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ObamaMobile Unveiled

GM (Government Motors) has officially unveiled the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. It's a combination electric/hybrid vehicle with a traveling range of 40 miles on battery power alone, or around 350 miles using a gasoline-powered hybrid generator to power the vehicle's electric motors. Overall it's not a bad looking car, although reviewers have noted a distinct "small car feel".

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The Volt's leading-edge technology comes at a rather steep price -- the official MSRP from GM is $41,000, which as AllahPundit notes, is just a little more than the average US per capita income. The Volt's only real competition will be the Nissan Leaf, a completely electric, 100% emission-free four passenger sedan that will travel around 100 miles per charge, and has a factory MSRP of $32,780.

Both the Volt and the Leaf qualify for a $7500 federal government subsidy to help offset the cost of the vehicles (you get an additional $1000 from Uncle Sam if you install your own charger at home) but even with this added incentive it is unlikely that President Obama's goal of 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 will be realized. GM is expecting to only sell around 10,000 - 15,000 Volts per year through 2013. And on average, cars with sticker prices above $40,000 account for only 15% of vehicles sold in the US.

In pretty much every respect the Volt has earned the distinction of being America's first ObamaMobile -- it is manufactured by a government-owned and subsidized automaker; GM will probably lose money on every Volt it sells; the government has to further subsidize the cost of the vehicle to make it attractive for consumers; its first-generation technology is largely theoretical and has yet to be implemented on a mass scale; and other long-term costs (such as disposal of the lithium batteries, or potential HazMat situations involving battery damage in a crash) have yet to be fully understood.

Even on a worldwide scale, we have yet to see a "green" venture that can survive on its own without heavy (and often unsustainable) funding from government. The Volt is going on the market only because our government has propped up its manufacturer with tens of billions of dollars in loans and bailout financing. Only the relatively well-off can afford its sticker price, and billions more government dollars in the form of buyer subsidies will still be required to ensure its "success."

Although the Volt may be a step in the right direction in terms of its eco-friendliness, its introduction is a textbook example of "other people's money" mentality. All of us who pay taxes will finance subsidies for a very few privileged drivers. In the midst of our current economic recession, that's the last thing we need.


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"In pretty much every respe... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

"In pretty much every respect the Volt has earned the distinction of being America's first ObamaMobile -- it is manufactured by a government-owned and subsidized automaker;..."

So can we call it the Voltswagen?

Whaddya know -- an electric... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Whaddya know -- an electric Yugo.

In regards to the Volt's ma... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

In regards to the Volt's main competition, the Nisson Leaf: if all electric cars are where we are headed, unless they solve the obvious problems associated with the required 8hours on a 220/240V home charging station for a full charge, together with the 100 mile limit on a single charge - we are destined to become a far less mobile society. The societal changes that reality portends are far reaching and profound.

On the other hand, a lot of... (Below threshold)
cirby:

On the other hand, a lot of people never go more than about 20 miles from their own house - commute to work, sit around on the weekends, not much else. If they go on trips, they take planes or trains. It seems like the market for these folks should be big enough to support this car.

...if it were half the price. For the same amount of money, you could get a cheap economy car and drive it until the wheels fell off, fuel included.

(additional note)I... (Below threshold)
cirby:

(additional note)

I got to drive a Hyundai Elantra yesterday. Nice car. Plenty of room inside, enough power to handle the Interstate easily, 35+ MPG on the highway, and they list for $18,000 or so.

$23,000 would pay for a lot of gasoline. At $4 a gallon, that's 200,000 miles or so. And no range limitations.

I cannot process this, but ... (Below threshold)

I cannot process this, but do see Hollywood folks in "droves" driving this pocket sized creation.

As I live 21 miles from a community and own a farm, this car is not an option. For the price of this little car, we bought a 2 year old F250 Diesel, a 2 stall horse trailer and have $18,000.00 left. The numbers don't work for us.

GM is quite experienced at ... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

GM is quite experienced at subsidizing losers. SATURN was a losing proposition from day 1, with it's heavily subsidized reduced sticker price carried on the backs of GM and its dealer body. Let's see how many Hollywood libs shell out $40,000 for their green ribbon beliefs. No doubt we'll find numerous Rolls Royce/Mercedes/Aston Martin/Ferrari trade ins sitting on Beverly Hills Chevy lots REEEEEL soon!!!

