The Truth About Cars » Policy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Policy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Blind Spot: It Ain’t Easy Being Green http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/blind-spot-it-aint-easy-being-green/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/blind-spot-it-aint-easy-being-green/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2012 22:04:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=440444 When government, media and industry agree that a trend exists, it’s generally taken as fait accompli. After all, these three institutions wield immense cultural power, and together they are more than capable of making any prophecy self-fulfilling. But there’s always a stumbling block: acceptance by the everyday folk who actually make up our society. And […]

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When government, media and industry agree that a trend exists, it’s generally taken as fait accompli. After all, these three institutions wield immense cultural power, and together they are more than capable of making any prophecy self-fulfilling. But there’s always a stumbling block: acceptance by the everyday folk who actually make up our society. And […]

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Blind Spot: Obama No Longer Dreams Of Electric Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/blind-spot-obama-no-longer-dreams-of-electric-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/blind-spot-obama-no-longer-dreams-of-electric-cars/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434742 “The electric things have their life too. Paltry as those lives are.” Phillip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? At the High School I attended, progress reports were never a good thing. Halfway through each term, students who were averaging a D or lower would receive a print-out of their grade accompanied by […]

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“The electric things have their life too. Paltry as those lives are.” Phillip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? At the High School I attended, progress reports were never a good thing. Halfway through each term, students who were averaging a D or lower would receive a print-out of their grade accompanied by […]

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Chinese Government Announces EV Policy: Made In China Means Money http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/chinese-government-announces-ev-policy-made-in-china-means-money/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/chinese-government-announces-ev-policy-made-in-china-means-money/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:15:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=425549 The Chinese government finally announced its long-awaited and much discussed subsidy program for the fledgling electric car industry. China will waive sales taxes on electric and fuel cell cars. There is only one limitation, which likely will make some Michigan Senators scream bloody murder: The cars must be made domestically in China. Waiving the tax […]

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The Chinese government finally announced its long-awaited and much discussed subsidy program for the fledgling electric car industry. China will waive sales taxes on electric and fuel cell cars. There is only one limitation, which likely will make some Michigan Senators scream bloody murder: The cars must be made domestically in China. Waiving the tax […]

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The Electric Car Jungle: Battery Swap And The “Natural Monopoly” Of Grid Management http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/the-electric-car-jungle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/the-electric-car-jungle/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 21:30:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402369 Electric vehicles present all kinds of challenges to the traditional ways of understanding cars. From design to differentiation, from range to refueling, EVs simply act different than the internal combustion-powered cars we’ve been refining for centuries now. And yet, through consumer incentives and subsidized charging stations, governments seem to be barreling headlong towards the goal of simply […]

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Electric vehicles present all kinds of challenges to the traditional ways of understanding cars. From design to differentiation, from range to refueling, EVs simply act different than the internal combustion-powered cars we’ve been refining for centuries now. And yet, through consumer incentives and subsidized charging stations, governments seem to be barreling headlong towards the goal of simply […]

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The Politics Of Car: Has Mike Jackson Defined The Car Guy Consensus? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/the-politics-of-car-has-mike-jackson-defined-the-car-guy-consensus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/the-politics-of-car-has-mike-jackson-defined-the-car-guy-consensus/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2011 17:49:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397171 AutoNation boss Mike Jackson has long been the front runner to inherit Bob Lutz’s mantle as the most opinionated guy in the car business, and recently he’s been moving to lock up the distinction. Jackson recently gave the world the concept of the gas price “freak-out point” as well as delivering memorable quips on “green […]

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AutoNation boss Mike Jackson has long been the front runner to inherit Bob Lutz’s mantle as the most opinionated guy in the car business, and recently he’s been moving to lock up the distinction. Jackson recently gave the world the concept of the gas price “freak-out point” as well as delivering memorable quips on “green […]

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Bailout Watch 372: The Man Who Would Be Czar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/02/bailout-watch-371-the-man-who-would-be-czar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/02/bailout-watch-371-the-man-who-would-be-czar/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2009 18:39:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=239102

Point three of Barack Obama's ethics pledge to the American people is that "no political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years. And no political appointee will be able to lobby the executive branch after leaving government service during the remainder of the administration." Obviously that's a high standard, and one that seems increasingly important as the lines between government and industry are blurred by rampant bailouts. And clearly not everyone makes the cut. But as Obama assembles a team to "restructure" the auto industry, the spirit (if not the letter) of his ban on revolving door hiring seems to be falling by the wayside.

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Point three of Barack Obama's ethics pledge to the American people is that "no political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years. And no political appointee will be able to lobby the executive branch after leaving government service during the remainder of the administration." Obviously that's a high standard, and one that seems increasingly important as the lines between government and industry are blurred by rampant bailouts. And clearly not everyone makes the cut. But as Obama assembles a team to "restructure" the auto industry, the spirit (if not the letter) of his ban on revolving door hiring seems to be falling by the wayside.

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