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Trump to announce do-over on fuel economy rules for automakers


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#21 OFFLINE   Anthony

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 05:56 PM

Trump budget plan would scrap energy grants, auto loan program

 

Sourcehttp://www.reuters.c...s-idUSKBN16N2RM

 

The Trump administration on Thursday proposed eliminating Energy Department loan programs and some research funding for energy- efficient technology and electric vehicle development at three carmakers as the industry shifts more of its focus to electric and self-driving vehicles.

 

The White House budget blueprint proposes ending the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-e, program, which gives $300 million a year in grants for research in technologies aimed at reducing fossil-fuel consumption and improving energy efficiency.

 

The program, created in 2007 under President George W. Bush, has supported research into micro-organisms that produce replacements for petroleum, battery storage systems, improving window-pane efficiency and technology that allows vehicles to communicate to avoid crashes.

 

The Trump budget proposes scrapping the ARPA-e program, along with two energy loan programs because the "private sector is better positioned to finance disruptive energy research and development and to commercialize innovative technologies."

 

The White House would also eliminate a U.S. Energy Department clean vehicle loan program that boosted Tesla Inc , Nissan Motor Co and Ford Motor Co during the last industry downturn, but has not funded a new project in six years.

 

The program was first funded in 2008 and used to help provide critical liquidity to some automakers.

 

The $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program made low-cost loans to Ford ($5.9 billion in 2009), Nissan ($1.45 billion in 2010) and Tesla ($465 million in 2010). It last completed a loan in March 2011.

 

 

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#22 OFFLINE   SoonerLS

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:34 PM

The White House would also eliminate a U.S. Energy Department clean vehicle loan program that boosted Tesla Inc , Nissan Motor Co and Ford Motor Co during the last industry downturn, but has not funded a new project in six years.

Sounds like another gov't program that has outlived its usefulness and become just another boondoggle.


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 10:03 PM

Oh my bad, I must have missed every single "stoned driving accident" Ever... since I'm yet to see a single news story of such an incident.

 

https://www.bostongl...v0oL/story.html

 

Of course you realize that it there is no easy method of determining whether a person is under the influence of marijuana at the time of an accident due, seeing that there is no acceptable legal threshold for marijuana.


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 10:28 PM

 

https://www.bostongl...v0oL/story.html

 

Of course you realize that it there is no easy method of determining whether a person is under the influence of marijuana at the time of an accident due, seeing that there is no acceptable legal threshold for marijuana.

And TCH can hang around in someone's body for weeks after smoking weed.



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:37 PM

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Of course you realize that it there is no easy method of determining whether a person is under the influence of marijuana at the time of an accident due, seeing that there is no acceptable legal threshold for marijuana.


Well I'll be damned, there it is. Impressive too, how he missed all the flashing lights and stop signs.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 12:47 AM

Well I'll be damned, there it is. Impressive too, how he missed all the flashing lights and stop signs.

The point he was making was forensic evidence for the court, the chemical  test only verifies TCH in the body but not

whether the person is actually impaired, but the real gotcha for this fool is that no level of TCH is acceptable when driving.

the sheer presence of it in his system after a crash is enough to get him in deep doo doo.


Edited by jpd80, 20 March 2017 - 12:49 AM.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 10:55 AM

Well I'll be damned, there it is. Impressive too, how he missed all the flashing lights and stop signs.

 

And here's the problem with legalized pot:

 

- if you have a BAC of .08% you are legally incapable of driving. It's a statute. Possibly you can drive acceptably at such a level, but the law criminalizes the BAC, not your reduced abilities.

 

- if you have been consuming marijuana, up to this point in time, that alone was sufficient to establish a DUI, as the substance was illegal. It was a matter of statute that driving after having ingested an illegal drug was, on its face, DUI. Now that marijuana is legal in Mass., they need a statutory standard for DUI and a statutory means of testing for it. That's a problem.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:58 AM

How is it different than driving under the influence of prescription narcotics or over the counter sleeping pills?



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