Belying their party’s professed anti-tax leanings, Republican senators have introduced a bill to kill the federal tax credit for EV purchases, and impose a new annual tax on EV owners.
Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), have introduced a second bill to kill the tax credit (Senator Barrasso introduced a similar bill last October, during the previous legislative session).
According to campaign finance watchdog OpenSecrets, the Oil and Gas sector is a top financial contributor to all three senators.
Barrasso told Fox News that all taxpayers share the costs of EVs: “Never before has the electric-car consumer had so many choices. Taxpayers, on the other hand, don’t have any choice. Every time one of these cars sells, the US taxpayer must help pay for it.”
As Electrek’s Fred Lambert eloquently points out, the true costs of fossil fuel vehicles (oil spill cleanup, health costs from air pollution, etc etc) are borne not only by US taxpayers, but by the entire population of the Earth.
You can contact your senators to express your opinion about this bill – most political activists agree that comments from constituents can indeed make a difference.