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Senate Republicans Threaten to Cut Funding for Minnesota State Parks, Environmental Programs Over ‘Clean Cars’ Rule

Minneapolis Star Tribune | May 5, 2021

There has been stiff pushback on the proposal, including from the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association, which unsuccessfully sued over it. Dealers could take tremendous losses after being saddled with thousands of unpopular vehicles they can’t sell, said Scott Lambert, president of the association. “The MPCA has been dismissive of our concerns from the start,” Lambert said. “They will not meet with us.”


Electric Vehicle Mandate Is Bad Economics. Here’s Why

NJ Daily Record | February 23, 2021

In yet another misguided attempt to make the Garden State “greener,” the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently proposed a regulatory rule that would ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. Constituents and consumers alike should be wary of this clumsy attempt by policymakers to plant New Jersey’s flag as the preeminent supporter of electric vehicles.


California Dreaming and Scheming: Why California’s Electric Vehicle Mandate Should Not be Adopted Elsewhere

RealClear Energy | February 22, 2021

There appears to be a race on for the title of who can do the most to combat climate change. Immediately since taking office, President Biden announced he would re-join the Paris Climate Accords among other policies. Among the most troublesome Executive Orders: direct government procurement to support “clean and zero-emission vehicles for Federal, State, local, and Tribal government fleets, including vehicles of the United States Postal Service.” Influencing this order was California’s policy on electric vehicles. Between government mandates and subsidies, however, there is a lot of money at stake.


Walz’s Strategy for EVs Could Leave Dealers Stranded with Models

RealClear Energy | February 22, 2021

There appears to be a race on for the title of who can do the most to combat climate change. Immediately since taking office, President Biden announced he would re-join the Paris Climate Accords among other policies. Among the most troublesome Executive Orders: direct government procurement to support “clean and zero-emission vehicles for Federal, State, local, and Tribal government fleets, including vehicles of the United States Postal Service.” Influencing this order was California’s policy on electric vehicles. Between government mandates and subsidies, however, there is a lot of money at stake.


NJ’s Consumers Will Pay the Price for a Proposed Electric Vehicle Mandate

Asbury Park Press | January 8, 2021

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently proposed a regulation that would ban gas car sales in the state by 2035 in an effort to spur electric vehicle adoption. The DEP suggests that an increased electric vehicle fleet will allow the state to reach its goal of reducing 80% of all carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, but many residents in New Jersey would unfortunately pay a hefty price for this flawed proposal.


The Short-Sighted Rush to Forced EV Adoption

RealClear Energy | December 4, 2020

With a Biden Administration set to take office in just over two months, Americans can expect to see some aggressive climate proposals coming out of the White House. But several of these proposals – whose impact on consumers and the economy are unknown– are coming from politicians outside the Oval Office.


Ag Retailers: Zero-Emission Truck Plan Could ‘Devastate’ Agriculture

Freight Waves | November 17, 2020

An environmental policy promoted by Democratic lawmakers to effectively ban internal combustion engines (ICEs) for heavy-duty trucks by 2040 would be a major economic blow to agribusiness by causing dramatic decreases in ethanol, biodiesel and corn prices, according to a new report.


California’s Energy Dreamin’

RealClear Energy | October 23, 2020

Flanked by four expensive electric vehicles, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced the signing of a new executive order. He promised this action would bring “an abundance of new choices and new technologies” and then proceeded to break some news.


On Tax Credits for EVs, Consumers Pay the Price, but Few Experience the Benefits

Morning Consult | February 11, 2020

While utilities, along with federal and state governments, are eager to usher in a new era of electrification, we cannot continue to sacrifice the rights of consumers to provide benefits that only a privileged few are able to enjoy.


Tesla’s Earnings Show Why Transportation Funding Should Go To Roads, Not EV Subsidies

Forbes | February 8, 2020

On several past occasions, I’ve written about the need for the federal government to raise the gas tax. This tax is basically a user fee that enables drivers to help pay their share of funding the building and maintenance of the nation’s systems of roads. Yet, it has remained at the same level for more than a quarter of a century now, even as our country’s backlog of desperately-needed infrastructure projects has skyrocketed.


Tesla’s Earnings Show Why Transportation Funding Should Go To Roads, Not EV Subsidies

E&E News | January 23, 2020

Hybrids largely beat out all-electrics in a new ranking of the most “environmentally friendly” cars, even as some automakers signal a turn away from hybrids for the future of their business. The scorecard, published yesterday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), found that of the 12 cars that produced the least greenhouse gas emissions, nine of them were hybrids, compared to three all-electric models. Hybrids also constituted four of the top five vehicles on the list.