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MI: Political promises, third parties not a good mix

By   /   September 18, 2012  /   Comments Off

By Jarrett Skorup | Michigan Capitol Confidential

The Obama administration relied on General Motors to fulfill the goal of 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. The sales of the Chevy Volt were lower than expected. This example shows the risk of attaching political promises to third parties.

LANSING — The Washington Post editorialized recently that President Barack Obama set a goal of 1 million electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on the road by 2015.

Just last year, the Obama administration’s Department of Energy produced a report that said, “The goal is achievable.”

These projections turned out to be incorrect.

The Energy Department said General Motors alone would make 120,000 Chevy Volts in 2012.

Instead, about 21,000 Volts total are on the road and GM just announced it was shutting down parts of production for the vehicle because of low sales — and this despite massive state and federal government subsidies for the car.

Political promises are cheap because they involve a disconnected third party spending money that does not belong to them. It’s always easier to gamble with someone else’s cash. This isn’t unique to Washington, D.C., and it infects both political parties.

Read the complete story at Michigan Capitol Confidential.





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