Report ranks Tennessee 20th for transportation electrification (UPDATED)

Gov. Bill Lee attends a groundbreaking ceremony for an electric vehicle expansion of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga on November 13, 2019. (Image credit: State of Tennessee)

While automakers with assembly plants in Tennessee are ramping up plans to churn out more electric vehicles, the state is receiving middling grades for policies promoting zero-emissions transportation.

According to the report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Tennessee ranks 20th in the country. Top-rated California received 91 out of 100 possible points, followed by New York (64.5 points), the District of Columbia (59 points), Maryland (56 points) and Massachusetts (54.5 points).

Tennessee received 30.5 points on the group’s scale, placing it behind Virginia (36 points) and North Carolina (31.5 points) in the Southeast.

Tennessee was awarded seven of 17 possible points for planning an goals, 9.5 of 30 for incentives for electric vehicle deployment, one of 12 for transportation system efficiency, 5.5 of 10 for electric grid organization, two of 10 for equity, and 5.5 of 21 for outcomes.

UPDATE: The state and the Tennessee Valley Authority on Wednesday announced a partnership to develop a statewide electric vehicle fast-charging network. Under the agreement, charging stations will be located every 50 miles along interstates and major highways.

The full release follows.

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced Wednesday they are partnering to develop a statewide electric vehicle fast charging network to power the growth of EVs across Tennessee and reduce barriers to transportation electrification.

TDEC and TVA signed an agreement to collaborate and fund a network of fast charging stations every 50 miles along Tennessee’s interstates and major highways. This initiative would add approximately 50 new charging locations, doubling the existing fast charging network. There are only 24 fast charging locations currently operating in Tennessee that are open to all consumers and support both charging standards common to EVs.

“This investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure is a monumental step forward, and I’m proud that Tennessee is leading in this important effort,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said. “With TVA’s partnership, we will be able to continue our work to protect our environment and improve our transportation infrastructure.”

“Innovative partnerships with state agencies like TDEC and our local power companies are essential in developing one of the nation’s most comprehensive EV fast charging networks, starting in Tennessee,” TVA President and CEO Jeff Lyash said. “Through this partnership, TVA is positioned to be a national leader in electric transportation by making it easier for local power companies to install fast charging stations, which make electric vehicles an easy choice for consumers to make.”

A network of public fast charging stations will promote EV growth by giving drivers more confidence that they’ll have easy access to refueling while they’re away from home, eliminating so-called “range anxiety” that keeps many consumers from considering EVs a viable option.

TVA, the nation’s largest public power provider, says EV adoption will spur jobs and economic investment in the region, keep refueling dollars in the local economy, reduce the region’s largest source of carbon emissions, and save drivers and fleets money.

“This agreement shows TDEC’s ongoing commitment to a clean environment,” TDEC Commissioner David Salyers said. “This is an exciting development for Tennesseans, and we are pleased to partner with TVA on this project that will benefit rural and urban communities alike.”

TDEC and TVA will leverage various funding sources to support the development of the fast charging network with an anticipated project cost of $20 million. TDEC has committed 15 percent, the maximum allowable, of the State’s Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation allocation to fund light-duty EV charging infrastructure. Approximately $5 million from this fund is expected to be allocated to fast charging infrastructure along corridors. The remainder of the project will be funded by TVA, other program partners, and program participant cost share.

The agreement reflects recommendations outlined in the Tennessee Statewide EV Charging Infrastructure Needs Assessment, conducted in 2019 by Drive Electric Tennessee, a consortium that includes TDEC, TVA and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The agreement will support Drive Electric Tennessee’s goal of 200,000 light-duty EVs in Tennessee by 2028. As of December 2020, 11,034 light-duty EVs were registered in Tennessee.

TVA is working with a group of local power companies to design a charging station experience convenient for drivers, located close to major highways, and featuring access to amenities that drivers expect.

