The Transportation Climate Initiative is Dead and Buried

The Transportation Climate Initiative is DEAD AND BURIED

The TCI was proposed about 2 years ago. The word “climate” was inserted for political correctness.

There is no way, any and all measures, by all of the US northeast, could ever affect the world climate, while China, India, and others, are allowed to continue burning at least 8 BILLION metric ton of coal each year, with NO time limit, as agreed to by Glasgow COP26

This article was written BY STEVE MACDONALD / 21 NOVEMBER 2021
https://granitegrok.com/blog/2021/11/the-transportation-climate-ini...

Yesterday, we reported on the death of the TCI, another taxation-without-representation scheme that would milk motorists to fund the ill-conceived Dem/Prog “climate-change-fighting” schemes, such as expensive electric buses and expensive, catching-fire EVs, electric trains and bicycles, ride-sharing, carpooling.

Charlie Baker, a huge supporter of TCI, backed out, leaving only Rhode Island, which had stepped away, but not formally retracted its interest in TCI. With Massachusetts out and Connecticut long gone, RI said it is done trying to make TCI work.

TCI has no takers and is dead and buried; but not the financing of the various, nefarious Dem/Prog shake-down schemes

Laundering money is still the goal, and transportation is still a target, but forcing gas taxes down people’s throats ("break their will") was not even a politically viable option, when gas was cheap.


Gas prices have increased 50 plus percent, in just a few months, thanks to idiotic energy policies of the extreme-leftist posses that are handling Biden
Massachusetts and Rhode Island are planning to “combat climate changes” using other financing means.

THEIR goal is to replace gas-powered vehicles with electric vehicles; a pipe dream of non-technical RE folks, that does not reduce CO2 anywhere near any claims by those RE folk, according to independent energy systems analysts.

That means, the taxpayer solution to the problem is to remove such RE folks from office in 2022, by turning out to vote in such large numbers, to more than offset any frauds by Election Officials and Dem/ Prog operatives.

TCI is DEAD.

Charlie Baker had been clinging to the TCI as a new revenue stream. It would add a Commission-imposed tax on all motor fuel. The tax would be passed down to drivers.

The money would be laundered through the Commission, and then, minus hefty fees, back to states, under the assumption they would use money to "save the planet".

Sure, if by “planet,” you mean the gaping holes in state budgets, due to decades of irresponsible/excessive spending habits of Dem/Prog-run states.

We have about 50 articles related to the infamous TCI scheme, including news and commentary about almost every state that considered, and then dropped, the idea of joining. I will not rehash that here, because that might look like gloating.

But, I am gloating.

So, what happened? How did this “we have to have this, or we’re all going to die” climate-cult-cash grab lose favor so quickly? It is very easy to explain.


The only climate politicians care about is the one that gets them re-elected again and again, due to a lack of term limits. Here is a double-speak, weasel-word obfuscation.

“The Baker Administration always maintained the Commonwealth would only move forward with the TCI, if multiple states committed, and, as that commitment does not exist, the TCI is no longer the best solution for the Commonwealth’s transportation and environmental needs,” said Terry MacCormack, the governor’s press secretary, in a statement.

Even before Biden-in-the-basement-inflation, the idea of saddling working-class voters with a massive gas tax was a tough sell. But, it was one Baker and his RE minions were prepared to embrace.


They would conjure up a, de facto, gas tax, that would start small, and then grow and grow, to generate $BILLIONS in revenue outside the election process.

That would be the Nirvana dream-come-true for big-spending Dem/Progs; they could not be accused of imposing any price increases!!

BTW, Vermont's GWSA is a similar avoiding-responsibility scheme to save the hides of non-technical RE Dem/Progs

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/playing-russian-roulet...

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/vermont-s-global-warmi...

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/the-global-warming-sol...

The US economy has since gone into a slide. Black Friday was sort of a bust, and 2022 is looking like a steeper slide. Piling taxes, on top of existing gas taxes, is not what voters want.

