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A month ago, California couldn’t generate enough energy to keep homes powered on a consistent basis, as the state’s mandates for “green energy” resources left their grid short. Today, Gov. Gavin Newsom committed to adding millions of vehicles to the grid’s load by 2035. “Of all the simultaneous crises that we face as a state and,” Gavin declared when signing an EO to ban the sale of gasoline-powered cars in the state over the next fifteen years, “I’d argue as a nation – for that matter from a global perspective – none is more important, none is more forceful than the issue of the climate crisis.”
Some Californians might have had to wait for the power to come back on later to hear the news, of course:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday that will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars and other passenger vehicles in the state by 2035. The move was among a number of actions the Democratic governor announced aimed at slashing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution.
The executive order will not prevent Californians from owning gasoline-powered cars or selling them on the used car market, according to the state.
True, but the 2035 ban will force auto manufacturers to start selling more electric vehicles now in order to build enough of a customer base to get the support infrastructure in place. That’s not just outlets in homes and public places, but also building service networks, training more mechanics, and getting spare parts in place to keep the vehicles running. That can’t be developed overnight — it will take years to put those in place in sufficient quantity to succeed.
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