President Obama mixes manufacturing, politics in North Carolina
Today, President Obama visited a truck factory in North Carolina to continue his push for a manufacturing revival in America. His plans include funding for communities to build alternative-fuel infrastructure, tax credits for alternative-fuel vehicles, supporting related research and development, and other initiatives to spur production of eco-friendly vehicles.
However, as National Journal reports, the announcement probably has more to do with politics than policy:
“The political timing of the announcement may be the most significant thing about it. While President Obama has always offered full-throated support for electric cars, he won’t be able to enact most of his policy proposals without action from Congress, which is locked in partisan gridlock on energy and just about everything else. And Republicans have recently increased attacks on Obama’s support of electric cars, as GM announced it is temporarily suspending production of the all-electric Chevy Volt, due to limited demand.”