Last week, eight governors "joined hands" in support of zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) in California's state capital. That's a good start, but there are seven governors of states that have worked with California on tough emissions rules in the past who were missing. It appeared the split was mostly along party lines.

Governors from Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont met with California Gov. Jerry Brown in Sacramento October 24. Collectively, they agreed to bring 3.3 million ZEVs – battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell electric vehicles – to their roads by 2025. Their meeting was coordinated with a review of the California Air Resources Board's ZEV mandates. All of the eight governors are members of the Democratic party.

As we said, there were seven other states that had previously committed to following California's tough emission guidelines. When it comes to EVs, though, they are conspicuously missing. Of the seven, six are led by Republican governors – Arizona, Florida, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. The other state – Washington – is led by Democrat Jay Inslee, a governor known for supporting electric vehicles. Perhaps Inslee was concerned about taking jabs from EV advocates for the state's recently imposed $100 annual fee on EVs?

Plug In Cars' Brad Berman looked at the case in Maine, and wondered if the governor stayed away from Sacramento because the Northeastern state lacks the resources to move EVs and charging into the mainstream at this point in time. Maine's Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Jessamine Logan told the McClatchy-Tribune Regional News that when the state coalition's memo came to state officials, it included "an action plan that was well beyond our ability to undertake it." Maine is a geographically large rural state whose population is spread out, Logan said. It will make more sense down the road after market conditions develop, she said.


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      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Party lines' means that some politicians have big oil money, and they like the tax money that comes from drilling, income taxes from the workers, property taxes, sales taxes, and gas taxes... Why Tesla was slammed in the 2012 election, I'm not sure. It was a perfect small business story. And a lot of owners of EVs aren't the progressive type. Look at Jack Rickard at EVTV. States could do a little more, but it is the car companies that aren't doing enough right now. Both on the cost front and the high speed charging front.
        jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan
        I know three tesla owners including jack. They are all republicans...
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      The GOP is beholden to the oil industry? The industry where Bush and Cheney came from? I'm shocked! Shocked I tell you!
      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Year Ago
      I cannot speak for other states, but this is simply not true in WA. What has Inslee actually done? During his tenure the only real change has actually been the addition of the $100 annual fee on EVs (despite outcries of Republican oil at the time, this was sponsored by mostly Democrats). The EV sales tax incentive was already there before he was governor, and there's no PHEV incentive. I contacted my two Demoractic representatives about incentives. One didn't reply and the other said EVs are doing just fine on their own. I guess "joining hands in support" is good enough to count as being pro-EV?
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        That's oil buying out Democrats. If Republicans can't win, that's what they do.
      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      GA does pretty good for a red state. $5,000.00 state income tax credit you can take over two years and free use of EV lanes with one driver. The secrete is that our governor is a true car guy...
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jeff
        The number of carpool/EV lanes in New Mexico: Zero To be fair though, we don't really have too many traffic problems. Coming from the Bay Area, I'm amused when locals are frustrated by 5 minute delays.
        Vlad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jeff
        GA does pretty good for any state, red or blue.
          Joeviocoe
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Vlad
          Well... the Georgia state capital (Atlanta) is a big BLUE island in an otherwise red fly over.
      lad
      • 1 Year Ago
      I joined the Republican party back in The Eisenhower days when they worked to improve the welfare of our people instead of carrying the agenda for elitist social modeling that has the goal of eliminating the middle class. I vote based for who does the most for the middle class and of late, its not the GOP, especially not the members of The Koch Brothers Tea Party. What bothers me most is to see middle class people unknowingly voting and talking against their own best interest because they are ignorant to what is really going on. And, they are fast reducing themselves to Peon status. If the GOP has their way, in the next few election cycles, our country will be an oligarchy modeled after the Mexican society where you have Rich people and Peons with just a very few Doctors, Lawyers and Engineers who will be the only ones with middle class incomes.
        hodad66
        • 4 Hours Ago
        @lad
        @lad, you are so correct. They have been bought out by the big money interests. As to the voters? The use of pet interests such as gun rights, Bible in school, "right to life", anti-immigration, and the misinformation stream telecast by FAUX NEWS keeps these people voting against their own economic interests.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a taxpayer in New Mexico, I certainly hope that they create some legislation that will assist me in getting my Tesla Model S in 2015. A state tax credit would be nice to go with the federal tax credit. New Mexico already has good legislation for solar panels, which is good since we are one of the best states in the union for getting sunshine. Perhaps we can have the politicians not being pushed around by NADA and let Tesla sell their cars here without jumping through too many hoops.
