JiminBucks wrote:Yes, I believe big goverment should help 'kick start" new technoglies, for example, fleet vehicles that use electric , natural gas or even fuel cells. They have resources to order enough of these to help auto makers make the investment in new technoglies.
Remember who is paying to build the funds that "Big Government" would use to fund all these things! You and me!
Following a federal law:
A few years ago the State Of New Jersey ordered a bunch of Chevy Cavaliers for state employees to use on "Official Business". The state (meaning the taxpayers) paid extra to equip these cars to run on gasoline or CNG.
Since there was nowhere to fill the CNG tanks, the state built one, and then another. More $$$.
The only problem was they built only two. In Trenton, the state capitol, and in Hackensak. Take a look at the map, find Trenton & Hackensak. A state employee has to drive to Trenton or Hackensak to fill the CNG tank? When there is a gas station a block away?
But the cars had nice "CNG" stickers on them...then there are the police cars that were never used...
Maybe the state should have helped (by financing) the utility companies operating in NJ build CNG stations around the state so the state employees could fill the tanks.
Needless to say...it went over like a turd at a social.
Another example of Big Government spending our money.
Link to the State Auditors report on the program (interesting reading even if you don't live in NJ):
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.