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Obama Administration Buying Fewer Hybrids, Electric Vehicles; Uses Most Gas in 25 Years!

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posted on Feb, 26 2012 @ 04:27 AM
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In a perfect example of "Do as I say; not as I do;" the Obama Administration reported that for fiscal 2011 it reduced its purchases of hybrid and electric vehicles.


President Barack Obama’s administration is buying fewer hybrid and electric cars and more vehicles that can consume both ethanol and gasoline to meet 2015 environmental goals, favoring older technology over new.

Obama gave speeches across the U.S. last year touting his twin goals of buying only alternative-fuel vehicles for the U.S. fleet by 2015 and getting 1 million electric vehicles on the country’s roads by that year.

That’s looking more difficult as the federal government learns the same lesson that U.S. car consumers have already figured out: it is tough being green. Rather than leading the way, the government has discovered that the high cost of hybrids and electric cars and their lack of availability often mean it makes more sense to buy cars with fuel-efficient conventional engines.

www.bloomberg.com...

While the Postal Service buys separately fron the rest of the government, purchases for government use reflect dramatic drops of hybrids and electric vehicles.


U.S. General Services Administration purchases of hybrid and electric models fell 59 percent in fiscal 2011 to about 2,645 as the federal fleet added 32,000 cars and trucks that can burn a fuel that’s 85 percent ethanol, or E85 vehicles, when it’s available.
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The U.S. government, which has given automakers and suppliers money to develop electric-vehicle technologies, last year bought 2,645 hybrid, electric and fuel-cell vehicles, less than 5 percent of the 54,843 vehicles it bought, according to the data.
The GSA purchases in fiscal 2011 included 145 General Motors Co. Chevrolet Volts, 12 percent of Ford Motor Co. Fusion hybrids sold in 2011 and even two-seat electric versions of Daimler AG Smart car, according to GSA data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

In the year ended Sept. 30, the U.S. government also bought 1,380 hybrid Fusions, 101 Honda Motor Co. Insight hybrids and one Toyota Motor Corp. Prius among its alternative-fuel vehicle purchases.


While the Obama administration authorized the purchase of E85 vehicles as "alternative" vehicles, most of the users used regular gas instead of E85, causing gas purchases to insrease to rarely-seen levels.


In 2010, the most-recent data available, the U.S. government’s gasoline use rose to a 25-year high, increasing 3.3 percent to 50.3 trillion British thermal units, according to preliminary data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Obama has said he wants to reduce U.S. oil imports, saying promoting greener vehicles is part of that strategy


How does this fit in with a professed "green" mentality?
More pure hypocrisy from the Obama administration in saying one thing, then doing the opposite.

jw





edit on 26-2-2012 by jdub297 because: sp




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