The societal changes tha... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

The societal changes that reality portends are far reaching and profound.

Let me fix that for you.

"The societal changes that government imposes are far reaching and profound."

Woo hoo, I alway's wanted ... (Below threshold)
914:

Woo hoo, I alway's wanted a go-cart as a kid.

Of course I live 40 miles from a city big enough to shop in so it's useless. Plus on snow and ice with that wheel base? Forget it.


Where is the source for all... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Where is the source for all the electricity that these cars will need for recharging?

Obama wants to hamstring the coal industry, and hasn't allowed actual construction of nuclear facilities. Environmentalists are PO'ed at any large-scale PV or wind 'farms' which are either 'harming' the environment of desert turtles, bats and birds (and of course, spoiling their view of their multimillion dollar Cape Cod getaways.).

I could see the use of chea... (Below threshold)
Rich:

I could see the use of cheap small electric cars in a large city area(which this car is too much to be considered cheap),but not outside of a city. Just like my Nissan Titan is not great here in Philly,but great outside of the city. Right now it spends days parked until we can get out or need something big to get. I am sure it will appeal to some,but not so sure it is going to be a smash hit.

Shall we call the Obamabile... (Below threshold)

Shall we call the Obamabile, Government Motors answer to the Edsel?

The Secret Service would <b... (Below threshold)

The Secret Service would never let the President near this idiocy.

Note that this does not inc... (Below threshold)

Note that this does not include delivery to your home. Since it has such a restricted range, many people would be unable to drive it home from the dealer.

This illustrates the folly ... (Below threshold)
JayDick:

This illustrates the folly of Government making business decisions. This car will be a colossal flop. In fact, I don't think the whole idea of electric/hybrid vehicles will last. It's very complicated and expensive to do it well. And battery technology is no where near where it needs to be for a viable electric vehicle.

Diesels have far more potential. American emissions standards are making it very difficult to build a diesel that complies, but the Europeans are using diesels extensively to their benefit. The fuel economy and performance are great. In Europe, the cost of the fuel is less than gasoline, but it would take a long time to reach that state here because of the way our refineries are designed.

Why pay $20K for a car limited to a 20 mile commute when you can get a diesel that comes close in fuel economy, has better overall performance, and is much more versatile? Also, when the battery in a hybrid or electric must be replaced in a few years, you're talking about a major expense.

Electric cars were abandone... (Below threshold)
John S:

Electric cars were abandoned by 1912 for a several reasons. And none of those technical challenges have been solved. And with the Obama administration's stated goal of making all of our electric bill "skyrocket," why not plug your car in as well? And they're going to use lithium batteries? WTF! What part of laptop fire does Government Motors not understand. The first 1,400 degree lithium fire underneath a government-mandated infant car seat will make for great television.

As for the Volt, why not price it at $15,000? Since the taxpayers will take a bit hit for every Volt manufactured, what's the difference? Hell, give them away for free!

Both of them piec... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

Both of them pieces of crap.

Until an energy source is found that eclipses all the advantages of oil the IC engine will rule--no matter how much the fern-huggers bitch.

I saw the Volt years ago at... (Below threshold)
Roy:

I saw the Volt years ago at the Auto Show when it was a concept car. The concept seemed very impressive and exciting, but then reality set in and it was nothing like I'd expected - a big letdown. I remember seeing another concept a couple years ago called "Hope and Change". Same thing happened.

All the lefty politician's ... (Below threshold)
914:

All the lefty politician's should be made to turn in their luxury sedan's and required to drive this tinker toy while serving their adoring constituent's.


"The Arizona boondoggle was overturned yesterday and not a word on Whizbang today. What a surprise -- the loud-mouth racist assholes are speechless."


What do you mean? CNN blabbed about it all day long.


Looks like some things need... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Looks like some things need to be clarified. The Volt isn't about "making sense" financially. The goal of the car isn't to save you money and break even after 10,000 miles. The first generation of a new technology is usually expensive.

