A follow up for Cash for Clunkers

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    We are on the verge of a sea change in electric vehicles and solar power. Both are technologies that we should encourage to be developed as soon as possible, and encourage the manufacture of each in this nation.

    So how do we do that? The success of the Cash for Clunkers program has demonstrated the path to take. First, supply a cash credit, say $3500 for buying an electric, or plug in hybrid. Also have such a credit for the installation of at least a 5 kw solar installation on a homeowners property. Double that credit if they do both at the same time.

    This does two things at once. The consumer is deciding which technology they prefer, not the government. And the people that manufacturing the cars and solar panels have reason to expedite their development and production.

    Politically, it would be a real plus. Aiding both the consumer, through a new vehicle that one can supply most of the fuel for from ones own roof. And it would aid business as this would create a very large demand for the panels and the vehicles.

    This would also push the development of a distributed grid as millons of households put in grid parrallel boxes.

    A real win-win program, and it would drive the Consevatives totally bonkers:lol:
     
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    Why would it drive us bonkers? We're still going to pay for what we want; credit or no. Anyone attempting to take my truck away may just come back with a bloody stump.
     
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    i wonder how far 3 billion would have gone to developing a new car with great gas mileage etc..but hey lets just clear the inventories for car dealers with tax payers money
     
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    And if you could buy a kit that would retrofit your truck to an electric, an electric that would get more mile per charge than your present gas tank will give you per fill up? And give you more pulling torque to boot?
     
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    No. And I expect it would drive the Liberals bonkers.

    Edit: On a more serious note, there's no way such a car would survive a Wisconsin winter without me throwing it off a bridge.
     
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    We already know that some foreign country, by way of computer hackers, can gain access to our electric grid in this country. We just can't prove which country it is but we have suspect China or North Korea. Now, for the sake of conversation, we have all switched over to electric golf carts for our automobiles - you know, the kind of cars they are trying to push off on us now. Well, what happens should we go to war and that foreign country that has been hacking into our power grid shuts it all down? Suddenly we have become a nation with limited transportation modes in the time of war. This is something we should think about before we all rush right out and buy those electric powered cars. Instead of spending all of this money on technology to make this kind of car, why not figure out a way to make a car that gets 200 mpg or more. You can't tell me that we can put a man on the moon but not be able to make a car that get far more gas milage then we get now. I just don't believe it. As far as the gasoline supply goes, if the US would drill their own oil instead of buying it everywhere else but in the US, we wouldn't be so dependent on foreign oil. It's all because of the special interest "environmental wackos" that this problem even exists in the US. It's a self serving, made up problem so Al Gore and his group of idiots can make some money.
     
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    we have under us, 3% of the world's oil supply, we use 30% of the world's oil supply daily....

    we don't have enough easily gotten oil to supply for ourselves that could last for very long....

    when shale oil technology is perfected where the extraction does not spoil our drinking water supply and cost so much and use so much energy for the removal....we will be in HOG HEAVEN of oil....but not till then....imo
     
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    oh, and if the electric grid goes down, there IS NO PUMPING OF GASOLINE for our cars.
     

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