The New York Post reports that the stimulus contains $300 million for green vehicles:
But the money won’t just go to buy fuel-efficient hybrids such as the Ford Escape or Chevy Volt.
The cash also can be used to purchase “neighborhood electric vehicles.”
The NEVs, which resemble streamlined golf carts, scoot at up to 25 mph, operate on battery power and can be plugged into 110-volt outlets for charging.
Although the origins of the provision are unclear, it could be a boon to North Dakota-based NEV manufacturer Global Electric Motorcars, a division of Chrysler. . . . Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which produced the spending part of the stimulus.
Lucky thing we have Obama’s assurance that the stimulus contains no pet projects or pork. Because otherwise this might look pretty porky.
Apparently the folks who voted on this bill didn’t all read it, and are starting to say they’re surprised by some of the provisions. One guy who says they should have had more time: Arlen Specter — one of three human beings on the planet who could have actually made that happen.
They’d better pass this quick, before people find what else is hidden in there.