Republicans stall climate change legislation in Oregon state

Most amusing. Not the first time, I forget the other state where it happened.

The dramatic scenes came after the Republicans had not only skipped the legislature, but some had even left the state as part of an effort to deny Democrats the votes to take up the bill to reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2050. Democrats hold a 18-12 majority, but they need 20 present for a quorum.

Bonus content. Electric car sales struggling, but not in Norway. Subsidies slashed in China and the US, Tesla in trouble etc.

As with Tesla in the U.S., though, the biggest negative factor for demand for BEVs is the reduction in government subsidies. Teslas bought in the U.S will be eligible for a tax credit of only $1,875 beginning on July 1, down from the current level of $3,500 and the $7,500 that prevailed from 2012 until December 31st, 2018.

The reduction in subsidies in China will be much more draconian, though. According to the Financial Times, the subsidy for Chinese BEV purchases that currently averages 70,000 RMB ($10,100) will decline to 25,000 RMB ($3,607) by the end of this month. My research shows that this change will take place on June 22nd, so while the Chinese market might see a bump in BEV sales in before the deadline, I believe sales of BEVs will show a marked year-on-year decline in the second half of 2019.

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10 Responses to Republicans stall climate change legislation in Oregon state

  1. min

    Apparently Sydney is suffering Climate Crisis discussed and passed by council tonight .

  2. Frosty

    Amusing? I don’t find it amusing that elected representatives run and hide when something they don’t like is presented by a government. Its not the side, its the principle. Stand up, argue against it, vote against it, but if you don’t have the numbers, tough luck. You get an opportunity next election to get a majority and to repeal the unwanted legislation.

  3. Nob

    Fair point Frosty – if legislatures could not make laws that are binding beyond their term.

  4. Frosty, two inconvenient facts. One, the present Governor supported the exact tactic in 2001 when she was in the legislature and the Democrats did the same thing. Second, I understand the bill they are avoiding is unconstitutional in Oregon, which is no barrier to Democrat virtue signaling.

  5. Win

    Don’t be so frigid frosty ,relax ,ridicule the ridiculous.

  6. Iampeter

    Amazing! The West is saved! /sarc

    Seriously though, get back to us when Republicans dismantle the EPA.
    Which Republicans created in the first place…

  7. duncanm

    What seems to be glossed over in that article is that the “RW” militia threat only came about after the governor sent the state police out to drag back the Republicans who walked out.

  8. The Oregoonians deserve everything they get. Let the legislation go through and then they can learn to live in green utopia.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    Amusing kerfuffle yesterday. The NYT put up an article “L.A. to Vegas and Back by Electric Car: 8 Hours Driving; 5 More Plugged In” a few days ago, and a journo at Townhall wrote a comment piece in response. That led to much fun.

    Electric Cars Superior To Gas-Powered Cars? Ownership Rates Say Not For A Decade

    Yesterday, I posted Electric Car Major Headache: Waiting Hours for Charging Bay then Hrs to Charge

    My article contained excerpts from the New York Times article L.A. to Vegas and Back by Electric Car: 8 Hours Driving; 5 More Plugged In.

    A furious reaction ensued.

    What transpired is a huge number of Tesla and EV owners are defending their purchases. Many of these owners are self-proclaimed, environmentally-superior human beings out to save the world from the evils of cheaper but polluting cars.

    These environmental thumpers ignore the coal-burning to produce electricity (about a 30% share), the mining of Lithium, infrastructure costs, and cost of electricity if and when we do get to 50% EV ownership.

    To top it off, the Tesla owners make better-than-thou claims despite spontaneously-exploding batteries, laughable crash-prone automated navigation systems, poor paint jobs, bumpers that fall off, and a myriad of other reported problems that no one sees on any other car in existence.

    Waaaahhh! EVs are now the chariots of religious greens and woe if you have the temerity to criticise their performance.

  10. J.H.

    Wisconsin Democrats did this same thing to Scott Walker the Governor back in 2011… They all boarded a private bus and absconded to Michigan.

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