As other bloggers have noted, neither Barack Obama nor John McCain said anything new about climate change or environmental issues in last night's debate. But EcoGeek has pointed out another interesting political tidbit that has gone under the radar since August: If elected, Obama plans to convert the entire presidential auto fleet into plug-in hybrids. Doing his part to popularize the plug-in, Obama could replace the traditional black presidential Cadillac limo with a Chevy Volt or, if he wanted something a little jazzier, a Tesla Roadster. The automakers sure could use his support, as they're in the midst of a slew of layoffs because of the financial crisis, which has made its mark across all aspects of green industry.
EcoGeek's Hank Green likens it to Carter's placement of solar panels on the White House and calls it "a vote of confidence in environmental policy from the most powerful figure in America." However, Carter's solar panels didn't have much of an effect on the industry, since funding for solar technology was halved during his tenure. If Obama is elected, we'll see how his electric motorcade fares.