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2 More States Fall in Line with California, Set to Ban Sale of Gas and Diesel Cars

The states of Washington and Massachusetts had trigger laws on the books that were to be enacted automatically if the California Air Resources Board banned the sale of new gas-powered cars.

On Thursday, that’s precisely what happened. The CARB adopted a new set of rules requiring 35 percent of all new cars sold in California to be either electric or plug-in hybrids by 2026. That will ramp up to 68 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2035.

Subsequently, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that his state would join California in phasing out all sales of new gasoline- and diesel-powered cars, according to Fox Business.

“This is a critical milestone in our climate fight. Washington set in law a goal for all new car sales to be zero emissions by 2030 and we’re ready to adopt California’s regs by end of this year,” Inslee tweeted.

According to Fox, Washington has over 100,000 electric vehicles registered, making it one of the states with the most EVs per capita. But EVs still only accounted for about 8 percent of new car registrations in July.

Republican state Rep. Andy Barkis criticized the move to ban gas-powered vehicles.

“I believe the market is best to continue to determine how we transition,” he said.

The Sacramento Bee reported that in California, there are concerns that the shift to EVs could strain the state’s “fragile power grid.”

“The Western States Petroleum Association said ‘electrification of the transportation sector will increase demand by around 300,000 gigawatt-hours statewide,’ which would amount to doubling electricity demands” on the heels of rolling blackouts in August 2020 and near blackouts in July 2021.

California officials have claimed that EV charging will add “only a small amount of demand onto the grid” and that vehicle-related demand is projected to make up less than 3 percent of peak-hour energy use in 2030.

Energy Commission Chairman David Hochschild said in a statement, “The Energy Commission is working to support this vision by preparing to deploy nearly $4 billion in EV infrastructure while optimizing charging to help the electric grid.”

In his own statement, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, “With the historic $10 billion we’re investing to accelerate the transition to [zero-emission vehicles], we’re making it easier and cheaper for all Californians to purchase electric cars. California will continue to lead the revolution towards our zero-emission transportation future.”

Fox reported that the CARB ruling still needs federal approval to move forward. Washington and Massachusetts will also have to codify the regulations prior to enforcement.

Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and Washington, D.C., all follow CARB rules on car emissions as well. However, they have made no announcements that they will follow Sacramento’s lead.

  • Dr. Who says:

    Republican state Rep. Andy Barkis “I believe the market is best to continue to determine how we transition…” That’s how capitalism works. The D’s did the same thing to us with obamacare. They destroyed the insurance market and replaced it with the unmitigated disaster that is the abomination called the Affordable Care Act, a misnomer of galactic proportions. In a so-called free Republic, comprised of sovereign citizens, we, the American people, had no choice in the matter of controlling our health care by keeping the Doctors that we wanted. We had to do what the obama democrats commanded us to do. It’s the same dog and pony show with electric vehicles. They are deliberately and intentionally destroying the fossil fuel industry, the backbone of our Capitalist society, in order to replace it with a new version of Obamacare. When the government destroys one industry, either through regulation or manipulation, and chooses its variations or replacements the government is acting as though it were “communist.” In America, the free market picks the winners and losers. Not the Bidens, the CCP or Soros. The market is the American consumer. It is not legal for a politician to benefit from the legislation he passes. Do you think that the American people would unilaterally “kill the goose that laid the golden egg,” our fossil fuel industry, if they knew that to do so benefits the Biden family, corrupt politicians like John Kerry and the CCP? It is alleged that the Bidens have financial interests in the multi-trillion dollar mineral industry that China controls and from whom we would depend for our electric car batteries and their accouterments. This government should not be in the business of sacrificing our independence to the whims and dictates of the CCP by destroying our ability to use fossil fuels. The government should not be in the business of doing business with China, which the CCP controls, because of their involvement in the Covid-19 attack upon our nation. We, the people, want to hold the CCP accountable for all of the deaths and misery we are currently undergoing as a direct result of the release of the Wuhan virus. We want to hold accountable the politicians who will not hold the CCP accountable for this attack. We do not wish to conduct “business as usual,” with them. If China will not stop its carbon emissions by destroying its fossil fuel industry, why should we commit national suicide by doing so? The choice to go “electric” is a choice that is best determined by the forces present in the American marketplace.

  • GymS says:

    Dumba$$ liberals. #1. They think the energy needed to recharge their car comes from out of the blue. #2. Fossil fuels must be burned to create the needed electricity. #3. Ca. Just shut down their last nuke reactor that was producing electricity. #4. Can’t go after the real sources of pollution like India and china because they own the Xi den administration/

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