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Gov. Newsom signs executive order phasing out sale of gas-powered passenger cars by 2035

State seeks to make economy entirely carbon-free by 2045

Citing the threat of vehicle emissions spurring climate change-induced crises on the West Coast, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday phasing out the sale of gasoline-powered passenger vehicles by 2035.

The order would require all new cars and passenger trucks sold in the state after 2035 to be zero-emission vehicles, with the goal of reducing and, ultimately, eliminating the state's reliance on fossil fuels.

The order would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 35%, according to Newsom's office. Roughly 50% of the state's greenhouse gas emissions come from vehicle transportation alone.

The California Air Resources Board will also develop regulations that would mandate the use of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by 2045.

Newsom argued that recent heat waves and subsequent wildfires that have burned millions of acres across the West Coast required the state to accelerate its efforts to combat climate change.

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"Of all the simultaneous crises that we face as a state and, I would argue, as a nation ... none is more impactful, none is more forceful than the issue of the climate crisis," Newsom said.

The order, Newsom argued, would also help vehicle manufacturers in the state stay competitive and innovative in the global market.

Newsom lauded manufacturers like Ford, Volvo, BMW and Honda for signing agreements with the state to make vehicles that align with the state's emission standards rather than the more lenient fuel economy standards approved by the Trump administration.

"They get it. There are some automobile manufacturers that don't," he said. "They've been pushing back against California's leadership in the past and they're on the wrong side of history."

Environmentalists have accused Newsom of failing to follow his own rhetoric of the importance of combating climate change by approving permits for oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

Newsom said he does not have the authority to formally ban fracking, punting the issue to the state Legislature and committing to working with state lawmakers in the 2021 legislative session on a formal statewide fracking phase-out by 2024.

"I want to put fracking in perspective: it's less than 2% of the (oil) production in the state of California," Newsom said. "It is substantive but it also is symbolic."

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols suggested vehicle manufacturers are in "an arms race" to improve their electric vehicle technology while simultaneously making them attainable for lower-income residents.

"It's an electric race to get cheaper and more effective batteries and it's one that manufacturers around the world are competing in because that's the prize, the zero-emission vehicle that's affordable by everybody," Nichols said.

Newsom said he couldn't identify another state with more ambitious climate goals than California, citing the state's plan to make its economy entire carbon-free by 2045.

"We have to deliver more than platitudes," he said. "We have to deliver more than proposals and promises well into the future. We've got to deliver in the application of our ideals."

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Gov. Newsom signs executive order phasing out sale of gas-powered passenger cars by 2035

State seeks to make economy entirely carbon-free by 2045

Uploaded: Fri, Sep 25, 2020, 5:26 pm

Citing the threat of vehicle emissions spurring climate change-induced crises on the West Coast, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday phasing out the sale of gasoline-powered passenger vehicles by 2035.

The order would require all new cars and passenger trucks sold in the state after 2035 to be zero-emission vehicles, with the goal of reducing and, ultimately, eliminating the state's reliance on fossil fuels.

The order would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 35%, according to Newsom's office. Roughly 50% of the state's greenhouse gas emissions come from vehicle transportation alone.

The California Air Resources Board will also develop regulations that would mandate the use of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by 2045.

Newsom argued that recent heat waves and subsequent wildfires that have burned millions of acres across the West Coast required the state to accelerate its efforts to combat climate change.

"Of all the simultaneous crises that we face as a state and, I would argue, as a nation ... none is more impactful, none is more forceful than the issue of the climate crisis," Newsom said.

The order, Newsom argued, would also help vehicle manufacturers in the state stay competitive and innovative in the global market.

Newsom lauded manufacturers like Ford, Volvo, BMW and Honda for signing agreements with the state to make vehicles that align with the state's emission standards rather than the more lenient fuel economy standards approved by the Trump administration.

"They get it. There are some automobile manufacturers that don't," he said. "They've been pushing back against California's leadership in the past and they're on the wrong side of history."

Environmentalists have accused Newsom of failing to follow his own rhetoric of the importance of combating climate change by approving permits for oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

Newsom said he does not have the authority to formally ban fracking, punting the issue to the state Legislature and committing to working with state lawmakers in the 2021 legislative session on a formal statewide fracking phase-out by 2024.

