April 22nd, 2009
11:30 AM ET
5 years ago

On Earth Day, Biden announces funding for clean vehicles

Biden said 'every day is Earth Day' in announcing the Clean Cities Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles Pilot Program.
Biden said 'every day is Earth Day' in announcing the Clean Cities Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles Pilot Program.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that $300 million in stimulus money will be given to state and local governments to help expand the number of clean and sustainable vehicles in cities around the nation.

Biden said "every day is Earth Day" in announcing the Clean Cities Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles Pilot Program, which would help local governments and transportation authorities invest in clean vehicles and fund the fueling infrastructure to support them.

"From advanced battery cars to hybrid-electric city buses, we're going put Recovery Act dollars to work deploying cleaner, greener vehicles in cities and towns across the nation that will cut costs, reduce pollution and create the jobs that will drive our economic recovery," Biden said in a statement.

This funding is adding to $11 billion already allocated to the Department of Energy to boost local energy efficiency programs and weatherize low-income homes. To participate, local governments have to apply to the Clean Cities Program for funding, and they can receive money for a variety of hybrid vehicles and alternative fuels.

Biden made the announcement at the WMATA Carmen Turner Maintenance and Training Facility in Landover, Maryland.


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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Chi Town

    And Al Gore will fly all over the country in his personal 727 to sell books

    April 22, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Scott

    Waste our money on more worthless programs. Biden thinks spending all this money will create jobs and save the economy, spending tax payer dollars to create jobs is not economic recovery. Change you can be taxed on!!

    April 22, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Michigan Jim

    It's Christmas in May! Please, Santa Biden, can I have a few million bucks of free money?

    April 22, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. David

    Earth Day.....please. This is hijacked by the corporations and is just another money ploy. I work for GE and they are huge into their "Green" marketing and it is just another way to make money and the government is in on it, too. Soon you will see BO push his carbon tax for trillions of dollars.

    April 22, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I appreciate the fact that this administration is actually trying to rehabilitate this country & get us off of foreign oil.

    April 22, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. PA-Pilot

    Perfect. The used car salesman from Delaware strikes again...

    April 22, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Candy West Virginia

    This administration is setting us on a course not only for Recovery but SUCCESS!

    Scott – what would you rather they spend the money on, another illegal war rebuilding another country???????????? Let's rebuild America for a change.

    April 22, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Kelby In Houston, TX

    LOL :) somebody called funding for clean vehicles a worthless program...haha. This program will provide funding to pay for jobs in the motor city hahahahahaha....where unemployment is in double digits....haaaaa hahahahahah....oh oh....please, say something else, it's been a slow day

    April 22, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Michelle from Colorado

    I am certainly not against cleaner air. But I sure hope the actual drafting of real ideas and exact targets for this 300 million has been created. What we are still seeing under Obama is that this stimulus money may get wasted here and there as tax money often does. That being said, something as general or maybe even too broad like this shows our leaders are doing nothing to prevent wasted money. It almost seems like they picked another cause out of a hat and said, "yeah, let's spend some money on this issue just to look like we care about it". What can a city do to promote hybrid vehicles when it is still the major auto makers who are the ones building these cars?
    It would be nice if this article or Mr. Biden could have provided expected monetary gains from this stimulus. For example, for this 300 million, how much polution is expected to be reduced or how many jobs can be created or how much electricity might be saved? When I was a kid, I used to buy a Coke in a glass bottle for 15 cents and when I was done, I'd get 5 cents back when I returned the bottle. The phrase became, "no deposit no return". I'd like to turn that around for a change in this stimulus, "No return, no deposit".

    April 22, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Melissa

    Good. Its about time. I'm glad that an administration has finally gotten off its duff and considered this seriously. If for no other reason than to stop our reliance on foreign oil that comes from countries we all find morally despicable. Its time OPEC got their butts kicked. Its time we all grew up.

    April 22, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Enlightened Voter

    Why do you republicans hate when President Obama spends money on getting America together? I know you guys long for the days when republicans only spent money on corporations and other countries (like the last 8 years) but you've got to spend money in America sometimes guys.

    April 22, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. jaye

    Way to go, Joe!
    We support you!!

    April 22, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Some Guy

    Bring back the Dodge Dart! Awesomest car ever. Have a nice day!

    April 22, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    Only this administration can propose total economic disaster and international retreat with an idiot grin on their faces.

    April 22, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. strong

    More 'stimulus' money to be thrown around. Welcome to outright, blatant Socialism, dear Americans.

    April 22, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Mary - Independent

    That is a great idea; however, California is already trashed. The news stated today that any money that California has will go to Sacramento
    employees' raises in salaries..... the land of deception, greed and crooks!

    April 22, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Amy

    Spend MORE money! Yes! Exactly what we need!

    April 22, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Scott, Wichita

    Wow, 1 dollar a person...

    you sure are committed to this, Joe...

    April 22, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Canadian visitor

    Any discussion of alternative fuel vehicles or even hybrid electrical ones will have to be tempered with where are you going to fill them up or plug them in? What about people like me who live in apartments and have no access to plug in their car? So are hybrids going to be relegated to home dwellers? With alternative fuels the first thing they need to do is set up a plan for spots to refuel. Nobody will buy an alternative fueled vehicle if there is nowhere of convenience to refill it after it leaves the showroom. It is wonderful to talk all you want about cars of the future but what do you do with them other than tout their efficiency? If you can't recharge or fill up after you get one, then no one is going to want one.

    April 22, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Slider

    Here's an idea for the latest Communist propaganda issue known as "Earth Day", and it will truly be for a worthy cause:

    Wanna clean up Earth, get Biden to shut his gaping hole.

    April 22, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Electric vehicle require electricity to rechrge them so we will create greenhouse gases at the power plant since wind and solor power are as reliable as our politicians to always do right. The hybrids like the Chevy Volt are good for in the city but you can only go up to 370 miles without recharging for the night with a new battery to travel any distance. In a work truck an electric or a hybride are insufficient in power to handle the load of real work. So this is another feel good form the left program.

    April 22, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. worriedmom

    With the economy going down the drain and they want to spend 300 million on clean air. Please I am all for clean air but right now clean air is doing no good because we are suffocating on our draining economy. Comeon put our money to more important things right now or give it to us and let us decide where we want our money to be spent!

    April 22, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Chi Town

    This is good...

    Now people can pay 20K more for an SUV that gets 5 more miles to the gallon... once the stim money is no longer paying for it... just how will this help the auto industry?

    April 22, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Scott

    Enlightened voter – Who really creates the jobs..............Corporations, the ones you hate so much. Spending money is not getting America together, have to wonder where that misguided notion came from. Spending money = Taxing the taxpayers even more. Under Obama only the government will create jobs. Not a change I can believe in.

    April 22, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Melissa

    People, why is it so wrong to spend money on your own country helping your own people? With all the money thats been spent in foreign countries, don't you think it would be good to spend some to fix the failing infrastructure of your own country? Some spend to fix the reliance on foreign countries oil?

    Your attitudes don't make sense. Take care of your own country first, not other peoples. Spend the money HERE to help your own people FIRST. Its not communism, its just good sense.

    April 22, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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