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    Electric-Car Charging Network Proposed

    U.S. House Democrats want to create nationwide EV charging network - Reuters
    Two U.S. lawmakers on Thursday will unveil legislation that would create a nationwide electric vehicle (EV) charging network to promote the shift from gasoline-powered vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Democratic Representatives Andy Levin and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are releasing legislation dubbed the “EV Freedom Act” to create a network of high-speed charging stations within five years along the public roads of the national highway system in the United States at a U.S. Capitol press conference at 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT).

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    Levin said creating a new fleet of charging stations nationwide will be expensive but will create good paying jobs. He said the government could partner with companies that are currently building EV charging stations.
    Levin, Ocasio-Cortez bill would create national network of EV chargers
    Levin said it's time expand on the idea of the interstate highway system "and bring America’s infrastructure into the 21st century. "

    "If we are to avoid the doomsday scenario of climate change, we have to transform our transportation system and end our reliance on fossil fuels," he said in a statement. "By doing so, we have the tremendous opportunity to supercharge our economy and create the jobs of the future, further unify our country in a sustainable way and lead the world in green energy infrastructure."

    Ocasio-Cortez added: "Cars, above all else, have historically represented America's problem with dirty oil. Establishing a nationwide network of electric vehicles charging stations helps us reduce emissions, creates good paying jobs and will help transition the U.S. economy to a cleaner future.”
    Reuters on Twitter: "Democrats @AOC and @RepAndyLevin are unveiling legislation dubbed the 'EV Freedom Act' to create a network of high-speed charging stations within five years along the public roads of the national highway system https://t.co/stT0mFqIgk https://t.co/71zSiBIQup" / Twitter

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter: "Today’s Climate Infrastructure Drop, led by Michigan’s own @RepAndyLevin -
    The EV Freedom Act: Plan & build a nat’l vehicle charging network along our public hway system, built w/ good, union jobs.⚡️👩🏽*🏭🚙
    W/ special focus on communities polluted by vehicle emissions. https://t.co/Wvc4meH6Xg" / Twitter

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    I couldn't find anything on C-SPAN or congress.gov about this. So I have to scrounge through Twitter about it.

    LCV – League of Conservation Voters on Twitter: "
    ✅Creates good-paying, union jobs?
    ✅Reduces our emissions & reliance on fossil fuels?
    ✅Gets us all the way to Grandma’s house in Florida, charging as often as you could fill up your gas tank?
    The #EVFreedomAct is ⚡⚡⚡
    Thank you @RepAndyLevin & @RepAOC! https://t.co/j4Fn2U6T0C" / Twitter


    LCV – League of Conservation Voters on Twitter: ""In the absence of leadership on clean energy from the Trump administration, @RepAndyLevin & @RepAOC’s EV Freedom Act is the kind of climate solution we need to curb carbon pollution, create good paying clean energy jobs, and...."
    Read our full statement:
    https://t.co/GOseM1d99B https://t.co/lGlPa6gJDT" / Twitter

    On Capitol Hill on Twitter: "We're proud to endorse @RepAndyLevin and @AOC's EV Freedom Act, which would open & diversify access to EVs by building a network of charging stations along our public roads, bringing down our greenhouse gas emissions. https://t.co/OeH2ROjEA2" / Twitter
    noting
    Earthjustice Endorses the Electric Vehicle Freedom Act | Earthjustice - "The bill proposes establishing a network of electric charging stations alongside public roads in a bid to encourage the adoption of EVs by the wider public and lower vehicle emissions"

    Sierra Club on Twitter: "To effectively address climate change, we need to overhaul and update transportation infrastructure in America. Today @RepAndyLevin and @RepAOC introduced the #EVFreedomAct to create a nationwide network of publicly-available #EV charging stations and do just that. 🚗🔌⚡ https://t.co/OmCiiAuqF1" / Twitter

    Rep. Andy Levin on Twitter: "I just announced the details of the #EVFreedomAct with @RepAOC to create automotive and infrastructure jobs of the future while taking a major, necessary step toward reducing emissions and addressing climate change. https://t.co/acpIgkZdBF" / Twitter
    with a video blurb by him.

    It will be a nationwide network of EV chargers that will be built by American companies and workers. Its purpose is to make electric cars more useful by being able to charge them in more places.

