The Obama administration announced yesterday
that it has instructed federal agencies to buy smaller, more fuel-efficient
vehicles in an effort to meet national energy and environmental goals.
U.S. Present Barack Obama is ordering government
agencies to buy cars like the Ford Fiesta, Chevy Cruze and Chevy Volt instead
of full-sized cars like the Ford Taurus or Chevy Impala. These instructions are
aimed to reduce U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025 from 2008's import
levels, and to place 1 million plug-in electric vehicles on the roads by 2015.
The U.S. government plans to buy 116 plug-in
electric vehicles as part of its fleet efficiency effort. Of the 116 plug-in's,
101 will be Chevy
Volts, which will be made in Detroit, while the other 15 will be battery
Leafs and Think City electric models. These environmentally
friendly models will join the government's 600,000-vehicle fleet.
There are exceptions to the rule, though. Obama
noted in a memo that federal agencies are not to buy full-size sedans unless
absolutely necessary, and said that government employees can continue using
full-sized SUV's that can run on alternative
fuels like E85. But those using larger vehicles six months
from now will have to post that they do so on their websites.
In addition, Obama suggested that optional
equipment should be limited unless it is vital to agency missions. Exceptions
will be made for vehicles used for military tactical operations, emergency
response and law enforcement.
The new electric vehicle pilot program will equip
20 government agencies in five cities with these vehicles. All branches of the
U.S. military as well as the Energy Department and Veterans Administration will
take part in the program, and the five chosen cities will be Detroit,
Washington D.C., San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition, 100
charging stations will be placed at federal buildings in Michigan,
California and Washington D.C.
The government hopes to encourage U.S. citizens to
adopt environmentally friendly vehicles by leading by example. According to
government estimates, replacing some of the government fleet with these
electric vehicles will reduce
government fuel consumption by 7.7 million gallons, which equates to 385,000 barrels
of oil. Obama hopes to have most government vehicles purchased in 2015 be environmentally
quote: Income Flat tax 22% for everyone!
quote: would it also be fair that those same top 1% of people in the country have 65% of the say in what happens in the government?
quote: Why should it be that the less money you make, the more of it you keep?
quote: There many people refuse raises once they get close to that limit so they can continue to keep their money and receive the free government handouts.
quote: The top 1% also have more wealth than the bottom 95% do combined.
quote: Instead we've seen the biggest increase in the amount of government jobs under his administration.
quote: Bush increase the size and scope of Govt much further then Obama has.
quote: Everything else you posting is pretty accurate the Govt creates no jobs that actually grow the economy in a positive way. All the Govt does is steal money from the economy destroying far more jobs then they create.
quote: Again, your numbers are NOT taking into account the bureaucracies Obama is erecting that will have to be filled with Government workers. And, of course, all of these will require new IRS employees as well.
quote: the reason for this is last I heard all those republicans we elected were supposed to over turn it Right???
quote: Obama is just as bad as Bush was.
quote: Corporations earn their money, the government does not.
quote: The (our) government protects its citizens and their freedom, corporations do not
quote: So? I'm glad they've made jobs available...
quote: so what if there's waste in the government?
quote: I love hearing conservatives tell people in need to go get a job...let's not create any government jobs to help mitigate the issue.
quote: Stop crying about everything Obama does just because you don't like the word "Democrat."
quote: Spoken like a true Socialist
quote: Ah yes, the old standby when nothing substantial is at hand.
quote: Please identify and quote one instance where this person said anything about "spreading the wealth."
quote: Identifying corruption and flaws in a "capitalistic" system is not socialism, despite what the flag waiving TV personalities have told you.
quote: People that think for themselves don't need such reminders.
quote: What are talking about?!?! Neither nolisi or I commented anything about "spreading the wealth".
quote: So, it's okay and politically correct to call out all the corruption in "capitalism" and belittle "flag waivers" but it's not acceptable to criticize socialism or socialist comments made on this forum.
quote: Flag waivers have nothing to do with it. If you combine the two that's your limitation.
quote: Socialism is all about "spreading the wealth.
quote: So where's the definitive proof that government employee increase was the largest under Obama Administration?
quote: How does buying 116 EVs for a fleet of 600,000 constitute "leading by example?"
quote: what a novel and unique way to lead