As electric vehicles become more popular, Whatcom County cities along Interstate 5 are coming up with rules on where the charging stations can be installed.
With Bellingham between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., "we feel somewhat of a regional obligation" to usher in charging stations, said Ryan Nelson, resource conservation management specialist at Bellingham Public Works.
Blaine has already approved changes to its code outlining what type of charging stations can go where. Ferndale leaders will consider changes for their city Monday, June 20. (Read more...)
Now, the question that WE need to ask is, "where's the demand?" WE don't see very many electric vehicles on the road, so why is government in such a hurry to "usher in" these facilities? When gas powered vehicles first came on the scene, private enterprise stepped up to put gas stations along highways, and individual motorists had to make sure they brought the necessary fuel for the long stretches between refueling stops. If there's a demand, the necessary service stations will pop up as needed. Of course there's always the risk that one might end up at a location not sanctioned by one of our self-appointed control freaks, but WE digress.
Another question you might want to ask your local control freak is why they're so all-fired anxious to get people to switch to coal-fired vehicles. That's right, much of the electricity in this country is generated from coal fired power plants -- and that's not likely to change rapidly without politically unfeasible social upheaval. So switching to electric vehicles isn't going to do much, if anything, to reduce our CO2 footprint*. And batteries are really nasty for the environment. WE're sure American ingenuity and know-how could do much better if the government would just step aside and stop micro-managing us.
*premise not accepted that reducing it would have any measurable effect on anything, but used here for the sake of argument.