"unless they solve the obvious problems associated with the required 8hours on a 220/240V home charging station for a full charge, together with the 100 mile limit on a single charge - we are destined to become a far less mobile society. The societal changes that reality portends are far reaching and profound."

It's unfair to judge the potential of a technology by the very first examples. Would you judge cameras, cars or appliances by what was around in 1900? "Green technology" should be judged by what it will be capable of, not by what's around today. It's inevitable for any technology to mature. Many breakthroughs will be made in battery life, charge speed and motor power. Batteries won't be based on lithium forever. And electric motors offer a big fundamental benefit in the form of instant maximum torque, which will be great for everything from towing to racing.

Most importantly, the production of the Volt initiates demand for dozens of new technologies (the battery, electronics, motor, etc.) that are produced by large or small businesses. Regardless of what it might seem like to the layman, technology doesn't get cheaper over time just by sitting around. It gets cheaper as production infrastructure is put into place, as components are produced in bulk, and as demand generates competition and the incentive to innovate. New technologies would take much longer to develop and reach the market at an affordable price if it weren't for high-paying early adopters. Government incentives can also speed the development of technology in this way, and their benefits must be weighed against the cost to the taxpayer.

I still can't believe people are complaining about the bailout of GM when it's one useful thing the government has done. I guess people would rather have half the American auto industry go out of business and donate more of our economy to the Chinese. And the development of cars like the Volt would be outsourced to other countries along with all the jobs and profits that go to the dozens or hundreds of companies involved in its production. Doesn't sound too pro-business to me.

I was wondering the same th... (Below threshold)
Hank:

I was wondering the same thing hermie was; where is the energy going to come from for all the electricity required.

"I was wondering the sam... (Below threshold)
914:

"I was wondering the same thing hermie was; where is the energy going to come from for all the electricity required."

Why from dirty coal carbon fired miniature nooklular terrarium's of course.

Either that or Thor's ass.

Where are you getting the "... (Below threshold)
Maddox:

Where are you getting the "100 mile range" on a single charge info?
The information I have gives the range as only 40 miles, that would be round trip.

"Would you judge came... (Below threshold)
John S:

"Would you judge cameras, cars or appliances by what was around in 1900?"

Why yes we are. And the Volt does not solve a single technical problem that existed with electric cars in 1900. In fact, it's a step backwards due to its complexity and the fact to sell one to a rich celebrity, taxpayers have to cough up a per-car subsidy equivalent to the U.S. per capita income. With a majority of Americans looking at a minimum wage future, and never being able to buy a new car again, they don't need yet another taxpayer-funded boondongle.

FYI, "Stan Johnsbury" is Le... (Below threshold)

FYI, "Stan Johnsbury" is Lee Ward playing off of Wizbang contributor John Stansbury's name. And yet another Lee Ward IP bites the big one.

For heaven's sake, people, the asshole changes names and IPs, but NEVER his tone. Can't you pick up on it and just ignore it until one of us junks it?

J.

As Jennifer eluded to #6.</... (Below threshold)
914:

As Jennifer eluded to #6.

You can be sure some actor's/actresse's will drive or be driven to the Ocar's in these this year. To show their support for the eviro-- eerr, I mean Obama. And after the charade is over, have the chauffeur drop it off back at the dealer and ride home in gold plated limo's having done their part for Oba-- eerr, I mean Mother Earth.

You can judge trends by wha... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

You can judge trends by what's happened in the past. IF people buy more electric appliances, then the demand for electricity will go up. If the demand for electricity goes up, then power plants will have to be built to meet it. If the power plants AREN'T built to meet the demand, you can only do so much load shifting.

California keeps having to relearn that lesson. And with electric cars coming into vogue (if they do - I like the idea, but it sure ain't there yet on cost & range) then we're going to HAVE to build much more capacity - enough megawatt/hours to compensate for the oil we won't be burning.

Of course, that would require forethought and planning for the long term. It's hard to get any politician at all to see beyond his own own tenure in office.

Anyone remember the Edsel? ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Anyone remember the Edsel? With the Obamamobile, you're seeing it's reincarnation.

