Pressing candidates to respond to these questions will give voters a good measure of the views and abilities of people seeking elective office. Voters deserve to know what they’ll get by giving their votes.
Transportation is responsible for more emissions than any other sector in the state, and Vermont set a stated goal of drastically increasing the number of EVs on the road so it could meet the requirements of the 2020 Global Warming Solutions Act.
With the widespread increase in electric vehicles, the state anticipates a loss of about $20 million, or 25% of the $77.8 million from gas tax.
If you care about preserving as much of Vermont’s climate as possible for your children and grandchildren, and if you like skiing, pond hockey, ice fishing and sledding, cleaner lakes and rivers, then drive slower.
Lawmakers are investing $22 million to cut down on the vehicles’ sticker price, as well as $19 million for electric charging infrastructure to make it more practical for Vermonters to get around in them.
Also worth thinking about, especially if you are a devotee of “environmental justice,” is the provenance of the crucial components of the battery, notably lithium, cobalt, and nickel.
A commitment as important as the Global Warming Solutions Act cannot be placed primarily on the shoulders of private citizens.
Solar panels and buttoning up your house are obvious climate solutions. But how many of us consider the consequences of driving and what we can do about it?
Where will Vermont find the electricity required to power 279,000 light-duty cars and trucks and install 300,000 electric heat pumps in homes and businesses by 2050?
Revenue from the state’s gasoline tax has been put toward roads, bridges and major infrastructure projects. With a move away from fossil fuels in an effort to deal with climate change, the state needs to find another way to fund these projects.
No mention, anywhere in the plan, of light-duty hydrogen vehicles — FCEVs. More than 12,000 FCEVs have already been sold and are operating in California.
Big Gov and Big Oil are going to make America big on hydrogen-powered vehicles. Exclusively electric-battery-powered vehicles will turn out to be a brief and unpleasant side note in the annals of American transportation history.
With the recent passage of the federal infrastructure bill, Vermont will receive an additional $570 million for transportation. The state Agency of Transportation has begun planning how to use the funds.
The battery powered version of the bestselling Ford pickup truck will travel an estimated 300 miles on a single charge with a base price tag of $40,000.