The media is big on the proposal to build a National Grid electric car charging station in Watertown for use by traveling motorists using all-electric vehicles.
The 220 volt stations exist now at Davidson Chevrolet, but this proposal before City Council is based on a state grant, so it is viewed as free, or nearly free, money.
I have two sets of gut feelings...on the one hand, having a spot on the map as part of a database for such travelers is in theory the neighborly thing to do.
On the other hand, why is this the government's job ? Like so many aspects of the green agenda, it is being fueled with so much public subsidy.
It was the skeptical view that gripped me when interviewed by John Moore on the subject moments ago. I think I gave the tongue in cheek soundbite about the demographic subscribing to this version of "free sh--". (I of course didn't use such coarse words in John's presence.)
Of course, Big Oil has been subsidized over the years too, but sometimes you get sick of the socio/economic engineering of human behavior. I still don't know of anyone with an electric car, unless you count golf carts.
I suspect Council take the station as its only $600 local share and future electric costs, which are minimal if no one uses it. We've been conditioned by many years of these kind of grants from Albany.