With an all-electric car, I guess I can plan on two or three day trips from my home to Tucson. Whereas it currently takes my only about 8 hours. Don't you just love 'progress'?

"Would you judge cameras... (Below threshold)
cirby:

"Would you judge cameras, cars or appliances by what was around in 1900?"

How about by popular fiction from 1910?

"Tom Swift and is Electric Runabout" was published then. It featured a fast car - capable of a hundred miles an hour - with a 300 to 400 mile range. Still science fiction, though, after a century.

The lease price of the Volt... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

The lease price of the Volt is actually identical to the Leaf and in line with most decent family cars. And it's first generation. And some people will spend money to reduce their carbon footprint.

Jesus Christ, people, if you don't like it or it doesn't suit your needs then don't buy the damn car. Period. Nobody expects farmers to trade in their F-250s or Tundras for a mid-sized car. For the millions of suburban commuters or urban drivers this is an excellent option and will likely get picked up heavily by urban autosharing programs, to the benefit of all city dwellers who dislike exhaust fumes.

"Nobody expects farmers ... (Below threshold)
914:

"Nobody expects farmers to trade in their F-250s or Tundras for a mid-sized car"


Bullshit!! Barry and the rest of the green Earth leftist's would love to cram us all in sardine cans with cameras and chips to keep track of our every move.

Jesus Christ, people, if... (Below threshold)

Jesus Christ, people, if you don't like it or it doesn't suit your needs then don't buy the damn car. Period.

I can't help it, hyper. I AM buying it. Each and every one. Because they're all being sold with hefty government subsidies paid for by MY taxes by a company the government took over and is running with MY taxes.

That's why I have less of a problem with Nissan's. They think they can make a buck off it. GM's, though... they're just doing what their owner, Obama, is telling them to do, profits be damned.

J.

Jay Tea, the auto industry ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Jay Tea, the auto industry almost tanked and then didn't, and jobs were saved; meanwhile, how many billions of dollars were shoveled into bankster's pockets? It's not clear what the benefit of allowing Geithner to funnel your money into the bank accounts of his friends is, but the benefits of rescuing an entire industry that actually *makes* things and *employs* working-class people are tangible.

Jay Tea, the auto indust... (Below threshold)

Jay Tea, the auto industry almost tanked and then didn't, and jobs were saved...

And is that necessarily a good thing?

See "rat hole," as in "pouring money down." Or "sending good money after bad."

I have my doubts.

J.

the government has to fu... (Below threshold)
john:

the government has to further subsidize the cost of the vehicle to make it attractive for consumers

That's what governments do. They subsidize desirable behavior, and tax undesirable behavior. It seems short-sighted to dis an industry or product that will bring jobs to the US, will reduce our dependency on the Middle East, and which the Japanese have already gotten a jump-start on, simply because it was developed by a company that was saved from extinction while Obama was president. In contrast, I haven't seen too much criticism on these pages of the government's subsidies (i.e., tax breaks) of the oil industry.

Maddox,"Where are ... (Below threshold)
Higlander:

Maddox,

"Where are you getting the "100 mile range" on a single charge info?
The information I have gives the range as only 40 miles, that would be round trip."

I was referring to the Nissan Leaf - which Nissan claims will travel 100 miles on a single charge.

Hyper, how can you consider... (Below threshold)
Tired:

Hyper, how can you consider an industry to be saved when they still owe more money than they are taking in? Many of the banks were forced to take money. GM and Chrysler begged for it. The Volt will only increase the spiraling death of the American auto industry.

Cirby,"On the othe... (Below threshold)
Higlander:

Cirby,

"On the other hand, a lot of people never go more than about 20 miles from their own house - commute to work, sit around on the weekends, not much else. If they go on trips, they take planes or trains. It seems like the market for these folks should be big enough to support this car."

Not where I live and work. And all those tourists from every corner of the country that jam the roads in my home state every summer, aren't in planes or trains. Americans love their cars - and the open road. And until manufacturers can provide a electrically powered product that offers the choice and performance we've become accustomed to with our gas-powered models, Americans will not buy them in large numbers. That is, unless they're forced to.

Obamamotors...Sell... (Below threshold)
CZ:

Obamamotors...

