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The GSA plans to replace aging vehicle fleet with hybrids

The United States General Services Administration (GSA) has announced a new Fleet consolidation initiative. The goal of this initiative is to replace a huge number of the federal government's existing vehicle fleet with new and more fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles. Up to 10,000 new hybrid vehicles would be purchased under this initiative.

The GSA says that it can reduce fuel consumption per year for the life of these vehicles by 1,000,000 gallons and that there will be significant savings earned through improved fuel efficiency.


2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

“Providing a hybrid federal fleet is an essential part of GSA’s commitment to making government agencies as efficient and effective as possible,” said GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini. “At a time when government needs to make every tax dollar count, GSA is committed to creating more energy efficiency and cost-saving opportunities like the fleet consolidation program that make government smarter and reduce our environmental footprint.”

The initiative allows federal agencies to choose whether or not to participate in the program. If the agency chooses to participate, the GSA will fund the total incremental cost to replace eligible consolidated vehicles with new hybrid vehicles. Federal agencies that consolidate their fleets with GSA Fleet will also receive fleet management services including vehicle acquisition and disposal, maintenance control, and accident management.
 
However, the GSA does charge a monthly rate for the services.

Source: GSA



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RE: Ideologically driven
By Mint on 4/25/2013 12:05:16 PM , Rating: 2
Governments are supposed to do what's best for society in the long term.

Buying an inefficient vehicle because it has lower costs over the time of initial ownership winds up dumping the long term expenses for 10+ years on the rest of society.

People who buy used cars are stuck with the selection given to them based on decisions made years before.


RE: Ideologically driven
By Schrag4 on 4/25/2013 12:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Governments are supposed to do what's best for society in the long term.


Your position scares me. I agree that a lot of governments have that goal in mind, but I actually prefer the government that takes the position that letting people decide what's best for themselves is the best thing for society in the long run, and so its goal is to ensure that people can remain free by not letting me trample on your freedom. What if your government decides its best for society in the long run that your race be exterminated? If you think that sounds far fetched, pick up a history book.


RE: Ideologically driven
By BRB29 on 4/25/2013 2:43:14 PM , Rating: 2
Did you just compare extremists like Hitler to the US government? lol

I thin you need to pick up a book and learn what happened when there is no government or weak government. In fact, it's happening right now in Africa.
Your rights to whine about the government is being protected by the government itself. You are also being protected by the government from others disagreeing with you. If there was no government and someone doesn't like what you say, anyone can do whatever they feel like to you since there is no police force to do anything about it.


RE: Ideologically driven
By Schrag4 on 4/25/2013 6:57:46 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Did you just compare extremists like Hitler to the US government? lol


I don't think you ready my post. I didn't compare Hitler to our government, I compared hitler to Mint's notion of what government should do.

You said this:
quote:
If there was no government and someone doesn't like what you say, anyone can do whatever they feel like to you since there is no police force to do anything about it.


...in response to this:
quote:
I actually prefer the government that takes the position that letting people decide what's best for themselves is the best thing for society in the long run, and so its goal is to ensure that people can remain free by not letting me trample on your freedom .


I bolded for emphasis the part where I agree with you about how governments should prevent people from murdering one another over differences in opinions - or at least prosecute them, since that's pretty much all they can really do in most cases.

Let me quote Mint again:

quote:
Governments are supposed to do what's best for society in the long term.


Does anyone else immediately think of the movie I, Robot where V.I.K.I.'s interpretation of the law to protect humans evolves to include enslaving humans in order to prevent humans from hurting each other? I realize that's just a movie, but does that not register in the slightest for you? Honest question.


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