goons are not real cowboys.)

I drive - as infrequently as possible - an old Grand Caravan. Quite efficient. But if I had the funds, I'd get a minivan or little roadster (eg: Lotus Elise - not sold in the USA) powered by biodiesel (VW TDI engine is great) or lithium-ion batteries charged by photovoltaics or windpower.

SUV yuppies are gonna have fun looking for gasoline down the road, especially if the Mid-East blows up....

egroups.com/group/jpchance/links/Energy_000993420723
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