If you live in Connecticut, this news may be good or bad for you as Democratic Governor Ned Lamont has withdrawn his plan to mandate future electric vehicle purchases in that state, according to this report.
Yes, the electric vehicle (EV) proposal was pulled after it received pushback from both Democrats and Republicans. The move comes as a blow to environmentalists who were hoping to see the state take a more aggressive stance on climate change.
The proposal was part of Governor Lamont’s ongoing plan to switch the state entirely to electric vehicles by 2035.
However, the plan faced opposition from Republicans who cited concerns about the electric grid, the cost to car shoppers, and the availability of charging stations.
The issue was put to a vote in the legislature’s Regulations Review Committee, which is made up of six senators and eight representatives, half Democrat and half Republican.
All of the Republicans voted against adopting the standards, while Democratic members didn’t signal which way they’ll vote. A tie would have resulted in the standards being adopted.
Governor Lamont said the standards should just be adopted, citing the benefits of scale on EVs and the fact that the price of EVs is already down about 1/3 in the last few years.
However, House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora (R-Guilford) said the entire legislature should be able to vote on adopting the standards — not just the Regulation Review Committee.
Connecticut had committed to adopting the California emission standards for cars in 2004.
Last year, those standards were amended to end the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035. New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have already adopted the standards.
So what do you think of this electric vehicle news? Are you happy or sad that Democratic Governor Ned Lamont had a change of heart on this issue? Leave a comment and share your thoughts. Kindly share this environmental news with your family and friends for awareness.