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Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)  (Source: flickr.com)
Despite recent issues with the Chevrolet Volt's battery, GM expects increased Volt sales for November and a recent survey found that Volt customers are satisfied. A GOP lawmaker may, however, ruin EV success by fighting the $7,500 tax credit

General Motors Co. may have hit a few speed bumps this year with the Chevrolet Volt extended-range EV's battery-related incidents, but things seem to be looking up with an expected increase in November Volt sales and a recent survey that confirmed Volt customer satisfaction.

The Chevrolet Volt had its best-ever sales month in October 2011, but according to GM Spokesman Jim Cain, November Volt sales are expected to surpass the previous month.

In October, GM sold 1,108 Volts, which was the first time it had outsold the Nissan Leaf EV since April. For the year through October, GM sold a total of 5,003 Volts.

Experts say that it is now very unlikely that GM will meet its sales goal of 10,000 Volts sold in 2011, but GM predicts increased sales in November over the month of October. The final sales figures for November have not yet been released.

Perhaps the reason for increased sales expectations is Volt customer satisfaction. According to a recent survey by Consumer Reports, Chevrolet Volt owners "love their cars."

The Consumer Reports survey, which was released Thursday, is based on over 314,000 opinions of 2009-2012 model year vehicles. The survey found that 93 percent of Volt owners who participated said they'd buy the EV again.

However, the survey was conducted only a few months after the Volt hit showrooms, and mainly consisted of early buyers and enthusiasts. The survey was also taken before the formal investigation of Volt/lithium battery safety began.

Earlier this year, the Volt underwent a series of tests at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) facility in Wisconsin. Three weeks after a side-impact crash test on May 12, the Volt went up in flames while parked at the facility, catching nearby vehicles on fire.

This sparked a NHTSA investigation, where three more Volts were tested November 16, 17 and 18. One battery had normal results while another emitted sparks and smoke, and the third caught on fire one week later. The NHTSA is now conducting a formal investigation of the vehicle's safety.

The Volt may be seeing the upside of a nasty situation for now with a potential sales increase and customer satisfaction, but one GOP lawmaker is looking to throw a wrench in the EV industry's success by fighting the $7,500 tax credit.

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) told Congress Wednesday that he wants the $7,500 tax credit for EVs to cease because he says electric vehicles have not met desired goals and the tax credit only benefits the wealthy. He specifically noted that the annual income of Volt owners is $175,000.

"[The Volt] has become the poster child of President Obama's failed green agenda," said Kelly. "Like many green initiatives promoted by this administration and bankrolled by the American taxpayer, the electric car is better in theory than in practice; has limited consumer demand; is heavily subsidized; and has fallen short of reaching targeted goals. Despite the fact that the federal government has no business subsidizing a product that a manufacturer could just as easily promote through rebates and other buyer incentives, the tax subsidies are largely going to the affluent few who can actually afford to buy an electric car, which costs anywhere between $40,000 and $97,000."

Kelly's "like many other green initiatives promoted by this administration" comment was more than likely referring to this year's Solyndra disaster, where the U.S. government loaned solar panel company Solyndra $535 million in 2009 despite warnings that the company would go bankrupt. Solyndra filed for bankruptcy on September 6, 2011.

Sources: The Detroit News, The Detroit News



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RE: A Republican in the House
By Reclaimer77 on 12/1/2011 3:27:02 PM , Rating: 2
It really hurts when people say "Republicans only care about the rich.". I'm a Republican and I'm not rich. I also care about many other things.

It's pretty Goddamned obvious that the only party even trying to be fiscally responsible is the Republicans lately. We simply CANNOT afford to give $7,000+ dollars of money we DO NOT HAVE so people can buy a luxury item. Yes, sorry folks, but the Volt is a LUXURY at this point. If you can afford a $40,000 vehicle, you sure as HELL don't need help from the taxpayers!!

It's time to stop this petty partisan bickering and at least come to grips with the reality of the situation we're in. This isn't Health Care or military spending or unemployment insurance. This is a CAR. The Government has absolutely NO business trying to sway the market in favor of one technology over the other, using funds that don't really exist because it's debt from the Treasury, so people that don't even need financial assistance can buy a goddamn car.


