Senate panel approves $3.6B for electric vehicles

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    Senate panel approves $3.6B for electric vehicles

    David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

    Washington -- The Senate Energy Committee has approved a $3.6 billion bill to boost electric vehicles.

    The bill approved on a 19-4 vote this morning is a scaled-back version of an $11 billion bill first proposed in May.

    But its fate is still in doubt as Senate Democrats are debating whether to include new electric vehicle funding as part of an energy bill they hope to approve before Congress goes home.

    The bill authored by U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., seeks to promote the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles through a series of "deployment communities."

    The Promoting Electric Vehicle Act of 2010, would extend and expand national incentives to accelerate the introduction of electric vehicles.

    "Passing this legislation will strengthen our national security and improve the air we breathe, while relying on our abundant and diverse electricity supply to fuel our cars," Dorgan said. "We are now one step closer to dramatically reducing our dangerous dependence on foreign oil that hurts our economy, helps our enemies and puts our security at risk. Domestic petroleum will always be an important part of our country's energy strategy, but we also must invest in alternative energy approaches including electric cars."

    The bill would create "deployment communities" across the country, where targeted incentive programs for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure systems would help demonstrate rapid market penetration and determine what best practices would be helpful for nationwide deployment of electric vehicles.

    Dorgan wants to electrify half its cars and trucks by 2030, which if achieved, would cut U.S. demand for oil by about one-third.

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    http://detnews.com/article/20100721/...#ixzz0uKsdGIaZ

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    Re: Senate panel approves $3.6B for electric vehicles

    For a lot less money, they could convert part of the fleet to natural gas, of which the country has a 100 year supply. THAT would lesson foreign oil dependency.

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    Re: Senate panel approves $3.6B for electric vehicles

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Show-Me View Post
    For a lot less money, they could convert part of the fleet to natural gas, of which the country has a 100 year supply. THAT would lesson foreign oil dependency.
    You mean the natural gas that destroys peoples drinking water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallus13 View Post
    You mean the natural gas that destroys peoples drinking water?
    I can testify directly to this.

    I work for a Senators office and we're getting reports from all over the region of people who are having to boil their drinking water because it looks like orange soda. We have bottles of it in our office.
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    Re: Senate panel approves $3.6B for electric vehicles

    Good. I think the gov't spends a similar amount weekly on the war against Iraq. Nice to see spending for something positive and within our borders.
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    Re: Senate panel approves $3.6B for electric vehicles

    More government handouts to drive our country deeper into debt...
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    Re: Senate panel approves $3.6B for electric vehicles

    Why not let the market decide no subsidies, allow consumers to decide?

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    I guess the commerce clause covers this too. How convenient.
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    Re: Senate panel approves $3.6B for electric vehicles

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Show-Me View Post
    For a lot less money, they could convert part of the fleet to natural gas, of which the country has a 100 year supply. THAT would lesson foreign oil dependency.
    It isn't the cars (the fleet). Natural gas powered cars have been available for decades. The problem is a lack of refueling facilities.

    But it's a chicken or the egg problem - nobody will build the fueling facilities due to a lack of cars using it - nobody will buy the cars due to a lack of fueling facilities.

    Since natural gas cars are relatively easy to build, the government's (my) money would be better spent in providing some refueling stations.
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    Re: Senate panel approves $3.6B for electric vehicles

    Senate would have been better off subsidizing highly efficient diesel engines for cars and trucks.

    But what they REALLY should do is quit spending money faster than they can print it out.

    They(taxpayers) will "pay" for this with "cap and trade", so expect your utilities bills to triple in the next 2 years.

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    Re: Senate panel approves $3.6B for electric vehicles

    Nat gas fueling stations right in your garage from City gas supply
    http://green.autoblog.com/2009/05/02...ds-a-new-home/
    + can be run on methane captured from land fill or "biogas" + cars already on the market + conversions CAN be done to cars on the road WITHOUT foreign RARE EARTH elements needing to be mined

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