The Politics Of Electric Cars: Attacking Innovation For Partisan Gain

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To say there's lots of political posturing and wrangling around electric cars, plug-in vehicles, and the industry and infrastructure that supports them would be a gross understatement.

We get more than our share of it here at Green Car Reports.

And there are valid debates to be had over whether the Federal government should subsidize developing technologies that show promise in addressing big societal problems.

In the case of plug-in cars, those problems include dependency on oil, energy security, and climate change.

People of good faith can engage in respectful debates about those issues, but we would suggest that much of the media today isn't taking the time to do so.

Some portions of the media might even be suspected of pursuing a political agenda. See here, for example, or here.

Now WardsAuto writer Drew Winter has penned one of the most incisive summaries of the problem--and the threat it poses to U.S. technology and innovation--that we've seen.

We'll quote just two of his pithy sentences:

Unlike most countries, all new inventions in the U.S. are assigned a political party.

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It would be fine if each party merely championed their respective interests for the common good, but partisans are determined to destroy each other’s innovations for political gain.

We strongly encourage you to read the entire piece on Wards.

Leave us your thoughts in the Comments below.

And, nicely done, Drew.

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