Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin tears into ‘ridiculous edict’ banning sale of gas-powered cars by 2035 as law yokes his state to California’s regulations
- California Air Resources Board announced regs to have all new cars, SUVs and pickups be powered by electric or hydrogen by 2035
- Move is meant to cut emissions in half by 2040
- California has huge influence on automakers because of the size of its market
- Virginia passed law under Democrat Ralph Northam linking VA to CA standards
- Republican Gov. Youngkin blasted the move on Twitter
Republican Virginia Gov. Glen Youngkin ripped a move by California regulators to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035 – and fumed that his own state is tangled up in a law tying it to California’s emissions standards.
The governor, who took office earlier this year and is sometimes mentioned as a Republican presidential prospect and a GOP alternative to former president Donald Trump, took on California’s regulatory move on Twitter.
He also blasted his own state’s lawmakers for tying the two states together.
‘In an effort to turn Virginia into California, liberal politicians who previously ran our government sold Virginia out by subjecting Virginia drivers to California vehicle laws,’ Youngkin wrote.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is slamming a 2021 law that ties his state to California’s environmental emissions standards, after state regulators moved to ban sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035
‘Now, under that patch, Virginians will be forced to adopt the California law that prohibits the sale of gas and diesel-fueled vehicles.’
‘I am already at work to prevent this ridiculous edict from being forced on Virginians. California’s out of touch laws have no place in our Commonwealth,’ he added.
He linked to an Associated Press story that ran through efforts to have Virginia adopt California’s emissions standards at a time when it was under unified Democratic political control.
The article included a statement contained a similar statement from House Speaker Todd Gilbert waiving the flag of the commonwealth and asserting independence from the Golden State.
California nightmare: Youngkin called the law an ‘effort to turn Virginia into California’
California Governor Gavin Newsom pushed for the standards as an effort to combat climate change
The changes will require a dramatic increase in charging stations
Even after the manufacturing ban goes through, existing gasoline cards would be legal, and the used car market would continue
‘House Republicans will advance legislation in 2023 to put Virginians back in charge of Virginia’s auto emission standards and its vehicle marketplace. Virginia is not, and should not be, California,’ he said.
The move by the California California Air Resources Board requires all new cars, trucks and SUVs sold in the state to run on electricity or hydrogen by 2035.
It would allow one-fifth allowed to be plug-in hybrids. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, himself a potential presidential prospect, pushed for the 2035 cutoff.
‘The timeline is ambitious but achievable: by the time a child born this year is ready to enter middle school, only zero-emission vehicles or a limited number of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) will be offered for new sale in California,’ the board said.
Consumers are already snapping up hybrids and electric vehicles, but there are shortages of charging stations, and automakers are rushing to retool and gain control of raw materials and parts to allow for the transition to battery power.
The rules won’t ban existing gas cars or affect the used car market.
Virginia is one of 17 states who follow California’s emissions standards in part or total, and sponsors called its move in 2021 an achievement to stem climate change.
Walton Shepherd, Virginia policy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, called the 2021 law the ‘single biggest climate action’ the state has taken on Climate, the AP reported, with transportation accounting for most of the state’s carbon emissions.
Youngkin won election taking on Democrats on covid response rules and Critical Race Theory.