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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 Reclaimer77 on 5/25/2011 11:16:15 PM , Rating: 3
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.

Again, Obamacare, FOUR MILLION new federal positions. You can't just keep pretending like the federal government hasn't been exponentially expanded. The spending is out of control! The percentage of deficit vs. GDP hasn't been this high since WWII!

Where are you getting the opinion that Obama hasn't expanded the Federal Government any more than Bush? He's expanded more than EVERY PRESIDENT COMBINED! Get a clue man.

RE: "leading by example"
By AEvangel on 5/26/2011 11:51:44 AM , Rating: 2
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.

Yes, I am only taking into account current figures not possible figures...the reason for this is last I heard all those republicans we elected were supposed to over turn it Right???

Also I never said Obama had not expanded the size of the Govt, I simply said Bush has expanded it more then Obama HAS and at this time and that statement is correct. Now if the congress and senate do not overturn the recent bills passed then Obama WILL end up possibly increasing it more, if we don't go bankrupt first.

This is my main issue with someone like yourself who is constantly trying to say that Obama is worse then Bush. No he is not, Obama is just as bad as Bush was. They are are all the same lying self congratulating, Wall street lackeys. The only thing Democrats or Republicans for the most part truly support or believe in is increasing the size and power of the Govt at the expense of our Freedoms, both economic ans social.

RE: "leading by example"
By Reclaimer77 on 5/26/2011 6:13:59 PM , Rating: 2
I never brought up Bush or said someone was worst or not worst than him. I never even typed the word "Bush" until YOU brought it up. Isn't it true that you are just assuming things, if not flat out projecting YOUR political beliefs on this topic?

the reason for this is last I heard all those republicans we elected were supposed to over turn it Right???

You keep bringing up if things will be over turned or not. This isn't relevant. It's clear that Obama's INTENT, expressed and deliberate, is to grow the size and budget of the U.S government to never before seen proportions. Whether or not things get over ruled by judges or politicians later does not change this fact does it?

Obama is just as bad as Bush was.

Well isn't that a glowing endorsement. I'll sleep better already knowing this. Thanks.

p.s. It's obvious you didn't even click on my links, or you wouldn't still cling to this argument with such fervor.

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