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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 YashBudini on 5/26/2011 10:56:39 PM , Rating: 2
Please identify and quote one instance where this person said anything about "spreading the wealth."

Identifying corruption and flaws in a "capitalistic" system is not socialism, despite what the flag waiving TV personalities have told you.

People that think for themselves don't need such reminders.


RE: "leading by example"
By chunkymonster on 5/27/2011 8:57:23 AM , Rating: 2
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Please identify and quote one instance where this person said anything about "spreading the wealth."
What are talking about?!?! Neither nolisi or I commented anything about "spreading the wealth". Please stay on topic.
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Identifying corruption and flaws in a "capitalistic" system is not socialism, despite what the flag waiving TV personalities have told you.
Oh, I see. 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. Is that the way it is? Your hypocrisy is showing.
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People that think for themselves don't need such reminders.
People that think for themselves realize that socialism has failed and feel-good politics like Obama requiring federal agencies to purchase alternative fuel vehicles is a diversion from the real issues facing our country.


RE: "leading by example"
By YashBudini on 5/27/2011 4:44:59 PM , Rating: 2
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What are talking about?!?! Neither nolisi or I commented anything about "spreading the wealth".

Socialism is all about "spreading the wealth."

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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.

Flag waivers have nothing to do with it. If you combine the two that's your limitation.


RE: "leading by example"
By chunkymonster on 6/1/2011 8:42:54 AM , Rating: 2
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Flag waivers have nothing to do with it. If you combine the two that's your limitation.
I did not combine the two, you did. And, in case you forgot your own post, here's what you said..."Identifying corruption and flaws in a "capitalistic" system is not socialism, despite what the flag waiving TV personalities have told you."...there was no inclusion of the two until your post, it is your limitation, not mine. Again, your hypocrisy is showing.

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Socialism is all about "spreading the wealth.
Socialism is not about "spreading the wealth". Spreading the wealth is the desired end result intended only for the people living under the socialist system. History has proven time and again, socialism is not intended for the socialists. The Elites will never be held accountable for, will never be subject to, and will never live by their own ideologies.

All of this is superfluous and a distraction from the real issues at hand; the devaluation of the Dollar, the emasculation of the American Middle Class, the failure of Keynesian economics, and the impending increase in taxes and government control.


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