I posted this picture on my blog when I saw the car. Its my photo of a Prius I saw in a parking lot. I laughed at it. It was funny. Typical of someone that only thinks they know anything about oil, cars, and the environment. Today I got a response, so I will bring this to the top.
"Let me start by saying that your blog is fine. It is your opinion, but it is the photo of our car and plate that I object to.
As the new owner of this car I think it is rude to post a picture of our plate on your site!
I recently paid to transfer this personalized plate in the purchase of this car because I do believe there is too much power in OPEC and also because we thought it was funny. Believe me, I have seen worse bumper stickers that I do not agree with but, I move on and let someone have their opinion.
As the new owner, I think it is wrong for you to post our plate on your website just because you don’t agree with it. It is a state a licensed id and I’d appreciate you letting our family have our opinion and at least remove the picture from your site.
I assume you never asked the former owner his thoughts before you posted his plate on your site in 2007, but I welcome any dialog here. At the very least I believe you have “oversimplified” our view for the hate of a plate and that just isn’t fair."
So you are asking me to take the photo down, because you do not agree with my opinion? You are asking me to take down a photo of a personalized license plate, that is displayed on your vehicle while driving in public everyday, because I have an opinion on it ? Seriously, get over yourself and your Prius. Again. You are not saving the Earth by driving a Prius. You are not affecting OPEC.
Non-OPEC Fact Sheet
Non-OPEC countries (countries not members of OPEC - the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) produced 60 percent of the world's oil (total liquids) in 2004, down from 62 percent in 2003. Since 1970, non-OPEC production as a share of world total oil production reached a high of 71 percent in 1985 and a low of 48 percent in 1973, with a 60 percent average.
Of the 14 countries that produced more than 2 million bbl/d of total liquids in 2004, seven were OPEC members. The remaining seven were not OPEC members, including: the United States (the world's third-largest total oil producer for the year); Russia; Mexico; China; Canada; and North Sea countries Norway and the United Kingdom. It should be noted that the United States' total liquids production is boosted by the very large refinery gain that occurs there - over one million bbl/d in 2004.
You don't hate OPEC, you have no clue what OPEC even is. You have no clue as to who actually supplies your fuel. You need to get your head out of your rear end, and into the real world, where people live.
If you wanted to actually hate OPEC, you would drive a different car. You would not drive a Prius. You drive a Prius because its convenient, and trendy. You drive a Prius because your neighbor does, the people at Starbucks do, and the people in your Yoga class drive one. If you were actually serious about hating OPEC, you would drive biodiesel, you would drive electric, you would find another true option, however you are so hypocritical, you can, and did not. You might as well have a "Meat is Murder" bumper sticker and be downing McDonalds hamburgers like a competitive eater.