"I want to put fracking in perspective: it's less than 2% of the (oil) production in the state of California," Newsom said. "It is substantive but it also is symbolic."

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols suggested vehicle manufacturers are in "an arms race" to improve their electric vehicle technology while simultaneously making them attainable for lower-income residents.

"It's an electric race to get cheaper and more effective batteries and it's one that manufacturers around the world are competing in because that's the prize, the zero-emission vehicle that's affordable by everybody," Nichols said.

Newsom said he couldn't identify another state with more ambitious climate goals than California, citing the state's plan to make its economy entire carbon-free by 2045.

"We have to deliver more than platitudes," he said. "We have to deliver more than proposals and promises well into the future. We've got to deliver in the application of our ideals."

— Bay City News Service

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MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 26, 2020 at 8:30 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
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on Sep 26, 2020 at 8:30 am
39 people like this

"Newsom said he couldn't identify another state with more ambitious climate goals than California, citing the state's plan to make its economy entire carbon-free by 2045."

I guess he didn't bother to "identify" that California can't supply current electric demand/usage requirements with renewables? This is only going to get worse with more state mandates for electric vehicles while simultaneously demanding that fossil fuels be eliminated. Speaking of the economy, do you suppose that more businesses are going want to operate in a state that never runs out of new regulations/taxes it wants to impose?


Jake Waters
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Birdland
on Sep 26, 2020 at 2:45 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
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on Sep 26, 2020 at 2:45 pm
37 people like this

This act is his ‘slight of hand’ to distract Californians from his horrible management of this state. I feel comfortable to predicate that this will never happen, but it doesn’t detract from his irresponsibility of even going through with it.

Added to this idiotic decision is his other moron move to shut the last Nuclear facility (Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power) in the state by 2025. We have had the highest electricity rate increases since 2011 than anywhere in the country. Just wait until he accomplishes this goal.

You like your rolling blackouts. If you do, then you are in the right state. Enjoy.

A good book to read to increase your understanding of many things environmental is a book by Michael Shellenberger- ‘ Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All’


James Michael
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Val Vista
on Sep 27, 2020 at 7:47 am
James Michael, Val Vista
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on Sep 27, 2020 at 7:47 am
41 people like this

Just can't wait to see what happens when millions of people plug their cars in to charge at the same time so that they can get to work the next day. But, of course, by then there won't be any jobs to go to because all of the businesses will have fled the state, most of the workers will have followed, and CA will have achieved their goals by eliminating the populace.


Grumpy
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Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 27, 2020 at 9:24 am
Grumpy, Vineyard Avenue
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on Sep 27, 2020 at 9:24 am
6 people like this

Why do people who don’t like the politics of this state constantly predict the demise of it? I’ve been hearing it for 40 years and it’s never happened. The policies may be good, or they may be bad, but they won’t make the sky fall.

1) Newsome isn’t a total failure. A total failure would be mass insurrection, people everywhere dying of food shortages. You just don’t like him and think anyone else could do a better job. Just say that.

2) The grid isn’t going to entirely collapse when everyone plugs in their cars, whether or not it has enough to power everyone fully. That would require someone actively destroying the system over decades, not just overtaxing it. That’s not going to happen.

3) The economy hasn’t entirely collapsed, and not everyone has moved out of the state. In fact, the state has never been more prosperous and crowded. I don’t think the good times will always go on, but it won’t become a dust bowl. And a few people leaving the state would do us good.

The world just doesn’t swing to those sorts of extremes. Unless you’re predicting World War III, which has also been predicted for 40 years or more and hasn’t come true.

Let’s all try for some perspective.


MichaelB
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 27, 2020 at 10:16 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Sep 27, 2020 at 10:16 am
29 people like this

"Newsome isn’t a total failure. A total failure would be mass insurrection, people everywhere dying of food shortages. You just don’t like him and think anyone else could do a better job. Just say that."

Or a total failure would be claiming that the "climate crisis" is "more impactful and more forceful" to the state than energy requirements, homelessness issues, the economy, the budget, housing, etc. Just admit his priority system is completely of out touch with people who live/work in this state - and someone else would do a better job.

This is what happens when one political party runs everything for too long.