Selling the dream...delivering the turd.

"It seems short-sighted to ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"It seems short-sighted to dis an industry or product that will bring jobs to the US, will reduce our dependency on the Middle East"

And don't forget to drink the kool aid while watching the rainbow colored unicorns dance across green fertile meadows while magically generating "FREE" electricity.

"Jay Tea, the auto industry... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Jay Tea, the auto industry almost tanked and then didn't...."

Yeah, now GM takes taxpayer money out of one pocket, puts it in another, than says "Hey, here's some of the money back that I OWE you." Yep, it was 'saved'. Oddly enough, FORD did not ask for any money.

Remember TWA? PanAm? Sometimes bankruptcy is where companies need to go.

Right Jay Tea. All those pe... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Right Jay Tea. All those people should sell their homes, buy trailers, and go work at Wal-Mart. Nero fiddled, etc.

Tired, Ford seems to be doing great. Chrysler has been doomed for some time now but GM has a chance to rebound as a much different automaker. As for whining about the fact that it's subsidized, well, most foreign automakers are subsidized too.

Do you all really hate autoworkers that much? Oh right, unions: secret Stalinists!

This venture will prove to ... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

This venture will prove to be as 'profitable' for taxpayers as the Post Office and Amtrak.

I sure like the Corvette co... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

I sure like the Corvette convertible I bought my brother yesterday as a gift far better than that Volt.

Remember all the stories fr... (Below threshold)
Saterp:

Remember all the stories from East Germany and the USSR, how the citizens had to pay a year's salary for a piece of crap car?

The more things change...

Buy Me one Paul and I will ... (Below threshold)
Lea Wart:

Buy Me one Paul and I will visit Your store.

Ha ha ha ha...

mike - "I still can't... (Below threshold)
Marc:

mike - "I still can't believe people are complaining about the bailout of GM when it's one useful thing the government has done. I guess people would rather have half the American auto industry go out of business and donate more of our economy to the Chinese."

Yeah, life's a bitch, then you get a government takeover that included rewarding your union buddies with hundreds of millions of dollar that would have otherwide gone to it rightfull AND LEGAL owners that overturned decades of legal precident

Highlander - "America... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Highlander - "Americans love their cars - and the open road. And until manufacturers can provide a electrically powered product that offers the choice and performance we've become accustomed to with our gas-powered models, Americans will not buy them in large numbers. That is, unless they're forced to. "

Well, I have to admit, you're smarter than I ever imagined.

You've zeroed in to qbama's nefarious plan - force - via "sky-rocketing" electricity prices, etc. etc.

What you fail to understand or admit is Americans don't take kindly to force and that feeling becomes particulally acute when it's this or any other Big Gov doing the forcing.

Railroads!... (Below threshold)
ron:

Railroads!

"if all electric cars are w... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

"if all electric cars are where we are headed, unless they solve the obvious problems associated with the required 8hours on a 220/240V home charging station for a full charge, together with the 100 mile limit on a single charge - we are destined to become a far less mobile society." -- Highlander Worshipper

What the Shit??? I'M HIGHLANDER, and I GET AROUND BY BIKE!!! It keeps me MOBILE!!!! See, for example, video of the MORALLY SUPERIOR Europeans, who, unlike conservatives, give a damn about conserving and the people of tomorrow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYajXN4pPHI

And don't forget to drin... (Below threshold)
john:

And don't forget to drink the kool aid while watching the rainbow colored unicorns dance across green fertile meadows while magically generating "FREE" electricity.

GarandFan, I'm not really sure what your point is, other than perhaps to show that you are unable to back up your disdain for those who have different ideas from you.

Please explain why the success of electric vehicles hinges on electricity being free. My statement was that they will reduce our dependency on the Middle East, i.e., oil. Do you know any ways to produce gasoline without using oil? Because I know of a few ways to produce electricity without using oil.

In fact, while 37% of total US energy use comes from petroleum, only 5% of electricity is generated from petroleum.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_in_the_United_States)

If you have an argument to make, please make it. Feel free send your dancing unicorns to make it for you.

LOL.John - you don... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

LOL.

John - you don't recognize ridicule when you see it?

