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Joe Biden was plugging upcoming EV initiatives on the road at an Indiana battery maker.  (Source: Darron Cummings Associated Press)
Biden hopes to add 300,000 more $7,500 credits

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to workers at a battery assembly plant in Greenfield, Indiana, plugged U.S. Sen. Carl Levin's (D-Michigan) plan to expand tax credits for EV buyers and make them immediate.

Under the new proposal the cap on the number of credits per electric vehicle manufacturer would be bumped from 200,000 to 500,000.  Additionally, people would receive the credit as a direct discount, rather than having to wait to get the money back when they filed their yearly tax return.

The Vice President describes, "Just like the Cash for Clunkers program. You won't have to wait."

The measure is backed by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers -- an alliance between Detroit's Big Three, Toyota Motor Corp. and eight others.  In a comment to The Detroit News, they state, "[The government] can play a critical role in developing the electric infrastructure, supporting R&D for advanced batteries and providing consumer incentives."

Along with those tax incentives to buyers, Vice President Biden was also promoting the Obama administration's budget, which will be submitted to Congress next week.  That budget contains $8B USD for investing in advanced energy technology, including electric vehicles.  Over the last couple years the Vice President has been a big proponent of investment in battery systems and electrified vehicles.

Of that, $590M USD will be applied directly to vehicle research.  That includes $200M USD to help up to 30 communities expand their electric vehicle infrastructure, by adding support for chargers, etc.

Biden's visit follows one by President Obama to green small businesses in Wisconsin, plugging alternative energy research.

The Obama administration's budget will like meet with opposition at the Republican-controlled house, but the Vice President was optimistic, remarking, "We're going to reshape what Americans drive. In turn we're going to reshape America itself." 

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RE: just what we need
By PresidentThomasJefferson on 1/27/2011 10:06:00 PM , Rating: 0
Opps, wrong reply.. but Modern Monetary Econoics is different from the gold-standard paradigum. Ever since 1971 when Republican Nixon took the US entirely off the gold standard, deficit gov spending no longer "takes money from the private sector" --instead, deficit spending is MONEY CREATED BY THE GOV (not financed by taxes, hence 'deficit'), which ADDS to the money supply to the private sector for funding hiring, etc (all gov spending is income for the private sector now) -- see for more info & data..

Inflation is caused more by supply shocks (such as OPEC oil, 90% drops in production from 6+ months of strikes in Weimar Germany, 30%-57% production drops in Zimbabwe from years of civil war & expelling all the educated production managers/owners in Zimbabwe,etc than gov deficits (increaed gov spending is income for the private sector, which increases demand & businesses respond to increased demand by increasing production to increase marketshare & income, unless there's a supply shock.. see charts & empirical data at CEO/economist

RE: just what we need
By Kurz on 1/28/2011 10:25:37 AM , Rating: 2
False inflation is a TAX!!!

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