• Jul 18, 2008
Presumptive Republican nominee for President, John McCain has wrapped up his tour and speaking engagement at General Motors, where the Arizona Senator discussed the U.S.'s current fuel situation and the proliferation of electric cars. Addressing the General's assembled workers, McCain said, "I would support tax credits for Americans who choose to buy the Volt and other automobiles that put us on track to energy independence." McCain later specified that the credit should be $5,000 as "an integral part of our ability to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil."

McCain has already issued his support for federal funding of research and development of battery-powered cars and made it clear that individual states should have the ability to set their own fuel economy standards.

[Source: Reuters Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I know some are tired of my comments but here goes any way. C.A.F.E. is a cruel joke meant to keep America hooked on hydrocarbons. The liquid fuel emergency is not a VEHICLE problem and the automakers are not the bad guys. This is a FUEL problem period. Until the question changes to how to get off hydrocarbons COMPLETELY to power transportation gasoline and diesel will be the fuel of choice for as far as you can imagine with every upward price pressure and armed conflict over a diminishing resource.

      It is long past time to get out of "oilthink"

      The only viable - homegrown - pollution free - solution with the ability to replace 100% of oil imports is hydrogen pure and simple.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "My friends..though I know nothing on economics...vote for me and I'll offer you a one time $5,000 tax bribe...err I mean break..err what was that again??"
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not only does he know nothing about economics, but his three economic advisers are all elbow deep in the cookie jar of corporate greed, by helping write and pass the legal loophole that allowed Enron to happen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im just glad the words ethanol and hydrogen didn't come up, who would've figured a republican candidate may actually do some good. :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why is energy independance so important, but the thought of manufacturing independence doesn't exist?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm with you, but to answer your question it's because a lot of that oil money is going to people and nations who's favorite hobby is killing Americans. If the Chinese were flying planes into our office buildings we'd probably have a different take on where our goods are manufactured.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's exactly the point. McCain is suggesting an incentive for individuals to chose a more fuel efficient vehicle.

      This article is not about a mandatory CAFE standard that automakers have to meet.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I just wonder what's going to happen to all those battries after the life of the car is up... can you say toxic waste?
      • 6 Years Ago
      great. everyone gets to pay for horse**** resale. in a year volts at every used car lot for $10995. what else is new for gm. Backward thinking yet again to send them on a further spiral downward.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Politicians can promise anything to get elected especially knowing that half of what they promise will never get past congress.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What if I want to buy a Prius or Honda?

      Do I get that 5K$ or no because I have to buy domestic?

      I still say that we won't see Volt mass produced. we may get enough of them to give to Hollywood stars like Tesla but a regular guy like us won't see it, won't get it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The IRS already had given tax credits to Prius buyers. They currently give the credits to any qualifying hybrid, up to the point where the manufacturer has built 60K hybrids. After that, the credit tapers off. The amount they credit, though, varies. I think McCain is just voicing how much he thinks it should be for the Volt (assuming GM hasn't already built their 60K qualifying cars first)...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Its widely believed that Toyota got government support secretly, which is the only way they could sell that car for 25k, so your answer is yes, the Japanese government already kicked in there for you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      another BSing conservative ready to ruin US enonomy. say one thing then does another... looking at these typical republicans is getting sick already.
        • 6 Years Ago
        tsk tsk

        Unimaginative and loosely on subject.

        I award you no points in your flame-bait attempt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it me or does John McCain look like he's over-posing?

      Looks like he's posing of his statue.

      Hey, so this is actually relevant! Even though I loath both democrat and republican parties because of their oppression of independents and other parties, I actually like how McCain stepped up and basically said he's interested in helping keep American's working (in America) and getting us off foreign oil.

      Of course, he's probably full of shhhhhake-n-bake.
      • 6 Years Ago
      fuel economy is a national problem, not a state problem, and therefore should be nationally regulated.


      as for the tax breaks, all for it. just make it for domestic cars. home governments already help out toyota, honda, ....
        • 6 Years Ago
        And don't forget - lots of good tasty foreign goes into every gallon of corn ethanol!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "And instantly ensure 85% less farming land available."

        Someone has never heard of government subsidized farming.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And instantly ensure 85% less farming land available.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "With that said. I hate the fact that I must use Foreign Oil."

        Buy an E-85 car. You will instantly use 85% less oil.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Fuel economy is an individuals problems. Not a state or federal problem. Though tax incentives for high MPG cars should be there WITHOUT fines for low MPG vehicles.

        If our eyes popped out of our heads when we read MPG stats versus Quarter Mile stats, rest assure auto makers would be at 200MPG right now and not 200MPH.

        With that said. I hate the fact that I must use Foreign Oil.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It doesn't translate into 85% less farming land availability.
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