Jay Inslee has spent most of his three years as governor trying to come up with ways to impose his extreme “green” agenda on the people of Washington State, though without much success in getting legislators of either party to actually pass the laws he proposes.
That has reduced Inslee to largely symbolic action, which he put on display in Paris this week while attending the UN’s global warming gabfest. It was there that Inslee announced that he will mandate that the state buy 20% electric cars for its government fleet by 2017.
Never mind that although Inslee brags about our state being a leader in electric car purchases, currently just 3 out of every 1,000 privately registered vehicles (for the math challenged, that under four-tenths of one percent) are electric, and that the state itself only has 1% electric cars in its 12,000 car fleet . Inslee assumes that by snapping his fingers the state can efficiently do go from its current 1% to 20% electric vehicles in less than two years, and that private businesses will follow suit.
This latest stunt is a precursor to Inslee’s planned “carbon cap” regulations, which his bureaucrats at the Department of Ecology are promising drafts of by the end of the month. That attack on Washington’s manufacturing sector promises to be heavily debated during Inslee’s re-election run next year. As pointed out by State Senator Doug Ericksen, Inslee’s scheme“hurts families and he’s overstepping I’d say, and a bit tone deaf to the working families of Washington who are dependent on these manufacturing jobs.”
With any luck, and for the sake of taxpayers, it will be a different governor who puts the brakes on Inslee’s electric car purchase plan come 2017.
Jim Ricketts says
Should be a smart move. Most of the mfrs have stopped building them or slowing production. An electric actually cost more to purchase and run Compared to economy vehicles getting 40 to 50 MPG and no distance limitation. If an electric Can travel 150 to 200 miles on a charge and takes some part oh an hour to charge. How much does it cost to have a person standing around waiting.??
Dave B says
That was true a year ago. The Life Cycle cost of a long range EV is now less than a Toyota Prius. There is a catch though. The electric vehicles only pay off when they are driven more than 10,000 miles annually. It is important that fleet managers ensure that these vehicles are being utilized correctly.
Scott Wilson says
I think it’s a great idea to get rid of those gas guzzlers. That way those big COAL fired power plants can step it up, build a bigger fire, and make more electricity to charge all those golf carts. Good for coal. Go for it.
Nice try Scott – Coal is but a small fraction of WA state power mix. Hydro is king around here. Feel free to due your due diligence.
…which contains Table 5, conveniently linked below.
John Hall says
….and you TRUST a .gov site? Who is the idiot here? Ryan, that’s who.