ICT is not the answer to our environmental problems


Respectfully, Joseph Hoydilla is simply not well informed about 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 in terms of which is worse for the environment? I don’t think he did and there isn’t anyone in the Connecticut legislature, because if you did, and you does not have just look at the fact that electric vehicles are zero emission, then you would see the production of the batteries needed, where and how the electricity is produced to charge these vehicles, the upgrades needed to almost double the power grid to handle all of that. new electric vehicle load 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 wouldn’t work.

Plus, California has had 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 fly. Look at Connecticut’s emissions reduction. The data comes from the state emissions testing program and the fact that every year, car emissions are getting cleaner and cleaner, as required by current federal law. According to the federal EPA since the 1970s, starting with the elimination of lead in gasoline, vehicle emissions have improved 94% since then. Now, cleaner burning fuels and catalytic converters, fossil fuel-powered vehicles will be cleaner than ever, and hybrid vehicles will become even cleaner.

Now for some facts that our elected officials miss, not all of them, just some, and I’m not going to fall into the Democratic-Republican argument, I’m a fact-based voter. Vehicles, especially cars, are not the primary cause of Connecticut’s current emissions problem. Mid-to-large trucks and power plants producing electricity in the Midwest, then the jet stream sends that polluted air down to Connecticut. What would TCI do to solve this main Connecticut emission problem? Nothing!

Another fact, in California they said gasoline prices would only increase over time by about $ 0.10 per gallon – the facts increase by 0.36 cents per gallon and why California has currently tthe highest gasoline tax in the United States and retail gasoline prices today hover around $ 4.50 per gallon compared to the spot price of regular gasoline. Has it reduced emissions? -No. In fact, in the first seven years, emissions increased. Have gas prices only increased by $ 0.10 a gallon? No: 36 cents per gallon and more, because credits cost more each year to have the slush fund available to promote electric vehicles and solar power for homes.

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

The goal appears to be to create a slush fund that lawmakers can use to pick winners in future Connecticut cases rather than us, the taxpayers, picking winners by supporting what we see and believe is the right direction. California is a prime example of the government picking winners and losers by claiming it is saving the environment, but the reality is that TCI California is a big loser on that front and it’s on the dollar. taxpayers, not on the money of risk investors. After all, when it comes to taxpayers’ money and it doesn’t work, they just create another tax and move on – a lossless situation for the people who picked the losers – to the except us, the taxpayers.

So stop this madness. Learn about the $ 2 billion already taken from the state’s transportation special 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 Auto Service Dealers of America, Inc.


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