January 29, 2008

California Will Tell You What To Drive

Since California is being sidetracked by the Government on the air emissions deal, they have found a way to tell you what you can drive.

California has made it clear that it will restrictgovern what you drive and those vehicles will be small and hopefully hybrids or electric vehicles.

Without attracting a lot of attention (the news media, where are you?), a new $2,500 tax is about to be added to many cars. The higher cost of excercizing freedom of choice will allow the government to decide whether you should drive large, safe cars or cars that are smaller and not safe or comfortable.

Do what I say, not what I do ...

The result is likely to be that the wealthier folks can by cars they want but others can only buy what the state says they should. Once again we see Democrats making life ‘better’ for the the poor and middle class among us; I wonder when the middle class and poor will stop voting for the party that says they are their ‘champions’?

Again, do what I say, not what I do ...

To enshrine the concept into law, the Democrat controlled California Assembly is expected to vote soon on the California Clean Car Discount Act, which, if passed, would be the first law in the country imposing charges and granting rebates based on a vehicle’s emission of carbon dioxide and other gases. There would be a registration fee of up to $2,500 on new larger, more comfortable and safer cars, while less ‘polluting’ cars like the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra and other fuel-efficient cars would get rebates - once again the power of the government to dictate what is ‘in your best interest’ through taxation at work.

I think we have already established that California hates the domestic auto industry and will do anything to twart them every chance they get. California wants it's residents to drive foreign cars and are passing laws to make sure that happens.

Daniel Sperling, director of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and a member of the Air Resources Board said "Industry argues that market signals don’t exist for consumers to buy low-greenhouse-gas and fuel-efficient vehicles, this bill fixes the market forces."

Translated that means: People don't really believe in Global Warming so we are going to force them to accept our point of view.

If the approach taken by the proposed law isn’t bad enough, environmentalists want the air board to use its "zero-emission vehicle" regulations to require auto companies to move to a 100% hybrid-electric fleet by the end of the next decade.

California wants to control what the auto industry manufacturers and what people drive and they will not stop passing laws until that is achieved.

Posted by Quality Weenie at January 29, 2008 09:22 AM | TrackBack