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Schumer Announces Plan To Nix Virtually Every Gas Powered Vehicle In The Country

Chris White on October 25, 2019

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer is preparing to spend hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars on a plan that would fast-track the elimination of nearly every gas-powered vehicle in the country.

The senate’s top Democrat wants to spend a massive amount of money enticing Americans to exchange their gas-guzzling vehicles for an electric car. Schumer’s proposal, which he announced in a New York Times editorial Thursday, shows Democrats are lurching leftward on the issue.

“That’s why I am announcing a new proposal designed to rapidly phase out gas-powered vehicles and replace them with zero-emission, or ‘clean,’ vehicles like electric cars,” Schumer wrote after suggesting scientists agree that climate change represents an imminent threat to the U.S.

He added: “The goal of the plan, which also aims to spur a transformation in American manufacturing, is that by 2040 all vehicles on the road should be clean.” The plan would remove more than 63 million gas-powered cars from the road by 2030, Schumer estimates.

Schumer’s office expects the proposal to cost roughly $392 billion over a decade. The Washington Post referred to the idea on Friday as “essentially ‘Cash for Clunkers’ on steroids,” referring to a policy from the Obama-era encouraging Americans to trade their old vehicles for fuel-efficient cars.

Cash for Clunkers was the mechanism allowing the federal government to offer incentives of between $2,500 and $4,500 to citizens who traded in their older vehicles for newer ones. The policy received a lot of media play, but critics called the idea a failure even if it was designed with the best of intentions.

Under Schumer’s plan, car owners will get a rebate starting at $3,000 if they trade in their car for an electric vehicle, with the amount of rebate going up the longer the vehicle goes without recharging. The rebate could dramatically exceed the existing $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles.

Citizens are not the only ones who’d get a windfall. States and cities would also receive $45 billion in funding to install charging stations. The plan, which does not have legislative text, would also provide $17 billion to grant programs to build new factories for electric vehicles.

The senator’s idea comes as Democrats continue shifting leftward on environmental issues.

House Democrats introduced a Green New Deal in February calling for a “10-year national mobilization” toward a series of goals aimed at fighting global warming. The deal’s proponents called for the eradication of fossil fuels before lawmakers stripped the idea out of the final product.

Conservative analysts are already criticizing Schumer’s plan.

“The money would be wasted. Even if Americans stopped driving entirely today and forever, there would be no discernible impact on, much less improvement of the weather or climate,” Steve Milloy, a lobbyist on behalf of the energy industry, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Schumer’s office has not responded to the DCNF’s request for comment, but the senator also announced the plan on Twitter Friday.

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  • This politicians - and the people who believe them - are just too ignorant. Very early in school we learn the Law of Conservation of Energy which states that energy can change from one form into another, but it cannot be created or destroyed. That means that our Power Generation plants will have to produce much more electricity by burning a lot more oil, coal or nuclear fuel in order to satisfy the gigantic demand created by millions of vehicles. Even at present time in some places, during hot weather, the power grid becomes overwhelmed and government agencies ask people to turn up their AC temperature. Now, just imagine what may happen when every single car in the country will need to be connect to a power outlet. This is an insane perspective. Furthermore, in case of catastrophes, if power lines go down people can get stranded. With gas powered vehicles one can store a couple of gas cans and drive for many hundreds of miles. How many extra batteries - big and heavy - can we take in an electric car? Electric vehicles do have their place in the general transportation systems, like trains, subways, and delivery vehicles inside cities. Making the whole national fleet depending on just one source of energy is stupid and dangerous.

  • Hey Schmucky, who is going to pay for these electric cars? We senior citizens can't. I'm driving a 20 year old car, and if I didn't work on my car myself I wouldn't have one. Now you want to force these expensive kiddie cars on everyone. I don't know how to fix them and I can't afford the mechanics bill. Go eat s**t and bark at the moon.

  • You have vehicles that are manufactured for other purposes where electricity would not work. Climate change is a mock and sham. Our country of people can do things to clean the enviornment, but we will never ever change the climate. Nada. To spend the billions of dollars to continue to push this sham is remarkable. Completely beyond common sense. Typical of Schummer

  • The only thing Schumer stands for is the destroy America movement.Israel dosen't eant him either,can you see why now??

  • how dose this help us again.
    us -no
    them - yes
    guess who owns stock in these companies that cannot make a profit in real competition

  • Build windmills where the wind blows.
    i suggest around the dc beltway
    greatest source of hot air in the world

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