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Obama's goal of putting one million hybrid and electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015 is "reasonable," says Nissan's senior vice president, Andy Palmer, but only if the government gets around to installing thousands of charging stations nationwide within four year's time. Palmer says that since, "carmakers can't go and put hydrogen fueling and charging stations throughout the U.S.," the government will have to.

Wednesday marked the end of an era in the U.S. – the demise of the Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming. Created under Nancy Pelosi in 2006, the global warming committee – devoted entirely to scientific discussions of climate change and energy-related issues – has been disbanded under Republican leadership.