Obama: Shift $4 billion
from Oil to Alt Fuels
For the second time in a week, President Obama visited an audience of UAW members to talk about fuel economy and the future of America’s transportation industry.
Last week, on the day of a contested Republican primary in Michigan, the president paid a call to delegates to the union’s legislative conference in Washington, where he tweaked his GOP opponents about their opposition to the auto recovery package.
Yesterday, Obama was at a Freightliner Truck plant in Mt. Holly, North Carolina, where workers chose to become members of the UAW during a contested organizing campaign back in 1990.
Freightliner – a unit of German-based automaker Daimler — is now producing trucks fueled by natural gas, which run cleaner, more efficiently – and less expensively – than typical diesel trucks. The Mt. Holly plant, the president noted, recently sold its 1,000th natural gas truck – and has recently added back 1,000 workers who were laid off during the recession.
Obama tweaked his Republican rivals again yesterday, this time casting doubt on calls for a quick fix to bring down energy prices. “The next time you hear some politician trotting out some 3-point plan for $2 gas,” he said, “you let them know, we know better.”