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Maine Rejects Electric Vehicle Nonsense

Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2024
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by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
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Among radical ideas destined to run aground, “hard rudder left,” are recyclable diapers, solar-, wind-, and Flintstone cars, snowplows with horses, and mandating electric vehicles in Maine – where logic and facts make electric vehicles a fail.

Thankfully, common sense still lives in places like Maine, and across rural America, despite people like Maine’s Secretary of State trying to cancel the GOP presidential candidate and their Democrat governor, Janet Mills, trying to fast-track illegal aliens, late-term abortions, transgender tourism, and electric snowplows.

Last week, Maine’s top environmental regulator, the Board of Environmental Protection, rejected that governor’s “electric vehicle mandate,” modeled on California’s anti-consumer rush to mandate 82 percent electric vehicles by 2032.

While a small step, this reality check is significant – for Maine and the nation – as it represents a blow to modern mandate madness, and offers hope for the future.

While dark money pours into Maine to convince, cajole, coopt, and coerce Maine citizens to push the state left – supporting Democrats in power – facts prevailed. Ronald Reagan famously said, “Facts are stubborn things,” and they are. 

Some 84 percent of Mainers – Republicans, Independents, and Democrats – effectively said “No, go home,” “Leave us alone,” “Thanks but no thanks.”

They told the regulatory board they were done with electric vehicle mania, risking everything for nothing, their cars, trucks, plows, and school buses suddenly going dark.

Never mind that Maine – with a history of Yankee independence and individualism – has quietly suffered an epidemic of electric vehicle failures, with school districts with electric school buses having to take them offline so as not to “electrocute” kids.

One such school district, Winthrop, had to meekly report to parents that their electric school buses systematically leaked, which – to be clear – represented a safety issue since electricity and water do not go well together. They… brought gas-powered buses back online, so all is well. Go figure.

Now, the State’s Board of Environmental Protection – with 1800 complaints – has ruled that “Maine is far too rural,” has “far too few charging stations,” and “many Mainers are also concerned about the reliability of these vehicles in our extreme cold-weather months,” so – Mr. Biden, and Governor Mills, “no thank you.”

With Maine’s sub-zero winters, variable climate, rugged topography, expansive geography, and love of democracy, letting individuals fill up their 8-cylinder trucks when and where they want, a supply chain well established, seems to work well.

As we used to say: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That said, other issues loom large, and Maine’s Democrat legislature and Governor should think about them.

Like most of the nation, Mainers want their gas and oil prices to come back down, now twice what they were when Mr. Biden and Governor Mills took assumed office. Mainers do not want more expensive, less reliable power, cars, stoves, or anything else, let alone higher inflation, more regulation, high interest, or mandates.

They do not want more government telling them what to do, much as most Americans are sick of the “more government” mantra. They want their lives back.

So, is there good news? Yes. Life and politics are oddly cyclic, and the cycle is coming. As they say, “What goes around comes around,” and it is. That one, honest decision by Maines’ Board of Environmental Protection may start a trend.

Of course, the way politicians do, Maine’s Democrat Governor Mills and 2nd District Congressman Jared Golden are now touting a new religion, reversing themselves and abandoning radical notions about electric energy, giving ground.

Golden, rather comically, now says he was always for “affordable transportation,” and would now like to reign in “regulations.” He thinks “California-style emotions standards would impose logistical and financial hurdles for Maine …”  You think?

Bottom line: People – in Maine and across the nation – are getting tired, becoming frustrated, even angry – with this political double-talk, hail-fellow mumbo-jumbo covering leftist policies. Do you know what they really want? They want their lives back, they want authenticity in leaders, and they want gas-powered trucks. Period.

Robert Charles is a former Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, former Reagan and Bush 41 White House staffer, attorney, and naval intelligence officer (USNR). He wrote “Narcotics and Terrorism” (2003), “Eagles and Evergreens” (2018), and is National Spokesman for AMAC.
 

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David Millikan
David Millikan
2 months ago

Good job Maine.
Texas just had a Hailstorm and it wiped out over 3,300 acres of Solar Panels on a Solar Farm in Fort Bend County, Tx.. Where’s the backup power? Oh wait. There is none. So much for their Green Agenda.
This is exactly why we use Coal and Natural Gas for our energy needs. They are RELIABLE, CHEAP, and ABUNDANCE OF. Well, at least under President Trump they were.

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

“Thankfully, common sense still lives in places like Maine” Can we please remember that this is the same state specifically constructing living quarters for their ILLEGALs while our veterans still live on the streets. So no, common sense does not exist across the board in Maine.

Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson
2 months ago

The so called Democrats are totalitarians first and foremost. They are vehemently opposed to everything this country used to stand for.

Max
Max
2 months ago

RBC, great to hear that the citizens of Maine are tired of government regulations that have not been thoroughly thought through especially for the safety issue with children on electric buses. Hopefully, other state governments that have followed the stupid CA regulations will wake up and revoke laws and regulations and turn to common sense laws. Only time will tell.

Janet
Janet
2 months ago

There are so many rural areas in CA that an EV is not compatible with and they just keep pushing the nonsense. The only places that it makes any sense would be SF and LA, but I wonder how long the batteries last when stuck in stopped or in bumper to bumper traffic. There’s no way that heavy equipment can be run by electric power as many times it is on a steep hillside, cutting fire breaks during a fire, clearing dirt access roads in more remote areas, so where are the charging stations and how does that work during a forest fire? The whole thing is insane and should be up to an individual whether they want an EV or not.

Howard
Howard
2 months ago

Excellent article, RBC. Sanity regarding EV is returning. I hope it spreads across the nation, especially in the so-called blue states.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
2 months ago

In Reno, we get cold winters and hot summers; my car, truck, and motorcycle batteries last about 5 years. Can’t imagine having to change a BANK of expensive EV batteries when they fail!

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 months ago

Bravo Maine Bravi

orion
orion
2 months ago

Arizona resident, with lots of sun and solar panels, on the roofs of many homes. I jumped on the band wagon, with solar panels for water heating back in the early 70’s. Ignoring the fact that water lines buried close to the surface, allow scalding water to leave the tap, even in a garden hose. The first hail storm, after 5 years of sitting on the roof, destroyed the panels. Oh but the technology has changed, replacement of existing panels $6k. $6k every five years? No thank you.

anna hubert
anna hubert
2 months ago

Maine to be modelled on California Say no more This is like old Soviet Union where they were trying to grow oranges in the hot houses in Siberia

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
2 months ago

Those that want electric cars and trucks good luck I live in an area where we have winter try to keep those batteries going in sub zero weather good luck. Everyone I know does not want a EV and said they will never buy one and I am sure there are more out there that think the same.

Melinda
Melinda
2 months ago

I haven’t visited all the states, but assume that most of them have extensive rural areas that are totally unsuited for electric vehicles. Politicians work for all the people, not just those in cities. I truly hope this progressive nonsense will go the way of the dodo bird.

carl
carl
2 months ago

remove EV mandates & tax subsidies

Ken Paul
Ken Paul
2 months ago

Yet, just watch. That state will vote blue, reinforcing the bizarre paradox that voters continually elect candidates from a party that does not have their best interests in mind.

Kim
Kim
2 months ago

I hope the state legislature and the people will fight FOR fossil fuels with enthusiasm equal to their fight AGAINST government mandates for EV’s. It’s one thing for legislators to acquiesce this year to the impractical nature of electric vehicles, but quite a different matter for them to write legislation that would KEEP fossil fuels for eternity for their vehicles as well as for their stoves, lawn mowers, and water heaters.

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