DKHSK
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Bridle Creek
on Sep 28, 2020 at 2:39 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
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on Sep 28, 2020 at 2:39 pm
31 people like this

"The economy hasn’t entirely collapsed"

And Antifa/BLM protests are "mostly" peaceful.

Right?


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2020 at 10:50 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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on Sep 28, 2020 at 10:50 pm
25 people like this

Jake Waters,

I agree. Shutting down Diablo Canyon is counterproductive and foolish.

I also agree Shellenberger's book gives a solid contrarian view on alarmist environmentalism.


Kevin
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Castlewood
on Sep 29, 2020 at 10:38 pm
Kevin, Castlewood
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on Sep 29, 2020 at 10:38 pm
4 people like this

I moved here in 1999 and the weather/ fire situation keeps getting worse year by-year. Global warming is not a hoax. I am scared of what our state and earth will be like in another 15-20 years. We need leadership that takes this situation seriously and has a vision and rallies private and government around it. We may come up short but at least we will move toward getting rid of one source of pollution - fossil fuel. This type of movement also results in innovations that the world can leverage or we can leverage when innovations happen else where.

Most posters here criticize but show me someone who offers a solution and I will listen. It is easy to criticize but taking positive action is what counts.


FrequentWalkerMiles
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2020 at 9:14 am
FrequentWalkerMiles, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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on Sep 30, 2020 at 9:14 am
8 people like this

Gotta hand it to Newsom, he got it figured out. From regressive taxes like gas taxes, to working activily to deprive the poor the choice of affordable and reliable private vehicles, to keeping the economy shut and depriving the working class of their livelihoods, yet they just keep on voting for him.

The GOP has a lot to learn from Gavin on how to take from the people and keep them clamoring to give up more.


Jake Waters
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Birdland
on Sep 30, 2020 at 9:50 am
Jake Waters, Birdland
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on Sep 30, 2020 at 9:50 am
11 people like this

I didn’t move here in 1999, I’m 3rd generation Californian, and Climate Change is a hoax and those that hold onto it for dear life can’t prove their position. If you’re going to criticize those of us that have expressed our concerns, then by all means give us your answers. Or perhaps you are just fine with the trend. We are all ears.

This has been a Democratic State for many years. They own us and our futures. No one is left to challenge him. I already have my solution, my family and I are preparing to leave- Gavin Newsom has too much time left to destroy this once great state. He is hell bent on turning California into a third world country, and I refuse to play a part. After him, Democrats will look for another candidate to continue the decline.


MichaelB
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 30, 2020 at 11:17 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
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on Sep 30, 2020 at 11:17 am
7 people like this

"We need leadership that takes this situation seriously and has a vision and rallies private and government around it. We may come up short but at least we will move toward getting rid of one source of pollution - fossil fuel. This type of movement also results in innovations that the world can leverage or we can leverage when innovations happen else where."

What's "innovative" about California not being able to keep the lights on, air conditioners running, etc?

Everyone is "coming up short" with government abandoning basic services to businesses and customers (or imposing excessive energy costs on them) in favor of "saving the planet". The so called "leadership" on the left has spoken on this issue - managed economic decline, micromanagement of people's lives, and the loss of personal choices/freedoms for the "collective good". Expect Newsom and others "in charge" to be excluded/insulated from such mandates and requirements.


Kevin
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Castlewood
on Sep 30, 2020 at 1:44 pm
Kevin, Castlewood
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on Sep 30, 2020 at 1:44 pm
2 people like this

I am more concerned about global warming and its effect on our state than having Power outages. The last outage I had was in Fall 2019 when PG&E shutdown due to fire condition. It is not going to be perfect. But, it is action as opposed to just criticizing.

You Trump people are brainwashed by his BS on social media. You should stop reading Facebook as your news source and watch A variety of points of view to open up your minds.

Why don’t you just leave this state like Jake Waters - move to a Trump-loving place with people who deny global warming. It is called Moscow, Russia.


James Michael
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Val Vista
on Sep 30, 2020 at 2:30 pm
James Michael, Val Vista
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on Sep 30, 2020 at 2:30 pm
9 people like this

Wow, Kevin...I haven't heard "Why don't you just leave this state...." for a long, long time. That used to be the left's mantra. I wondered where you people went but I guess you're back now.