RE: A Republican in the House
By Spuke on 12/1/2011 5:04:50 PM , Rating: 2
I'd rate you up more, if I could. At this point, it's irresponsible to be handing out money like this. If you didn't have a massive debt, then maybe but not now. We have more important things to take care of.


RE: A Republican in the House
By sigmatau on 12/1/2011 6:22:42 PM , Rating: 2
We have to continue to fund new technologies or we are doomed to go backward. We need to try to continue to be a leader or will end up being a follower.


RE: A Republican in the House
By Spuke on 12/1/2011 6:54:55 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
We have to continue to fund new technologies or we are doomed to go backward.
You mean follow us into bankruptcy like Greece? Where half a continent has to bail us out with no guarantees that we won't go under anyways? No thanks. Use the money to pay off debt. We can do this stuff later. No wonder we're in this hole.


RE: A Republican in the House
By sigmatau on 12/1/2011 6:19:22 PM , Rating: 2
Sure Republicans care about more than giving the rich as much money as possible at the expense of everyone else. Below is a list of what I see as their priorities from what they say and how they vote.

1. Voting against anything that would make President Obama look good.
2. Reducing the taxes on the rich at the expense of others
3. Reducing the taxes on corporations at the expense of everyone but the rich.
4. No same-sex marriage.
5. Taking away women's rights (abortion) to suit their narrow minded religious views.
6. Making sure our homosexual soldiers don't have the same rights as heterosexual soldiers
7. Repealing "Obamacare" with NO replacement bill all the while defending Medicare which is basically the same thing
8. Reducing any services for the poor and middle class to pay for tax breaks for the rich
9. Reducing any services for the poor and middle class to pay for tax breaks for very profitable corporations.
10. Talk about spending cuts but at the same time give unrealistic and unfair ways to get them (no tax increases for the rich but they are more than fine about reducing services for the poor)

Oh, and a Republican can say all they want about being "fiscally responsible" but until they agree to allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire, they might as well be talking about unicorns and fairies. The Democrats have put many spending cuts on the table, even those that may hurt the poor and middle class to try to be fair and meet the Republicans half way. Too bad that the Republicans spit on the Democrats when they did reach out to them.


RE: A Republican in the House
By Nfarce on 12/1/11, Rating: 0
RE: A Republican in the House
By Nfarce on 12/1/2011 8:32:15 PM , Rating: 2
Correction to #3: highest in the world .

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements...


RE: A Republican in the House
By sigmatau on 12/1/2011 9:08:14 PM , Rating: 3
At least I don't call part of my party TEA BAGGERS and not know what it means.

That makes me think of most of Republican ideas. They come up stuff without thinking past what a 2nd grader would come up with.


RE: A Republican in the House
By Schrag4 on 12/1/2011 9:45:00 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
At least I don't call part of my party TEA BAGGERS and not know what it means.


Uh, that term was started by people like you to make fun of the Tea Party because you don't like true debate. Do you even know why they call it the Tea Party?


RE: A Republican in the House
By room200 on 12/2/2011 7:27:31 AM , Rating: 2
RE: A Republican in the House
By sigmatau on 12/1/11, Rating: 0
RE: A Republican in the House
By Nfarce on 12/2/2011 8:02:49 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah and you really took me to task, didn't ya mouth breathing libtard?


RE: A Republican in the House
By sigmatau on 12/3/2011 1:08:35 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry I don't respond to asswipes that can't speak coherently with a debate.


RE: A Republican in the House
By room200 on 12/2/2011 7:25:54 AM , Rating: 2
1) Democrats did the same to Bush.
Really, take a look at how many times the filibuster was used to block things that even included things rebublicans agreed with in the past.
http://www.american.com/archive/2008/march-april-m...

2) The "rich" pay 70% of all the taxes (that's the top 25% for you Obama voters). The bottom 50% of income earners pay ZERO .

