Tuesday, November 20, 2007

John Edwards says he will revive EVs, attacks Hillary on ethanol

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In an interview with TechCrunch, presidential hopeful John Edwards says he will bring the electric car back from the dead. John says there is a trend of having America develop technologies like the electric car only to have other countries lead on deploying and marketing. Many candidates have mentioned hybrids and fuel efficiency but John is the first I have heard to mention electric cars. Here is his exact quote:

I will reverse the trend of having America invent transformative new technologies like the electric car and the solar panel, only to have other countries lead in deploying and marketing them.

The Edwards camp also attacked Hillary recently for her voting record on ethanol. Obama has done the same, calling her energy bill a major reversal. Hillary has explained her change in position on the growth in ethanol in her state but John's energy plan gives much more support to ethanol by calling for all cars be flex fuel and for more ethanol pumps at gas stations.

In a video below the fold, John explains that he supports the not-very-efficient corn-based ethanol right now because investment in further ethanol infrastructure won't come without such support and the investment will build a pathway for more efficient biofuels.

[Source: TechCrunch, The Courier, YouTube]

 

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