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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced Wednesday that he planned to sign an executive order that would have the effect of banning the sale of all passenger cars that run on internal combustion by 2035, while banning the sale of light and heavy-duty vehicles that run on gasoline by 2045.

According to a statement on the governor’s website, Newsom believes that this order will “move the state further away from its reliance on climate change-causing fossil fuels while retaining and creating jobs and spurring economic growth.”

Newsom’s statement also bullishly predicts, “By the time the new rule goes into effect, zero-emission vehicles will almost certainly be cheaper and better than the traditional fossil fuel powered cars.” The statement also calls on the California legislature to cease issuing new fracking permits by the year 2024.

The text of the order itself states that “the climate change crisis is happening now, impacting California in unprecedented ways, and affecting the health and safety of too many Californians.” The order further explicitly states that the COVID-19 pandemic should be viewed as an opportunity to reshape the California economy in line with environmentalists’ goals, claiming that “the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the entire transportation sector, bringing a sharp decline in demand for fuels and adversely impacting public transportation,” and “as our economy recovers, we must accelerate the transition to a carbon neutral future that supports the retention and creation of high-road, high-quality jobs.”

The order also makes it clear that, while the goal is to achieve a total end to the sale of combustion-engine automobiles in 2035, the California State Air Resources Board is expected to take incremental steps beginning immediately to gradually reduce the sale of gasoline-powered engines.

The Panglossian predictions about the ease with which Californians will be able to transition completely away from gasoline-powered vehicles should perhaps be viewed through the lens of the success of California’s initiative to fuel its power grid entirely with renewable energy sources. California’s grid is currently unable to provide reliable power to residents, and only federal intervention (including the use of fossil fuel-burning ship engines) has provided even moderate stability during the crisis.

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17 Comments
  • LST says:

    Stupid bastard has gone out of his mind tiny as it obviously is. Why are democrats so incredibly stupid?

    • sue says:

      Oh they are not stupid, not at all, the party leaders that is. They are experts at how to exploit the weaknesses of others for their own gain. They are not stupid; they are evil and insidious. But their sheeple, yes I agree, are stupid, weak, lazy, corrupt.

  • Dan Calabrese says:

    Number 1) You don’t set an arbitrary date for a technology to be “Ready”. Number 2) Another excuse for more people to leave California.

  • Stephen Russell says:

    Seen NO major Commercial EV charging centers being built & NO Incentives to Buy Used or New EVs, Hybrids alone
    Nothing
    Just a decree & thats it.
    Have NO EV Service infrastructure, nearest EV service is Burbank Tesla, Burbank CA
    & Nothing in Glendale on Cent Ave Mile of Cars dealerships save Nissan EV charger.
    NO incentives, No plans, only decree for Nothing
    No EV chargers near Frwy on & off ramps even

  • Boyd says:

    “The order further explicitly states that the COVID-19 pandemic should be viewed as an opportunity to reshape the California economy in line with environmentalists’ goals, ….”
    And there it is right there folks, the very reason why the Left demanded that business and jobs be closed and people stay in house arrest: To change the entire economy so they can form it the way they want it. Its right here!

    • Intellectual Impaler says:

      “the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the entire transportation sector, bringing a sharp decline in demand for fuels and adversely impacting public transportation,” with the help of Democrats. They create the problems they think they have answers for only to make it worse and wonder why it won’t work as planned.

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