Why We Don’t Want Mitt: Romney Slams Tesla, Fisker Again In Final Presidential Debate

September 20th, 2012 Comments Off on Why We Don’t Want Mitt: Romney Slams Tesla, Fisker Again In Final Presidential Debate

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The CEOs of TeslaThe UK will get versions of the #Tesla #EV Model S from around mid-2013 @ ~ £45k. Read more ... » and Fisker may have thought they were homeBusiness premises #ev #electricCar charging installation options. Read more ... » free–but it was not to be.

Both startup electricElectric vehicles inquiry launched! Read more!. Read more ... »carElectric vehicles inquiry launched! Read more!. Read more ... » companies were named at the very end of last night##Q##s third and final presidential debate.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney didn##Q##t repeat his chargeRT: £9m to be invested in electric car charging points. Read more ... » that Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] and Fisker AutomotiveFisker loses $32m in EVs to Hurricane Sandy. Read more ... » were ##Q##loser##Q## companies–as he said in the first debate on OctoberMuch to know about #Noway and their #ElectricCar Population - learned on the very recent trip.... Read more ... » 3Tesla VS Dyson, as the latter Challenges Tesla With $1.4 Billion Battery Tech Investment. Read more ... ».

Instead, he took the line that governmentTesla Model S UK Leasing figures from £636+ VAT. Read more ... » support for specific companies discouraged all investment in U.S. industry.

And some observers felt he moved beyond criticizing such support to conveying his contempt for plug-inGov Review: ULEVs and the energy sector #electricCar #ElectricVehicle #ev. Read more ... » electric carsScottish government pledge to end car emissions by 2050. Read more ... » in general.

Debate watchers among electriccar advocates took to FacebookSign Petition: Electric charging point which is hard to find and can't be signposted could be discussed in Parliament. Read more ... » and TwitterTesla #ev Supercharger network expansion is well underway. Nicely done. pic.twitter.com/ohSXqgqZFh. Read more ... » to express their shock over Romney##Q##s tone, as the candidate named “car companies like Tesla and…Fisker” that were making–in his words–“electric batteryThe UK will get versions of the #Tesla #EV Model S from around mid-2013 @ ~ £45k. Read more ... » cars.”

The topic of electriccar companies followed a recurring dispute over whether Romney##Q##s November 2008 editorial in The New YorkEuropean cross-continent drive in Tesla Model S soon to be reality. Read more ... » Times, entitled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” promised government support for automakers if they went through a conventional bankruptcy process.

Romney claimed he had advocated for such support; Obama disagreed, saying Romney would have “liquidated” the industry.

After Romney reiterated that he was in favor of government support of industry researchBattery-breakthrough after another: Nissan poised to take range off the table. Read more ... », he turned to Tesla, Fisker, and also failed solar-panelTesla Planning Grid Storage As Part Of Supercharger Expansion. Read more ... » maker Solyndra.

According to the complete debate transcript, he said:

I have the kind of commitment to make sure that our industries in this country can compete and be successful. We in this country can compete successfully with anyone in the worldUSA: Now, electric cars that touch 0 to 60 mph faster than petrol-powered ones!. Read more ... ». And we’re going to.

We’re going to have to have a president, however, that doesn’t think that somehow the government investing in — in car companies like Tesla and — and Fisker, making electric battery cars — this is not research, Mr. President.

These are the government investing in companies, investing in Solyndra. This is a companyGeneva Motor Show: Electric cars no longer the exception?. Read more ... ». This isn’t basic research. I — I wantlronic Issue: The Big Problem With Electric Cars: They're Too Reliable. Read more ... » to invest in research. Research is great. Providing fundingRT: £9m to be invested in electric car charging points. Read more ... » to universities and think tanks — great.

But investing in companies? Absolutely not. That’s the wrong way to go.

Technically, the U.S. government has not “invested” in any of the named companies. It does not have an ownershipHello Electric Car: Event Introduces Area Drivers to Electric Vehicles. Read more ... » share–unlike its equity holding in General Motors and, previously, Chrysler.

Instead, both car companies received low-interest loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of EnergyHow Improved Batteries Will Make #ElectricCar Competitive: Grand Plan. Read more ... » under its Advanced TechnologyUpdate: TfL Selects IER to drive Source London forward. Read more ... » VehicleRT: £9m to be invested in electric car charging points. Read more ... » Manufacturing program, launched in 2008 under the administration of President George W. Bush.

Barack Obama
Romney followed his criticism of Tesla and Fisker by reiterating that he “wanted to make America more competitive” and “do those things that make America the most attractive place in the world for entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses to grow.”

He then said to Obama, “But your investing in companies doesn’t do that. In fact it makes it less likely for them to come here.”

President Barack Obama did not respond specifically to the criticism of Tesla and Fisker.

Predictably, electriccar advocates reacted adversely to Romney##Q##s words.

“What I don##Q##t get is why, with all of the crazy things our taxpayer dollars get spent on, Romney keeps beating the Tesla drum,” observed Tom Saxton of Plug-In America on Facebook.

In attacking Tesla, he said, the governor is “beating down a company that##Q##s developing new technology, creating American jobs, reinvigorating the American autoThe UK will get versions of the #Tesla #EV Model S from around mid-2013 @ ~ £45k. Read more ... » industry, and maybe leadingMuch to know about #Noway and their #ElectricCar Population - learned on the very recent trip.... Read more ... » usUK-drive-side Tesla Electric Cars to Silently Tear Up British Roads From June. Read more ... » to an opportunity not to be so totally dependent on the world oil marketFinally: UK accelerates towards 'electric car leadership'. Read more ... ».”

“What I find interesting is he##Q##s alienated a lotHello Electric Car: Event Introduces Area Drivers to Electric Vehicles. Read more ... » of Republican who support electric cars–and, yes, there are quite a few of them,” commented electriccar advocate and Montclair, New JerseyStep closer: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Now In Production. Read more ... », restauranteur Tom Moloughney.

“I personally know at least 10Tough but gotta be done: Netherlands may ban sale of non-electric cars by 2025. Read more ... » people who are Republicans, who didn##Q##t vote for Obama in the last election, but are going to in this one because of Romney##Q##s stance on the issueGreen motorists motivated by money (and environment benefits). Read more ... ».”

Neither Tesla nor Fisker arose during the second presidential debate, and Fisker was only indirectly cited in the Ryan-Biden vice-presidential debate.

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