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Opinion: Out with the Cost-Share!

November 18, 2016 in Opinion, Special to Fleets & Fuels, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Match Requirements Are Effectively Crippling Small Business Innovation:
‘The Only Hope of Moving Forward Is More Severe Government Regulations’

Cost-share requirements allowing companies access to advanced vehicle development funding pose a financial burden that make it unlikely for smaller firms to survive, let along bring cleaner and more efficient vehicles to market. So argues advanced heavy duty vehicles veteran Tom Bartley, who has made his opinion known to Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, which handles much of the state’s funding for low-emission, high-efficiency vehicles, notably from CARB and the CEC: the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission.

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California Needs to Plug-in – Seriously

August 5, 2016 in Opinion by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sustainable Transportation Requires More REAL Support for Industry:
Politicians Posture, But ‘the Industry Sees Something Entirely Different’

Special to Fleets & Fuels by Urvi Nagrani,
Marketing & Business Development Director, Motiv Power Systems

If you read the news you might think California cares about the environment. Governor Jerry Brown has both a Zero-Emission Vehicle Action Plan and a Sustainable Freight Plan. Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León spearheaded work on SB 350, a landmark climate bill last year. California’s leadership on environmental causes was recognized last year with Governor Brown’s high profile talks with the Pope on climate leadership.
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Arnold’s Deft Plug for Electric Transport

December 15, 2015 in Education, Electric Drive, Opinion by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Schwarzenegger Gets to the Point on Clean Transportation:
‘Do You Believe Coal and Oil Will Be the Fuels of the Future?’

We take the liberty of re-posting a great Facebook message from former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on electric transportation.

Click image or here for Schwarzenegger Facebook post.

Click image or here for Schwarzenegger Facebook post.



I don’t give a **** if we agree about climate change.

I see your questions.

Each and every time I post on my Facebook page or tweet about my crusade for a clean energy future, I see them.

There are always a few of you, asking why we should care about the temperature rising, or questioning the science of climate change.

I want you to know that I hear you. Even those of you who say renewable energy is a conspiracy. Even those who say climate change is a hoax. Even those of you who use four letter words.

I’ve heard all of your questions, and now I have three questions for you.

Let’s put climate change aside for a minute. In fact, let’s assume you’re right.

First – do you believe it is acceptable that 7 million people die every year from pollution? That’s more than murders, suicides, and car accidents – combined.

Every day, 19,000 people die from pollution from fossil fuels. Do you accept those deaths? Do you accept that children all over the world have to grow up breathing with inhalers?

Now, my second question: do you believe coal and oil will be the fuels of the future?

Besides the fact that fossil fuels destroy our lungs, everyone agrees that eventually they will run out. What’s your plan then?

I, personally, want a plan. I don’t want to be like the last horse and buggy salesman who was holding out as cars took over the roads. I don’t want to be the last investor in Blockbuster as Netflix emerged. That’s exactly what is going to happen to fossil fuels.

A clean energy future is a wise investment, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either wrong, or lying. Either way, I wouldn’t take their investment advice.

Renewable energy is great for the economy, and you don’t have to take my word for it. California has some of the most revolutionary environmental laws in the United States, we get 40% of our power from renewables, and we are 40% more energy efficient than the rest of the country. We were an early-adopter of a clean energy future.

Our economy has not suffered. In fact, our economy in California is growing faster than the U.S. economy. We lead the nation in manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, entertainment, high tech, biotech, and, of course, green tech.

I have a final question, and it will take some imagination.

There are two doors. Behind Door Number One is a completely sealed room, with a regular, gasoline-fueled car. Behind Door Number Two is an identical, completely sealed room, with an electric car. Both engines are running full blast.

I want you to pick a door to open, and enter the room and shut the door behind you. You have to stay in the room you choose for one hour. You cannot turn off the engine. You do not get a gas mask.

I’m guessing you chose the Door Number Two, with the electric car, right? Door number one is a fatal choice – who would ever want to breathe those fumes?

This is the choice the world is making right now.

To use one of the four-letter words all of you commenters love, I don’t give a damn if you believe in climate change. I couldn’t care less if you’re concerned about temperatures rising or melting glaciers. It doesn’t matter to me which of us is right about the science.

I just hope that you’ll join me in opening Door Number Two, to a smarter, cleaner, healthier, more profitable energy future.

In addition to having served as governor of California from 2003 to 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger is the founder of R20: Regions of Climate Action, and serves as the Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at University of Southern California. He also chairs USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.

Source: Arnold Schwarzenegger on Facebook



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