I am neither pro- nor anti- electric vehicles. I do believe the picture is a bit more complex than painted in this letter. If fossil fuel based plants are used to generate the power used to charge EV batteries, the emissions from those plants must be mitigated or there may be no net difference in carbon emissions. Heavy metals and rare earth metals are used in EV batteries and magnets - effectively concentrating those metals in the parts. Proper disposal is essential. Also, the mining of these metals may present challenges from toxic and radioactive elements that are co-extracted. These are important considerations.
EVs represent another government transfer of wealth. Who pays for the tax incentives that lower the purchase price? Tax payers! Who pays to maintain the roads EVs ride on? Gasoline tax payers! EV owners pay $38 for 2-year DMV registration fee while gas engine drivers pay $80? Who makes up the difference? Tax payers. You are welcome.
Thank you John and the Newtown Bee for providing this information from Emergency Management - Communications - Health - Fire & EMMS and the Town to our community. Your article here and the information recently posted on News and Announcements with links to state and local resources, has provided vital information to our residents.
Be Aware - Be Prepared - and if you have questions anyone on the Emergency Management team will be happy to help you.
It is ridiculous that we've watched this intersection fail for decades for anyone who is trying to turn left whether they are traveling on Route 25, approaching from Church Hill, or from West Street. Many drivers approaching from Church Hill trying to turn left on Route 25 engage in a dangerous game of chicken, pulling out into traffic until travelers on Route 25 are forced to yield their right-of-way. Those travelers on Route 25 who attempt to coax Church Hill traffic into the busy intersection "to be nice" are putting as many at risk as those passing on the right. This will always be a busy intersection and a rotary is a great answer but unfortunately we'll see little change. See article from 2015 -"Flagpole Traffic Problems Under Review - Again"