CBS News Kalamazoo, Mich: Environmental Groups Push to Replace Diesel Buses with Electric

Environmental Groups Push to Replace Diesel Buses with Electric

Saturday, June 17th 2017

by Keith Thompson

THREE RIVERS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Most of West Michigan’s school buses have made their final runs for the school year, but could it be the end of the road for the iconic diesel buses?

Environmental groups want to replace the big yellow, diesel-burning buses with electric buses.

The replacement won’t be cheap, either, making it a hard sell for already cash-strapped districts.

Newschannel 3’s Chief Meteorologist Keith Thompson found out that one of the world’s biggest car-makers may help schools foot the bill.

At the end of a typical school day, about a dozen buses line up in front of Three Rivers High School and Middle School to take students home. As those buses sit idling while loading, they pump dangerous exhaust into the air.

Margrethe Kearney, an attorney with the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Grand Rapids, said, “My 6-year-old, no matter where she goes to school in the state of Michigan, shouldn’t have to stand in line waiting to get on the school bus breathing in dirty, diesel exhaust.”

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