Try harder Telegraph

City officials have made some effort in recent years to wean Angeleans off the diesel, but without offering much incentive.

Sigh. America pretty much doesn’t use diesel in cars. Only 3%, as opposed to 50% in Europe.

Yes, yes, nice turn of phrase and all but this is something that a journalist should know.

19 thoughts on “Try harder Telegraph”

  1. True. In Spanish all plurals are masculine unless 100% feminine. Hard to see what the Thought Police will be able to do about that. It’s right through the language. Abolish Spanish? Difficult when it’s on its way to becoming the US’s primary language & Hispanics are the most culturally conservative people going.

  2. Where does all the USA diesel go, if not much used for transport? It’s an unavoidable product of fractional distillation.

  3. You can change the fractions you get by fiddling with the refinery. This is what “crackers” do.

    But the US does use diesel. In trucks and trains, just not so much in cars or even light trucks – ie, pickups.

  4. In Spanish all plurals are masculine unless 100% feminine.

    I suspect that’s true of all ‘Latin’ languages, certainly French and Italian. And having a language in which every word must be either masculine or feminine makes it somewhat inevitable. Italian females with a degree are described as dottoressa (NB second degree not needed to achieve this distinction).

  5. Well. If nothing else, as Biden is a globalist, this is an admission of the true purpose of ‘de-carbonisation (a nonsense statement as we are all carbon based life forms) which is simply to stop us having cheap and convenient personal transport and keep us in the thrall of the ‘elites’.

  6. Mohave Greenie in Texas

    Diesel engine cars that are not imports are incredibly rare in the US. Adding a diesel engine to your pickup will set you back another $5000. Diesel fuel is also more expensive than gasoline by 5-25 cents a gallon. Diesel fuel pumps are hard to find off of the interstates. Why would anyone use diesel car’s in the US?

  7. Heavy duty pickups, the type you might mount a camper on or use to tow a heavy trailer, often use diesel. These include the Ford F250-F350-F450 on up or the Chev 2500s+. Otherwise, diesel is not commonly used in autos. However, this brings up another point about culture warriors. They are never satisfied. Very low use is not sufficient in their eyes when they want zero use. It’s why arguments about raising prices on something to reduce demand do not hold much sway with them. They know that even if the higher price prices reduces overall demand for some item, someone somewhere will just pay the price and keep using the same amount and they want that person controlled.

  8. bloke in spain
    July 8, 2021 at 7:51 am

    True. In Spanish all plurals are masculine unless 100% feminine. Hard to see what the Thought Police will be able to do about that. It’s right through the language. Abolish Spanish? Difficult when it’s on its way to becoming the US’s primary language & Hispanics are the most culturally conservative people going.

    Yes. These racists white people literally tell hispanics over here that they should stop using ‘latino’ and use ‘latinx’ because ‘latino is sexist’. But don’t call them paternalizing or colonials! They’re gonna de-colonize you good and hard!

    These are also the people that think ‘amen’ is sexist, ‘cockpit’ is sexist, etc.

  9. Ed P
    July 8, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Where does all the USA diesel go, if not much used for transport? It’s an unavoidable product of fractional distillation.

    Long-haul bulk transport and heavy industry is almost all diesel of some sort while personal transport is gasoline.

  10. Oh, to give you a better idea of the mindset of these people – they think a ‘gendered noun’ is the same thing as human gender. That Latin-derived language speakers really do think of a car as being male.

    So when you use the masculine form for a group of mixed people, well, you’re leaving out the non-masculine in that group, innit? Its not ‘inclusive’, innit?

  11. “That Latin-derived language speakers really do think of a car as being male.”

    The only good reason for Jeremy Hardy, may he rest in pieces, was his joke: “They say cars are a phallic symbol, but if they were, most men would just drive them in and out of the garage – or in many cases, just polish them.”

  12. ” These racists white people literally tell hispanics over here that they should stop using ‘latino’ and use ‘latinx’ because ‘latino is sexist’. ”
    I can’t help wondering how that’s received. My experience of latinas is of hair trigger tempers & a propensity to be violently abusive. Even abusively violent. It’s the sort of thing could leave the unwise searching for their cajones.

  13. Biden used Latinx recently and it was pointed out that a massive majority of Latinos don’t like the expression and it’s primary use was by white people

  14. Biden used Latinx

    Isn’t the “tinx” part offensive? Doesn’t it demean tinkers?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *