Senate Environment Chairman Wants to Pull Plug on Electric Vehicle Tax Breaks for the Rich

‘Gas, electric and alternative fuel vehicles all use the same roads and put the same amount of wear and tear on those roads…’

Senate Enviro Chair: Time to Pull the Plug on Electric Vehicle Subsidies

Sen. John Barasso / IMAGE: MSNBC via Youtube

(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) The chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works said it’s high time to end tax credits for electric vehicles.

According to a press release from his office, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced the Fairness for Every Driver Act, which he says will strengthen the Highway Trust Fund by making sure drivers of electric vehicles contribute to it.

“It’s time to end the electric vehicle tax credit,” said Barrasso. “The Fairness for Every Driver Act will save taxpayers billions of dollars and help keep our roads safe.”

The legislation would be a major step toward treating vehicle owners equally and not by what type of motor they use.

Central among the arguments opposing the electric cars are that they have little environmental benefit, and that the tax incentive applies only to the upper end of the socioeconomic scale that can afford them.

“Gas, electric and alternative fuel vehicles all use the same roads and put the same amount of wear and tear on those roads,” Barrasso added. “Every driver should contribute to maintain America’s highways.”

The key planks of the bill include ending the tax credit for electric vehicles (up to $7,500 for every new electric vehicle purchased in the country) and imposing a highway user fee on alternative fuel vehicles.

The legislation is cosponsored by Barrasso’s Wyoming colleague Sen. Mike Enzi, and Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas. It was also introduced by Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., who said the electric vehicle subsidies are forcing rural drivers to pay more.

Said Smith: “Rural America’s taxpayers shouldn’t be footing the bill for others to drive high-end electric vehicles. The Electric Vehicle Tax Credit has benefited the wealthy at the expense of everyday Americans just trying to get by. It’s time to end this wasteful subsidy and help rebuild our nation’s infrastructure by ensuring every driver contributes to improving the roads we all use.”

The Republican attempt to end the electric vehicle subsidy—as well as their insinuations that the drivers of electric vehicles aren’t paying their fair share—is sure to elicit howls of outrage from wealthy, Hybrid-driving liberals.

But with the House of Representatives now being controlled by Democrats committed to “environmental justice,” prospects for passage are far from clear.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez / IMAGE: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert via Youtube

Barasso weighed in Thursday following the unveiling of the framework for New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez‘s ambitious—and costly—“Green New Deal.”

The proposal includes lofty goals (with no clear funding mechanism) such as replacing every building in the U.S. “for state of the art energy efficiency” and providing “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”

The wide-eyed freshman congresswoman, a Democrat, also pitched a wildly different vision for the future of transportation: “Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere … with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.”

Barasso scorned the “laundry list of government giveaways” as a “raw deal for the American taxpayer” in a press release.

“As Democrats take a hard left turn, this radical proposal would take our growing economy off the cliff and our nation into bankruptcy,” he said. “It’s the first step down a dark path to socialism.”