Massachusetts will require all new cars sold be electric by 2035

Posted: January 4, 2021 by oldbrew in Emissions, government, ideology, net zero, Travel
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Electric car charging station [credit: Wikipedia]


Climate fever is spreading, in the minds of political leaders at least. They forget, or don’t know, that most so-called greenhouse gas is water vapour – not carbon dioxide – so reducing ’emissions’ can make little difference to the total figures even if such a goal was useful, which is doubtful to say the least.
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On the last day of 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and his administration shared a plan that will deal a major blow to fossil fuel automakers while severely cutting the state’s greenhouse-gas emissions in the next decade and beyond, says CleanTechnica.

These changes include the mandate that all new cars sold in the state will be electric by 2035, The Boston Globe reports.

In a press release, Governor Baker brought up the costly impacts of climate change. “The people of Massachusetts are experiencing record droughts, increased risk of wildfire, severe weather, and flooding in our coastal communities.”

He added, “The costly impacts of climate change are on display in the Commonwealth, making it critical that we take action.”

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides noted that achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 will require hard work and noted that the plan established a blueprint to help the state.

“We know that achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050 will require hard work and collaboration across all sectors of the economy,” she said.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    Meanwhile, The Guardian reports…

    UK carmakers have three years to source local electric car batteries

    Brexit deal means from 2024 batteries not containing 50% local materials face EU tariffs

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jan/03/uk-carmakers-have-three-years-to-source-local-electric-car-batteries

  2. spetzer86 says:

    Wonder where they’re going to get the electricity to power these marvels in a typical Boston winter? Wonder where the energy to heat all those buildings is going to come from?

  3. Chaswarnertoo says:

    How? I would just drive to the next state to buy a proper car, with a loud V8.

  4. rogercaiazza says:

    New York will announce the same thing soon.

  5. pochas94 says:

    These politicians just love to flex their muscles.

  6. Gamecock says:

    ‘Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and his administration shared a plan that will deal a major blow to fossil fuel automakers while severely cutting the state’s greenhouse-gas emissions in the next decade and beyond’

    He has authority to ‘share a plan.’ That’s it.

    ‘These changes include the mandate that all new cars sold in the state will be electric by 2035.’

    2035 will decide what 2035 will do. Goodtimecharlie is just ratchet jawing. Which CleanTechnica is happy to share as “news.” Disinformation, as it were.

  7. oldbrew says:

    In a press release, Governor Baker brought up the costly impacts of climate change. “The people of Massachusetts are experiencing record droughts…”
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    Really? The State’s own website says:

    December 9, 2020 – Following increased amounts of rainfall through the month of November, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides today declared that drought conditions continue to improve or hold steady across the Commonwealth, with all seven regions of the state currently in a Level 1-Mild Drought.

    https://www.mass.gov/info-details/drought-status#past-drought-declarations-maps-and-history-

    Any problem was temporary it seems…

    Extreme Drought In Massachusetts Wiped Out By Recent Rain, Snow
    By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer
    November 5, 2020

    Check it out:

    2015-2016 total rainfall: 67.85″ (about 20″ below average)
    2018-2019 total rainfall: 103.70″ (about 17″ above average)

    So, you could say, over the last 5 years, while we had some wild swings, overall, we ended up about average. 2020 has seen us, once again, go the other way.

    https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/11/05/drought-update-massachusetts-boston-weather-forecast/
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    2015-16 was a strong El Nino period. Governors can’t control those with plans, or anything else.

  8. Mike Wattam says:

    I think you give politicians too much credit for any deep thinking about the climate. In actuality they are driven to jump on ‘trendy’ and ‘popular’ bandwagons which they believe might win them votes next time round. Their reasoning power goes no further, they understand no technicalities.

  9. Curious George says:

    Every five years, the Soviet Union made a bold plan to overtake the West. In five years the plan was forgotten and a new bold plan was made. I think of that whenever I see a new bold plan for 2025, or 2035, etc. Socialism at work.

  10. stpaulchuck says:

    any excuse to just exert control over our lives regardless of the efficacy. We have stopped electing people to act FOR us like attorneys and have elected instead little jumped up tyrants. Power mad ones at that.

    IMAO, anyone who seeks political office is the WRONG person for it. A few, a very few, do not lie about their intentions if elected, but then just about everyone of them is seduced by the witches and warlocks of the devil’s coven’s known as parliament, congress, and simlar titles. IMHO, Guy Fawkes had the right idea.

    We have also graduated way too many PhD’s in the sciences so we have a horde of rent/grant seekers running about looking for a crusade to join or create that almost always begins with, “We’re all going to die! Die I tell you!!” unless of course we cough up gobs of money for them to ‘study’ it and propose a fix. A fix, BTW, that rarely seems to work at advertised. So… more money, more money, etc. I think I see a pattern here.

  11. oldbrew says:

    a plan that will deal a major blow to fossil fuel automakers

    With a state population under 7 million?
    https://worldpopulationreview.com/states/massachusetts-population

  12. tom0mason says:

    History rarely repeats but often rhymes, “The Lights Went Out In) Massachusetts” is a song by the Bee Gees, released in 1967 …

  13. Paul Vaughan says:

    Long live free dumb – in mass abuse ITs!! – where IT = INVERTED TOTALITARIANISM!!!

    Do IT up!! IT’s AUTObiography is comm. in out in scratch ‘n’ sniff …and IT stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Adam Gallon says:

    Anybody know of an American car manufacturer, that doesn’t produce, or plan to produce, EVs?
    So not much of a threat to any car manufacturers.

  15. Gamecock says:

    Actually, Adam, I haven’t heard anything from Fiat/Chrysler. But, yeah, if America is to have electric cars, you can bet Ford/GM/Chrysler will be making them.

  16. oldbrew says:

    Fiat/Chrysler is about to merge with PSA aka Peugeot/Citroen.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55526360

  17. oldbrew says:

    Game over, for now…

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes climate bill that sets carbon emissions targets ahead of 2050

    “While my administration wholeheartedly supports the environmental justice goals of this bill, intent without the tools to address those issues are empty promises,” Baker wrote in a letter to lawmakers. “The bill does not have language or funding to address the ongoing impacts of climate change faced by those communities.”

    https://www.masslive.com/politics/2021/01/massachusetts-gov-charlie-baker-vetoes-climate-bill-that-sets-carbon-emissions-targets-ahead-of-2050.html

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