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Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by g8orbill, Aug 18, 2014.
there are always going to be exceptions 96
That would fall under public transportation, like roads, highways, airports.
Not private enterprises to create products and services for consumers, etc.
Thats how it is seen now, but back then there was a debate that it should be left up to the states or the private sector. (sounds like today's argument)
That would be analogous to the federal government supporting construction of the interstate highway system and the electrical power grid across state lines. No one is arguing that the federal government should not be involved in nationwide infrastructure like the power grid and the highway system. Battery companies do not need federal gov't support. A battery company is not a part of the "nationwide infrastructure", it is a battery company. If a state wants to support a battery company within their borders, let them. They can't print money, so they will have to balance their budget some other way.
If you want the federal gov't to be involved in electric cars and solar panels, have them buy electric cars and solar panels (and install the solar panels on the roofs of gov't buildings). The government has a tremendous number of cars and buildings, and they are the nation's largest consumer.
Fwiw, battery ( energy) storage is the big prize. Solve that riddle and we can start a conversation about true energy independence.
I'm in favor of gov funded R&D in this arena.