      Dave D
      • 1 Year Ago
      I simply do not understand this. I have never understood how the Republican party has come to stand for anti-technology in so many ways. When I was young the Repubs were never like this and I don't understand why they wear this like a badge of honor now. No, I'm not really a liberal. I've voted Republican all my life, but with the last few elections I've simply stopped voting because I just can't bring myself to vote for people who seem to wallow in ignorance like it's something to be proud of.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave D
        Yeah, science is probably the most important thing I think about with my vote. Science is the best tool we have for learning about the world and if you don't respect it then I don't respect you.
          raktmn
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Spec
          Here is a story in Scientific American that talks about a scientific study showing conservatives have shown a 25% drop in belief in science. So yea, conservatives themselves are the ones saying they don't believe in science. But this is a scientific study published in a peer-reviewed and well-honored science journal, so I'm fully expecting you to completely reject it. Since it is science, after all, and who on the right would believe a bunch of lefty factual science? http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=conservatives-lose-faith-in-science-over-last-40-years bonus -- "only 9 percent of scientists self-identified as conservative, while 52 percent called themselves liberals. Only 6 percent of American scientists self-identified as Republicans." http://chronicle.com/article/The-Conservative-Turn-Against/135488/ Again, more scientific studies, so of course we expect nothing else but for it to be rejected off-hand as a bunch of bogus science. I'm sure you can figure out some way to reject it, since it is science and all.
          hodad66
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Spec
          @paulwesterberg, I especially like the ones that have had "a message from GOD" to further their goals as a corrupt politician. Heck, this is a time honored scam as old as civilization. Only one problem.... we are no longer afraid of the dark or believe that the earth is flat.
          Vlad
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Spec
          @BipDBo: right may be interested in science. It just hides it really well, and displays the likes of Santorum very prominently.
          Vlad
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Spec
          Republicans not unly understand science, they understand science better then scientists. And then they legislate science: http://hamptonroads.com/2012/08/southern-states-fight-estimates-sea-level-rise
          BipDBo
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Spec
          The presumption that only the left is interested in science in entirely untrue and insulting.
          hodad66
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Spec
          @BipDBo, lets see, 2 wars (not paid for), prescription drugs (not paid for), lowered taxes for the rich (no offset), deregulation leading to an economic collapse only eclipsed by the "great" depression, rampant graft and mismanagement of monies funneled to Iraq... BUTT profits for Halliburton (Cheney's old company) and bailouts of gambling banks on OUR dime! Amnesia is the GOP's best friend. I would recommend getting your head out of FAUX NEWS and joining us in the real world once again! Oh wait, we must have yet another vote to outlaw abortion or to restrict "voter fraud" because of .000001% levels. Give me a break...... ;-)
          BipDBo
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Spec
          hodad66, The left has had nearly complete total control of the Federal government since 2008. How's that been working? The left has gotten just about every wild proposal offered by this administration. Blaming problems on GOP obstruction is both dishonest and completely pathetic. Try to be a little more civil. Your hypocrisy is showing.
          paulwesterberg
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Spec
          GOP candidate says: Yoga Leads to Satan. God will stop blessing our military because of gay rights. http://thecontributor.com/elections/va-gop-candidate-warns-yoga-leads-satan Yup, nothing but science.
          hodad66
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Spec
          Science & cooperation were the two things that this nation needed the most after the crash. I have been amazed at the Republican obstruction at this time for our nation. Let's see, a collection of religious zealots, racists, secessionists and science haters? What could go wrong?
          Ryan
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Spec
          The Democrats had complete control for 17 weeks. In 2009, MN senator Franken wasn't seated until a few months later, and then 17 weeks later I think Ted Kennedy passed away. Then the Tea party started up and the GOP was able to filibuster everything in the Senate. Then the House has been doing that and wasting money doing nothing good since it fell into GOP control in 2010.
          BipDBo
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Spec
          Vlad, Here is where most of this common misunderstanding comes from. The left often equates an interest in anything with the compulsion to use tax dollars to fund that thing. Republicans try to cut spending. Democrats, especially since our current president has been serving) treat the US Mint like a valley girl with her daddy's VISA card. One such example is embryotic stem cell research. All of the debate happen because Bush wanted to remove federal funding of it. He did not, ever propose to outlaw it. The left wanted funding to continue. They did not share Bush's conviction that using embryos was immoral. I acknowledge that. I believe, though it may have been simply to attack this moral conviction that the left ignored the fact that the research wasn't worthy of funding. Decades of research using embryotic cells had not yielded anything useful. The research still being done was only under government grants because the private industry had abandoned it. Meanwhile, useful advances and treatments were being developed, mostly by private industry using adult stem cells. Embryotic stem cells held morals issues for close to half the taxpayers out there, and it was a complete waste of money, yet most of the press was determined to spin this to make the GOP look evil or archaic.
