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Hornstein and Dibble Applaud Obama’s Electric Cars Announcement as an Opportunity for Minnesota

Wednesday, August 5, 2009
ST. PAUL – Earlier today in Indiana President Obama announced plans to spend $2.4 billion in resources from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to manufacture electric vehicles. Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL – Minneapolis), who authored nation leading electric car legislation this past session, applauded the effort and said it was important for Minnesota to take advantage. “The message from President Obama is clear - electric vehicles are going to be a critical element of our 21st Century transportation system," said Hornstein. “Especially in these difficult economic times, we need to do everything possible to position Minnesota in this emerging technology.” Rep. Hornstein and Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL – Minneapolis) authored legislation in 2009 to pave the way for electric car usage in Minnesota. The new law opens the door for the State of Minnesota to begin replacing its fleet of vehicles with electric vehicles as they become more available. In addition, the bill incorporates electric vehicles into ongoing studies for green infrastructure development. “Electric vehicles will help Minnesota accomplish two of our most important goals for the coming generation: reducing our dependence on foreign oil and curbing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Dibble. “This announcement by President Obama is a significant step forward for the country and we should make sure it’s a step forward for Minnesota as well.” -30-