Print 106 comment(s) - last by kyleb2112.. on Nov 8 at 7:11 AM

Obama called on Republicans to back EV efforts at a post-election press conference.  (Source: YouTube/The White House)

In his speech Obama essentially agreed to drop plans to legislate cap and trade, an "anti-global warming" scheme that would have cost over $1T USD and cut American farmers profits by as much as 57 percent by 2035.  (Source: FreePeople Blog)

He hopes that in exchange for cooperation on warming, Republicans will contribute financial support to EV makers like GM, who launches the Chevy Volt EV this year.  (Source: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)
President essentially agrees to drop warming cap and trade carbon legislation in exchange

Speaking at a post-election press conference at the White House on Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama called on his political rivals the Republican Party (also know as the GOP, short for Grand Old Party) to join him in supporting electric vehicles.  He said that while the pair sparred on many issues, that he hoped electric vehicles would be something that the two parties would see eye to eye on.

The President will need GOP cooperation if he hopes to push further grants for the EV industry.  While the Democratic Party hung on to control of the U.S. Senate, Republicans seized a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Obama is trying to sell Republicans on his plan to push one million electric vehicles onto U.S. streets by 2015.

Automakers have been partially supportive of Obama's plan.  They've lauded the $5B USD in special battery and EV technology loans and grants that he's lavished them with.  The legislation to fund these grants did enjoy a degree of bipartisan support, with some Republicans jumping on board.

However, $10B USD more in proposed EV loans and grants for the EV industry was torpedoed during President Obama's first two years in office.  Opposition came primarily from the Republican party, but also from some fiscally conservative Democrats.

Obama tried to drum up support for more EV grants among both parties at the conference, stating, "There's a lot of agreement around the need to make sure that electric cars are developed here in the United States, that we don't fall behind other countries.  That gives opportunities for Democrats and Republicans to come together."

Many of the big Japanese and U.S. automakers are preparing to release electric vehicles this year or next.  Nissan will release its LEAF EV and General Motors Company will release the Chevy Volt.  Next year the Ford Focus Electric and the Toyota Prius Plug-in will launch.

Automakers have asserted that grants will be greatly helpful in ensuring that the expensive research needed to develop electric vehicles -- a radically different internal architecture -- moves head at a sufficient pace.  

But while they have praised the "carrot" side of Obama's EV approach, they have noisily criticized the "stick" side of his plans -- a proposal to mandate a 62 mpg average light vehicle efficiency by 2025.  Automakers were forced to begrudgingly accept a 34.1 mpg mandatory fuel efficiency increase that must be reached by 2016.

Perhaps acknowledging that he faces an uphill battle to pass more electric vehicle legislation, Obama took an apologetic tone about the broader bailout, stating, "[Some voters] started looking at all this and it felt as if government was getting much more intrusive into people's lives than they were accustomed. We thought it was necessary, but I'm sympathetic to folks who looked at it and said this is looking like potential overreach."

Very significantly, the President also essentially agreed to drop plans to pass "cap and trade" legislation which would spend billions (if not trillions) in taxpayer money to set a hard limit on the amount of greenhouse gases companies can emit, in a bid to fight the supposed "global warming" crisis, which some researchers claim mankind is causing.

The President acknowledged that the bill wouldn't pass the House due to Republican opposition and argued that he only tried to push it because of the Supreme Court decision that found greenhouse gases a danger to public health.  That decision mandates the EPA to adopt some sort of action to fight GHG emissions in the U.S.

Obama said that there's plenty of alternatives to cap and trade, though -- including promoting lower-emission EVs (centrally produced power, even with transmission losses is typically lower emissions than small internal combustion engines).  He states, "Cap and trade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way. It was a means, not an end. And I'm going to be looking for other means to address this problems."

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Slight adjustment
By Targon on 11/4/2010 4:17:27 PM , Rating: -1
While the number of seats that went Republican was high, the percentages would not call it a landslide. A 45% to 55% loss may be a loss of a seat, but that isn't a huge win when that is a difference of only 6000 votes or less between candidates. There were many more 48 to 52 type of Democratic losses than there were BIG wins.

Ok, back on topic here. I may be "on the other side", in your book, but I agree that the government should not be pushing a technology that is not ready yet. Putting small financial penalties on those with large vehicles(which would be tax deductible if you have a business use for it) and putting financial incentives for those going for more fuel efficient vehicles would be a far better way to encourage a general shift in what cars to buy than trying to push EVERYONE into a new technology that may not even be beneficial to the country in the long run.

The real key here is that the infrastructure needed to make EV really take off is not out there yet, and it will take at least another 5 nuclear power plants to be built before I would feel comfortable with the government pushing us to EVs. How many times in the past ten years have various parts of the country experienced a power shortage during summer months?

The only way for an all EV system to work right now would be to have the battery packs get exchanged at service stations as a way to get around the long recharge times of current, how many hundreds, if not thousands of battery packs would a station need to keep on hand for this to work? It just would NOT work right now, the battery technology and infrastructure are not ready for it.

