WWJD?What Would Jesus Drive?Gas or electric?
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.
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.
"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
We have the cleanest air in history. Why are we concerned with electric cars?
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.
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 helpedhimself 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'.
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?
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.
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.
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.