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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Why work?

As if free food, candy, snacks, and soda pop from food stamps; public housing; and help with utilities, and even reduced cable TV fees were not enough, the city of Sacramento is giving people another reason not to work.

Free cars!

From the Sacramento Bee:
Residents at three public housing areas now have a mini-fleet of free Zipcars to make their way around Sacramento.
On Friday, Sacramento launched a pilot program that put eight shared electric Kia Souls at public housing sites. Up to 300 residents can apply for on-demand access to the vehicles, with no charge for maintenance, insurance or juicing up the battery.
The program is funded through a $1.3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board using cap-and-trade funds that businesses pay to offset their carbon emissions.
Local leaders said it will provide green transportation options to disadvantaged areas where even simple tasks like getting groceries can be a challenge.
“Not having a car … it can be a real strain to get places safely,” said Thomas Hall, spokesman for the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, which is running the program in partnership with car-share company Zipcar and other governmental agencies.
And you thought buses were there to reduce air pollution.

Ha ha ha.

Buses are for losers.

Life has turned into one big Oprah show. Everyone gets a free car. But won't that increase "carbon emissions"?

I guess if you are "poor," you don't have to follow the rules.

By the way, Kia Souls sell for about $16,100 brand new, or $128,800 for eight of them.

This is a $1.3 million program.

Maintenance must be a bitch.

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  1. Basic economic law: When you pay for something, you are much more likely to take ownership of upkeep for it. All 8 of these cars will be wrecked or trashed in six months, tops. Gratitude is an increasingly rare commodity in today's America, and this misguided boondoggle will prove it out once again.

    1. Virtue signaling and ribbon cutting make the news. Their consequences don't.

  2. WHAT????? They're NOT electric? For SHAME, Sacramento!!11111!!!!!!

  3. Let's make up a betting pool to see how long (in hours) before the first violent gang member is arrested driving one of these cars while on a scoring run. Second pool will be for when the first drive by shooting occurs.

    1. 1) 13 hours
      2) 38 hours

      Also, I propose a third pool: Number of hours until city government gets its first phone call from a "lessee" who's run out the battery My entry is 6 hours.

  4. "...businesses pay to offset their carbon emissions."

    One of biggest cons going.

  5. They had a similar program in I think Amsterdam some years ago whereby they issued a fleet of bicycles for use around the city.

    The idea was that you used a bike to get to your destination and then left it there for someone else's use and picked up another where ever you found one for the next leg of your journey etc.

    No one had exclusive claim on a bike.

    This program failed miserably as bikes were stripped, stolen and the program generally abused.
    There is a thing called 'pride of ownership' which no am't of free handouts can match.

    But then again as readers here already know, there is no such thing as 'free'.

    I give this Sacramento program about as long as it takes for the money to dribble away into certain people's pockets.

    1. Seems to me I read there was such a thing in Settle or Portland, with same results.

  6. I give it two weeks tops with the copper and battery going first. Hybrid batteries are the new airbags. Straight to salvagers and Craigslist.

    They just don't learn fast.

    Those back seats, also...oh my.

    1. So cynical, Russ! Just kidding. Believe it was Malcolm Muggeridge who said that a conservative is a liberal who's been mugged by reality. Maybe we'll gain some converts as this program goes down like the Hindenburg.

    2. Gain some converts? Ha!

      We'll be the ones that get the blame when this idiocy explodes, "like the Hindenburg!"

  7. The implication that they're doing this because they're concerned about the safety of the people who have to get places speaks volumes about the safety on their public transit system. Maybe they should spend their money on that.

  8. File this one under "Tragedy of the Commons," Mable.

    It's part of the Never Ending Story saga!

  9. If the "fleet" is the electric Kia Soul EV, it lists at roughly 38K MSRP. But that's still roughly 300 K USD.

  10. "using cap-and-trade funds that businesses pay to offset their carbon emissions"

    This scam is failing, which will mean some Democrat schemes go unfunded:

    --February’s quarterly auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances under California’s cap and trade program was another financial washout for the state.

    Results for last week’s auction were posted Wednesday morning, revealing that just 16.5 percent of the 74.8 million metric tons of emission allowances were sold at the floor price of $13.57 per ton.

    The state auctions emission allowances to polluters and speculators as part of its program to reduce greenhouse gases. The proceeds are supposed to be spent on public programs to slow climate change.

    February’s auction is being closely watched by market analysts because the last three quarterly auctions in 2016 posted sub-par results.

    Almost all of February’s proceeds went either to California’s utilities, who sell allowances they receive free from the Air Resources Board, or the Canadian province of Quebec, which offers emission allowances through California. Both are first in line when auction proceeds are apportioned.

    The ARB was offering 43.7 million tons of state-owned emission allowances, but sold just 602,340 tons of advance 2020 allowances, which means the state will see only $8.2 million, rather than the nearly $600 million it could have received from a sellout.

    The paltry auction revenues will likely stall Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2017-18 budget plan to spend $2.2 billion on a variety of climate-related programs and projects, including $800 million on his bullet train project.--

  11. I hope the radios in those cars play a continual subliminal message: "Get a job! Get a job! get a job!" - Elric

  12. When they have an accident who will get to pay attorney, hospital and victim?