Another lie. Poor people pay less in payroll taxes because they has less pay. Makes sense. However, they pay the same amount in other taxes as anyone else.

3) Corporate America's taxes are amongst the highest in the nation. And they do get tax breaks for things like offering non-Constitutionally mandated benefits like maternity leave, continuing education, health care plans, life insurance plans, worker's comp, and retirement plans (ie: they don't HAVE to offer those benefits).

And they have been dropping for 30 years.

http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2011/compa...

Oh, name ONE spending cut Democrats put on the table in the last head-to-head. ONE! Please include the fact that Harry Reid's Senate run by Democrats haven't passed one single budget in THREE YEARS.

Here you go:

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2011/10/26/dem...

You really should start trying to listen to other people instead of all the juvenile name-calling. But that's why nothing is getting done; your personality is typical of the nastiness of your kind.


RE: A Republican in the House
By Nfarce on 12/2/2011 8:27:50 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Really, take a look at how many times the filibuster was used to block things that even included things rebublicans agreed with in the past.


With Democrats forcing the GOP into them of course:

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/200...

quote:
Poor people pay less in payroll taxes because they has less pay.


The typical response of you liberal Dems. Payroll taxes are not IRS income taxes. They are taxes for future BENEFITS (most of which are about broke like SS, Medicare, and Medicaid). And the other consumption-based taxes like gas taxes, food taxes, booze taxes, cigarette taxes are irrelevant when talking about "tax breaks for the rich" that you people keep bringing up.

We get tax breaks from the IRS, not the local gas station and liquor store. If you find it unfair that a higher % of someone's payroll tax with 6% of income going to SS is unfair, then lobby your representatives to introduce a bill lowering that rate based on income. Ditto for all the other consumption-based taxes.

quote:
And they have been dropping for 30 years.


Not as a percentage of GDP:

http://www.deptofnumbers.com/blog/2010/08/tax-reve...

My bad on the spending "cuts" when I meant to say spending "caps" brought to the budget table. Everyone knows the $400B over ten years offer (with a $15 trillion deficit hit last month, BFD).

http://www.offthechartsblog.org/non-defense-discre...


RE: A Republican in the House
By Nfarce on 12/2/2011 8:35:29 AM , Rating: 2
And another thing: I was way off on my % of income earners to % of income taxes paid. The top 10% pay 70% whereas the top 25% pay 88%:

http://www.taxfoundation.org/news/show/250.html#ta...

Guess who gets tax cuts from the IRS? Those who pay them. Anything less is income redistribution. But you liberals love that, so it's a moot point I suppose.


RE: A Republican in the House
By mufdvr3669 on 12/2/2011 11:02:27 AM , Rating: 2
top 20% of income earners own 85% of the wealth in America. So the fact that they pay 88% of income taxes seems fair. But they do not pay 88% of all taxes which is unfair. I'm easily one of them in the top bracket. I don't whine and moan because I know I have it better than most.


RE: A Republican in the House
By YashBudini on 12/2/2011 11:16:33 PM , Rating: 2
The Tax Foundation reports AGI numbers, not actual taxable amounts. Schedule A is on page 2, AGI is on the bottom pf page 1, and the taxable amount occurs after subtracting the amount on the bottom of Schedule A. Now why do they do that? Because the truth would hurt their claims?

Now take a look at the "Tax Foundation."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_Foundation

The Board of Director's is a who's who of rich elite.

Of course they always overlook the individuals who have the largest numbers on Schedule D and where the tax tables get adjust downward accordingly. And who has the largest numbers on Schedule D? Would just happen to be the rich? You tell us.

quote:
The Tax Foundation's annual study that calculate Tax Freedom Days in the United States has been criticized by other think tanks, such as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)[25] and Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ),[26] citing repeated "methodological errors" and "reliance on early projections without hard data." CBPP has also criticized other reports by the Tax Foundation,[27][28][29][30][31] and in turn the Tax Foundation has responded or criticized CBPP reports.[32][33][34][35][36] The two groups have some areas of agreement, such as opposition to most tax expenditures[37] and sales tax holidays.


quote:
In 2008, Paul Krugman wrote in his New York Times blog that the Tax Foundation was "not a reliable source" in response to a report by the Tax Foundation comparing corporate tax rates in the United States to those in other countries.[40] In 2011, Krugman accused the Tax Foundation of "deliberate fraud" in connection with a report it issued concerning the American Jobs Act.