To learn more about this partnership, the Memorandum of Agreement, and Tennessee’s Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, visit tva.com/ev and http://tn.gov/EVfastcharge.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies, and state and local governments, with economic development and job creation.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation exists to enhance the quality of life for citizens of Tennessee and to be stewards of our natural environment by protecting and improving the quality of Tennessee’s air, land, and water through a responsible regulatory system; protecting and promoting human health and safety; conserving and promoting natural, cultural and historic resources; and providing a variety of quality outdoor recreational experiences.

60 Responses to Report ranks Tennessee 20th for transportation electrification (UPDATED)

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    Electric vehicles are the ONLY way to a bright future. We should all have one. There will be ZERO emissions and electricity will be free all around town to plug in while shopping. We have ruined the planet with big coal and fossil fuels. Getting to a zero emission vehicle will lead other countries like Russia, China and India to do the same eventually. We can set the global standard.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Oh hell Beatrice, why didn’t tell me sooner. I have my heart set on a vehicle that gets 20 miles to the gallon in city driving. If I only knew that getting one of those ugly electric cars would effect the energy policies of Russia, China and India I would have redirected my enthusiasm.

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        Cryan says:

        Put your money where your mouth is. Short GM and Tesla and buy Chevron. Enjoy your 1.5% returns, boomer.

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        steve cates says:

        It’s AFFECT!!!

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Oh steve, are you now going to make up for the fact that you rarely have something substantive to add to the conversation by going around correcting the grammar of people with whom you disagree but can’t quite explain why? That sounds like fun.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Spoken just like a republican/wasteful conservative. I guess it isn’t worth saving the earths atmosphere if you have to drive an “Ugly” vehicle.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Right Taxpayer, if we all don’t drive ugly electric cars we’re all going to die because our cars will somehow eat our atmosphere. Maybe there is a radioactive potion that you can drink for an hyperactive imagination the way you can for a hyperactive thyroid.

          Driving an internal combustion engine car isn’t wasteful if it provides the user enjoyment and he is willing to pay for that enjoyment without annoying others to subsidize his enjoyment. It would be swell if the greenies would follow that ethos of self-sufficiency.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            What you are willing to pay for? Can you not imagine that you are NOT paying your fair share, we all are, but you have a choice, we don’t, it is just like your sucker mask argument, it makes no sense to most people but it makes sense to you conservatives and that is all that matters. Greedy and selfish thinking but that has not stopped you before.

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      James White says:

      Beatrice, I think China is building 50 new nuclear power stations (and some oil, gas, coal….) because the communists know that you cannot run a country’s manufacturing base on Solar or Wind.

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    Eddie White says:

    The problem is we are such a long state. Think about it, Memphis to Bristol. They just don’t make extension cords that long.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      This comment is typical of people (conservatives) that don’t understand where the technology is headed.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        The technology is headed in that direction because the left is pushing the technology with scare stories about doom that regularly prove to be overstated or untrue. Unfortunately the pols Republicans all too often elect in their primaries don’t have the spine or the speaking ability to push back. As you know, making the Republican Party more fit for purpose either as a governing party or in opposition is job one for me and I hope many other conservatives as well.

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          There are less republicans every day, don’t you read the news? Thousands are quitting the party every day. But don’t dare ask yourself, why?

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    Amy Green says:

    So embarrassed that Blackburn and Hagerty voted against Secy Pete Buttigieg because he was too pro clean energy cars. I hope that the Transportation Secretary realizes that they don’t actually represent Tennesseans interest in clean energy, zero emissions and JOBS.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Amy, don’t just hope. Why don’t you write Buttigieg introducing yourself as part of the lilliputian Democratic Party of Tennessee and tell him to please not be deceived by Marsha’s (Hertitage-85%) 55% – 44% or Hagerty’s 62% – 35% victories over their liberal opponents. No sireeee, those comfortable victories don’t represent “Tennesseans interest in clean energy” only you and your little band of envirofanatics represent that interest. Since liberals regularly go to court to overturn the results of elections that they don’t like I bet he will believe you too.

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      steve cates says:

      Those two will continue to embarrass us. I just read yesterday that the “junior senator” has hired 13 of trump’s folks! Of course Marsha does not have much of an idea at any given time what she is doing or saying. She spoke of Mayor Pete’s lack of “qualifications”. That’s good coming from one with her “background”!!!

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Twenty out of fifty. Much too high as far as I’m concerned. We can’t expect to deter leftists from moving into this state if we are so accommodating to their enthusiasms and fetishes. I hope the powers that be in this state get hold of that to do list from the American Council for Energy blah blah and stop all spending on this nonsense. It’s OK to make the cars that leftists like to drive, but we sure as hell don’t want more of them living here.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      Yeah we need to stay on that dead-end road with all those Heritage High scores but heavily qualified LOOSER scores on the environmental scale as stated above. It just depends on what scale you are looking at. We know how Stuart and the old Trumpidians and the new “sort-of-conservatives” love those scoreboards, they just use the wrong one in Tennessee. All those “Leadership Progressive Conservatives” with such low scores in the above article. Beware of all those leftist fetishes, they can worry a man until his health suffers. And then…There goes the neighborhood…right Stuart?

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    David Collins says:

    It should come to no big surprise that Trump fluffer Blackburn and Trump fluffer Hagarity voted against Buttigieg. What else would you expect from two homophobics? When the majority of Tennessee voters elect to send two reactionary minded people to Washington, that’s to be expected. Dim-witted people are often afraid and/or intimidated by what they don’t understand or anything out of the ordinary. You have to remember, Blackburn crusaded for the electric filament light bulb. If everyone had her small frame of reference, we’d all still be living in caves waiting for someone to discover fire.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Catch that folks? Marsha and Bill vote against the envirofanatic who will impose changes in our energy and transportation policies on Tennesseans that a majority of people in this state obviously don’t want and that’s indicative of our two Senators being “homophobics” i. e. having an aversion to, disdain for, or fear of sexual eccentrics. Get the logic? Well, perhaps not, but surely you get how irrationally intolerant leftists are when they don’t get their way.

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        MARLE says:

        The votes of our senators in no way indicate disdain for homosexuals esp those who chose marriage.

        Your comments here and hitherto ( a word more frequently used when American was great) Clearly indicate your disdain.

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          Now, Stuart knows exactly what “the majority of the people in our state want and don’t want.” He reads those minds really well but it is funny how the crowds always agree with him and laugh at all the people he dislikes. And he calls us irrationally intolerant!!

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    James White says:

    Unless the people are charging their cars from a Nuclear or Hydro power plant then the cars are NOT Zero emissions and probably more than if were gasoline powered cars.

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      Joe Schiller says:

      Here in Tennessee people are charging their cars with electricity mostly produced by nuclear and hydro unless they have their own solar system (like me) or access to one, then they are charging their cars on sunshine.

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    Eddie White says:

    Hmm…I see where John Kerry’s(climate czar) family’s private jet emitted 116 metric tons of carbon over the past year. Typical leftist hypocrite.

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      MARLE says:

      And Joe Biden and Barak both bought homes on the the frightening global Atlantic Ocean. In Obama’s case it was a recent purchase for $12M. Seems an odd risk IF he actually believes in rising oceans.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Why not have the greenies pay for their damn charging stations by a paying a fee every time they charge up or place a hefty surtax when they buy one of their ugly cars? Why do the rest of us have to pay for this nonsense?

    Compare the behavior of Lee vs. DeSantos, the great Governor of Florida who skillfully takes the criticisms of the left and smilingly explains that leftists are nuts. That’s the cost my fellow Tennesseans of not electing a conservative in the Republican Primary when you had the opportunity to do so. You never know when Lee is going to fold. This agreement between the TDEC and TVA is most regrettable. Hopefully the conservatives in the General Assembly can overturn or delay inits implementation through defunding it in some way.

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      Santos Pedraza says:

      https://www.gmc.com/electric-truck/hummer-ev

      1,000 HP – 11,000 lbs of torque – 350 mile range

      Who drives an ugly car now? GM will be cranking out only EVs by 2035…

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        That’s OK, I’m a free market capitalism fan. If there is demand for those ugly cars then GM and its shareholders will prosper and deservedly so. In order of the free market to work its magic, however, let there not be subsidies for EV’s in the form of rebates and free charging stations along the highway for which the rest of us have to foot the bill. And Santos, please remember the geniuses at GM bankrupted the company once before as a result of the decisions that they made so, while some are recommending GM stock, I’ll pass.

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          MARLE says:

          Well Tesla and its shareholders have already prospered mightily. Doubt anyone’s going to go broke betting on EV’s. There’s a reason God created us to die about the age when looking backwards was all we wanted to do.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Well that means I have a few years left because instead of banging on about Trump did this, and Trump failed to do that, the way those with Trump Derangement Syndrome do I am looking ahead to the 2022 elections when Republicans will have the chance to make their party more fit for purpose and Americans will have the chance to at least partially wrest control of the government from this nightmare of total liberal control.

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            MARLE says:

            What Trump did or failed to do is the very RECENT past…..hardly “the past” at all from an historic standpoint. What I mean is looking back to the good ole days when sexual eccentrics were shunned (or more likely had the crap beaten out of them) , when gas guzzler cars were cool, and when the little people gobbled up their crumbs….and liked it!

            That type of looking backwards that says your sinking into the lounge chair in God’s green room.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Just had a peak at the latest Right Track/Wrong Track poll and like every other poll I have seen as far back as I can remember well over half of Americans believe this country is on the Wrong Track. Actually that recent poll is a little more bullish about the country with Wrong Track garnering about 57% than some of the others I’ve seen recently which are well in the 60% – 65% range. I don’t think those people are ready to die. They simply are reflecting the fact that our society is becoming ever more coarse and brutish, an observation that I certainly share.

            Whatever “advances” you can rattle off, it is not irrational for people to be of the opinion that this was a more pleasant country to live in some years ago. Those with that opinion have an alternative in a free country other than death. They can simply divorce themselves from society as much as is necessary to obtain whatever happiness they can off society’s grid so to speak. Admittedly this is easier if one does not have children and grandchildren which happily I do not. Why one can even purchase a gas guzzler if that’s what the purchaser thinks is “cool.”

            No need to be morbid MARLE. Alternatives exist other than sinking down in that “. . .lounge chair in God’s green room.” It simply takes a little individualism and independence as well as self worth.

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            MARLE says:

            America being on the wrong track means many things to many people. Obsession with “sexual eccentrics” as you call them IS largely a concern of that Certain Age~ and it’s not those least close to knock knock knockin on Heaven’s door.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            This thread has nothing to do with sexual eccentrics. Rather it’s about some report thanks ranks states in some way regarding “transportation electrification.” The person who somehow wedged sexual eccentrics into the conversation was David Collins. I pointed out the idiocy of David’s having done so. So I guess it’s David’s obsession and according to you he better see his physician for a check up ASAP.

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            MARLE says:

            I agree it has nothing to do with the post. It has to do with you slipping in comments (irrelevant to the post) which should not stand without comment. What? You get to insert opinions afield from the topic and others can’t respond.

            Start your own blog where you get to set the rules.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Are you having a bad hair day MARLE? I have never said or implied that there should be any restriction on what people can say on this forum. That certainly isn’t for me to say rather it is up to Erik to set the standards. By all means comment on my comments but it is you who went off on a tangent about “looking backwards” and that being a sign of readiness to die etc. etc. You take us on a magical mystery tour that is less and less relevant to what is being discussed with each post and when I accompany you for awhile then try to make heads or tails about what the heck you are talking about and why you whine about being the victim of attempted suppression.

            The weather report indicates we are going to have a windy day today. I wouldn’t get too upset about your hair today.

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            MARLE says:

            Are you having a mental lapse, Stuart??? YOU told me that my SE comment had nothing to do with the post. And I said “no, indeed it didn’t”. But since you slipped in a crack about SEs I mentioned that this is yet one more of those backward looking issues indicative of slouching toward the green room.

