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Electric cars and taxpayer handouts to Big Oil

January 8, 2007

Can this be a coincidence? GM announces the return of the electric car with its new Volt at the North American International Auto Show on January 7. (Note to Pot: Don’t forget to call Kettle black. Remember the movie last year, Who Killed the Electric Car?)

Next week, on January 15, Congress is scheduled to vote on creating a mega-fund to invest in clean energy by cutting subsidies to Big Oil. According to Environment Maryland, “This new funding will expand the use of clean energy technologies like wind and solar power, while helping reduce our dependence on oil.” You don’t have to be from Maryland to tell your own representive(s) to support this effort!

Time to tighten the screws. With GM at least appearing to respond to pressure from market support of competitors’ cars that are considerably more energy-efficient, and a new agenda in the House, timing looks good to keep the pressure on.

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