August 5th, 2009
12:49 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama announces $2.4 billion in grants for cleaner cars

WAKARUSA, Indiana (CNN) – President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the federal government will provide $2.4 billion in grants for the development of more fuel-efficient, battery-powered automobiles.

Obama made the announcement during a visit to an RV manufacturing plant in Elkhart County, Indiana - hard hit by the economic downturn.


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  1. doug

    And just think, we can still give the foreign auto companies all this business too! 6 out of 10 new cars bought from the "cash for clunkers" train wreck is going overseas!!! Great job Bobo, Japan and the rest of the world are laughing at us!! Great job America, for not learning what the candidate stands for when you voted in November.

    August 5, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Peggy - TX

    Excellent way to put people to work while making a better future for all Americans. Our President is AWESOME.

    August 5, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. steve Pagnozzi

    God Bless this President. It's so reasurring that we have someone with so much vision. I hope the knuckleheads in this country wake up, and realize that what he is selling is long term sanity to a country that has been backsliding for Lord knows how many years. I hope his agenda is aggressively persued and accomplished. I ask you, what is wrong with clean energy, health care reform and a better educational system? It's all good to me. Take it from a 60 year old geezer!

    August 5, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    Who cares anymore? Obama is spending us to oblivion.

    August 5, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Jim

    more republicans commenting on here spouting negativity. when are they going to even try to come up with some forward thinking ideas? i'm ashamed to acknowledge they are modern humans. i had hoped we, as a species, had evolved farther.

    August 5, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. POEMAN

    The 2.4 billion dollars for this program is coming from the stimulus bill that was already passed by congress. This is not NEW spending. This is spending that will encourage innovation while reducing dependence on foreign oil by creating less demand. How can anyone critisize this?

    Some on these message boards are so blinded by hatred and lies it is scary.

    August 5, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. SHIRLEY "61"

    Reminder to all: the government is the last resource we have now at this time to help get this country, and the world out of this mess that the Cheney/Bush adminstration (through their complete arrogance, inattentiveness, and sheer greed) have put us all into. Everyone should just get a grip because those in the know have told us that if we don't spend money, we will slide back to where we were headed in February. It is a simple fact that you very often have to spend money to make money.

    August 5, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. abraxis

    The amount is a start on the right track. Let's not sacrifice our soldiers for oil in places where they hate us. Duh!!!

    August 5, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Scott in Atlanta

    These Republicans make me laugh as they criticize every dime that Obama spends. But nothing to say about multiple million dollar bombs, being dropped on ant hills in the desert for noooooo reason...lol Was G. Bush paying back the military industrial complex?

    You so-called conservatives, with Judeau Christian values would rather spend trillions killing human beings in war, rather than helping them with a social program. And don't even get me started on your "pro-life" bull. You're pro life so you can make sure the baby is born and you can eventually kill it yourself through war, starvation, capitol punishment, or with some stupid NRA lobbied regulation.

    Your true colors are starting to show and I'm glad the American public is awakening to your lies.

    August 5, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Diplomacy Trumps War

    You people who have nothing positive to say about anything our President does make me sick! You people don't deserve to live in a great country like America because all you do is try to tear it down!!!

    August 5, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Scott, Tucson

    Ummm just how is going to effect that RV plant in Elkhart...do they give up building RV's to produce battery operated little cars that no one other than tree huggers would buy?

    August 5, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. bozo the obama

    the serial liar strikes again.

    August 5, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. MJ

    Guess you don't mind your money going out the door, once again, to bail out just one industry. Government has a big stake in this. Have to wonder how the people buying these new cars (since they drove clunkers) will be able to make payments??!! Guess that will come with an addendum to the plan.

    August 5, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. ANGIE IN PA

    For those of you complaining about spending where were you for the last 8 years when W was President? spending all of our money in Iraq?? were you asleep now you come out bashing President Obama pluuuuuuuze at least his spending is for us and our future not a senseless war in Iraq!

    August 5, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Christine

    Yah great job, more tax money out the door. Obama reminds me of Wilma Flintstone.....Charge It

    August 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. rjd

    Hooray! Let's invest in America for once and get ourselves off the Arab oil teat!

    August 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Shingo

    The Japanese have already introduced a total electric car this week! Either the US gets going and invents and innovates and develops more fuel-efficient, battery-powered automobiles OR that market will go away. If we want to become economically strong we have to move forward in this area.

    August 5, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Once You Vote Black

    Obama does not show signs of loosing steam. With such a grant he must still feel like the people are on his side. Well George, if you guys had not lost every chamber in the US Government you might be in postition to do something about it. But at this point take Rush advice and bend it over.

    August 5, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Old Farmboy

    Are they going to be affordable?

    August 5, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Scott

    It's not Obama's fault that the previous administration couldn't figure this stuff out.

    Close your eyes and imagine if Gore had gotten in instead of Bush.

    Imagine all the money that was spent on Iraq being spent on technology and infrastructure instead.

    I kinda wanna cry.

    August 5, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Dave in Illinois

    More money to the car companies and the the unions.

    August 5, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Andy

    Wow, this is great....can it make up the 17% unemployment in Detroit? Have to build a lot of batteries that no one can afford to buy. We are greener though.....too bad India and China and Russia don't give a rat's red one about green....they'd rather just keep growing their economies.....fools....

    August 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Dave

    This is the biggest investment in this technology ever. Thank you President Obama.

    Finally a President who understands that health, education, and infrastructure are vital for our future.

    August 5, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. b franklin

    Let me see if I understand this. The taxpayers sned money to the auto-makers to bail them out, and now the President decides it's a good idea to give them more money for innovation? Shouldn't some of the bail-out money have been spent on innovation to stay competitive?
    This administration will keep spreading money around, with strings attached, to keep regulating our behavior. For all of you that were screaming that Bush was taking away rights and freeedoms in the name of safety, at least he was doing it in the nameof something. The current White House resident has no reason, except that he knows better than you do.

    August 5, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Dee G. - CT Voter

    Why is it the Republicans who are so quick to put our president and hisideas down, are the same people are are scared to death to use their names in thi comment section?

    August 5, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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