          Ele Truk
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Spec
          One of the things that really bugs me is the Republicans changed the filibuster rules. Instead of ACTUALLY filibustering, they only need 60 percent to THREATEN to filibuster. So no longer does simple majority mean a law gets passed. It's now a supermajority that's needed to pass a law. What's worse is they don't even need 60 percent voting for the filibuster, just 60 percent being members of their party, and wave that over congress's head. It used to be 51 percent would pass a law, and the Republicans changed that. No damn wonder nothing gets passed in this congress.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave D
        I hate to say it, but it's SENILITY. The Leading Edge of the Baby Boomers are moving into their 70's, and they haven't read a book much less a Modern Biology, Ecology or Economic text book in an easy 40 years. They are Woefully UNEDUCATED, and that's how you get the STUPID Party.
          raktmn
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @CoolWaters
          Romney received 89 percent of the uneducated white male vote in the last election. They had to work really hard to reach those people in order to score numbers like that. And you don't reach folks like that through science and math. More like Chuck Norris and that Alaskan MILF they fantasize about having sex with. And sadly, they mold their policies to reflect their target audience, and then complain about bills being to long to read, and work days being too long for House members. All next year, the Repub house will never work more than 4 days in a week, and will take every other week off, and a long summer break, followed by a long break before elections. They think we are too dumb to get mad when they are too lazy to work.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave D
        Putting aside talking heads, the GOP is not anti-EV. They just don't want to shove EVs down peoples throats by mandating them or to use public funds to help purchase personal cars or charging stations. The GOP would rather stay out of the way and let people make their own decisions. Here in Florida, we have a very republican governor, Rick Scott. There are no state EV mandates or incentives like rebates, HOV stickers, etc. Some cities are installing a few charging stations. Yet Florida has one of the highest EV & hybrid adoption rates. I'm starting to see EVs all over the place.
          raktmn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BipDBo
          Bip- Show me any example of car companies reducing the pollution purely out of free market forces, without state or federal involvement? Just one example, please. I'm begging you.
          hodad66
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BipDBo
          no public funds...... except for the handouts to the petroleum industry! They are pulling in cash hand over fist..... one would ask WHY we are still subsidizing THEM?
          paulwesterberg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BipDBo
          Because they bought our government.
          mikeybyte1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BipDBo
          "The GOP would rather stay out of the way and let people make their own decisions." Unless you are a woman. Then they want the government in that uterus 24x7.
          Nick Kordich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BipDBo
          @BipDBo: "There are no state EV mandates or incentives like rebates, HOV stickers, etc." Florida offers HOV access for EVs and hybrids. http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/hov.html Florida offers financing for charging equipment: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws/law/FL/8385 Florida law prevents insurers from adjusting rates to penalize EVs: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws/law/FL/5124 You can get $20,000 from the state of Florida for PV solar installation plus tax credits for power, which is essentially a fuel subsidy for EV owners, plus there's a strong connection between EV owners and the availability of clean electricity, whether from the grid in general or a residential PV system. There are also state credits for biodiesel and ethanol fuels and equipment, and up to $25,000/vehicle from the state for switching to natural gas.
        Ashton
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave D
        I wouldn't call the republican party anti-technology, heck, just the other day I heard John McCain recently purchased his first color TV! i kid i kid I'm a Republican, have been all my life (I'm 30), and I love technology, and I don't think it matters who's in charge when it comes to electric cars, it's inevitable that they will be the future standard vehicle tech. If I was a governor I wouldn't have went to this thing either, I think electric vehicles are good enough to fight their own fight, and I believe the market should dictate what tech lives and dies, not government subsidies.
          Joeviocoe
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Ashton
          raktmn... true... during the Bush years, there was indeed a strong push for "green cars" and "alternative fuels".... but who pushed the Bush administration? The Oil industry and Corn industry. And for what alternatives exactly? Hydrogen and Ethanol. It is easy to get a "green" agenda put forward as a Republican, if industry is fully supportive. EVs have SO MUCH LESS of a supportive industry. Nothing compared to Ethanol and Hydrogen. Which is why every advance in pro-EV policy, is met with a battle of epic proportions.
          hodad66
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ashton
          then tell your congressmen to vote down the petroleum subsidies...... I honestly feel sorry for economy oriented, tech savvy, Republicans. This must be a nightmare to see your party turned into, essentially, the Taliban of politics.
          raktmn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ashton
          John McCain actually went to GM Volt events and talked about how great a car it was, and supported tax subsidies and higher state CAFE standards. "July 18, 2008 DETROIT -- Presidential hopeful John McCain today praised General Motors for its highly anticipated Chevrolet Volt and told employees here that he would clear the road for its success by committing tax credits and research dollars to the technology." http://www.autonews.com/article/20080718/OEM/307189994/mccain-backs-tax-credits-for-gm-volt-others#ixzz2jFpD0TZk These used to be things that both Republicans and Democrats agreed upon. Bush's energy legislation for backing green cars and alternative fuels used to get wide bipartisan support and were passed with huge majorities of both parties in the Congress.
          CoolWaters
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Ashton
          John McCain doesn't count. He's easily got a track record of being right 50% or more, of the time, no where near the 90% Wrong the Rich Koch Tea Party demands.
          CoolWaters
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Ashton
          The 100 Year Subsidy of Oil should END, and the 100 Year Subsidy of Wind, Solar and EV's should begin. America Needs the JOBS.
          Vlad
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Ashton
          It is a perfect illustration to "Republicans are only fiscally conservative when a Democrat is in a white house". Where was all this talk about market deciding things when tax dollars were poured into corn ethanol by Bush administration? Where was it when tax dollar paid for research into fracking technology? You guys are more than happy to use federal spending for what you like (or better yet, when your donors do) when you have a chance.
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