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Do you really want to lay more copper wires on the street? – Twin cities

Perhaps the least diverse city council in the country – all young women with the same ideology – should hold off on mandating that all new parking lots with at least fifteen stalls be prepared with electrical conduits or cable ducts for electric vehicle charging stations.

First of all, I had to look up race track connections, even though I was sure this had nothing to do with the speed at which an EV could be boosted. A raceway connection is merely a sealed conduit that provides a physical path for wiring. Understood.

Second, the girls probably share the same ridiculous and unproven idea that electric vehicles will save the Earth from humanity’s footprint. They won’t, and most people can’t even afford them. The people who can afford it tend to live in houses, not the square Lego blocks of multi-family housing that eats up every square inch of St. Paul and whose residents usually can’t afford either the electric vehicle or a house.

Yes, but our city council might argue that “manufacturers will soon produce new, cheap electric cars to meet growing demand, and when they do, we will be ready.”

Joe Soucheray

What growing demand? The manufacturers want to get out of this misguided folly. The manufacturers are losing their shirts on these EVs. They cut production and don’t bother making cheaper ones.

When consumers want an electric car, they get more power, an inevitable pun given the unimaginable strain on a currently inadequate electrical grid if the country were to go all-in on electric cars. We would be lucky to have a working toaster, much less light and heat.

But our parking spaces are ready. That hopefully brings us to the postponement of this mandate. Do you really want to lay more copper wires on the street? Our wild thieves need no new supply of copper. They are currently feasting on street lamps, leaving many of them with springy access panels and debris on the boulevards from within that is not worth stealing.

Governor Tim Walz and Mayor Melvin Carter recently met at Como Regional Park and stared desperately at some dim streetlights, apparently meeting to tout a new legislative proposal to require anyone selling copper metal to obtain a state-issued has a permit. There is really no way at the scrap yard to tell where the wire came from or if it was stolen.

A permit might help, but it assumes that a car full of wild thieves will notice a streetlight that hasn’t been abused and say, ‘Gosh guys, we better not break that. We don’t have a permit.”

The way we’re ruled by a trifecta of DFL unicorns. I’m surprised the legislation doesn’t call for holding streetlight manufacturers accountable for primitive design work that didn’t anticipate the theft of the wire.

Slightly better work. Too many streets are eerily dark, too many sidewalks suffer from shadows. Theft of wire from street lights cost us $1.2 million last year, and the amount is growing.

Meanwhile, the streetlights that work remain on 24 hours a day, even on the sunniest days. I think if you try to gut a live specimen you could get electrocuted.

The municipality should reconsider their mandate on charging stations before all those cables disappear. You might as well wait to see if a question actually comes up.

Joe Soucheray can be reached at [email protected]. Soucheray’s podcast “Garage Logic” can be listened to at garagelogic.com.