The state of California made news when its governor signed an order banning new gas cars by 2035. All new vehicles will have to be electric of some kind. The news generated considerable blowback to the far-left state. Now the Environmental Protection Agency is getting involved. They criticized the move, slamming a state with frequent power outages, and suggested it might be illegal.
Let’s be honest, does anyone in California know how to lead? The once proud, Golden State is now a laughing stock among the country. The terrible decisions made by its far-left leadership is destroying anything good about CA.
Once Democrats got a supermajority (no doubt pandering to minorities to get their votes), they went full-speed ahead with what could only be called a super socialist agenda. They legalized marijuana, attracting endless drug addicts to their streets. Then, they outlawed the police’s ability to remove the homeless from public places, turning once prosperous cities into waste-covered nightmares.
And that’s not even discussing their horrendous environmental policy. What to see what Biden’s “Green New Deal” would do to the entire country? Just look at California. Their bogus foresting rules led to the out-of-control wildfires. A lack of new reservoirs led to constant droughts and suffering. And their rejecting of fossil fuels has contributed to rising energy costs and constant blackouts.
Now they’ve pushed some of the most aggressive “green” policy in the country. California’s governor has banned the sale of new gas cars in just fifteen years. Instead of letting the free market determine the growth and success of alternative fuel cars, California is forcing its residents to buy these overpriced vehicles.
And now, the EPA is getting involved.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler warned California Gov. Gavin Newsom that his recent executive order to ban sales of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 is unrealistic, and possibly illegal…
“Your recent Executive Order (EO) establishing a goal that 100 percent of new vehicle sales be zero emission by 2035 raises serious questions regarding its legality and practicality,” Wheeler began. “While the EO seems mostly aspirational and on its own would accomplish very little, any attempt by the California Air Resources Board to implement sections of it may require California to request a waiver to U.S. EPA.”
“California’s record of rolling blackouts – unprecedented in size and scope – coupled with recent requests to neighboring states for power begs the question of how you expect to run an electric car fleet that will come with significant increases in electricity demand, when you can’t even keep the lights on today.” [Source: Daily Wire]
You read that right. Trump’s EPA head totally burned Newsom over the fact that today, California can’t even provide electricity to “keep the lights” on. Yet in just a few years, they expect every resident to be driving electric cars?
It’s ludicrous. And the EPA says it might be illegal. Gov. Newsom is forcing the issue through an executive order, which is shaky legal ground. Governors have wildly abused their executive authority this year, by mandating lockdowns without the support of legislators.
Executive orders are used by governors, mayors, and the president to instruct government agencies on what to do. Rarely are they supposed to be used to control free citizen’s behavior. After all, that’s what laws are for.
But it seems Newsom thinks he, like Obama, can force his will onto California residents, their desires and the desires of lawmakers be damned.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this order is challenged in court. Heck, the DOJ and federal authorities might get involved. Newsom and his radical government need to learn that the needs of the people come first—not his tyrannical goal of installing socialism onto the state.