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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 MrPoletski on 8/6/2009 6:44:16 AM , Rating: 3
Don't rate me down for asking a question. Did he not lock up his records?

No he didn't, it is no more difficult to get ahold of Obamas birth certificate than it is to get ahold of anyone elses.

You need: a) their permission.

It's called data protection and I'd hope it was enforced, otherwise any Nigerian scammer can request your birth certificate and assume your identity.
I think Obama thinks this issue is closed, having published all sorts of things to keep them happy I can only assume the rest of them would NEVER be happy.

Lets face it, even if Obama did release the very slip of paper that was typed on to certify his birth the day he was born these birthers would STILL not be happy, claiming forgery

RE: Michigan
By Spuke on 8/6/2009 2:43:39 PM , Rating: 2
Lets face it, even if Obama did release the very slip of paper that was typed on to certify his birth the day he was born these birthers would STILL not be happy, claiming forgery
I agree and I really think all of this is ridiculous.

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