Last Updated on August 30, 2022
Florida’s Republican Governor recently appeased climate change activists and Green New Deal supporters by spending nearly $70 million dollars on electric transportation.
Governor Ron DeSantis ordered the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to put aside $68 million for 227 electric buses. That’s nearly $300,000 per bus.
DeSantis called the measure a way to lower the state’s emissions which will help Florida’s air quality.
“This funding will help lower emissions while also bringing our transit bus fleets to more modern standards. This is a win-win for air quality and advancing the state’s efforts to bolster growing electric vehicle usage,” the Florida Governor said in a statement.
The funding comes after the state received $166 million from automobile maker Volkswagen’s federal settlement case in 2015.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Volkswagen companies made sure their diesel-operated vehicles could pass federal emissions tests by putting software in them to rig the system.
The 227 buses will replace diesel-operated buses in 13 of the state’s most urban areas.
Conservatives across social media have criticized DeSantis over his climate change agenda.
“Trump 2024[.] Sorry DeSantis Bros but pushing the Climate Crisis Hoax is unacceptable,” one Twitter user commented.
“A total waste of money on a non-existent problem! Once EVs are manufactured to travel for as long as and be as reliable as gas-powered cars, maybe this kind of spending would be reasonable. But for now, stick to CNG and diesel,” another user added.
Despite DeSantis charading as being against climate change policy last week by banning ESG “agenda” from playing a role in state pension investments, the governor’s recent move has invigorated climate change enthusiasts.
The Governor had knocked corporate power which shoves the climate change agenda at the expense of the American people: “Corporate power has increasingly been utilized to impose an ideological agenda on the American people through the perversion of financial investment priorities under the euphemistic banners of environmental, social, and corporate governance and diversity, inclusion, and equity.”
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