The two major U.S. presidential candidates,
, have both expressed an interest in investing Federal money into green
. Although both men have differing ideas about what may be the best way to move forward, it's becoming clear that green automotive technology will be a point for debate as the election nears. This week, Obama visited with leading members of the Detroit automotive scene, including Rick Wagoner from
and Alan Mulally from
, both of whom seemed pleased with how the dialogue went. When asked by Obama what he, as President, could do to help the ailing auto industry in the U.S., Wagoner
by suggesting that the government contribute funds into the research and development of emerging technologies, such as automotive batteries. Maybe
more than $30m
Assuming that the cost for new eco-friendly technology will be passed on to the consumer, Wagoner also suggested that the government make it easier to get into a new
, which has been done to good effect with
already. Obama, for his part,
said he saw
"surprising consensus" among the automotive industry representatives, so we'd imagine similar suggestions were heard all around.
Fixed Rick Wagoner's name, thanks!
The Detroit News
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