Romney Attacks Support for Electric Carmakers Tesla and Fisker In Presidential Debate
Mitt Romney doesn't appear to like electric cars much. He said so again in the last debate:
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 world. 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 company. This isn’t basic research. I — I want to invest in research. Research is great. Providing funding to universities and think tanks — great.
But investing in companies? Absolutely not. That’s the wrong way to go.
According to Green Car Reports, Fans of electric vehicles are outraged.
What I don'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's developing new technology, creating American jobs, reinvigorating the American auto industry, and maybe leading us to an opportunity not to be so totally dependent on the world oil market."