You read that right - Sen. Battin of the 37th district in California has put forth Bill SB 1374 that would allow the first 88,000 drivers that buy carbon offsets for their cars to get stickers allowing them in the HOV lanes. He proudly admits that his "nifty $45 offset" makes him feel better driving around and he scoffs at the people driving Priuses that are not even close to carbon neutral.
At first, I was bothered that a Hummer driver could buy his way into the HOV lane for ~$50, but he does make the good point that the first batch of hybrid drivers were given this same incentive and it was effective at encouraging the purchase of hybrids. In either case, you're buying access to a luxury (trust me, I sat on the 80W for 3 hours this morning...it would have been luxurious to cruise in the HOV lane)
Even with that, it doesn't sit right with me - they might as well make all the highways toll roads with different lanes depending on how much you're willing to pay. While I'm all for encouraging people to invest in alternative energy (through Carbon Offsets, RECs or anything else,) in this case, we need to be incentivizing car pooling, nothing else.
Anyone have additional info on this? Thoughts?
Edited by deej - Mon, 25 Feb 2008 22:03:23 GMT