In the Peepuls Republik of Kaliforniastan™ of course. California City to Buy Chinese Electric Buses Financed by Taxpayers.. The City of Long Beach Transit Authority decides naturally to go green and buys 10 electric buses from the Chinese for a whopping $12 million fleeced from the local taxpayers. $1.2 million dollars….each….that is one pricey bus that will never pay for itself but hey, the progressives shits in LB can feel so good about themselves watching those babies roll by. What? You really don’t think they would even consider, let alone, actually ride transportation for the proletariat do you? The problem is there is no such thing as a green vehicle using the left’s own definition of what’s good for Gaia and the little peoples. Those buses are coal-fired buses period. Considering somewhere on the order of 80% of our domestic power capacity is from coal-fired generation the ‘green’ buses aren’t that much green.
The buses require the city to build a $2 million recharge facility according to the article as well, not mentioned is the rest of the maintenance that probably requires a different set of skills than the average mechanic may have and there goes the local government payroll up hiring new people. The list of issues cited in the article make it almost certain the taxpayers will be in for a major fucking on this whole masturbatory moronicalness.
Of course, the whole deal hinged on the city getting an 80% cost U.S. gubmint subsidy and that is where the economic stupidity comes in.
Let’s step through this, we borrow money from the Chinese to subsidize purchasing of THEIR products, meanwhile paying loan-shark interest on the loan that we just gave back to them in trade. The tone of the story sounds like the US manufacturers are really pissed that the contract went to this untried in the US company, BYD. The taxpayers should be as well, I’ve had enough of this red shit wrapped and spoon fed to the public as ‘green’. The Ogabe administration has brought the cockroaches out of the woodwork lining up to fleece the taxpayers at the false altar of Environmentalism. The lunacy of the current electric vehicle craze seems to know no boundaries. I just grit my teeth at the cartoon one where the driver gets home and plugs his house into the car, as if the vehicle itself is a net generator of power. I have nothing against electric vehicles mind you, however it must be understood that calling them green is an engineering fallacy. Unfortunately way too few of our fellow citizens realize this nonsense. Electrical power is still produced pretty much by brute force. Large, heavy, expensive and complex equipment is involved and large scale motive forces (hydro, gas, coal, nuclear, etc) are still needed to spin-up those generators.
The left just loves to obfuscate and ‘solve’ problems merely by moving their point of impact out of sight.
$14 million pissed away and they feeeeellllll so good about being environmentally conscious. Oh and lest I forget, the meme about emission-free electric vehicles is bullshit too. Electric motors produce ozone, lots of ozone at that. Last I looked that was on the “Not-Cool” list of the greenies too or was that last week?
It’s so nice living in a make-believe world where you validate your entire miserable self solely based on emotions without a connection to reality.
Your defeatist attitude has been noted, Comrade. These buses shall stand as a testament for all time to the power and wisdom of Our Collective! When the people look upon the glory that is these buses, the will remember, it was the State that brought them such a wondrous gift. They will never forget from whence such blessings flow. And… Read more »
Got another story about goobermint stoopidity.
Our local municipality declared a drive to conserve water due to frequent droughts. The locals responded enthuiastically, cutting water consumption by over twelve percent. When the town realized that they were getting in LESS money from water bills, they raised the rates by 25% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hello all: I’d like to thank the good state of Kalifornistan for buying those BYD buses. See I work for a company that will supply some American content (but made in China too) to those wonderful public transportation units. I’ve been to the BYD plant in China. Nice little deal they got going on for the workers, work hard don’t… Read more »
It IS California.
They were pissed when more than half their electricity was being bought from Texas….and Texas wanted to be paid.
Electric vehicles would bother me less IF the Left would get their collective boot the hell up off of nuclear power…
Navy’s been building 50-year cores that can power a damned-floating-city for… well… over 50 years.
One more thing to thank Hanoi-Jane for…
I have a 92 Ford F150 that I am willing to sell them for the ridiculously low price of $15,000.00. I will finance it for them with a low interest rate of just 28% compounded monthly. Do you think I can get someone from the land of fruits and nuts to take me up on my offer? It’s not green,… Read more »
LC MuscleDaddy says: IF the Left would get their collective boot the hell up off of nuclear power… Yes indeed and both Westinghouse and GE have had factory licensed, Generation II totally passive units (i.e. not susceptible to extended station blackouts) for 20 years. The idea was to avoid the massive risk that a unit once built would never get… Read more »
Lord, rendered near speechless. Pray for the San Andreas Fault to let go.
Did you know uber leftist Glenn Greenwald and the left leaning UK Guardian were secret teabaggers?
This is the kind of crap that has cost us our republic. States embark on this lunacy precisely because they know the federal government will kick in large. If states suddenly had to make due without federal funny money, they would be forced to get sensible quickly. Unfortunately, large parts of most state budgets are supported by federal block grants… Read more »
Fa Cube Itches says: Your defeatist attitude has been noted, Comrade. These buses shall stand as a testament for all time to the power and wisdom of Our Collective! When the people look upon the glory that is these buses, the will remember, it was the State that brought them such a wondrous gift. They will never forget from whence… Read more »
Wow, this sounds suspiciously like something our Greens party would try here in Oz… except the $12m would be blown ensuring the entire decision process was carbon “neutral”, and multiple chai lattè circle jerks had been undertaken long before any buses could be purchased.