This is the sort of publicity stunt residents of San Jose witnessed when Ahnie sent a Cal-Trans crew into a neighborhood to dig a pothole where none existed and then Ahnie got photographed filling the pothole.
We'll soon have an opportunity to vote for a real Prius-driving environmentalist for governor and he's already got my vote.
From Dan Newman:
Thought you might enjoy this selection from Phil Angelides’ speech today at the World Environment Day Conference. (Angelides is running against Ahnold and his 7 Hummers – January ’07 is when the next Governor assumes office.)
I thought about starting this speech today by announcing my intention to convert one of my Hummers to run on hydrogen. But there’s a problem.
You see, I don't own a fleet of Hummers, not even one. To show you how politically astute I am, three years ago I actually bought a Prius. I selected it for the same reason any father of passionately opinionated teenage daughters would: Because they told me to.
What they didn't tell me is that one day I would find myself in this bind: How's a guy to prove his devotion to saving the planet unless he has a Hummer to convert?
So I’m going to do it the way every good politician does: By reframing the issue. I am here to tell you today that we are not going to save the planet by converting one Hummer at a time.
Instead, we must set targets. And so I pledge to you that by January 2007 California will cut to zero the number of Hummers owned by its chief executive.