Prop 10 – Another No

31 Oct

Rebates for Alternative Fuel Vehicles sounds like a good idea, until the word “natural gas” pops up. Prop 10, backed by Oilman T. Boone Picken’s natural gas filling company, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., will lead to rebates that favor, you guessed it, natural gas vehicles.

If Prop 10 passes, Hybrids do get a rebate ($2000 ea.), but only the first 55k sold, Alternative fuel cars (and vans and lightweight trucks)  get $10k each, the majority of these cars are not hydrogen or electric they’re natural gas, Natural gas trucks alone will get a $1 billion slice of the $5 billion dollar pie, because right now, natural gas vehicles have a well established commercial market in the US. The rebate could also lead to, as a LA Times Op-Ed suggests, companies purchasing their natural gas trucks here in California and then just driving them out of state.

There are benefits of using natural gas instead of gasoline, (around a 20% reduction of green gas emissions according to the EPA) but Natural Gas is another fossil fuel, is that enough? Especially when an electric car plus solar electric installation would mean using a renewable energy source for your vehicle. Prop 10 costs almost $10 billion dollars over thirty years for such a narrow solution. California can pass tougher legislation than that, why settle for only 20% reduction when the emerging technologies cut down more, shouldn’t the state pass legislation that encourages technology that goes the distance? Prop 10 just isn’t green enough for California, and it’s not green enough for California Green Designs.

No on Prop 10 is also supported by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and The Sierra Club.

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