I opened The Washington Times this morning and the first thing that caught my eye was the headline “Energy: Electric Chargers for Capitol Hill?” I thought, “I’ll bet that is going to be stupid” and I wasn’t disappointed. Senator Carl Levin (Idiot – MI) and Representative Dale Kildee (Idiot – MI) have offered a plan to place electric recharging stations for lawmakers and their staffs at the Capitol. In fairness they called for this to be paid for with user fees – but then the only Federal program that has ever come in under budget in my lifetime has been President Bush’s Prescription Drug Program.
Electric cars are a loser in our lifetime. There is no way that electric cars will ever be competitive with gasoline and diesel powered vehicles without the benefit of punishing regulation and/or taxes by loony misguided government hacks. That’s just a simple fact.
When electric cars are commercially viable in the free market the Federal government won’t have to build recharge stations because the electric car industry will do it themselves. The government didn’t build gas stations and it doesn’t have to build electric recharging stations. The Federal government has an exceptionally poor record in picking winners and losers – they should sit this one out.