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President Obama stands in front of a Chevrolet Volt and a prototype Ford Focus Electric
Replacing some of the federal fleet with electric vehicles will reduce government fuel consumption by 7.7 million gallons

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 electric Nissan 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 friendly vehicles.

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RE: "leading by example"
By DrKlahn on 5/25/2011 5:30:45 PM , Rating: 0
No it's not. There would be no income tax, which would be a salary increase for those paying it. No more tax loopholes. You buy it, you're taxed for it. Food would be largely exempt as it is now. The poor would only be forced to pay a flat consumption tax on non food goods/services. Since they are poor one would not expect them to be buying large, big ticket, luxury items anyway. While they're at it, revamping welfare drastically would help as well. Drive through a "poor area" and see how many of these folks have cable/satellite, yet get assistance from the government.

Getting rid of deductions and simply cutting the tax rates would just allow the Government to incrementally raise the rates back up and once again target the upper income brackets. A flat consumption rate is much harder to raise as it effects everyone (and you can't demonize only one segment).

RE: "leading by example"
By Alexvrb on 5/25/2011 9:52:28 PM , Rating: 5
No joke. I know someone that has EBT and gets a crap ton of money for food, so they can spend the rest on other things. Sound nice in theory, if they really needed it. They have a job, and they already collect child support for two kids. But they don't work as many hours as they could, because making too much money would actually hurt their welfare! So they willingly limit their income in order to collect more. They have a much newer, more expensive car than I do. They go on vacations I couldn't afford.

Some families really and truly DO need it - it's just sad that it is so easy to abuse it!

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