“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.
Record heatwaves. Record wildfires.
Climate change is real. The time for action is now.
By 2035 every new car sold in CA will be an emission free vehicle. https://t.co/RPWOKWn1bJ
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 24, 2020
Responses from lawmakers to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order Banning Gas-powered vehicles in 2035:
Maybe he should make sure our power grid can accommodate our existing needs!
— Thomas K. Arnold (@TKArnold) September 23, 2020
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.
Record high Homeless. Record low Economy.
Gavin Newsom is real. The time for recall is now.
By 2035 there won't be a California you recognize.https://t.co/BIG5gstnz8
— Kevin Dalton (@NextLAMayor) September 24, 2020
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.”