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    CA Gov. Newsom signs executive order banning sale of new gas and diesel vehicles by 2035

    CA Gov. Newsom signs executive order banning sale of new gas and diesel vehicles by 2035

    Sure to feed the exodus from California.
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    California’s businesses are struggling to recover for prolonged pandemic shutdowns. Its citizens are battling the effects of wildfires and power outages.

    Sensible state political leaders would take these extreme emergencies as an opportunity to look how other similarly sized states (e.g., Florida and Texas) are handling public health and land use issues, and revise their plans to include policies and procedures that actually work.

    However, nobody who has followed California politics for any length of time will claim Governor Gavin Newsom is sensible about anything not involving the obtaining and retaining of power. He has just signed an executive order on Monday that aims to ban the sale of new internal combustion engine cars in the state by 2035.

    The order directs the California Air Resources Board to develop a phase-out plan that would require 100 percent zero-emissions personal use and dryage vehicles by 2035 and as many medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicle applications deemed feasible by 2045.

    “Pull away from the gas pumps,” Newsom said. “Let us no longer be victims of geopolitical dictators that manipulate global supply chains and global markets.”

    California is both the largest new car market in the U.S., with 1.8 million vehicle sales in 2019, and also accounts for the most electric car purchases of any state.

    Newsom’s order does not ban people from owning gas-powered cars or selling them on the used car market. It simply ends the sales of all new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in the state of nearly 40 million people (at least that’s the current number).

    The automotive industry had been working to increase the market share of electric cars, and had not anticipated this doubling down on green justice policies from Newsom.

    Jessica Caldwell, executive director of insights at the auto pricing site, said Newsom’s announcement “does seem like this is a significant shot fired against” the internal combustion engine.

    She expects the California announcement to trigger high-level meetings at all the auto companies which were moving toward electric vehicles but didn’t expect a zero-emissions mandate in 15 years. Automakers may have to rethink manufacturing and capital spending plans because of the mandate, she said.

    Many Californians are pointing out both the poor timing and the poor policy.

    Many Californians aren’t going to wait until 2035 to respond to the Governor’s latest decree.

    A poll conducted late 2019 by the University of California at Berkeley found more than half of California voters have given ‘serious’ or ‘some’ consideration to leaving due to the high cost of housing, heavy taxation, or political culture.

    According to Census data in 2018 more than 86,000 people left California for Texas, nearly 70,000 left for Arizona and about 55,000 left for Washington, according to NBC.

    For those who don’t wish to move, perhaps the Recall Gavin Newsom effort might be their best hope.

    A statewide campaign that’s underway to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom from office has an enthusiastic presence in Shasta and Siskiyou counties.

    Two previous recall efforts weren’t successful but the regional manager in charge of collecting signatures in nine Northern California counties says the organization has better experience this time around.


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    harleycowboy | September 25, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Arizona, Oregon and Nevada dealerships are smiling.

    Or, maybe, Japan.

    Cars in Japan are very carefully maintained and the Japanese roads are renown to be the best in the world. Maintenance standards for motor cars driven in Japan are one of the highest in the world. Japanese government discourages people to own cars more than 5-6 years through a tier based “shaken” (technical car examination) system – the older the car is the more “shaken” tax you have to pay”

    Americans stationed in Japan can get cars for free.

    Or, at least I could. Back in the 90s.

    I got a Nissan Bluebird (Maxima in American terms) 1.8L turbo, 5 speed, for free. It was freaking hot.

    Oh, you can’t get the 1.8L turbo in America. I retired in 2008 so I don’t actually know if you can even get one in Japan. Gawd, could that thing fly.

    I blew up the engine and got a free Toyota. Apparently when the timing belt breaks on a Nissan, at least on the older Nissans back in the 90s, the valves slam into the pistons.

    Toyotas didn’t have that problem. But my Camry wasn’t nearly as much fun.

    135hp? I don’t think so.

    AlecRawls | September 26, 2020 at 3:05 am

    Low IQ Gavin

    Governor mandates electric cars in a State that has no electricity…

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