As a Californian who does not drive a HOV I’m curious why they would offer these stickers to people who drive Hummers and SUVs who purchase offsets and not just offer more stickers to the people who have already purchased hybrids?
SACRAMENTO Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Senator Jim Battin (R- La Quinta) announced today legislation that would encourage every owner of a polluting, flashy, fuel sucking car to buy their way into an environmentally conscious Ã¢â‚¬Å“carbon neutralÃ¢â‚¬Â lifestyle. SB 1374 would allow auto owners who purchase carbon credits that offset the carbon dioxide emissions of their vehicles to participate in the Clean Air – High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) decal program, allowing the driver to use an HOV lane. LAList
That’s right.Ã‚Â The State of California had a limited supply of these special decals and they are now in high demand.Ã‚Â I was told when I was thinking of buying a Prius that it would add up to five thousand dollars to the purchase price if the stickers were included.
So wait, buy carbon offsets and still drive your Hummer and those people who want to buy a hybrid will do without or they will have to pay a higher price for a used hybrid?Ã‚Â Does any of this make sense to you?
On February 28, the California State Air Resources Board (CARB) is scheduled to consider under its AB 32 implementation plan how voluntary early actions can start saving the planet. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think of a better way to become a true champion of the environment and reduce your carbon foot print than by going Ã¢â‚¬Å“carbon neutralÃ¢â‚¬Â with your car,Ã¢â‚¬Â stated Battin.
Battin himself decided to go Ã¢â‚¬Å“carbon neutralÃ¢â‚¬Â immediately after he was scolded by the Contra Costa TimesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ article that read, “Lawmakers’ flashy, fuel-sucking cars on road at the expense of taxpayers”.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was embarrassingly caught using excess energy. The only thing I could do was take action,Ã¢â‚¬Â Battin declared.
Battin immediately purchased for $45 a DriveNeutral Certificate which simply states that his CO2 emissions have been offset for one year. The obvious next question is if he has gone Ã¢â‚¬Å“greenÃ¢â‚¬Â and is Ã¢â‚¬Å“carbon neutralÃ¢â‚¬Â why shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t he and other environmentally conscious drivers have the same rights as low-emission drivers and live the HOV lane good life?Ã‚Â
Now you see, they fail to mention the fact that there are many Californians who have purchased hybrids and do not even get a chance to get these stickers because they’ve run out!Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Congrats California, you have too many hybrids on the road! California has been issuing stickers to owners of hybrid vehicles so that they may drive in the HOV lane with only one person in the car as opposed to having passengers. While I am sure that most people bought their hybrids to help the environment, this was quite an added bonus here in gridlock land. But now, California has run out of the 85,000 stickers that were offered under state law. So if you just bought a hybrid, you are out of luck.
Just look at my Google Search on this topic and you will see that many people are now torn about the purchase of a new hybrid or selling their used one.Ã‚Â But sure, go ahead and let people buy their way out of their guilt?
Sorry, I find this to be rather silly that they limited stickers to hybrid drivers but will consider this as another option, especially when people have questioned the actual usefulness of carbon offsets.Ã‚Â
So, what do you think?