A regional plan to reduce emissions, even just on paper, needed more than one interested party. Baker had no one else left to dance with, so he headed for the exit, and he is not coming back.
A non-possibility not all that long ago.

Katie Theoharides, the governor’s secretary of energy and environmental affairs, said in December 2020, when Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia announced they were moving forward with TCI.

“Massachusetts needed the program, if it was going to have a chance of reaching its goal of net-zero emissions; we cannot get there without a program like this,” she said.

This is just another a statement by technically challenged ignoramus.

How do these people even get into these jobs?

They’ll have to find another way. A third way, perhaps?

Or did someone finally have to admit that zero-emissions are just another fairy tale cheaters tell to justify shaking down voters for cash?

Even if every state signed on, it would have always been about redistributing money from people who could least afford it, to pay for the “climate-change-fighting” priorities of a well-to-do spectrum of RE folks who could.

India: India declared it would not sign the statement of COP26 goals regarding coal burning. Instead of reading “close down coal by 2030”, India insisted on “phase down unabated coal”. Unabated refers to the common practice of Indian households, etc., cooking over open fires with coal, a major source of local air pollution. It would be phased down (no time limit was stated).

 

All this means, the burning of coal in power plants, with air pollution abatement systems, would be unaffected (no time limit was stated). The major coal burning countries, such as China, India, Australia, Brazil, the US, etc., would continue to burn coal in power plants.

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/cop26-caves-on-coal-ph...

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/11/28/weather-lulls-germany-forced...

India

India declared it would not sign the statement of COP26 goals regarding coal burning. Instead of reading “close down coal by 2030”, India insisted on “phase down unabated coal”. Unabated refers to the common practice of Indian households, etc., cooking over open fires with coal, a major source of local air pollution. It would be phased down (no time limit was stated).

 

All this means,

1) The burning of coal in power plants, with air pollution abatement systems, would be unaffected (no time limit was stated).

2) The major coal burning countries, such as China, India, Australia, Brazil, the US, etc., would continue to burn coal in power plants.

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/cop26-caves-on-coal-ph...

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/11/28/weather-lulls-germany-forced...

The Global Warming Role of CO2

Many articles have been published by independent academic researchers that show CO2 does not have nearly as much global warming influence, as claimed by the "consensus of 97% of establishment scientists”

Among these scientists are those who concoct about 102 squiggly lines, based on mostly guesswork, estimates, and interpolations.

Then the IPCC takes an average of all those lines (the red line) to anoint the "official establishment global warming trend", a procedure no real scientific laboratory could ever apply to laboratory data. 

On purpose, not a single squiggly line is left out, so all those pseudo-scientists at universities, think tanks, etc., will stay united, and will continue to receive abundant funds to “do research” for many decades. See image.

These articles show the research of independent scientists.

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/fortytwo-years-of-sate...

https://notrickszone.com/2021/11/22/physicists-climate-model-error-...

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/11/28/the-profound-junk-science-of...

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Comment by Willem Post on November 29, 2021 at 1:49pm

I buy a new 4WD, Subaru Outback, with oodles of cargo space, every three years, and trade in my wife's 6-y-old Subaru Outback, which typically would have about 32,000 miles after 6 years.

I pay the dealer about $11,000 every three years.

We hardly ever have a repair bill

We drive a total of about 15,000 miles per year, using about 500 gallons of regular gas.

Liability insurance (GEICO) for both cars is about $1,200 per year

Comment by Kenneth Capron on November 29, 2021 at 12:15am

WELL thanks for the analysis. A lot more info than I can decipher. You might want to avoid acronyms and abbreviations. ALL I want to know is how much am I going to get paid per month per solar panel I install?

And what's the average value of parking my car for a year. Better yet, how much would I save if I never owned or leased another car/truck. I have read that all tolled, a car costs on average $10,000 per year to own. I'll have to scope out the bus for 2022.

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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