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Obama Ratchets Up Support of Natural Gas Vehicles

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Gorski
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natural gas-powered vehicle.
Gorski   3/21/2014 11:07:04 AM
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I wisk Prresident Obama would have said he wants to encourage natural gas vehicle develpment along with electric vehicles. I think this would energize companis and individuals to compete and provide products quicker. This is not the time to create doubts about which way to go.

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Bunter   2/11/2014 12:59:03 PM
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Thanks Jim,

Honestly, I've been off enjoying some skiing for several days and have little idae where this nutty thread has gone.

Chuckle.

Take care.

Dennis

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Bunter   2/11/2014 12:56:53 PM
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Hi tek,

Yes, one can pull out an individual circustance to support virtually any position.

You seem to be implying that this single incident disproves the free market-and assuming things would have been better with gov't intervention.

I am not familiar with the street car scandal.  However I have noticed that many endevor to "prove" that the freemarket does not work because of the recent housing/financial crisis.  But when one digs deeper it comes out that the financial decisions (and many were nasty) were driven by changes to gov't policy to "encourage" lenders to accept more high risk clients.  I would want to know more before I accept that the scandal you mention was truely a "free market" situation.

The free market is imperfect.  It's critics point this out while comparing it to some mythical utopian alternative (or they just bitch without any real alternative ideas).

Given the choice between the problems found in a free market and those incumbant with great Gummit interventiion I am very hesitant to consider the  Gummit as the better direction for the nations people.  Especially the poor. 

 

My thoughts.

Enjoy.

Dennis

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   2/10/2014 4:04:29 PM
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You get it, Bunter. I seriously would not take this 'passing' remark as a hint toward a policy change from this administration.  This president has a legacy of both misstatements and saying things to appease his favorite lobbyists groups.  Like most other content which originates from that office, I take it like a grain of salt.

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Elizabeth M   2/10/2014 4:37:36 AM
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So what you're saying, far911, is you think this type of fuel research and effort can work without political backing? Perhaps, it seems that funding would help, though.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   2/10/2014 4:29:29 AM
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So there is a lot of rhetoric and a lot of planning, Chuck, but alot of times the funding doesn't come through or the rhetoric doesn't match the actual support? Is that what you're saying? If so, how typical in American politics!

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tekochip   2/8/2014 3:16:52 PM
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Bunter, don't forget that if the government doesn't get involved at all you see tragedies like the Great American Streetcar Scandal.  General Motors, Firestone and others gobbled up intercity transportation and ran them out of business in order bolster their own businesses.  So much for a free market economy.

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bobjengr   2/8/2014 3:14:44 PM
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In my opinion, the statement made by Mr. Cole, "David Cole, chairman emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research, told Design News."Given the vast supplies of natural gas we're discovering, you can't ignore it." has nothing to do with President Obama becoming more realistic about automotive energy but everything to do with our country not having a viable energy policy; if we have an energy policy at all.  Environmental impact studies for the Keystone Pipeline have taken five (5) years and we still do not have a decision from the White House.  I think the private sector is the most efficient mechanism to drive environmental issues including alternate fuels for automotive.  I have no issue at all with promoting use of CNG and feel it can become extremely beneficial if the proper infrastructure is in place.  Also, Charles does an excellent job in keeping us up to date relative to automotive in general, including internal combustion engine designs and redesigns.  We can't blame it all on P. Obama.  Congress must share equal responsibility for what I consider a national disgrace. 

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Ralphy Boy   2/7/2014 4:57:00 PM
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Yeah thanks for the reminder GTO...

Does Obama ever tell the truth?

To quote John Wayne as Big Jake... "Not hardly"

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GTOlover   2/7/2014 4:36:41 PM
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"If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance."

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