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Joe Biden is in Michigan today, reportedly to announce the first round of $2B in battery grants.  (Source: The Weekly Standard)
Grants bring good news to state's troubled economy

Michigan is among the states that has been hit hardest by the recession.  The government went to extreme measures to keep the state's economy from collapsing, including assuming majority ownership of GM and propping up Chrysler through bankruptcy.  Now the federal government is preparing to reach deeper into its pockets to help the state out even more.

Vice President Joe Biden is in Michigan today at the NextEnergy Center in Detroit.  He is reportedly going to announce the first round of $2B USD in Department of Energy battery grants.  The grants should boost the state's economy and help develop better electric vehicles, currently favored as the future of the car industry by the domestic automakers.

The federal government is also separately loaning money to battery manufacturers under the $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Incentive Program (ATVM).  Among the battery manufacturers that applied for that loan are A123 Systems, EnerDel, and Compact Power.  Thus far Ford, Nissan, and Tesla Motors received ATVM loans.  It is unknown who the grants will go to, but A123 Systems, EnerDel, and Compact Power seem like leading candidates.

Ed DeSeve, the president's special advisor on the stimulus program, had stated about on July 21, "I think you'll see over the next week or so ... some industrialization focus, for example, on the battery grants that are coming.  It makes sense to put those in places where there is productive working capacity -- people who can do the jobs. There are plants where the jobs can exist, and I think you are going to start to see more and more of that over time."

The ATVM loans must be repaid eventually by automakers and battery makers.  However, the DoE grants do not have to be repaid.  Michigan has also offered battery makers some big tax cuts in hopes of luring business into the state.

A limited amount of tickets to Mr. Biden's appearance have been offered to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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RE: Michigan
By xRyanCat on 8/5/2009 5:15:00 PM , Rating: 4

There you go. You're own official Kenyan birth certificate. (And yes, that's identical to his "Kenyan birth certificate" that was released.) Just look at the certificate and here are the flaws:


Kenya was a Dominion the date this certificate was allegedly issued and would not become a republic for 8 months.

Mombasa belonged to Zanzibar when Obama was born, not Kenya.

Obama's father's village would be nearer to Nairobi, not Mombasa.

The number 47O44-- 47 is Obama's age when he became president, followed by the letter O (not a zero) followed by 44--he is the 44th president.

EF Lavender is a laundry detergent.

I'd like you to name one president that publically released their birth certificate. And if we're going to nitpic the resolution that would allow McCain to even become President of the United States was passed 11 months after he was born. John McCain was born outside of the US controlled Panama Zone. But the House passed a bill with fuzzy-warm words saying he was a Natural born citizen (the Senate did the same for Obama) and no one made a big deal about it.

Do you not think that the CIA and all these other agencies wouldn't do background checks on candidates for Presidency? Do you think that this is all some big conspiracy? Lets see... Someone is born in Kenya... They contact the health agencies on a "fringe state" of the US and tell them to make a birth announcement in the local papers (In Hawaii at the time, all birth announcements were from the gov), then they ship him over there an wait 40 years, and here's the easy part, then all he has to win is the election for President of the United States of America! Now I see the brilliant plan to undermine the country!

The Governor of Hawaii has gone on record to say that Obama was born in her state, the state officials have made announcements saying he is. Various judges including U.S. district judges have dismissed all cases dealing with this issue.

The issue is dead, stick a fork in it done. Fine something else to troll about.

RE: Michigan
By Spuke on 8/5/2009 6:19:39 PM , Rating: 3
Do you not think that the CIA and all these other agencies wouldn't do background checks on candidates for Presidency?
But see the CIA is in on "this" too. What had happened was the Democrats in the CIA had a secret program, Project HNIC, whose purpose was to hide the true birthplace of Obama by kidnapping all of Hawaii's government officials and doctors and replacing them with pro-Obama liberalpolarbearsolarcarbontaxforeignoilpriusbbq's.

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