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The American Conservative Case for Electric Vehicles (5 Reasons That Are Not The Environment)

Given the recent election results, it's very likely that there will be sweeping legislative changes in the areas of energy and environme...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Proposal would charge drivers of electric cars | A “vehicle road usage charge” would stand in for the gas taxes other owners pay to help support the road network

Proposal would charge drivers of electric cars | A “vehicle road usage charge” would stand in for the gas taxes other owners pay to help support the road network: "Everyone benefits from the use of electric vehicles in many ways"

1) The decreased gasoline demand will help keep prices in check. That saves money for gas drivers.

2) OR DEQ issues several Toxic Air advisories each year. Gas drivers seem to completely ignore these and drive anyway. Better air will save the state millions in medical costs. EVs (even coal powered EVs) produce far less pollution.

3) More Stable grid. Oregon has a large and growing wind power install base. The wind often blows harder at night. EVs will most often be charging over night. This stabilizes the grid and allows more renewables to be used in our state.

4) Gasoline is heavily subsidized in many ways. Avoiding its use means lower taxes for everyone.

5) EVs can be "fueled" in many ways. This creates a much more stable energy system than the dependency on a single source. Disruption in a single supply-chain will not result in price spikes since other sources can "pick up the slack".

6) We don't have to send the military to foreign countries to defend local energy systems. We can save billions in military spending and avoid the tragic loss of our sons and daughters. (Tillman Story)