In what could possibly be the dumbest thing I have ever heard or read, a certain Senator Jim Battin (R- La Quinta) has introduced a bill that would allow drivers of the biggest and most polluting cars on the road to buy their way into the HOV Lane. In California, if you own a hybrid, you could have gotten a sticker allowing you to drive by yourself in the carpool lane. I thought it was a great idea, until they decided not to give out any more stickers. Now there is an incentive! Thanks to a post at the Liberal OC that referenced my old post about California running out of the HOV stickers, I got to read about this asinine bill.
SACRAMENTO – 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 carbon neutral 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.
Are you kidding me? I wonder just how much money went into his pocket from the auto manufacturers to even try to present this bill. How about we just make more stickers available to either hybrid owners and/or small car drivers, and force people to drive smaller cars? I know the bill has no chance of passing, but still – Hummers in the HOV lane? Please…
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