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Pete Buttigieg Wants California Gas-Powered Car Ban on Federal Level ‘Quickly’


California’s Air Resources Board last month approved a regulation that will ban the sale of new gas-powered automobiles by 2035.

No gas-powered vehicles with a model year of 2035 or beyond will be sold in the state, under the measure.

However, Resolution 22-12 allows residents to purchase and drive used vehicles with gas engines.

Transportation Security Pete Buttigieg wants to utilize California’s electric vehicle mandate on a federal level.

Buttigieg appeared on “The Issue Is” podcast Friday on KTTV-TV in Los Angeles to express his interest in rolling out California’s plan at the federal level.

Fox 11 provided a transcript:

“It’s interesting to see how the states are trying to go above and beyond what we’re doing at the federal level, and I’m really interested to follow these developments while we continue to set a national policy that’s the baseline for all of this. We need to move in the direction of electric vehicles, and look, industry is already there – at least one major automaker says they’re not even planning to make gas cars past 2035 – but we’ve got to make sure that this happens quickly enough to help us be climate change. We’ve got to make sure it happens affordably enough that it’s not just wealthy people, but low income people who are the ones who most need those gas savings if they can afford the EVs in the first place. And we need to make sure that this is a Made in America EV revolution, which is why our policies are designed to encourage domestic sourcing, domestic battery materials, so that we’re creating jobs on American soil. There’s been a lot of that in California, just like there’s a lot of that job creation happening in the Midwest where I come from and this country that has such a proud tradition of auto making, it’s exciting to see kind of 100 years after cars exploded onto the scene in the first place, see how that EV revolution is going to accelerate…”

The Western Journal pointed out the glaring problems with rolling out California’s ‘EV Revolution’ plan at the federal level:

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The problems with electric cars were made painfully obvious during last week’s brutal heat wave in the Golden State.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office sent a text message out to 27 million residents asking them to reduce their energy usage to avoid rolling blackouts.

Californians were asked not to charge their electric cars during peak hours.

According to the website CalMatters, currently, 16 percent of all new car sales in the state “are zero-emission vehicles, twice the share in 2020.”

What will happen when 100 percent of all new car sales are EVs? Will the power grid be ready by 2035 for the millions of electric vehicles that will require charging?

John Bozzella, president and CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a trade group representing automakers, told CalMatters that while automakers support the transition, the timeline was “very aggressive” and it will be “extremely challenging” for everyone involved.


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