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Brownback promotes plug-in cars at Discovery Institute


Sam Brownback links[(Seattle Times) To really save on gas, hybrid car grows tail:][1] At a recent forum sponsored by the Seattle-based Discovery Institute's Cascadia Center, former CIA Director James Woolsey and U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., touted plug-ins (cars) as a relatively quick road to energy independence. Would they mean more pollution from coal-fired power plants? No, backers say, because power plants have enough unused capacity at night to charge millions of vehicles.[(Heritage.org commentary) The Stop Over-Spending Act: A Real Opportunity to Limit Spending:][2] President Ronald Reagan once said that a government program is the closest thing to eternal life we will ever see. Outdated programs created decades ago to address problems that no longer exist still receive annual appropriations. Washington currently funds 342 economic development programs, 130 programs for the disabled, and 130 programs for at-risk youth, and yet Congress continues to layer new programs on top of existing ones. The S.O.S. Act includes Senator Sam Brownback's (R-KS) CARFA proposal to create an independent commission that presents Congress with a list of all duplicative, wasteful, outdated, and failed programs that should be eliminated. Like the commission formed to close military bases a decade ago, this proposal would require lawmakers to vote up or down on an entire package of program terminations, thus preventing Members from trying to preserve their own special-interest programs.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][3] [1]: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003070514_newplugincars19m.html [2]: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Budget/wm1132.cfm [3]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


cutny 10 years ago

Yeah, Brownie, I'd like to see you PLUG ONE IN. Brownie! Brownie! Go Brownback!!! Brownback for President 4-EVA!!!

OldEnuf2BYurDad 10 years ago

"power plants have enough unused capacity at night "

That doesn't mean that they wouldn't have to burn more coal, does it? To make more juice, you have to burn more coal, correct? If I'm off-base, someone correct me; but it seems logical to me that you can't get more power without more coal.

pundit 10 years ago

.....Notice this was a presentation at "The Discovery Institute" the so-called think-tank behind "Intelligent Design"....

I suggest Sam plug his cars into his higher power.  Conventional science based electrical generation and transportation systems couldn't possibly be real.

How many SUV's does Sam's staff own and where was he on CAFE standards?

Give me a break.

nonimbyks 10 years ago

Yes, it would be nice to plug in a hybrid car if and when available, but other than that it's pure crap. The plug-in car has been touted since the 70's but I still don't see the stalls to plug them in at hotels or where I work.

Curious 10 years ago

People, people, people. You don't understand. We each need a car for driving around town alone [plug in] and one for driving to work or long distances alone [your choice?] and one for driving the family anywhere [SUV].

mooseamoose 10 years ago

We don't need energy efficient cars!! Jesus is coming back to send all you sinners to hell!!!

Puh-raaaaaiisse you Jeebus.

nonimbyks 10 years ago

Well let's see, the greenies are blocking the SLT so we can sit in traffic on 23rd; the greenies will probably block any attempt at creating a topeka-lawrence-kc tram b/c of having to cut down a tree or run over a few salamanders; and the KU students will btich and moan if we integrate the bus system to just the "T" and limiting the nasty poluting KU buses to intercampus travel. Oh yea, and Lawrence roads are so bad that you need an SUV just to get around.

So yea, we're screwed into one person(man)-one car system. Drive on!

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