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Readers' forum: Support electric vehicles

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 6, 2012 8:23 a.m.

    WWJD?

    What Would Jesus Drive?

    Gas or electric?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 5, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    I will support electric vehicles... when the source of that electricity comes from something cleaner than COAL!!!

    If you live in Utah MOST of your electricity comes from burning Coal... Hint... that's not good for the environment.

    So until Utah gets more alternative sources of electricity (like the Nuclear power plants the Governor is trying to build in Eastern Utah, more wind, solar, geothermal and hydro plants)... this push to support electric cars is a farce.

    When we get other cleaner electricity sources, and the electric cars are more affordable to common people like me... I will be all over it. That day isn't hear yet. We need to keep working on it.

  • Makid Kearns, UT
    March 4, 2012 7:45 a.m.

    With everyone saying that all subsidies should be set to $0.00, I agree with you.

    Just remember that this means that the cost of gas will increase as the subsidies to the oil companies, refiners and more will be removed. This means that the average gallon of gas may increase between $2.00 and $5.00 per gallon.

    Let's get everyone on the same playing field. End all subsidies now. Sink or swim on your own. No government support for your lifestyle any longer.

  • Let's Agree to Disagree Spanish Fork, UT
    March 3, 2012 11:15 p.m.

    "There is no doubt that, with Utah's growing population and industry, our winter inversions are becoming exponentially worse every year."

    Is there no doubt? There are more cars, but they are much, much cleaner. There is less heavy industry. The majority of homes are now natural gas not wood or coal. There is a constant, mindless drum beat of how bad the air quality is from the EPA and special interests but I never hear any actual data. What is the ppms of these terrible pollutants and how does it compare historically?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 3, 2012 9:29 p.m.

    We have the cleanest air in history. Why are we concerned with electric cars?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 3, 2012 9:08 p.m.

    Battery technology hasn't arrived yet. Unless all your driving is around town it isn't worth it. I'd rather have a natural gas vehicle. Less to go wrong and the engines last longer than gasoline too.

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    March 3, 2012 5:52 p.m.

    I have to agree if someone wants to drive electric, they should pay for it.
    Saw one such owners park his car, pull out his cord and plug it into a outlet outside
    of a business and then walk down the sidewalk to have lunch.
    I wonder if he went in afterwards to pay the store owner for the electricity that he had helped
    himself too, or does he believe like so many others that there is no pollution involved in driving around their government subsidized vehicle, and somehow everyone else should pay for their 'juice'.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 3, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    However, where does the power come from to charge those batteries? Coal fire plants.

    And have you read that if only about 1/4 of all cars in American were suddenly to be electric, it would blow the electric distribution to smithereens?

    I'm a complete supporter of alternative energy sources, but wonder if this one has been thought all the way through?

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    March 3, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    By all means, increase the purchases of electric cars, a true non poluting means of driving. The Coal industry even agrees, because you have to still burn fossil fuel to meet the increased demand for electricity to charge those cars.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    March 3, 2012 11:30 a.m.

    The subsidies should indeed be equalized - across all cars including standard gasoline - by all subsidies going to zero. That's right - end the subsidies and let electric cars compete with with normal cars. By all means, everyone should buy more electric cars, but do it with your own money rather than everyone else's tax dollars. Car subsidies are the perfect example of "crony capitalism" where government picks winners and losers by changing the rules of the game. It is unfair, unethical, and stealing taxpayer money from those who do not wish to purchase these subsidized cars.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    March 3, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    I agree with Mark.

    Tax incentives on EV and CNG vehicles should be equalized.

    I add my voice to his call for equalization of the tax incentive on EV/CNG vehicles....

    at Zero.

    If Mark, or anyone else, is wants to purchase a EV/CNG vehicle they are going to do it with or without a tax incentive.

    There in no need for Mark to ask me to subsidize his interest in EV/CNG vehicles.