Overdue funding for EVs

6 08 2009

When I was watching President Obama’s speech in Wakarusa, Indiana yesterday, all I could say was, “Finally!” In case you missed it, Obama announced that the federal government would be providing manufacturers in northern Indiana with $400 million and manufacturers in Michigan with over $1 billion. This money is being drawn from the $787 billion stimulus package passed earlier this year. Obama’s plan is to put manufacturers in the Elkhart area back to work building batteries for electric vehicles.

When I became aware of the reality of electric vehicles three years ago, I was fuming. Gas prices were soaring and that fuel was costing us in many ways. Oil is largely available only in untrustworthy nations. Fossil fuel usage has begun to change our planet’s climate and cost us a great deal of time and money. To see our leaders dismissing such an attractive alternative out of hand was frustrating and infuriating. Apparently it takes a massive failure of several large companies to get anyone’s attention in this country. GM and Chrysler are in dire straits. Ford is taking losses, albeit not on the same level as the other two.

Don’t get me wrong. I am thrilled to see the president himself taking active measures to clean up our transportation fleet. What frustrates me is that it took so long for us to get it. We had major automakers mass-producing them in 1996. Then they stopped and began ramping up production of gas-guzzling SUVs.

It makes me wonder about people and how they think. A problem and its solution can be so obvious for so long, but no one will be willing to step up and do, not just say but do, something about it. We are in the hands of egotistical imbeciles and blowhards. I really hope we’re going to be okay.

BTW, wooo! ELECTRIC C ARS!!! WOOOO!!!!!!!

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