A "think tank" is double speak for a propaganda outfit, regardless of party. But hey the emperor's loyal subject continue to insist they see his new clothes.


RE: A Republican in the House
By room200 on 12/2/2011 8:48:55 PM , Rating: 2
With Democrats forcing the GOP into them of course:

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/200...

Typical of someone like you; I point out hard facts and straight numbers to you. What do you respond with ? An opinion piece. LOL

The typical response of you liberal Dems. Payroll taxes are not IRS income taxes. They are taxes for future BENEFITS (most of which are about broke like SS, Medicare, and Medicaid). And the other consumption-based taxes like gas taxes, food taxes, booze taxes, cigarette taxes are irrelevant when talking about "tax breaks for the rich" that you people keep bringing up.

What the hell are you talking about? Payroll taxes are simply those taxes that employers are required to withhold; this includes income taxes. Funny NOW how republicans are trying to block tax cuts for middle class workers.

Not as a percentage of GDP:

Irrelevant. We're talking about tax RATES and you know it. This is typical people like you to pull nonsense from you @ss when you can't refute the point, itself. If I own a company, I don't care how my tax rate relates to GDP; all I care about is the rate at which I'm being taxed.


RE: A Republican in the House
By TSS on 12/1/2011 8:28:02 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's pretty Goddamned obvious that the only party even trying to be fiscally responsible is the Republicans lately.


I agree with everything in your post, except this. And extremely so. I'm not talking about general republican voters, but the republican representatives in the house and senate. In the past 2 years they've shown so little responsibility they actually got america's credit rating downgraded! that was as much a republican failure as it was a democratic failure.

Have you seen tea party economic proposals? Draconian cuts to >discretionary< spending, but no cuts what so ever to mandatory spending. So they leave social security alone just as much as the democrats, but they will completly gut education to keep up their image of "fiscal responsibility" as well.

Not that the general republican proposals make any sense. Taxes for EVERYBODY are the lowest they've been in 80+ years, and they refuse to raise taxes? You call that responsible?

The republican party does only care for the rich, or else cares only about doing the opposite of what democrats do. And the democrats only care about the poor or else doing the opposite of what republicans do. That's why i've been saying for years you guys need to vote on a 3rd party. En masse.

If you truely are a republican, how can you vote for such irreponsible people instead of voting on somebody else or even creating your own party that actually upholds republican values? Don't tell me you vote simply because your republican and they are called republicans. Else i'll call myself god and order you to vote a 3rd party :p


RE: A Republican in the House
By Reclaimer77 on 12/1/2011 8:43:49 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
In the past 2 years they've shown so little responsibility they actually got america's credit rating downgraded! that was as much a republican failure as it was a democratic failure.


It REALLY pisses me off that the media and the Democrats blamed the Republicans for that. First of all, we NEVER lost our credit rating until Obama and the Democrats came along and took power. Let's not forget that.

Secondly the S&P very clearly stated that unless the United States made, and I quote, "substantial" cuts in spending and debt, they WOULD downgrade our credit.

So what happened? Both sides came to the table and the Democrats, predictably, refused to cut enough spending to satisfy the S&P.

I don't know where you get your news, but how dare you blame the Republicans for the TRILLIONS Obama and the Democrats ran up leading up to our credit downgrade, when the Republicans did not even have the votes to fight it.

quote:
Not that the general republican proposals make any sense. Taxes for EVERYBODY are the lowest they've been in 80+ years, and they refuse to raise taxes? You call that responsible?


How is giving more tax revenue to a Government that has proven, without a doubt, that it WILL mismanage that money fiscally responsible? Do you even know what our deficit is? It's literally IMPOSSIBLE to tax our way out of it.


