Let's just say Jennifer Granholm and Neil Cavuto probably won't be exchanging Christmas cards this year. Granholm, the former governor of Michigan, made clear in an op-ed in the Huffington Post (like AutoblogGreen, an AOL site) that she remains all for using federal funds to push electric-vehicle technology and production. Pictured above, is Granholm learning about plug-in vehicles in 2010 in Detroit.
During a late July stop at the General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck facility, where production Chevrolet Volts will soon roll off the line, President Obama sat at the helm and drove the Volt. That is, if you consider driving the same as rolling along for ten feet. Obama hopped out and offered his initial impression, stating "I'm telling you guys, pretty smooth." The President's words mirror those of Michigan Governor Granholm, who recently spent some "real" time in the Volt.
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At meeting this week at Michigan State University on "green collar job" creation, Governor Jennifer Granholm floated the idea of state income tax credits for residents that buy hybrid or electric cars. While the IRS and a variety of states already offer similar incentives, it's unlikely that Michigan will be able to offer anything unless they stipulate that the cars must be built in the state. In that case the number of qualifying vehicles would be ... ZERO. At this time none of the available hy
During a press conference in Lansing, Michigan on Wednesday, Governor Jennifer Granholm suggested that the state should consider lowering speed limit from the current 70mph. Granholm was speaking during the launch of a new state web site designed to help Michigan residents save money. The site includes a calculator that lets users determine how much money they could save by car pooling as well as a service to help match up commuters to share rides. Granholm didn't give any indication of what she
The topic of the Michigan job market and economy is certainly a hot one right now. With the Big 3 going to the bargaining table with the UAW, plant closings and Detroit's declining market share, some insiders might view the proposed increases in fuel mileage as kicking Detroit while it's down. This is the stance that Michigan's governors are taking in talks going on as we speak at the National Governors Association convention. As you may be aware, thirteen states are planning on adopting the tou
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm recently announced that the state will spend $250,000 by 2008 to boost its alternative fuel infrastructure. The program involves the conversion of 1,000 gas pumps to either ethanol or biodiesel across the state. The money is intended to assist gas station owners in paying for up to 75 percent of the cost of converting an existing pump to alternative fuel or 50 percent of the cost of adding a new pump. It roughly costs $2,000 to convert an existing pump while i
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