Could the Stimulus Package hamper Clean Vehicle Development?

While the US Congress has promoted an air of unrest and foreboding among its seemingly loyal and patient citizens over the ongoing saga that is the Obama-backed ‘Stimulus Package’, a different kind of uneasiness has emerged. A controversial "Buy American" clause under consideration for the package has caused concern among proponents of renewable and clean vehicle development.

Under the government's current push for clean energy infrastructure, many foreign companies have realized that this cannot be achieved by US-based firms and technologies alone and have already begun to stake claims in such technologies by setting up shop on this side of their respective ponds. This raises the question of whether buying American will phase out the obvious assistance we need from foreign technologies to properly develop and produce cleaner vehicles. A first step in the right direction would be to clarify what exactly is meant by buying American and to whom exactly does it or should it apply...

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