Take Pennsylvania. The House Transportation Committee voted yesterday for Senate Bill 1025, which blocks regulators in the state from implementing strong clean air standards for new vehicles in the Pennsylvania Clean Vehicles Program. Public opinion favored new standards, and Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future president John Hanger didn't pull any punches in criticizing legislators who voted for the bill. "With absolutely no public support for the bill, it is truly outrageous that most members of the Transportation Committee would so blatantly violate the wishes of the citizens and cater to out-of-state special interests," he said. "It is astonishing - after everything that has happened this year - that some members of this committee still don't understand that they are responsible to the citizens of Pennsylvania, not the hired gun lobbyists of the polluters."
Meanwhile, up in Michigan, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce is busy fighting against mandatory renewable energy limits. The Chamber "strongly opposes" what they call an "unworkable" mandate of 25 percent of renewable energy in the state by 2025. Environment Michigan, the group promotion the mandate, says that cars that get 100 miles to the gallon are possible today and that, "there's no question that Michigan has the technological know-how to dramatically reduce our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels."
These are just two political battles over green car legislation going on right now. Is there one going on in your back yard? Let us know if there is, because these issues affect all of us.
[Source: Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Environment Michigan]