The following article, CA Gov. Newsom Now Wants Ban For Gas-Powered Cars; EPA Says He ‘Can’t Even Keep The Lights On Today’, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Andrew Wheeler, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency came out and gave a bit of a chastisement for California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his recent executive order to try and ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles by the year 2035, calling the measure totally unrealistic.
Boy, this Newsom fellow really is embracing the far-left agenda, isn’t he? First, he tries to ban churches from worshiping God using COVID-19 as an excuse, now this? Tsk, tsk.
via Daily Wire:
Wheeler sent the warning to the Democratic governor in a letter on Monday. The EPA head said that Newsom’s order seemed “mostly aspirational” but warned that following through with parts of the order would first require permission from the federal government.
“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.”
“Beyond the significant questions of legality and the fact that consumer demand for the type of vehicle you would mandate has never met the aspirations of California’s political leadership, your state is already struggling to maintain reliable electricity for today’s demands,” Wheeler continued. “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.”
Wheeler then went on to encourage Newsom to help resolve California’s power and emissions problems through the use of deregulation instead of adding more to them.
“By setting realistic goals and maintaining a comprehensive awareness of impacts to the economy, we have achieved tangible environmental progress while improving the lives and livelihoods of our citizenry. I urge you to step away from commitments to singular technologies,” the administrator said. “While it is tempting for federal or state agencies to regulate with a particular technology in mind, it is far more productive to provide innovators the freedom to develop the technologies of tomorrow.”
In a letter, the U.S. EPA administrator tells Newsom that his executive order mandating only new electric car sales in California by 2035 may be illegal and questions the feasibility of the increase demand in electricity "when you can't even keep the lights on today." pic.twitter.com/f3piV4UtZe
— Alexei Koseff (@akoseff) September 28, 2020
Just because conservatives are against more regulations for businesses and individuals in the name of “climate change,” with all of it’s still unsettled science, doesn’t mean we hate the environment. And if the evidence comes out in solid favor of climate change being something that humans contribute to, of course the right will be on board with trying to fix the problem.
The difference is, we’ll seek to do it without the interference of the federal or state government into the private sector. There’s lots of things that can be done through the free market to help clean up the environment. Rather than go big government, let’s try that.