California Tells Residents Not To Charge Electric Vehicles Days After Gas Car Sales Ban

California Gov. Gavin Newsom stands in front of four electric cars to announce an executive order requiring all new passenger vehicles sold in the state to be zero-emission by 2035, a move the governor says would achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, on Sept. 23, 2020, at Cal Expo in Sacramento. (Photo by Daniel Kim, The Sacramento Bee via AP/Pool)

Is the ability to drive a car slowly becoming less of a given in modern society? Some seem to think so after residents of California were urged to hold off on charging their electric vehicles just days after a ban on the sale of all gasoline cars was announced to start in 2035.

This policy was approved by California Air Resources Board as ‘part of an effort to fight climate change’, according to Newsweek.

The golden state is not alone in its plan to ban the sale of gasoline cars. 15 other states have backed California’s ban and even more are expected to follow suit, according to a report by The Hill. Some governments even have trigger laws to completely copy California’s energy policies, namely Virginia, Massachusetts, and Washington. In other words, once California bans gasoline cars, the other three states will automatically follow suit.

Virginia has promised to fight back on this; the office of Attorney General Jason Miyares (R) stated that they plan to soon repeal the law.

California’s Independent System Operator (ISO) said that they are urging citizens to reduce their usage of electricity over the holiday weekend.

“During a Flex Alert, consumers are urged to reduce energy use from 4-9 p.m. when the system is most stressed because demand for electricity remains high and there is less solar energy available,” the release said.

Top conservation methods according to ISO included setting air conditioning units at 78 degrees or higher, turning off unnecessary lights, and not charging electric vehicles.

“Lowering electricity use during that time will ease strain on the system, and prevent more drastic measures, including rotating power outages,” they added.

Newsweek reported that California’s Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom praised the new rule “requiring all car sales to be zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2035 as a ‘groundbreaking’ effort to tackle the climate crisis.”

“We can solve this climate crisis if we focus on the big, bold steps necessary to cut pollution,” he said on August 25.

This characterization by so-called ‘green energy’ proponents of electric cars being “zero-emission vehicles” could not be farther from the truth. As noted by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the majority of electricity is produced from steam turbines using fossil fuels, nuclear, biomass, geothermal, and solar thermal energy. Natural gas and coal additionally fuel more than half of electricity production.

Many multinational conglomerates in the auto industry appear to already be preparing for a transition to electric vehicles. Dodge, for example, recently announced that their famous gas-powered Charger and Challenger muscle cars will soon be electric only. The car company is not alone — General Motors announced plans to build electric car charging stations across the United States, with the goal of establishing a full network.

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