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Responses to Gov. Newsom’s Executive Order Banning Gas-Powered Cars

‘If you like your car, you can keep your car’ may become the big government fib of 2020

By Katy Grimes, September 24, 2020 7:57 am

“If you like your car, you can keep your car” may become the big government fib of 2020.

While you may be able to keep your existing gas-powered car in California, any new car purchased after 2035 will have to be electric.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Wednesday requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and “additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector,” California Globe reported

However, not one news report about this big bold announcement acknowledged that Gov. Newsom does not have the authority to make laws. And, he did not evoke emergency powers for this latest Executive Order.

The very basis of Assemblyman Kevin Kiley’s and Assemblyman James Gallagher’s lawsuit against the governor is exactly what he just did again: “A California Governor is constitutionally forbidden from doing the very thing Gov. Newsom has done here: exercise legislative powers;


“Contrary to the Governor’s claim, the Emergency Services Act does not and could not inaugurate an autocracy in the State of California. Such a wild misapprehension of his own authority is precisely why this case demands a resolution on the merits.

In a Tweet, Newsom said: “We’re experiencing a climate CRISIS. Transportation is responsible for over 50% of CA’s greenhouse gas emissions. It’s time to be as bold as the problem is big. Today we announced that by 2035 every new car sold in CA will be an emission free vehicle.”

Gov. Newsom’s latest order allows the California Air Resources Board to develop new passenger vehicle and truck regulations requiring increasing volumes of new zero-emission vehicles sold, as well as developing new regulations affecting medium-and heavy-duty vehicles, and to develop strategies with state, federal and local entities to achieve 100 percent zero-emission from off-road vehicles and equipment operations in the State by 2035, Chris Micheli reported at the Globe.

“Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines,” Newsom said in a statement.

Responses from lawmakers to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order Banning Gas-powered vehicles in 2035:

Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego):

“California has just experienced, once again, the devastating and costly effects of climate change. We must redouble our efforts to reduce heat-trapping greenhouse gases if we ever want to see an end to the massive wildfires, smoky skies, and choking air pollution in our state. I commend the Governor for his bold vision to reduce pollution from tailpipes, and to transition California to a future that includes clean transportation.”

Senator Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield):

“Californians have had enough with these extremist policies that have forced rolling blackouts, shuttered thousands of businesses, fueled catastrophic wildfires, killed the freelance economy, and beyond. Perhaps Governor Newsom should spend less time pursuing headlines and spend more time on real solutions. How about keeping Californians safe from wildfires, having an unemployment department that doesn’t have a 1.6 million claim backlog, or having a reliable energy grid that allows us to turn on the AC in 110-degree weather?”

“The fact is that Californians cannot survive without oil and gas or petroleum byproducts. These products are not just the gas in our cars, they are the asphalt on our roads, the plastic holding together electric vehicles, medical equipment vulnerable patients rely on, footballs our children play with, telephones, toothpaste, trash bags, and so much more. Instead of producing it under the strictest environmental regulations in the world, our state will be doing more business with foreign regimes that have abysmal environmental and human rights standards.”

“If the Governor’s going to talk about the environment then he needs to be upfront with all of the facts. Catastrophic wildfires can emit as much particulate matter in a single week as all of the cars on the road in California for a year. The Governor should be using his time to protect our communities at risk from wildfire by managing our forests and vegetation instead of banning cars that everyday Californians use to provide for their families.”

Senator Melissa Melendez (R- Lake Elsinore):

“Once again, Governor Newsom is using his unilateral authority to now ban gas-powered cars in California. At a time when the Governor has no answers to help millions of unemployed Californians receive their unemployment benefits. At a time when he can’t keep the lights on in our homes.  At a time when people aren’t driving their cars anyway because the state is still in lockdown.”

“Californians are interested in solutions to problems, not for the creation of new ones. Governor Newsom can’t hide his poor record on vegetation management that would help solve California’s wildfires. He can’t hide behind California’s third world energy infrastructure by prescribing our state to the pipe dream of 100% renewable energy; and he can’t hide behind the failures of the EDD.”

“I hope the millions of Californians are paying attention. This government that tells you what to eat, what to drink, where to walk, how to talk and now what to drive. Pretty soon, they will tell us where to live, what to wear, and when to speak. Californians deserve better.”

Cathy Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association:

“It’s interesting that the governor was standing in front of nearly $200,000 worth of electric vehicles as he told Californians that their reliable and affordable cars and trucks would soon be unwelcome in our state. Big and bold ideas are only better if they are affordable for us all and can be backed by science, data and needed infrastructure. And, our industry and the energy we provide will be the part of any solution.”

Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco): 

“The fastest way to make the biggest dent in slowing the effects of global warming is to embrace cleaner cars. Many other countries have already committed to this goal, and I’ve been working tirelessly for years to make this transition happen in California.”

Auto makers have eliminate 99% of the polluting emissions from cars through technological advances. These political statements are dredging up the days before the catalytic converter.

Gov. Newsom wasn’t alone in his climate change goals. “With wildfires burning 1.3 million acres throughout the state, and rolling power blackouts from the weak electrical grid, the California State Senate Appropriations Committee voted to pass Assembly Bill 326 to make driving an Electric Vehicle ‘more accessible for all Californians’ through month-to-month memberships without long-term loans or leases,” California Globe reported in August.

Michael Shellenberger, best-selling author of “Apocalypse Never,” recently Tweeted: “California’s bet on renewables, & its shunning of natural gas & nuclear, is directly responsible for the state’s blackouts and high electricity prices.”

