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Shai Agassi has been pondering what it will take for electric vehicles to beat cheap gasoline-powered competitors. And he got some advice from former president Bill Clinton in 2006: giving away the car is a sure way to succeed.

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A Mississippi-based automaker unveiled a two-seat city electric vehicle and got visits from former President Bill Clinton (D) and state Gov. Haley Barbour (R) to mark the occasion.

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When you're an ex-President, you sometimes have to be careful about using two little words like "food" and "riot" together.

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton - Click above to watch video after the jump

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By most measures, the U.S. Cash for Clunkers program has turned into a rousing success story for consumers that happen to qualify for the government's somewhat arbitrary rules as well as dealers and automakers looking to sell a few more cars. What's still debatable, though, is how much environmental benefit will really be seen on account of the program.

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During the big Ethanol Summit 2009 down in Brazil this week, former President Clinton gave a bit of advice to that country's ethanol industry: don't destroy so much forest land just to make biofuel. Clinton said that "everybody" already knows that Brazilian ethanol made from sugar cane is the most efficient biofuel in the world. The problem isn't getting the word out, but potential negative consequences of cutting down more forest in order to plant more crops. "The world would say, if we let Bra

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The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) has snagged former U.S. President Bill Clinton to be a speaker at the upcoming Ethanol Summit 2009. The Summit takes place in Sao Paulo, Brazil in early June. Part of Clinton's post-White House life has been running the William J. Clinton Foundation and a part of that is the Clinton Climate Initiative, which finds ways to fund progressive climate change projects in a business-oriented way.

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Earlier this week, former president Bill Clinton was in Burbank, California for a president's day luncheon with a group of assorted green-minded politicians and business executives. Also on hand was Jeremy Snyder (that's him on the left in the photo), the general manager of the Los Angeles Tesla store. Snyder was invited along by one of the early Tesla investors and a silver Roadster was also on hand.

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