RE: A Republican in the House
By Reclaimer77 on 12/1/2011 8:49:52 PM , Rating: 1
I mean holy shit, REALLY? The Democrats fought to RAISE the debt ceiling (great job, more debt is what we need!) even after being warned by the S&P, and you're blaming the Republicans??


RE: A Republican in the House
By sigmatau on 12/1/2011 9:05:52 PM , Rating: 2
Wait a second. I know you are completely insane now.

You actually think people are stupid enough to follow your asinine twisted comment?

The Democrats agreed to spending cuts that included services for the poor, old and sick. The Republicans just out right refused to increase revenue (taxes) without any compromise. In Bizzaro world, you would be right: even though ONLY the Democrats tried to compromise, somehow you think the Republicans are the ones in good light.

Talk about idiotic insanity!


RE: A Republican in the House
By Reclaimer77 on 12/1/2011 9:11:42 PM , Rating: 2
You're one confused person. Tax policy was NOT on the table, the debt ceiling was. Hello? The Democrats actually wanted to be able to borrow MORE money! They only agreed to some cuts in exchange for an increase to an already astronomical debt ceiling. You call that compromise?!?

In what insane context does this somehow make the Republicans the evil party when they're trying to reign in this spending fever that the Obama administration has saddled us with?

You can spin it all you want, we lost our credit rating because of Democrats. Plain and simple!

"The downgrade from S&P has been brewing for months. S&P's sovereign debt team, led by company veteran David T. Beers, had grown increasingly skeptical that Washington policy makers would make significant progress in reducing the deficit, given the tortured talks over raising the debt ceiling. In recent warnings, the company said Washington should strive to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years, suggesting anything less would be insufficient. "


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014240531119033...

There! How much more black and white can it get?


RE: A Republican in the House
By room200 on 12/2/2011 7:32:15 AM , Rating: 2
Debt ceiling being raised should not have even been a question. this is not new spending. It's only agreeing to pay for the bills that we ALREADY owe. It's not optional. Why would there even be a question as to whether or not we would pay our bills?


RE: A Republican in the House
By Reclaimer77 on 12/2/2011 7:00:18 PM , Rating: 2
In other words it's allowing the status-quo to continue! Hello? And you're wrong, raising the debt ceiling absolutely could lead to more debt.

But did losing our credit rating and facing a looming collapse give the Democrats a reality check? Nope. Time to blame Republicans and get back to business as usual.


RE: A Republican in the House
By mufdvr3669 on 12/2/2011 11:06:48 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
You can spin it all you want, we lost our credit rating because of Democrats. Plain and simple!


Since you are so good at googling you may actually want to find out who is responsible for most of the debt. Pretty sure it wasn't under Democrats watch.


RE: A Republican in the House
By mufdvr3669 on 12/2/2011 11:14:03 AM , Rating: 1
"
It REALLY pisses me off that the media and the Democrats blamed the Republicans for that. First of all, we NEVER lost our credit rating until Obama and the Democrats came along and took power. Let's not forget that."

Using that logic we never got attacked until Bush came along. Republicans therefore are bad in our fight on terrorism. </badlogic>


RE: A Republican in the House
By YashBudini on 12/2/2011 11:22:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It REALLY pisses me off that the media and the Democrats blamed the Republicans for that. First of all, we NEVER lost our credit rating until Obama and the Democrats came along and took power. Let's not forget that.

As soon as you admit that 9/11 happened under W.

Like either event was born and completed under any one single administration. And you call this logic?


RE: A Republican in the House
By room200 on 12/2/2011 7:29:30 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree; the democrats and the republicans almost never even MENTION the poor.


RE: A Republican in the House
By room200 on 12/2/2011 7:06:02 AM , Rating: 2
Bull. The republicans are no more "fiscally responsible" than anyone else. They are select in who they want to hand out the government cash to. They are also hypocrites. Just weeks ago, they all were on television talking about whenever you have tax cuts, they don't have to be paid for. The problem is, that's when they are talking about taxes for rich people. Now that Obama is trying to extend tax cuts for working people, they now state we will support it only if it's paid for. Really?


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