Jo
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Parkside
on Sep 30, 2020 at 4:33 pm
Jo, Parkside
Registered user
on Sep 30, 2020 at 4:33 pm
13 people like this

Can we just recall Gavin now.. his time is done.


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 30, 2020 at 5:04 pm
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
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on Sep 30, 2020 at 5:04 pm
7 people like this

"I am more concerned about global warming and its effect on our state than having Power outages. The last outage I had was in Fall 2019 when PG&E shutdown due to fire condition. It is not going to be perfect. But, it is action as opposed to just criticizing.You Trump people are brainwashed by his BS on social media. You should stop reading Facebook as your news source and watch A variety of points of view to open up your minds."


What about the millions of people who lost power in the state recently? No big deal because it wasn't you?

Speaking of BS and being brainwashed, other governments/nations are not going to economically disarm themselves/put millions of their own citizens out work because of demands from activists regarding climate change. How many thousands of employees in the oil and gas industry (supplying energy to keep the nation operating) in states such as Pennsylvania and Texas are going to have to be put out of a job for a "carbon free" economy?

Emissions have actually declined in the United States because of the increased usage of natural gas (replacing coal) - but that action is not "good enough" for Newsom and others that want it banned because it's a fossil fuel. You "progressive" people want the government meddling in everything - despite the fact that it does few things well and is supposed to be limited under the Constitution.



Kevin
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Castlewood
on Sep 30, 2020 at 7:10 pm
Kevin, Castlewood
Registered user
on Sep 30, 2020 at 7:10 pm
2 people like this

“Missions have actually declined in the United States because of the increased usage of natural gas (replacing coal) - but that action is not "good enough" for Newsom and others that want it banned because it's a fossil fuel.”

Yes, this is called progress. If we use your “conservative” logic, we should go back to coal power plants to save coal miners jobs.

Some jobs will be lost and a lot of jobs will be turned into green jobs. Take a look at Tesla’s growth in technology and jobs - not just in California. Tesla is years ahead of other car companies and hiring like crazy. There are a couple of small battery tech companies in Pleasanton that can be future Teslas.

Give me one positive solution-orient comment instead of negative criticism of Democrats - come on - try it - it will not hurt you. You may actually start on the path of recovery from being a Trump zombie.


Lynn
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Birdland
on Sep 30, 2020 at 7:39 pm
Lynn, Birdland
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on Sep 30, 2020 at 7:39 pm
10 people like this

Sorry folks electric cars may be called zero emissions- doesn’t that sound environmentally friendly- but they use electricity and how much does that create in emissions?

The battery is a Tesla does not last forever. It uses finite resources to make and is extremely toxic at the dump site. In fact Tesla uses more than other electric cars.

Sounds like this executive order eliminates hybrids which can drive much longer than a Tesla. Going to San Diego plan on at least a 2 hour stop to top up your Tesla. I was making regular trips to SD and start my home trip by stpping in Burbank to see my brother in one day. I can’t do that in a Tesla.

Hopefully his exec order can be shelved or rewritten.


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 30, 2020 at 8:14 pm
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Sep 30, 2020 at 8:14 pm
7 people like this

"Yes, this is called progress. If we use your “conservative” logic, we should go back to coal power plants to save coal miners jobs. Some jobs will be lost and a lot of jobs will be turned into green jobs. Take a look at Tesla’s growth in technology and jobs - not just in California. Tesla is years ahead of other car companies and hiring like crazy. There are a couple of small battery tech companies in Pleasanton that can be future Teslas. Give me one positive solution-orient comment instead of negative criticism of Democrats - come on - try it - it will not hurt you. You may actually start on the path of recovery from being a Trump zombie."


Lots of green jobs again? We heard that from Obama and they never materialized. He wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on it. Tesla is only one organization and you seem to have forgotten the state simply can't meet energy requirements with renewables. Not "progress" to keep customers in the dark and get rid of the remaining natural gas power plants. If we use your logic, we just have to "tough it out" with rolling blackouts and poor economic results forever to save the planet? Give me a break.

Natural gas burns cleaner and we have a plentiful supply no thanks to government mandates to force technology that is not cost effective. The "zombies" don't care about economics nor the energy requirements needed to keep the nation running. They (you) just want to impose their unworkable, heavy handed utopian schemes on everyone else - while claiming they are superior doing so.


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