Austin Mayor Is Plug-In Hybrid Promoter

A joint project of Austin Energy and the city, Plug-In Partners has signed up some 508 groups across the nation - states, cities, municipalities, utilities, employers, and more - garnering more than 8,000 'soft' pledges to buy plug-in hybrids.

Published: 26-Jan-2007

What do mayors do when they convene? At the mere mention of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, BTP begins to dream in sepia tones, imagining monocled, moneyed men of yesteryear – some cross between the Monopoly tycoon and Mr. Peanut – crafting their best-laid plans. The idea of a conference of mayors simply sounds anachronistic or unbelievable, a national assembly of parochial interests seemingly as foreign as the Superfriends, or maybe the Legion of Doom. Or, if you're John Bolton, the United Nations.

Turns out that's far from the case. A cursory glance at the Conference of Mayors' Web site ( reveals a host of progressive issues, including a sizable devotion to combating global warming and climate change. Not entirely coincidentally, the U.S. Conference of Mayors' 75th Winter Meeting is under way at this writing, wrapping up Friday, Feb. 2. And when it comes to combating greenhouse gases, the conference's go-to guy is none other than our own mayor.

Will Wynn has hit the ground running at the mayor's conference – with a name like his, how couldn't you? He sits on the Executive and Climate Protection committees and chairs the Energy Committee, which really isn't all that surprising when you consider the time and resources he has devoted to pushing for plug-in hybrid vehicles. His green dreams and mayoral conferencing have overlapped before: Last summer, he got the conference to unanimously endorse a resolution endorsing plug-in hybrids, and he's also used his high-profile pulpit to advocate an industry jump-start through converting the U.S. Postal Service's fleet to hybrids.


Hybrid car would plug into house current to recharge battery pack that would allow the average driver to go more than 250 miles on a gallon of gasoline.

Remarks to the president after May 3, 2006 Cabinet meeting.

Excerpted remarks by G.W. Bush from Pennsylvania Congressional Victory Committee Dinner


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