Electric cars require electricity to recharge them, we both can agree on that, right? And the more we shift off oil, the more electricity we're going to need to recharge electric cars, right?

However - it's interesting to see what's passing for 'improvement' of our electrical supply. All that 'green' energy? It's not coming in the quantities needed, due to Democrats.

Solar farms in the Mojave? Blocked by Feinstein. Wind farms? Blocked by environmentalists. Nuclear plants? Forget it, and forget the fact that France gets most of its electricity from nuclear power - it's not safe enough, and the regulatory hurdles are so high that it's almost impossible to start a new plant. Maybe fusion will work (like the polywell prototypes, or other attempts) but I'll be willing to bet a dollar that if we ever do get workable, inexpensive fusion power generation that the environmentalists and anti-nuke crowd will go friggin' insane and do their damndest to block any sort of implementation.

We NEED electricity and a hell of a lot of it, at affordable rates, in order to shift to an electric infrastructure for transportation - and we've barely got enough to provide for normal summer usage with little chance for getting more on line in the near future.

So what happens when a commodity is scarce? The cost goes up, and up and up.

Oil, however, is plentiful... we just can't drill for it. On land, in the shallows around the coasts and in Alaska, we've got enough to wean us off the ME - but we can't use it.

We need oil at the present, and we need to transition to other energy sources. The question is, of course, who 'profits' from blocking the transition. How did Feinstein profit? How do the enviros profit?

We're left with promises of hope and change, and you know the saying about holding a promise in one hand and pissing in the other and seeing which hand fills up first...

Looks like there is a troll... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

Looks like there is a troll posing as me. I have been posting as Highlander to this and other blogs for years. Now I see some left-wing eco-nut job who thinks bicycling around some postage-stamp sized country in Eurpoe equates to transportation problems in the U.S. It is typical of liberal behavior to advocate ideas without having done the hard work of folllowing through on the consequences. They travel just far enough down the thought process to where they feel morally superior - and no further.

I regret that Marc, for one, has become confused by this poseur. I assure you Marc that there is no inconsistency between the postiions supported in my earlier posts and yours.

Know me by the positions I ... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

Know me by the positions I take.

Note that this does not inc... (Below threshold)
Jeff L:

Note that this does not include delivery to your home. Since it has such a restricted range, many people would be unable to drive it home from the dealer.

14. Posted by Sabba Hillel [TypeKey Profile Page] | July 29, 2010 10:45 AM | Vote up Vote down Report this comment Score: 7 (7 votes cast)

You have NO IDEA what you are talking about. The Volt has a gas engine and an electric motor. It's calles a hybrid...look it up.

for consumers; its first-ge... (Below threshold)
Jeff L:

for consumers; its first-generation technology is largely theoretical and has yet to be implemented on a mass scale; and other long-term costs (such as disposal of the lithium batteries, or potential HazMat situations involving battery damage in a crash) have yet to be fully understood.

Are you serious? You make it sound like this is brand new technology. Like this is the first time a lithium ion battery had been used in a vehicle before. You ever seen a cordless tool powered by a lithium ion battery?
Largely theoretical......well in theory the battery will power the motor that in theory will propel the vehicle. Hasn't been implemented on a mass scale? Yep....brand new technology. I'd be amazed if the thing could make it out of the parking lot the technology is so radical. Funny how ford, honda, toyota, etc, etc seem to have had hybrids out on the roads for years. But the technology has not been implemented on a mass scale.

"I was wondering the same t... (Below threshold)
Jeff L:

"I was wondering the same thing hermie was; where is the energy going to come from for all the electricity required."
"and we've barely got enough to provide for normal summer usage with little chance for getting more on line in the near future." Hilarious....got any proof to actually back that up with? Barely enough to provide for normal summer usage. Hope you are wearing boots because it is getting deep.

Are you f-ing serious? You think a few thousand volts being recharged overnight is going to cause a shortage or electricity? Just LAUGHABLE. Any idea how many coal power plants are either under construction or permitted to be built? As of Jan 2010 there are 31. I don't know though.....if they sell lots and lots of volts maybe they will have to build a power plant in volt owners back yards.




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