Some organizations in North Carolina will receive government grants, totaling $4.6 million, as one of the last distributions of the federal “stimulus” money. One of the grants will pay for a solar-powered electric vehicle recharging station in Asheville. In order to build electric recharging stations, shouldn’t there be an actual demand for buying electric cars? Nobody really seems interested in buying the Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf, even despite the $7,500 tax credit. However, another grant will go to electric vehicle recharging stations by Praxis Technologies in Raleigh as well.
Other projects include a swine waste-to-energy project in Harnett County in addition to public workshops and exhibits promoting energy-efficient home retrofits. The grants range in size from about $24,000 to $500,000.
This stimulus money could have been spent on vital programs or even better yet, left in the hands of the hardworking taxpayers who earned the money in the first place. Instead, these projects seem like just more hogwash.