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22 thoughts on “Responses to Gov. Newsom’s Executive Order Banning Gas-Powered Cars

      1. You said it.
        Gruesom-lini might just be the most shameless, annoying, puffed-up, arrogant, self-regarding, unrepentant lying blowhard jackass to have been elected to any office, ever.

  1. Let’s get a two-fer and recall both Newsom and Ting…

    Hey. you braying jackasses, your wildfires caused by forest mismanagement and lack of governmental oversight of your utility infrastructure have pumped more pollution into California’s air this summer than several YEARS of gas-powered auto use!!!

    California needs to rid itself of morons like this, San Franfreakshow politicians ALL, in order to reclaim itself…

    See Ed Ring’s nearby article for the blueprint to begin this process….

  2. Agree with author of this article. A part of the problem is that a significant portion of news organizations blindly publish the words of elected officials without considering that something might be wrong. In this case, the governor publishes the words: “Executive order directs state to require that, by 2035, all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California be zero-emission vehicles” (See: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/09/23/governor-newsom-announces-california-will-phase-out-gasoline-powered-cars-drastically-reduce-demand-for-fossil-fuel-in-californias-fight-against-climate-change/ )

    Such words should spark alarm. Newsom should be heavily interviewed by all news organizations asking him whether he thinks his position has the authority to require “all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California be zero-emission vehicles”.

    When the news organization propagates such content without question, the public is being mislead into believing that those elected to an executive position (the Governors and the President) have authority to create and enforce their own laws.

    Newsom is playing to avoid judicial action. Very scary. One one hand, he made a publication claiming he has created a law. On the other hand, he published an order that says something different. (Read https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/9.23.20-EO-N-79-20-text.pdf ) Look closely at the published executive order. The zero-emission component of the executive order is merely the governor expressing his personal goal and is not enforceable law in any form. Hopefully, the court will take the position that due to his official position, any and all of his statements whether verbal or written will be considered as intent/clarification of the order.

    “Executive orders” are supposed to apply only to government employees as part of clarifying their duty. There should be no order targeted to the public. In general, see: https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2011/10/are-executive-orders-constitutional

    To stop this ongoing abuse of “Executive Orders”, it seems we need to consider having a statutory/constitutional provision that whenever an action is taken against a citizen based on an executive order, whether directly or indirectly, that such order is not enforceable by law.

  3. http://www.recallgavin2020.com

    It’s easy – go to the site, print the petition, complete it and mail it to the address on the petition. The short form, you can gather up to five signatures, long form up to ten. If you signed a recall petition prior to June 10th, you will need to sign this one, it’s new!

  4. Has anyone investigated a financial connection between electric vehicle manufacturers and Newsom and other powerful Democrats? Just asking.

    1. So true, he has to be getting some financial gain from this.
      You would think the automotive manufacturers and off road manufacturers will have some sort of lawsuit.
      An off road vehicle thats electric? It would way a ton with batteries. Maybe another way of getting rid off road vehicles.

  5. The ban is an attempt to push the use of electric powered vehicles and supposedly reduce harmful pollution. The result of Newsom’s action will undoubtedly be that other governors and states will follow along.

    Aside from the fact that anything Newsom declares today about the year 2035 can be changed innumerable times between now and then, it sets in motion something that will be extremely harmful to American consumers, and deadly (economically speaking) to the petroleum oil industry.

    In the first place, electric vehicles are too costly, their manufacture and use results in nearly as much harmful green house gasses, slave labor is used to mine some of the materials required for the batteries, and technology will not be ready for a full time shift to electric vehicles.

    Secondly, banning new gasoline-powered vehicles in 2035 does nothing to remove the existing millions of gasoline and diesel burning vehicles on the road, both now and after 2035. A complete changeover to eliminating all gasoline/diesel vehicles will take years to accomplish. If it’s so critical (and it sort of is) to reduce harmful emissions, then why the hell are they waiting 15 to 30 years? And frankly, if the entire world does not make the shift to electric at the same time, there will be no global improvement in reducing harmful pollution.

    Thirdly, this action is economic disaster for the petroleum oil industry and for millions upon millions of workers and organizations who have their pension plans tied up in oil industry investments. Teachers unions, government workers unions, etc., etc., have invested up to their eyeballs in the oil industry. This news will gut (today, or at some point in the future) the value of those investments. In addition, the end of needing filling stations will devastate supportive industries such as the convenience store industry and the automotive parts industry.

    Fourth, and most important, there’s nothing wrong with internal combustion engines. They are fantastic machines. This kind of action will kill internal combustion engines. Among the downsides to killing internal combustion engines is that they are (and can continue to be) manufactured in America by American workers without needing China or any other country for critical parts and materials. The one really big problem with internal combustion engines is that they commonly use filthy disgusting petroleum oil fuels to power them.

    The good news is that the oil industry, the convenience store industry, and all industries related to internal combustion engines can save themselves by “cleaning themselves up.” They can do this by making an immediate shift to higher ethanol blend fuels. All internal combustion engine vehicles on the road right at this very minute can use much higher ethanol-gasoline blends (E30, E40, E50 and up). This would have an instant positive effect of reducing harmful emissions. Engine manufacturers can almost instantly, with no additional cost, optimize all new internal combustion engines so that they use E85 and higher blends.

    The oil industry can participate in all the good news. They can retain/regain share value. They can rescue their investors. All they have to do is stop inventing and spreading lies about ethanol.

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