It's Now Easy Being Green
A correspondent's take on the push for clean vehicles
As he points out, some rebates ($42,038 back on a $110,000 Tesla Roadster comes to mind) are laughable, but the norm that consumers can expect in the 36 states that offer incentives -- usually a couple grand -- can really make a difference when it comes to persuading people to take a chance on green tech. And those rebates and tax breaks are here to stay for a while, if not grow. The Obama administration has made clear that green tech is a priority, and with the recent, massive influx of government money into many segments of a domestic auto industry that drove itself to the brink of oblivion, one wonders why the critics rail so harshly against investment in next-generation technology. Technology evolves -- that's the point of it; one wonders how the internal-combustion engine became some sort of untouchable sacred cow to a whole slew of talking heads, industry folk and regular drivers.
Ah, well -- if they don't want to take advantage of the rebates, they don't have to. This is America, after all.
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