If “alternative” and “zero emissions” cars are such a great idea, why is it necessary to prop them up with endless federal subsidies?
Get ready for more of that.
Senators from auto manufacturing states are trying again to pass legislation designed to “encourage investment in zero-emissions vehicles and advanced fuel-reduction and safety technologies.”
Might as well encourage digging – and then refilling – holes in the back yard. It works out pretty much the same.
During the last session of Congress, the Senate approved something titled the Vehicle Innovation Act as part of a broader energy bill. The energy package died when the House and Senate could not reconcile separate versions of the bill.
“Michigan and the United States are leading the way in developing innovative technologies that will make the next-generation of cars and trucks safer and more efficient than ever before,” Sen. Gary Peters (D, MI) the bill’s lead author, said in a statement. “This bipartisan bill will help ensure that American manufacturers remain internationally competitive by encouraging the development of cutting-edge vehicle technologies that improve fuel efficiency, save consumers money and help support American jobs.”
The bill provides for the fleecing of taxpayers to “support” the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office, which issues grants and promotes public-private partnerships in basic and applied research for technologies that improve fuel efficiency of light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
It also “encourages” the office to coordinate activities with other department offices and outside agencies engaged in similar research.
Examples of potential fuel-saving but cost-adding technologies include engine downspeeding – using a computer to cut engine RPM at highway cruising speeds, to reduce friction and increase fuel efficiency – as well as the usual boondoggled: electric vehicle charging, hydrogen and natural gas refueling, aerodynamics and lightweight materials.
The legislation authorizes the Vehicle Technologies Office to be funded at $313.6 million in fiscal year 2018, up from $307 million in 2017, with annual increases of four percent each year through 2022.
Other politicians who think it’s okay to steal your money and spend it on these boondoggles are: Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D, MI), and Lamar Alexander (R, TN) who co-sponsored the Vehicle Innovation Act.
“Automakers are focused on the deployment of advanced technology and alternative fuel vehicles to help address our nation’s energy security and environmental concerns,” Mitch Bainwol, CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in a statement. “The next generation of fuel-efficient technologies requires significant investments in research, design, development, testing and certification as they are developed and refined for use on the various types of vehicles needed by American consumers. This legislation will help ensure that our industry partners throughout the vast automotive supply chain are supported in the research on and development of these advanced technologies.”
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