Presidential Candidates and Hybrid Vehicles February 12, 2008 11:58 AM
Obama: Seems to be a 'Johnny come lately' regarding the environment and fuel efficient cars. Has no serious record prior to running for presidency. Gave up his gas guzzler in Oct2007 after he realized it was politcally incorrect.
Hilary Clinton: Seems to have a longer track record than any other canidate and has put forth specific plans to advance fuel efficiency and energy independence.
Investing $2 billion in hybrid car battery research
Adding 100,000 PHEVs to the federal fleet by 2015
Offering consumers tax credits of up to $10,000 for purchasing a plug-in hybrid
John McCain: Inadvertently he could be the greatest proponent of fuel efficient vehicles and reducing green house gases. He is a firm believer in nuclear power as the main way to energy independence, something no other leader would dare say, even though its the only realistic solution. The next generation of plug in hybrids will need to get their electricity somewhere's - like coal and oil powered electrical plants. McCain would supply those plug-ins power from nuclear power, thus reducing foreign oil dependency and eliminating green house gas production.
Staff, Green Cars Now, http://www.greencarsnow.com
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Plug-ins running off nukes? February 29, 2008 4:37 PM
Running off Nuclear power? It's not renewable, it's expensive, it's environmentally messy, and it generates poisons that we haven't really figured out how to deal with (unless you want to build a dirty bomb). Some proponents of the industry say it could reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but it didn't do that during the last oil crisis, and anyway what good does that do if we just become dependent on foreign uranium? In any case, the only practical way to reduce our dependence on foreign oil is to reduce our dependence on oil.
At this point my household gets 90% of our electricity from wind generators, thanks to a program of our local power company. Renewable, relatively cheap, clean, doesn't leave radioactive material laying around; altogether a wiser and more practical idea than building more nuke plants if you ask me. And I look forward to the day, not far off I'm sure, when solar power will take care of the other 10%. We will probably get a plug-in vehicle of some type in the next couple of years, but if it had to run off nuclear power I'd think twice.
BTW, Obama's record on the environment is actually pretty solid, and it goes back farther than his critics would have us believe.
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