I recently received the registration for my hybrid car and realized that we need to talk about this state-sponsored racket. No wait, before I continue, and before you accuse me of being a Hardcore Trump Loving Republican trying to secretly bring down the Corporate Democrat Shewmake cartel, I want to verify that I am a card-carrying, Bernie-supporting liberal. Well, ok most of the time I don’t have a party at all because the major parties generally disappoint me. But when it comes to the environment, infrastructure, or social policies, I think we need to get some way-better Democrats. Or at least ones that don’t lie to us all of the time to protect special interests. And, it turns out, the tabs for my hybrid are a perfect example of where and why things are going wrong.
Did you know that in Washington, owners of “green vehicles” are charged the highest green vehicle registration fees in the nation? We do this, apparently, to offset the “loss of revenue that the state gets from gas taxes.” All-electric and hybrid vehicle owners are financially punished by the state legislature for going Green. So Hybrid vehicles pay an additional tax of $75, and all-electric vehicles pay an additional $150. Does this approach seem counter-intuitive to anyone else? It certainly doesn’t encourage adoption of cleaner vehicles like most other states do, and it doesn’t hold carbon emitters accountable for polluting.
This tax was originally sponsored by Representatives Fey, Orcutt, Slatter, Doglio, Tharinger, and Ramos. These are all, we should note, neo-liberal Democrats that claim to be progressives who care about the environment. When what they’re actually doing is protecting big oil interests, just like their Republican “opponents.” Because there aren’t really different parties, it’s just one big bunch of powerful, wealthy people who are trying to maintain the status quo. For an excellent article on neo-liberalism, please see this article from the Guardian, “the ideology at the Root of all of our Problems.”