While this may sound like something that Donald Trump would say, the first clue that the attribution is false is that the quote is allegedly from 1998. While Fox News was in some markets that year, the network had yet to build a reputation as a “right wing” media outlet.
Snopes has done a thorough investigation and has found no evidence this quote is real.
Studies have shown (most notably, a study by the Minnesota Department of Transportation) that merging as late as possibly has many benefits on traffic:
- Reduces differences in speeds between two lanes
- Reduces the overall length of traffic backup by as much as 40 percent
- Reduces congestion on freeway interchanges
- Creates a sense of fairness and equity that all lanes are moving at the same rate
Contrary to popular belief, the scientific consensus is that the majority of oil deposits are the result of the deposition of tiny single-celled organisms such as diatoms. Oil does not come from dinosaurs.