Here’s the latest from Jim. Make your calls and send your e-mails. You are making a difference in some cases.
Here are the comments I sent to the House Transportation and Public Works Committee for their hearing on 3-5.
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Subject: Oppose HB 616 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Tax Credits
Date: Sat, 02 Mar 2013 10:53:19 -0700
From: Jim Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Roberto Gonzales <email@example.com>, Ernest Chavez <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Sharon Clahchischilliage <email@example.com>, Anna Crook <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Dianne Hamilton <email@example.com>, Sandra Jeff <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Patricia Lundstrom <email@example.com>, Jane Powdrell-Culbert <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Kiki Saavedra <email@example.com>, James White <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CC: Kelly Fajardo <email@example.com>, Alonzo Baldonado <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Don Tripp <email@example.com>
I am opposed to HB 616 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Tax Credits. This bill offers individual and corporate income tax credits for purchase of alternative fuel vehicles. Alternative fuel vehicles are vehicles propelled by electricity, hydrogen fuel cell, liquefied natural gas, or propane. The tax credit is a whopping 50% of the “cost basis”. The cost basis is the full purchase price of an electric car and the added cost of manufacture for the other fuel types. HB 616 also gives additional individual and corporate income tax credits for installation of residential or commercial alternative fueling stations. The residential credit is another whopping 50% or $2500 and the commercial credit is an even bigger 75% credit. The cost to NM taxpayers will be enormous.
HB 616 is just one more attempt by the progressive fake global warming elitists to entice people to buy cars that are horribly expensive, unreliable, dangerous, provide no environmental benefit, already heavily subsidized, and that nobody wants to drive. It is a sinful waste of NM taxpayer money being dumped into the alternative fuel vehicle black hole. Since electric cars are the biggest beneficiary of HB 616, I will use electric cars as an example. Many of the shortcomings of electric cars also apply to other fuel types.
Electric cars are unreliable. At best they can go 100 miles on a charge and more likely only about 30 miles. When roads are bad or traffic is at a stand sill these cars can exhaust their battery life while snarled in traffic and be stranded on the roadway. Electric cars are a towing company’s best friend. Recharging stations are few and far between so ability to recharge is pretty unreliable. New Mexico and most western states have large distances to be covered. There is no way an electric cars is suited to NM travel conditions. Trying to lure New Mexicans to by an electric car is an exercise in futility.
Electric cars are not safe. There have been incidents of the batteries catching fire in crashes and endangering the passengers . There have been incidents where people have been run over because the cars make almost no noise. We now have proposals to add beepers to the cars to warn people of their presence. Users often have to choose between using the heater and making it to their destination which is dangerous in very cold areas. As mentioned above they are prone to getting stranded in traffic if delays are long enough which may cause traffic accidents. There are also safety concerns with liquified natural gas cars and fueling stations.
Electric cars are the darlings of the environmental crowd. However, do they have any environmental benefit? They do not. Instead of being called electric cars, they should be called coal fired cars because of the amount of coal fired electricity it takes to keep them on the road. They can’t be charged at night by wind and solar so electric cars depend on electricity from coal and gas fired generation stations. Charging takes 3-8 hours using an amount of electricity equivalent to 3 1/2 ton air conditioner and we know what a big AC does to our electric bills in the summer! In addition they use giant batteries made from toxic metals like lithium and cobalt and create a disposal problem since batteries do not last the life of the car. Battery manufacturing also front loads the carbon emissions due to electric cars in addition to the emissions from electric generation. These things are not the environmental wonders they are cracked up to be.
So here we are wanting to give well-to-do buyers making an average of $170,000+ per year more tax welfare to buy an electric or other fad car. Elitist buyers already are getting $7,500 government rebate for electric cars. This is just more welfare for people that don’t need it. On top of the direct subsidies to the buyers, the manufacturers are heavily subsidized to build electric cars. For example, each Chevy Volt is the beneficiary of $250,000 of federal and state subsidies. General Motors loses as much as $49,000 on each one it builds. Dropping more New Mexico taxpayer money for each car into this bottomless pit is insane.
In spite of federal and state legislators constantly trying to bribe people to buy an electric car, there is no market for them. There were supposed to be 11 models of electric cars produced but 7 of the 11 have not made a delivery, stopped production, or are already out of business. No one but a few environmental purists with a lot of money will even consider buying one of these politically correct fad cars. If they want one they can buy one on their own dime without my help.
HB 616 is bad for the general fund, bad for all the low and middle income taxpayers who will support this welfare program for weathy elites, and of no benefit to the environment. It is a loser all the way around.
Do not pass HB 616.