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Did Bush & Big Oil kill the Electric Car?

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posted on Jul, 2 2006 @ 11:33 AM

In October 2002, the Bush administration joined automakers and car dealers in their lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate, arguing that it amounted to an attempt to regulate fuel economy, which only the federal government has the authority to do. From 1990 to 2004, seven other states adopted California’s stringent ZEV mandate. Then, in April 2004, the California Air Resources Board further modified its ZEV mandate, effectively eliminating electric cars from the clean air equation.

The Bush administration’s antagonism to the electric vehicle is perhaps unsurprising, given its links to the oil and automotive industries. For example, Bush’s former Chief of Staff Andrew Card had been a GM Vice President, and was President and CEO of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association during its assault on the ZEV mandate in California...

The shift to non-gasoline cars may have marked the beginning of a green revolution and the possibility of removing our addiction to foriegn energy. Now the ice-bergs are melting faster than predicted and the gulf-stream is weakening.

Did Bush and big oil murder our last chance?

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