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    U.S. House Democrats Propose Electric Vehicle Charging Network - The New York Times
    "This is the infrastructure bill that we need to be rallying around." Ocasio-Cortez said. "A lot of naysayers will say, 'They are trying to get rid of cars.' Well, we're not trying to get rid of cars. We're trying to actually advance and improve our fleets... We have to go electric."

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    The 18-page bill reviewed by Reuters notes a lack of charging stations poses a significant barrier to higher electric vehicle sales.

    "There is just no way that we will get to broad scale adoption of electric vehicles until we crush range anxiety and then it will happen precipitously," Levin told Reuters.
    Ocasio-Cortez, Levin eye national EV network in five years | TheHill
    "We're trying to actually advance and improve our fleets and our vehicles, which means that we have to go electric and the way that we do that is with a public infrastructure," Ocasio-Cortez said.

    Levin declined to give a specific cost estimate, but said that "it'll cost a lot of money to put all these chargers in place." He said "we'll see" how much will be paid for by taxpayers and how much hosts will pay.

    He also didn't give specifics about the numbers of chargers or their locations, but said that it would be an "extensive" system across both interstates and the national highway system "such that it's a comprehensive system so that people can get everywhere."
    Environment takes center stage in House infrastructure plan | TheHill - a big one, with electric-vehicle chargers a part of it.

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    Washington does have charging staions. Some companies allow employees to chare cars for free.

    Seattle Metro has recived it firt all electric battery operated busses. The goal is to replace all diesel busses.

    All well and good, but the electric infrastucre will not handle sudden increases in demand.

    There is talk of making the Searle electric utility free of fossil based power in a short time. Aint gonna happen.

    EV will not work without a national plan. Conservatives will say it is socials and let the market drive it.

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    It would have to overcome fossil fuel, auto industry lobbies.

    There are EV unintended consequences. Here in Washington tax revenue from gasoline is declining. Increased fuel efficiency plus electric vehicles.

    What is being considered is a mileage based tax to support road infrastructure. Tax EVs. I'd also like to see bike riders taxed it is only fair is it not?

    https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/26/...-cars-by-2040/

    France isn't the only big country getting ready to ditch fossil fuel vehicles. The UK is planning to ban sales of new fossil fuel-powered vehicles (including vans) from 2040. It's all about improving air quality, the government claims: airborne pollution is the "biggest environmental risk" to public health, and cutting off sales will help tackle pollution quickly. The move is part of a larger, £3 billion ($3.9 billion) strategy that will call on local government to retrofit buses, alter roads and even tweak traffic light patterns in the names of lower emissions and greater efficiency.
    There have been hopes that officials would charge fees for driving in specific areas (such as London's planned zero emission zone) or institute pollution-oriented taxes, but the government wants to avoid measures that could be interpreted as punishing drivers.
    Not everyone is happy with the plans. Greenpeace tells the Guardian that this plan is "miles away" from achieving its goal of rapidly cutting pollution. There need to be clean air zones, Greenpeace says, and more funding to tackle local pollution. The sales cutoff certainly won't address car-based pollution in the short term -- you won't have incentives to ditch your car before 2040, and you could keep driving your vehicle for a while longer than that.
    Still, it's a big step. The UK is one of the world's most important car markets, and a fossil fuel car ban there will dictate what automakers around the world do with their lineups. This won't be particularly difficult for British brands like Aston Martin and Jaguar, some of which are already moving toward electric cars, but they will have to say goodbye to a lot of their engine work within two decades. The automotive landscape was already going to change with the rise of EVs, to be clear -- the UK is just giving it a big nudge in that direction.

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    I haven't been following the politics in the US, but in Australia politicians have failed to sell the "Green New Deal". The policy is fine. It's a plan that provides economic growth, local jobs and cheaper transport while reducing emissions. But the politics are a mess. Politicians are trying to sell this policy to multiple different groups of people at once. In one sentence, they're selling emissions reductions to middle class voters while also promising to create new skilled jobs for blue collar workers.

    The message needs to focus exclusively on the jobs and ignore the emission reductions as if it's a mere side-effect. Many people are ambivalent about climate action but can understand an overt promise of more jobs.

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    Sorry, forgot to make my point specific to the thread topic:

    "We should build an EV charging network because it's good for the environment" is not going to convince many people.

    "We should build an EV charging network because it will create new skilled jobs for workers in every state" actually sells a clear and direct benefit.

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    What's wrong with doing both? That would be a good rebuttal to anti-environmentalists who claim that environmental-protection efforts only put people out of work.

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