I also want the ability to drive 400+ miles at a time on a trip, and it will be at least 30 years before the technology is there and fully developed.

RE: Slight adjustment
By Reclaimer77 on 11/4/2010 4:58:00 PM , Rating: 4
While the number of seats that went Republican was high, the percentages would not call it a landslide. A 45% to 55% loss may be a loss of a seat, but that isn't a huge win when that is a difference of only 6000 votes or less between candidates. There were many more 48 to 52 type of Democratic losses than there were BIG wins.

Hear that at MSNBC? I know the race to downplay the scope of the Democratic defeat is on, but you have got to be kidding me. This was a landslide, no way around it. The biggest landslide in 60 something years! Not just in Congressional seats, but 20 State legislatures that were controlled by Democrats flipped Republican. The Democrats lose control of 20 states overnight and a truckload of Congressional seats, LOSE the Speaker of the House, and you say it's not a landslide?

You can play the percentage game all you want, it's laughable. No matter who wins, in a sport or politics or business, there is always one bitter guy bringing up massaged statistics as to why the other side didn't really "win". Congratulations, you're that guy.

RE: Slight adjustment
By rdawise on 11/4/10, Rating: -1
RE: Slight adjustment
By Nfarce on 11/4/2010 8:25:29 PM , Rating: 2
Funny how you refer to the other guy as bitter.

Well when the Dems - who rammed through a LOT of things American vehemently rejected mind you (starting with Obamacare) - trot out the lawsuit machine because they lost, what else would you call it other than being bitter?

And here's something so many on the left seem to just not seem to get through the propeller on top of the beanie cap: America does NOT want socialism and government nanny-statism telling them what do drive, what to eat (that's you Michelle Obama), and telling them what kinds of light bulbs to use.

And you can include the hyper EV wave, Cap & Trade, and other "green" nonsense government (at least under Dem rule anyway) is/was attempting to ram down our gullets and the gullets of US corporations and private enterprise.

So yes, Politics IS a part of this thread and many others. Wasn't Obama mentioned in the freaking title?

Thought so.

RE: Slight adjustment
By Reclaimer77 on 11/4/2010 9:02:36 PM , Rating: 2
Hear that at Fox News? This is nowhere near the shift the occurred in the early 90s.

Yes it is. I don't know why you people keep repeating this, or do you just pick it up on TV and run with it? The 90's? This was the biggest partisan shift in Congress since 1948! This stuff is easy to look up, so do it. Stop being ignorant.

RE: Slight adjustment
By 91TTZ on 11/5/2010 11:20:56 AM , Rating: 2
Hear that at Fox News? This is nowhere near the shift the occurred in the early 90s. I am not sure if you are new to politics or not, but this happens every election cycle.

I heard the same thing on CNN.

RE: Slight adjustment
By Nfarce on 11/4/2010 8:15:17 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget that massive beatdown of Republican gain on Governorships, RC77. Don't forget that.

RE: Slight adjustment
By Nfarce on 11/4/2010 8:09:13 PM , Rating: 2
That's interesting Targon - when Republicans win big, liberals whine that it's not that big of a deal (or at worst claim the vote was stolen). The main stream DNC media is all too good at doing that. I can name you MANY states where the election that Obama won was close (and I won't go into how that idiot Al Franken stole the election in Minnesota). But go ahead and downplay the Republican wins. It was a referendum against Democrat socialist neo-fascism nanny-statism. Plain and simple.

But back to your point on topic, you can "penalize" me for owning a car/truck "I don't need" until hell freezes over, Mr. Fascist. I'll pay it, gladly. And you can have your cute little EV car for whatever you want to do with it. Don't tell ME what to buy, jack.

RE: Slight adjustment
By FITCamaro on 11/5/2010 8:48:38 AM , Rating: 2
See what we gotta do is just crash our big cars into their tiny cars. Enough of them will get killed while we'll be fine and then we just solve the problem of stupid people the old fashioned way. ;)

RE: Slight adjustment
By cruisin3style on 11/5/2010 3:27:46 PM , Rating: 3
I've considered myself a democrat for a good long while. Relatively recently I started thinking of myself as an independent after paying really close attention to politics and whathaveyou for the last few years. On Tuesday I voted republican because we really need to fix some things that have happened recently in Washington.

Personally I think you are doing everyone a disservice and would prefer if you and others didn't try to downplay what happened. I think what some republicans said in their victory speeches was great. That is to say, it was not a night for republicans or against democrats as much as it was a night to realize the American people are fed up with how things are going in Washington.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

Most Popular ArticlesAre you ready for this ? HyperDrive Aircraft
September 24, 2016, 9:29 AM
Leaked – Samsung S8 is a Dream and a Dream 2
September 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
Yahoo Hacked - Change Your Passwords and Security Info ASAP!
September 23, 2016, 5:45 AM
A is for Apples
September 23, 2016, 5:32 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki