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Solo SUV & Hummer Drivers Could Get Car Pool Lane Access

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If you thought Sacramento politics was like watching paint dry on a wall, then it's time to revaluate that thought... at least for the moment. On Friday, the Sacramento Bee's Capitol Alert blog picked their Press Release of the Week and if the proposed bill is passed, it could effect the roadways here in Los Angeles by letting solo drivers, including Hummers and other SUVs, gain access to car pool lanes if they purchase carbon off-sets annually. According to Senator Jim Battin (R- La Quinta), who submitted the bill, a "flashy, fuel-sucking car" (like his Lincon Aviator) only costs $45 a year while a Prius' carbon footprint can be neutralized for $15 (otherwise, the green bean car becomes "a worse foe to the environment than an SUV").

"SB 1374 would allow auto owners who purchase carbon credits that offset the carbon dioxide emissions of their vehicles to participate in the Clean Air - High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) decal program, allowing the driver to use an HOV lane," a press release from Battin's office stated (full press release below). And while Capitol Alert notes that the statement is dripping of sarcasm, a call to Battin's Sacramento office proved that the bill is the real deal, having been submitted and is not a spot-bill (a placeholder bill that may or may not be about what it says).

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Battin voted against California's leading recent environmental law, AB 32. The entire press release from Battin's office, chock full of sass and snark, is below.