It’s not enough that your tax dollars have been wasted on the Chevy Volt. Now Carl Levin wants to add insult to injury. Caroline May reports:
The same month that Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin bought his first electric car, he sponsored legislation to establish battery recharge stations in the Capitol complex’s parking areas.
The bill would give the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) the authority to provide recharging stations for electric vehicles in Senate parking lots…
Thursday afternoon, Senate Republicans blocked an attempted unanimous consent vote to hotline the legislation through the Senate…
At least two other co-sponsors of the legislation own electric cars as well, including Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, who purchased a Nissan Leaf in 2011…
Alexander’s office told The Daily Caller that the legislation blocked on Thursday would not have required any massive installations. Instead, they said, it would designate parking places for hybrid or electric cars near electrical plugs.
The monthly fee per user would be approximately $28 – $35 — enough to offset the price and keep it “at absolutely no cost to the taxpayer.”
An earlier idea, scored by the Congressional Budget Office, had the AOC authorizing the installation of recharge stations, which the agency estimated would have cost $6,000 — a cost that would be offset later by fees. The idea favored by Levin’s legislation would just make plugs more accessible to vehicles.
Well, that’s one solution. I’d like to offer another one that would be even cheaper:
$59.97 at Home Depot. No monthly fee required.
You’re welcome, Senator Levin.