By targeting owners of electric and hybrid vehicles, Utah lawmakers disincentivize going green

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) A Utah electrical car charging station, Jan. 6, 2020.

The putrification of Utah’s skies continues unabated, because of a myopic assortment of state legislators. Within the middle ring of this 12 months’s Capitol Hill circus is a invoice designed to punish the 1/2 of 1% of Utah drivers who personal electrical and hybrid autos.

As soon as once more, the expressed want of legislators to deal with our filthy air runs a distant second to their want for extra {dollars}. By charging those that have made the choice to repair our states’ grave air pollution downside, our lawmakers will possible vote to unfix it.

Sensible, gents. Sensible.

There isn’t any better technique to disincentivize the driving of unpolluted air autos than to bully (and advantageous) those that do. If the aim of this invoice is to gather extra highway tax income from those that don’t purchase their fair proportion of gasoline, wouldn’t or not it’s extra truthful to gather further taxes from those that burn probably the most of it and do the best harm to our roads – and air? Like these numerous double and triple-trailer semis, these behemoths “throwing coal” and people different unrepentant fuel guzzlers. Depart it to Utah’s lawmakers to acknowledge a monumental downside after which make it worse.

Mike Dunn, Draper

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