CNN Fact Check: Wind power, electric cars and the stimulus
October 12th, 2012
06:46 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Wind power, electric cars and the stimulus

(CNN) - There was no shortage of wind or electricity at Thursday night's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican contender for that office. But federal support for wind power and electric cars was one of the early flashpoints between the two.

"Was it a good idea to spend taxpayer dollars on electric cars in Finland or windmills in China?" Ryan asked Biden as he defended the Obama administration's economic stimulus measures. "Was it a good idea to borrow this money from China and spend it on these interest groups?"

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Filed under: 2012 • Energy • Environmental policy • Fact Check • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan
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  1. Gurgyl

    When there cities Cleveland DETROIT, Chicago wants to cover public train with Bullet train–GM, Ford, Chrysler bribed. GOP idiots took that bribe from Saudi ang pocketed. Need more fuel-efficient cars then. Better late than never. Obama12.

    October 12, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It doesn't sound like this small part of government spending was a part of the stimulus that Obama pushed for and signed Per CNN's report. Besides, getting more vehicles of fossil fuels should be a goal.

    October 12, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. al in memphis

    Conclusion: Yes, the Fisker Karma is being built in Finland - but the government's support for Fisker was approved under a program signed by then-President George W. Bush, not through stimulus funds.
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    I say we reduce the debates to a few questions and then spend more time with a fact check right after their response. I want to see right then and there whether either candidate is lying to me just to get in offices.

    October 12, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Bill from GA

    Our Government has often supported 'new' technology with great success.

    In the 1800's our Government supported railroads across the country, with land grants to make the construction affordable and financing of them tempting to investors with cash.

    In the 1900's our Government supported airports around the country, with postal routes subsidized by the Federal Government paying enough to make airlines profitable.

    We once were a country with vision, and still the rich made out just fine. We can grow this country and prosper, or we can stick our heads in the sand. We can always just sell hamburgers to each other, and buy our technology from Germany, or China.

    Not every venture succeeded, but the industries created with government help have survived, and were essential for this Country's growth.

    October 12, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Charlie

    The moderator did a terrible job of keeping the debate on track. A little manners on the part of her and Biden would have been nice. Great job by Paul Ryan in keeping his cool.

    October 12, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |