Carl Levin’s effort to legislate himself a ‘green’ parking space gets delayed

Doug Powers by Doug Powers on March 31st, 2012

This is article 164 of 269 in the topic energy

Michigan Senator Carl Levin put the electric cart before the horse, and he’s since been trying to address that problem, if only Republicans would stop delaying the process:

The same month that Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin bought his first electric car, he sponsored legislation to establish battery recharge stations in the Capitol complex’s parking areas.

The bill would give the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) the authority to provide recharging stations for electric vehicles in Senate parking lots. Levin introduced the bill in April of last year, the same month he purchased his Chevy Volt.

“Passage of this legislation will be an important statement of leadership from the Senate,” Levin said at the bill’s roll out. “It will provide an example to other employers of how they can support both the needs of their employees and our national interest in energy security.”

Thursday afternoon, Senate Republicans blocked an attempted unanimous consent vote to hotline the legislation through the Senate. Unanimous consent votes can be requested by senators to expedite proceedings, and the process can be derailed by a single objection.

According to some estimates, the installation and materials would run around $7,000. Or… Levin could donate roughly the amount of the taxpayer subsidy he got on the purchase of his Volt to pay for the installation. That would be leading by example.

In the meantime, if Senator Levin can’t get a spot closer to an outlet, Jim Treacher has a high-tech solution to his problem.

One Response to “Carl Levin’s effort to legislate himself a ‘green’ parking space gets delayed”

  1. American Grams Says:

    So now we have to install charging stations so the congress can recharge the batteries on electric cars – and guess who pays for the electricity! There needs to be a fee to hook up to these charging stations – otherwise the taxpayers are on the hook for their battery charging expenses and these congressmen are off the hook for their gas prices – the ones they are forcing up for the rest of us.

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