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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To Ce­cil County’s first public elec­tric car charg­ing sta­tions at the Royal Farms lo­ca­tions in North East and Ce­cil­ton. Ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Depart­ment of En­ergy, each gaso­line-pow­ered pas­sen­ger car emits an av­er­age of more than 10,000 pounds of car­bon diox­ide into the at­mos­phere ev­ery year. With more than 30,000 ve­hi­cles trav­el­ing Route 40 ev­ery­day, ac­cord­ing to the State Highway Ad­min­is­tra­tion, that’s a lot of emis­sions. Even though elec­tric ve­hi­cles aren’t tech­ni­cally pol­lu­tant-free — af­ter all the elec­tric used to charge their bat­ter­ies are pro­duced by power plants of some sort — with that ac­counted for, their an­nual emis­sions are less than half of tra­di­tional gas-pow­ered cars, ac­cord­ing to DOE es­ti­mates. Mean­while, the growth of elec­tric cars in Mary­land may also mean the growth of jobs. In­fra­struc­ture in­stal­la­tion like that seen at the Royal Farms and hun­dreds of other lo­ca­tions around the state need trades­man to be com­pleted. New elec­tric cars re­quire spe­cial­ized sales­peo­ple who know the ins-and-outs of the ve­hi­cles to in­form con­sumers. And even part of the cars them­selves are made here as well — Chevro­let’s Spark EV’s driv­e­train is man­u­fac­tured in GM’s White Marsh plant. All of those ben­e­fits come with the fact that elec­tric cars also save con­sumers money on gas. Let’s see more of it.

To all who par­tic­i­pated in Tues­day’s pri­mary elec­tion — at least 17,000 vot­ers in Ce­cil County, ac­cord­ing to the in­com­plete re­sults. Those num­bers ap­pear to be a vast im­prove­ment over 2012’s pri­mary — the first to fea­ture county ex­ec­u­tive can­di­dates — as about 10,000 peo­ple voted in those nom­i­na­tion races that year. Vot­ing is an im­por­tant part of our demo­cratic so­ci­ety, and sup­port­ing can­di­dates is our way of mak­ing our voices heard. Re­mem­ber, if you don’t vote, then you don’t have a right to com­plain about your lead­er­ship.

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