April 22nd, 2009
11:30 AM ET
9 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. Baze

    300 million is nothing

    April 22, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Ghost

    More complaints from the right side of the game. Blah, blah, blah.

    We need to spend some of this money on a bunch of pacifiers for all these crybabies. Of course, my question is what happens if Obama's plans work? I'd be willing to bet that a bunch of republicans would start chanting socialism as their new mantra.

    April 22, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. GOP = 21st century dodo

    Yup, when I think of the GOP I think of the cynicism displayed by the people who've posted here.

    I also think of posts I've seen on other far right websites, where people plan on celebrating Earth Day by burning tires or littering with styrofoam, or where they brag about having turned on every single light in their house during Earth Hour.

    These are people who actually are going out of their way to HURT the planet they live on. So, in essence their credibility = 0.

    April 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Tulsa

    Do any of you Republican posters have any ideas?

    Didn't think so.

    April 22, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Mississippi Mike

    Why not. The Obama administration hasn't been in the office 100 days yet but according to John Boehner it has spent as much money as all of the previous presidents combined. What's another $11 billion dollars to an administration that doesn't bother to pay its taxes?

    April 22, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. The black spider

    If it was up to the right wing nuts opposing every spending we will be still riding chariots or horses all accross america.

    April 22, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. MALeslie

    We might not have such a devastating economy to content with – if our all of our politicans had been doing a better job over the past 25 years or so.

    April 22, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. JML

    At least "A process" is starting......................unlike the DENIAL and DO NOTHINGNESS of the past 8years. Something is better then nothing!

    April 22, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. JJoe

    Wow... judging by some the comments below, the far right hasn't the slightest idea of how a Hybrid engine works.

    I know science is difficult for them, but cmon...

    April 22, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Ghost

    Scott (either one) in case you haven't nocied, corporations are not creating jobs. They are laying people off left and right.

    What Obama is doing is kinda like the trickle down, except it goes right to the source and not a back door so to speak. The govt isn't creating jobs, per se or the govt would be doing all of this work. What is happening is that the govt is spending money on projects that these corproations will work on, thus creating or saving jobs. This is turn will give people money to spend, which will save or create other jobs. Which should result in a nice circle of life type of thing. All the while adding tax money to the govt.

    So this is not like being in debt and buying a new car. This is like being in debt and going back to school to enhance your chances and better your self.

    April 22, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Jason

    oh grow up people, i'm getting sick and tired of all these people whining about not having money, get over it, find a temporary job if you want money. Yes the "spending" must be outrageous, however if we didn't elect the same guy twice in 2000 and 2004 this stuff wouldn't have happend. You and your tea party friends need grow up and face that old motto "life doesn't come easy, sometimes you have to work for it."

    April 22, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Citizen from NY

    Energy efficient cars, buses, whatever transportation are wonderful...however, I am self-supporting on a legal secretary's income, picking up some household expenses with an elderly relative, and doubt very much I would ever be able to afford a new energy efficient vehicle, or any type of fuel driven new vehicle. I can barely afford a pre-owned anything, plus I have financially helped out a family member and close friend considerably. How about raising concerns about affordability to people like me? Including the insurance that would accompany a new vehicle?

    April 22, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    isn't Chrysler closing their plant in Delaware? oops, wrong types of jobs. i can't wait for my electric bill to increase because demand continues to increase and supply is being rigged in Washington. Let me be the first to say, " I want a subsidy to pay my electric bill, paid by those making over $ 250,000 per year" now thats fair!

    April 22, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Ed

    Energy Sustainability – we gotta be working as hard as we can on achieving this for the United States or before long we'll wake up and realize that the money we haven't yet given to China has all been given to OPEC.

    It's nice to finally have a government that is forward-thinking, rather than one that's just interested in beating up on gays and immigrants.

    April 22, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Some Guy

    Scott wrote: Who really creates the jobs…………..Corporations, the ones you hate so much.

    Yeah, jobs in China and India. And yes, plenty of low paying service jobs with no benefits right here in the good old US of A. Cheap labor, after all, helps the bottom line and pays nice dividends to the shareholders. Have a nice day!

    April 22, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. S.B.

    I find it hard to believe that there are so many people out there who believe that cleaning up our environment and using cleaner energy are a waste of money. They must enjoy living in filth. Either that or they've been totally brainwashed by Rush Limbaugh and his ilk. I suspect the latter. Of course, it's going to cost money to improve our environment, but we've got to start somewhere, and waiting will only make it more expensive, if not impossible.

    April 22, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. gt

    more government waste... more hot air ... more bull and not much else,,,

    April 22, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. John

    Biden looks like a used car salesman every time I see him. Thank God I haven't bought any of his BS yet.

    April 22, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    @ Some Guy, who wrote:

    "Yeah, jobs in China and India. And yes, plenty of low paying service jobs with no benefits right here in the good old US of A. Cheap labor, after all, helps the bottom line and pays nice dividends to the shareholders. Have a nice day!"

    Fact is, the Clinton adminiatration opened the floodgates for H1B visas which allowed the loss of thousands upon thousands of jobs here in the good old US of A. But as usual, we will only hear one side of the story – the inaccurate side. Have a better day!

    April 22, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    @ MIssissippi Mike.......... you better check your facts.

    Bush was spending an estimated ........ $10 BILLION A MONTH in Iraq, for the last SEVEN YEARS............. add it up!

    PLUS........... Bush *** doubled our National debt**** in eight years!

    Obama's spending IS about getting our Nation to recover from the Bush Economic Disaster!

    IF you knew history you would know that what helped America recover from the Great Depression was FEDERAL SPENDING!

    Our infrastructure is crumbling when we rebuild our nation we put people back to work!

    April 22, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    For the cynicals out there...Every cleaner step counts and they all add up in the end!

    April 22, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Carl

    Here in Texas, we supply the majority of the US natural gas supply.

    NGV, or natural gas vehicles, are very popular in California, Utah, and Oklahoma.

    In Texas and in most states, NGVs are left to public vehicles like Buses, cop cars, work vehicles, etc.

    Only a handful of public stations exist here in my state of Texas, and with Texas so big, you simply can't make it in a Honda Civic natural gas vehicle, which they do make.

    They even have the technology to allow you to fill up at your own home if you have a NGV, but the cost of converting a vehicle plus installation of the fill up station is $15,000 with about 33% of that in tax credits.

    I find it insulting on a state and national level that what is considered alternative fuels are only allowed for government and city vehicles.

    It's one thing to say you are giving some money to help with clean vehicles, but no one is providing us with the ability to use them.

    April 22, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. today

    it's time we put our tax dollars back into America.

    April 22, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. lisa from az

    gt...there are "hot air" cars. They run on compressed air instead of filthy expensive terrorist oil. The only problem? Electric and air compressed cars aren't sold in America. See movie...Who killed the electric car.

    April 22, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. George

    Go Joe!

    You gotta love them hybrid electric buses we have here in NYC. Lots of head room, wider walkways, less gas than a regular bus, and of course way less then everyone driving. Plus they look like something out of The Jetsons.

    April 22, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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