ICT is not the answer to our environmental problems

Respectfully, Joseph Hoydilla is just not knowledgeable when it comes to the Transportation Climate Initiative. I won’t judge his views on climate change, but I will judge his solutions to a very real problem.

Did Hoydilla make a comparison between current gasoline vehicles and fully electric vehicles when it comes to which is worse for the environment? I don’t think he did and nobody else in the Connecticut legislature either, because if he did, and you does not have just look at the fact that electric vehicles are zero emissions, then you would see the generation of the batteries needed, where and how the electricity is generated to charge those vehicles, the upgrades needed to almost double the electrical grid to run all this new EV charging and current demand… how all of this construction will impact emissions in our state. The simple answer is no, because if they did, they would see that it won’t work.

Plus, California already has TCI for seven years now, and guess what? Emissions increased every year during those seven years. Not a single reduction in emissions and the excuses are forthcoming. Look at Connecticut’s reduction in emissions. The data comes from the state emissions testing program and from the fact that each year car emissions are getting cleaner and cleaner as required by applicable federal law. According to the Federal EPA since the 1970s, starting with the elimination of lead in gasoline, vehicle emissions have improved by 94% since then. Now cleaner burning fuels and catalytic converters, fossil fuel vehicles are cleaner than ever, and hybrid vehicles are getting even cleaner.

Now, for some facts that our elected officials lack, not all of them, just some, and I’m not going to fall into the Democrat and Republican argument, I’m a factual voter. Vehicles, particularly cars, are not the primary cause of Connecticut’s current emissions problem. Medium to large trucks and power plants generate electricity in the Midwest, then the jet stream sends that polluted air into Connecticut. What would TCI do to solve this major emission problem in Connecticut? Nothing!

Another fact, in California they said gasoline prices would only increase over time by about $0.10 a gallon – facts increase $0.36 a gallon and why California currently has the highest gasoline tax in the United States and retail gasoline prices today hover around $4.50. per gallon for the spot price of regular gasoline. Has it reduced emissions? -No. In fact, in the first seven years, emissions increased. Have gasoline prices only increased by $0.10 per gallon? No: $0.36 per gallon and higher, as credits cost more each year for the slush fund to be available to promote electric vehicles and solar power for homes.

Why – if electric and solar power is the way to go and the world is coming to an end – do we need to subsidize industry to entice consumers to buy? Well, could it be because electric vehicles are very expensive to buy and operate compared to gasoline-powered vehicles? Yes! Could it be that electric vehicles haven’t been around long enough to understand the long-term maintenance costs? 100% yes!

The goal seems to be to create a slush fund that lawmakers can use to pick and choose the winners of Connecticut’s future business rather than us the taxpayers having to pick the winners by supporting what we see and think is the right direction . California is a great example of the government picking winners and losers by saying it’s about saving the environment, but the reality is that TCI in California is a big loser on that front and that’s on the taxpayers’ dollar, not on the dollar of venture investors. After all, when it comes to taxpayers’ money and it doesn’t work out, they just create another tax and move on — a no-loss situation for the people who picked the losers — except us, taxpayers.

So stop this madness. Learn of the $2 billion already taken from the state’s special transportation fund and not spent on Connecticut’s roads and bridges. Enough is enough. Facts rather than myths!

Michael Fox is executive director of Gasoline and Automotive Service Dealers of America, Inc.

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