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    Video: President Obama reveals secret Chevy Volt joyride to Jay Leno
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    President Barack Obama has been near a Chevrolet Volt before, but he's never had the chance to have a proper drive of one. That changed recently when a Volt-driving friend came to the White House for a visit and let Obama take it for a spin on the grounds. It became the source of a "secret" the ...

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    How people and politicians play politics with plug-in cars
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    In a U.S. presidential election season, anything can become political. Remember the height of trees in Michigan? Well, when you're dealing with such a barrage, it's sometimes good to remember that plug-in cars have been political for a long time and, despite some politicians best efforts, ...

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    Treasure Department: traffic jams waste 1.9 billion gallons of gas in U.S. each year
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    A car that is sitting still with the engine running is getting zero miles per gallon, no matter how efficient the aerodynamics or how great the hybrid powertrain is. Spread out over the entire U.S., all those zero mile per gallon situations – i.e. traffic jams – means Americans are ...

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    Report: President Obama speaks out against China's lock on rare earth metals
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    It's not a secret that China has a near stranglehold on the world's supply of rare earth metals, but when President Obama spoke out against that country's control of the market today, the information probably spiked a bit on people's "is that true?" meters. Speaking at the White House but with ...

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    Report: President Obama promises to buy a Chevy Volt, after his second term
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    Remember how we wrote just the other day that the Chevrolet Volt is not President Obama's car. Turns out we were a little premature with that declaration. Speaking to UAW workers in Detroit today, the President said, "I'll buy [a Volt] and drive it myself" in five years, "when I'm not president ...

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    Report: Irony alert: Congressman Allen West complains about cost to gas up his Hummer
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    It's not in any way illegal to drive a Hummer H3. If you want to drive one, go right ahead. But if you do, you will look kind of clueless if you complain about how much it costs to fill up the tank. The H3 is one of the best-known gas guzzlers on the planet, and if you're in the public eye, maybe ...

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    Republican Congressman calls for end of $7,500 plug-in vehicle tax credit
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    Remember Republican Congressman Mike Kelly, the representative from Pennsylvania who said "there is no market for [the Chevrolet Volt]"? He wants to make sure that ends up being true. On December 30th, Kelly introduced H.R. 3768, which seeks "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal ...

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    Report: Darrell Issa asks 15 automakers if higher CAFE level might hurt sales, safety
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    Darrell Issa is on a mission. The House Republican from California is stepping up his quest to figure out if the new CAFE standards are part of President Obama's "Green-Energy Agenda is Killing Jobs" (Okay, technically, that's Issa's report about Solyndra, but it shows where he's coming from) or ...

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    How Aptera plays a role in the Solyndra political battle
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    One of the many, many contentious issues that make up the ongoing pointless battles between the Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C. is the Solyndra case, about how the now-bankrupt solar-power company got loan guarantees. Republicans say the Obama Administration pushed the loans through ...

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    President Obama urges EPA to withdraw proposed ozone standards
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    In a statement released this morning, President Barack Obama urged Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to withdraw its proposed draft of Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), leaving in place Bush-era regulations. Back in January 2010, the ...

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    White House says job growth will come from higher mpg standards
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    Yesterday, President Obama visited the Johnson Controls advanced battery manufacturing plant in Holland, MI (pictured) and talked about how cleaner cars will add jobs to the American economy. The White House blog chimed in, saying that there is a direct connection between the new fuel efficiency ...

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    Report: Report: London Mayor Boris Johnson hits Obama's motorcade with congestion charge
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    Rules are rules, and they apply equally to everyone – including the President of the United States. Especially when he's on foreign soil. After President Barack Obama's famous Cadillac limousine – known as The Beast – got stuck exiting the US embassy in Dublin, it was shipped ...

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    Obama issues Presidential Memorandum for federal fleet performance
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    Yesterday, along with announcing his administration would buy over 100 plug-in vehicles, Barack Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum outlining federal fleet performance. More specifically, the Memorandum details exactly how the government's fleet of 600,000 vehicles will be altered to ...

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    Obama in Indianapolis Friday to talk about hybrid buses, reducing oil imports
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    President Obama will visit Indianapolis, IN on Friday, rescheduling a trip to Allison Transmission, a global provider of commercial-duty automatic transmissions and hybrid-propulsion systems, that was delayed due to budget negotiations. The White House says that the President will tour Allison's ...

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    Senate Democrat worries dealers might take unfair advantage of proposed plug-in vehicle tax credit-to-rebate switch
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    Senate Democrat Max Baucus, the chairman of the finance committee, has scrutinized President Obama's proposal to convert the $7,500 tax credit for plug-in vehicles to a point-of-purchase rebate, according to Automotive News (sub. req.) and thinks there's a potential problem. In February, Obama ...

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    Obama: Entire federal fleet purchases to be alt-fuel by 2015 *UPDATE
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    Today, President Obama will outline a new target for the White House energy policy, one that focuses on variety. According to news reports, the plan will include ways to generate more low-carbon electricity, reduce reliance on foreign oil, expand domestic oil production and ethanol production ...

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    Obama: U.S. can reach 1 million plug-ins by 2015, will stop subsidizing "yesterday's energy"
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    During last night's State of the Union address, President Obama made strong arguments in favor of advanced technology vehicles. Reiterating his call for one million plug-in hybrids and electrics on the road by 2015 and increased use of biofuels, he proclaimed we could win the future through ...

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    A look into the politics of plug-in vehicles
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    With the U.S. mid-term elections over and control of the House of Representatives shifting over to Republican control, it's worth trying to figure out what the legislative future holds for plug-in vehicle support. The short answer, as best we can tell: it's complicated, but there are still a lot ...

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    Obama announces $50b plan to build the "best infrastructure in the world"
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    President Obama announces $50b infrastructure plan – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Yesterday, as part of his speech marking Labor Day, President Obama said the following:
    So, that's why, Milwaukee, today, I am announcing a new plan for rebuilding and modernizing America's ...

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    Obama drives the Volt... all of 10 feet
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    During his stop today at the General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck facility where the production Chevrolet Volts will soon roll off the line, President Obama did something unusual for a president: he got behind the wheel of a car and went for a drive. It was a short one – just ten feet – ...

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