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Embassies Facing Security Cuts Waste Money on Chevy Volts
nlpc.org ^ | Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:00 | Peter Flaherty

Posted on 10/03/2012 10:50:08 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

The U.S. military's newspaper, Stars & Stripes, recently reported that the Pentagon is buying Chevy Volts in a 1,500 electric-vehicle purchase, as part of the Defense Department's "green initiatives," which seek to reduce the country's dependence on foreign energy sources.

A recent Congressional Budget Office study challenged the assumption that electric vehicles have any impact on such dependence, prompting the question of why the government is spending money this way. Against the backdrop of the attack on our embassy in Benghazi, and looming embassy security cuts due to sequestration, it appears politics and ideology are trumping common sense.

A little poking around the web raises additional questions about government Volt purchases. A State Department contract from March of this year details the purchase of a Chevy Volt for $47,500 for use at a U.S. embassy in Norway. The sticker price for a 2013 model year is $39,145 (before the $7,500 tax credit upon individual purchase). Obviously the government doesn't get a tax credit because it's not an individual income tax filer. But it left me wondering, why did the State Department pay $47,500 instead of $39,145? Why did they pay an extra $8,000?

Then I noticed that the State Department also paid over $108,000 for another contract, dated May of this year, for a Volt-specific charging station at our embassy in Vienna, Austria. But according to GM's Volt FAQ site ("Charging" --> "Charging station -- Preparing for your Volt"):

Every Volt comes standard with a 120V portable charge cord that can plug into most common household outlets and will fully charge a Volt in about 10 hours, depending on outdoor temperature. You can also have a 240V charging station (additional cost plus installation) professionally installed in your home that will reduce the charging time to about four hours.

Even if a consumer needs an electrical converter, the 240V dedicated charging stations cost, at most, around $2,000 (and guess what? consumers get tax credits for these, too). What did the embassy spend the extra $100K on?

And this is where it actually starts to get ridiculous. The State Department also recently threw a big party (photos of two Chevy Volts at the event here) to celebrate the "greening" of the American Embassy in Vienna. There's actually a "League of Green Embassies" website.

As it relates to Benghazi consulate security, sequestration will gut $129 million from embassy security, maintenance and construction budgets. The State Department should be devoting its sure-to-dwindle resources to security guards and/or equipment in order to prevent a repeat of the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and the others in Libya.

These Chevy Volt-related purchases are symbols of misguided Obama administration priorities. I'm sure these two embassies aren't the only places the government has spent money on environmental idealism instead of practical security measures.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazi; climatechange; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; greenenergy; greeninitiatives; libya; obama; pedalcars; volt

1 posted on 10/03/2012 10:50:15 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Green is the new red - BLOOD RED!

FUBO


2 posted on 10/03/2012 10:53:42 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
“recently reported that the Pentagon is buying Chevy Volts in a 1,500 electric-vehicle purchase, as part of the Defense Department's “green initiatives,”

This nonsense NEEDS TO STOP. Here is another (unfortunately small) issue that should be used in a political campaign as an example of an OUT OF CONTROL government.

This would be a perfect debate topic to shove at Obama tonight.

3 posted on 10/03/2012 10:55:27 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: Nachum

Ping.


4 posted on 10/03/2012 10:55:38 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Wow. The answer was so obvious. How did we ever miss it? If only they had sent Chevy Volts to Benghazi.

None of the looting, raping and murders would have happened.


5 posted on 10/03/2012 10:58:14 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Local, state and federal government has been so out of control for so long the people in charge don’t have a shred of guilt about throwing taxpayer money down a rat hole. In fact, they are proud of it and flaunt it!


6 posted on 10/03/2012 10:59:36 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

And exactly where do the battery components come from? Could it be China?


7 posted on 10/03/2012 10:59:42 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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So should money go to Security or environmental idealism?
8 posted on 10/03/2012 10:59:42 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Most of the world uses 230/440 Volts (two wire) 50 Hertz. American, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Trinidad and some of the countries in the America’s uses 240 Volt (three wire) 60 Hertz. 110/220/60 is not compatable with 230/50!

Do you think this “Goobermint” is smart enough to understand that?


9 posted on 10/03/2012 11:59:01 AM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: WellyP

They sell the Volt as the Ampera in Europe.
Aren’t they wired for compatibility with the local juice?


10 posted on 10/03/2012 12:00:38 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

With the weight of the battery pack, they won’t fly as high when they are blown up by roadside bombs.

I doubt that it will affect the survival rate of the occupants.


11 posted on 10/03/2012 12:03:51 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

10 hours to charge a volt??

That is insane


12 posted on 10/03/2012 12:08:31 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: nascarnation

That should have read 230/380/50. I think our “Goobermint” is required to purchase US made cars. Is the Ampera made here and shipped overseas?


13 posted on 10/03/2012 12:16:12 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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14 posted on 10/03/2012 12:24:15 PM PDT by Nachum (The List was hacked- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
They do it to cause scenes like this;

Jihadi Putz #1: “Achmed, great job on setting that American car on fire. Show those imperialist dogs we mean business.”

Jihadi Putz #2: “But I didn't. It's a Chevy Volt and they do it on their own.”

JP #1 “Those bstards.”

15 posted on 10/03/2012 12:29:12 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Green embassies!

GDamnIt - these SOBs have to go!!

16 posted on 10/03/2012 12:33:30 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

And GM will most likely never pay back the bulk of money given them. One travesty after another unfolds within this administration.


17 posted on 10/03/2012 12:59:01 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: dead

I second that.


18 posted on 10/03/2012 1:14:41 PM PDT by AliVeritas (God's will be done. Pray, Pray, Pray, Penance, Penance, Penance.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

LOL!


19 posted on 10/03/2012 2:13:03 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: HereInTheHeartland

I would like to see Romney do that.


20 posted on 10/03/2012 2:15:04 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Marine_Uncle

Maybe we could exchange shares for Volts.....or something like that.


21 posted on 10/03/2012 2:17:19 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
“I would like to see Romney do that.”

If Romney read Free Republic ; this election would be over!

22 posted on 10/03/2012 2:18:33 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

yes and chrysler sold below cost to rev up auto sales stats for the election..wonder how much more that will cost us?


23 posted on 10/03/2012 3:11:37 PM PDT by dalebert
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24 posted on 10/03/2012 3:15:23 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"Maybe we could exchange shares for Volts.....or something like that."
Perhaps even amps.
25 posted on 10/03/2012 3:44:02 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: WellyP

Yes the Ampera is built on the same line at Detroit/Hamtramck.


26 posted on 10/03/2012 4:22:16 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Security


27 posted on 10/03/2012 7:40:20 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Responsibility2nd

They should have sent some of those “green fuel” ships too.


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29 posted on 10/04/2012 8:45:29 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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