California Democrats: Cash for “Clunkers” if You Buy an Electric Vehicle”

We just found out that the Obama Cash for Clunkers cost jobs and the economy/families over $ 4 billion, lost due to government interference. When government gets involved it costs more and there is less of the product or service.

Our confused Guv Brown and his Democrat buddies want to give you money for your “clunker” if you buy an electric vehicle. Guess they forgot that the energy for that electric vehicle comes from oil! Oh, and by owning an electric car you are limiting your travel—part of the plan our AB 32 to force people to stay within spitting distance of home and work. Your tax dollars meant for education instead goes to the corporations and billionaires selling electric cars—like Elon Musk.

“SB 1275 was approved by the Assembly on Wednesday on a 46-23 vote. The bill is authored by Senate President pro Tem-elect Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles.

If signed by the governor, supporters say the legislation would put California on the road to one million zero-emission cars, trucks, and buses — about ten times the current number — by 2023.

It would do that by offering cash payments for high-polluting clunkers to get them off the road.”

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California closer to increasing incentives to switch to electric cars

Central Valley Business Times, 8/28/14

•  Assembly OKs “Million Electric Vehicles” legislation

•  Final vote expected by Friday in Senate
Legislation that would increase incentives to buy electric cars has moved closer to approval in the California Legislature as the clock ticks down to the final hours of the session this week.

The state Senate passed the bill in May and is expected to cast a final vote on Assembly amendments Thursday or Friday to send bill to the governor.

SB 1275 was approved by the Assembly on Wednesday on a 46-23 vote. The bill is authored by Senate President pro Tem-elect Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles.

If signed by the governor, supporters say the legislation would put California on the road to one million zero-emission cars, trucks, and buses — about ten times the current number — by 2023.

It would do that by offering cash payments for high-polluting clunkers to get them off the road.

“This bill will make electric cars and car-sharing opportunities affordable to working families,” says Vien Truong, environmental equity director for the Greenlining Institute. “It will also let low-income families cash in their clunkers and use that voucher with clean car rebates or for car-sharing programs and public transportation.”

SB 1275 builds on the state’s successful incentive programs, securing long-term funding for vehicle rebate programs and retooling them to put electric vehicle ownership within reach for low- and moderate-income buyers.

Max Baumhefner, a clean vehicles and fuels expert with the Natural Resources Defense Council, says the bill will accelerate “the most important revolution in automotive technology since we ditched the steam engine.”

Key provisions of SB 1275 include:

• An extended and improved Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). The CVRP has been instrumental in bringing a third of the nation’s plug-in cars to California. The CVRP currently provides buyers with a $2,500 rebate for zero-emission purchases, but the program has been historically plagued by insufficient funding. SB 1275 would help secure the funding needed to ensure California is the first state in the nation with one million electric vehicles, establish an income cap to stretch valuable public dollars to incentivize clean car purchases that would not otherwise occur, and would step down rebate levels over time as technology costs decrease.

• Increases access to clean transportation in disadvantaged communities. Establishes car-sharing programs, deploys charging stations in apartment complexes, provides access to financing options that would lower combined monthly car payments and fuel costs, and offers incentives for the replacement of gas-guzzling “clunkers” with new or used electric cars or vouchers for transit and car-sharing.

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