Government DOES Work!

In what can only be described as an incredibly exciting moment in our history, the governors of 8 states  have just announced that they have agreed to standardize their efforts to put 3.3 million zero emissions cars on the roads by 2025.

“This is not just an agreement, but a serious and profoundly important commitment,” said California Governor Jerry Brown. “From coast to coast, we’re charging ahead to get millions of the world’s cleanest vehicles on our roads.”

In an effort to help the environment and boost the economy, the governors of  California, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont also predict that their combined efforts will save drivers on fuel costs over time — electricity costs about two-thirds less than gasoline, and is expected to save drivers close to $6,000 in fuel costs over the lifetime of their car.

New government standards in these 8 states will start with similar building codes to make it easier to build charging stations for these cars, and they will offer financial incentives to promote zero-emission vehicles.  They will also provide favorable electricity rates for home charging systems, buy clean cars for government fleets, and will develop common standards for roadway signs and charging networks.

There are some things that government can do that capitalists alone cannot do, and this is one very important action that will make a consequential and earth-shaking difference!


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