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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Florida Is The New California Comment
    Gregory Morris, 12/3/08 9:17:54 am
    Can I ask why the hell Charlie Crist (RINO) is pushing for legislation based on California's, with regard to "clean cars"?

    This is patently ridiculous.

    I'm all for clean cars. The free market wants them too, proof being the explosive sales of hybrid cars. People are willing to pay more for a car that gets better gas mileage. Cars that get better gas mileage pollute less. Therefore there is a market force pushing for more eco-friendly cars.

    The thing is, instead of letting the market work, and letting the auto industry meet consumer demand, state (and federal) legislators are trying to push this crap down our throats.

    The market clearly doesn't want these regulations, otherwise they would exist de facto. But the effort on the part of the manufacturers to lobby against such painful regulations just drains money that could otherwise be spent on R&D... or, I dunno, pensioners and overpaid union workers.

    When are lawmakers going to wake up and realize that penalizing an already faltering auto industry makes no sense when there is already momentum swinging in the direction your legislation intends to push us?

    [Comments are closed after a month.]

    Re: Florida Is The New California
    Divemedic, 12/5/08 3:48:55 pm
    The market doesn't want them enough to pay more- you forget that the government is distorting the market by providing tax credits for hybrids, and extra taxes on cars with poor mileage.

    I have a feeling that if those tax incentives went away, sales would fall.
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