Keeping the (Electric) Car Running
When it comes to electric cars, its all about leadership. At least, that was the gist of a panel hosted by Tom Friedman at a Google-Brookings Institution conference on plug-in vehicles this week in Washington.
Friedman, a supporter of solar and wind technologies said he’s shocked there are no credits for such Earth-friendly innovations. "You just couldn’t make that up!" he exclaimed.
With gas prices over $4 a gallon, Sue Tierney of the consulting firm Analysis Group Inc. argued that the American public is open to a solution involving electric cars.
John Podesta, president of the liberal think tank the Center for American Progress, said that the U.S. should start following in the footsteps of other countries, like Japan and Korea, which have invested in battery technology.
Podesta and Tierney said that going hand-in-hand with government incentives to invest in new technologies, should be regulations that cap carbon, forcing industries to come up with more energy-efficient solutions. Penalties would fund the investment portion of their idea.
While not all of the panel’s participants agreed that federal policies will provide answers to our energy crisis, there was certainly a consensus that America needs to be leading the way when it comes to making plug-in electrics more widely available.