Washington State is known as the Evergreen State and they plan to keep it that way, never mind the impact on the citizens. Governor Jay Inslee signed SB 5974 into law, which requires “all publicly owned and privately owned passenger and light duty vehicles of model year 2030 or later that are sold, purchased, or registered in Washington state be electric vehicles.” And that’s not the half of it.
The legislation — dubbed “Clean Cars 2030” — was enacted as part of a $17 billion climate agenda called “Move Ahead Washington.” Other facets of the package include $5.4 billion for “carbon reduction and multimodal expansion,” $2.4 billion for “fish passage barrier removals,” $836 million for “four new hybrid-electric ferries,” and $150 million for “ultra-high-speed rail.”
“Fish barrier removals” is a deception; that means removing dams. Dams create electricity for households and industry. They also want to give children free bus, ferry, and train rides so families won’t have to pay extra. This legislation puts a dependence on the government that is unprecedented in the Evergreen state.
SB 5974 demands read in part:
- reductions in single occupancy passenger vehicle miles traveled; (does that mean less vacations?)
- reductions in per mile emissions in vehicles (strangling the use of gasoline or diesel)
- emission reduction programs for freight transportation, including motor vehicles and rail, as well as for ferries and other maritime and port activities (more supply chain problems?)
- It is the legislature’s intent that expenditures from the account used to reduce carbon emissions be made with the goal of achieving equity for communities that historically have been omitted or adversely impacted by past transportation policies and practices (the systemic racism argument).
The legislation REQUIRES reporting to the “Environmental Justice Council.” And airline tickets will rise because the Evergreen state is imposing an excise tax of 18 cents per gallon on aircraft fuel. It used to be .11 cents. Who’s being impacted by all these regulations? Everyone whatever race, ethnicity, background, all citizens of the Evergreen state will pay. The extremist policy will not just cost big bucks, it will stifle industry as well as the average person.
Fools like the Washington legislature and communist Governor Inslee that bend over backwards to listen to extreme leftists is a common malady. The Evergreen state is dying. Seattle, their largest city is dying. And they just made it worse.
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