            You say something off-topic and get a response that is similarly positioned. No bad hair day. Just a response.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      It’s back to the mask argument – the conservatives live a different life than the rest of the population and do not have to agree or abide by ANY and all suggestions, rules or regulations even if their actions (or inactions) creates a huge problem for all of mankind. They are special people and deserve special treatment and exemptions. That is the cost of electing a “Conservative” in the republican primary.

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      Joe Schiller says:

      I thought all Tennesseans paid taxes every time the make a purchase at the store?

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    I suppose Green Energy promoters need to review that there must be a generator to produce power for that electric outlet. All those solar and wind power sources must have constant back up from coal or nuclear plants. Reliable, demand responsive energy producers must have reliable, responsive sources. Check how many brown outs and black outs occur during periods of high and low temperatures. There’s a reason those old windmills out on the western prairies were replaced years ago. And Cracker Barrel pulled out electric car chargers when they needed parking spaces for their customers.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      And I own stock in CBRL! Good for them! Let Whole Bezos Foods devote their most desirable parking spaces to the greenies, not a good solid real American establishment like CBRL.

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    James White says:

    So if you live near a charging station, just take you electric car there and charge it for free? Is there no fee?

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      Santos Pedraza says:

      There is a fee to charge your electric vehicle at a charging station. Nothing is free – since this is still America. However, most EV drivers charge their vehicles at home, where the measly $10/month increase on my electric bill doesn’t hold a candle to your $100/month fill-ups. When I have charge using the fast-chargers TVA is promoting, it usually costs about $12 to “fill her up” in 30 minutes… which I do while shopping at Sam’s Club.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Let the fee reflect the cost of installing these contraptions as well as the electricity and I have no problem. So long as the envirofanatics pay for their own enthusiasms as I pay for mine it’s all good. As we know, however, that hasn’t been the case so far and given the Big Guy is President and amiable Lee is Governor, I wouldn’t bet on the greenies paying their own way for a change.

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          You have no idea how much your conservative thinking has cost the USA so far, don’t even try to make that argument or comparison. The conservatives/republicans have never paid their own way. Every republican president including the present impeached one has left the country in Financial debt big time. Every one of those “leftists” you hate so much Stuart have actually balanced the budget while steering the country back onto the correct path to prosperity.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Taxpayer, how many budgets did Obama balance in his eight years in office in your addled knowledge of history? The answer is. . .NONE! And he is “. . .one of those ‘leftists’ [I] hate so much. . . .” Imagine that! .

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            MARLE says:

            How many balanced budgets did Trump, a self-reputed great Businessman (backed by a Republican house and senate) have. NONE

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        Eddie White says:

        As soon as I lose another 40 pounds, I am going to shop for one of those electric cars.

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          Stuart, name one republican that had a budget surplus when he left office?
          Obama left office with a budget surplus and trump took care of that right away with the tax cut for the super rich.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            Still waiting for you Stuart…Can’t name one can you? Eisenhower was the last Republican president to end his term with a budget surplus. That’s been a few years buddy!

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      Joe Schiller says:

      Usually, but some car makers offer free charging as a promotional enticement to buy their cars. Probably the vast majority of car charging will be billed. It is still much cheaper than running your car on gas.

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    Joe Schiller says:

    Beatrice and Amy stick to your convictions. Don’t try to reason with right-wing no nothings. Just get yourself an electric vehicle and let these idiots keep driving their gas guzzlers spending thousands of dollars a year on gas that you don’t have to spend. Then donate those savings to progressive candidates that actually care about helping all Tennesseans live healthier more prosperous lives instead of just the richest 1%.

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    In Tennessee, don’t we burn coal to create electricity?

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    James White says:

    And Nuclear ! Safe Clean Cheap

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Tell that to the people in Fukishima! We still have not seen a total cost for that one as they are still trying to mitigate the problem. It is not clean or cheap or safe. Will the conservatives like Stuart vote to clean that up with their money since they support this type lie.

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      James White says:

      I think only one person is listed as a casualty of the radiation (7 years after) , it was the large earthquake and tsunami that was the problem .
      Fukushima Evacuation Zone Is Mostly Habitable.

      Thousands (mililions) have died from just Damns breaking.
      The Nuclear energy is still rated safest in deaths.

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